Looking to buy new MBP - Question on Ebay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by darrengreer, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. darrengreer macrumors regular

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    Has anyone ever purchased those $500 gift cards online from ebay and used those to purchase your mac? I read that if you buy online at the store, you can only enter 4 gift cards, and then 6 in the store. Has anyone had luck in this endeavor?
     
  2. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Hmm interesting question, and I look forward to the responses. So you're not looking to buy a macbook on ebay. Rather, you're looking to buy gift cards at a discount on eBay and then use those at the Apple store... Interesting - i'll be following this thread to see how it goes and how much money you end up saving. In my experience on the sell-side of gift cards on ebay, they get pretty close to fair value. I.E. a $50 gift card will go for $47, or something like that.
     
  3. darrengreer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I haven't executed, as you have to commit a fair amount of cash on ebay, but the end result would be about $50 per $500 saved. So, on a new macbook pro, I would save about $250. I just am a little worried about spending $2000 in gift cards on ebay.
     
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    instead of buying gift cards at a minimal discount, why not buy a mbp at a significant discount? I purchased mine a couple of weeks ago for $1650 from a reputable seller. Brand new and just registered with Apple. He was selling the 2.5 version for a little less than $2100. Thats much more significant. Of course, you have to be careful who you're buying it from.
     
  5. darrengreer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd consider it. Can you PM me the seller ID you bought from?
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I would stay away from buy GFs on ebay since you risk buying GFs bought with stolen CCs.
     
  7. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    It is also not hard to sell a gift card and use the balance after its in your possession. So once you have verified the amount, there is still a chance the seller could use the numbers.
     
  8. Liquidpics macrumors member

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    +1
     
  9. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    Is there a link to an example of one?

    Is it being sold in the U.S.?
     
  10. bodhisattva macrumors member

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    If all you are doing is looking to save a little on a new MBP.. depends on what size model you are wanting. I recently purchased the new 15 inch, late 2008 model. Maxed out the processor and memory, as well as bumped the hard drive to 7200rpm. I traded up from an older model 17 inch for this model in November 2008. Since the release of the new 17 inch model, I have placed a new order for the 17 inch. Result is.. I'll be selling the 15 inch model in the next two weeks when the new 17 arrives. Has Apple Care for next 3 years.. so if interested, make me an offer and I can avoid putting it on ebay, dealing with bids, paying ebay seller fees, etc. Let me know, I'd be happy to discuss a personal sale to avoid hassle on your end as well as mine.
     

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