Looking to Purchase MBP 13" 2011 or 2012 from Craigslist

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hulksmashed31, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. hulksmashed31 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I am looking to purchase a macbook pro 13" from craigslist. It will be used mostly for school.

    Right now I am on a Sony Via with an AMD e-450, so yeah.

    Would you recommend a 2011 or 2012?

    Now Craigslist. I did a search on the forums and found some really horrifying stories. As a college student I cant afford to spend 500-700 on craigslist only to find that it has a password or a hidden problem.

    What are some things I need to look out for?
    Apple Care
    Dents or Dings
    Password Protection

    Does the Apple store provide free diagnostic test in store?

    Any more advice/tips would be great
    Thank You
     
  2. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    Main differences are: 2012 was upgraded from USB2 to USB3 and graphics from HD3000 to HD4000. If either of those matter then get a 2012, but you can probably save at least $200 on the 2011 and then get a nice SSD to really speed things up.
     
  3. StockDC2 macrumors regular

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    1. Battery Cycles + Charge Capacity
    2. Make sure all keys on keyboard work.
    3. No iCloud registration.
    4. Take it to an Apple Store for a hardware diagnostics. Also ask them to remove the bottom panel and inspect for water damage.
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If you go the Craigslist route, have the potential seller meet you at the Apple store. That way, it is easier to check things out. And if you have a question or possible problem, it can be addressed in the right environment.
     
  5. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    The largest issue i see with used apple stuff is icloud. they can sell it to you then hardware lock you out a week later. Even if you reformat it will still be logged in to icloud. How to prove your logged out of icloud i dont know.
     

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