Mac Book Pro from Craigslist

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gypsychick23, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Gypsychick23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    Hi all,

    I am planning on buying a macbook pro. I have never had a mac anything...had a sony vaio and currently a dell. though i do use an iphone :p anyways...since I dont have a couple grand for a new one i am looking at my local craigslist...
    all you experts out there can u tell if this is a good deal for a first time mac user, soon to be med student, broke like no joke???

    all helps is appreciated :))

    here are the specs (copy pasted off of craigslist

    Apple Macbook Pro 15"

    Fully Loaded 2008 model

    -2.4ghz Intel Dual Core
    -2GB Memory
    -160GB Hard Drive

    This computer is in pristine condition. No dents or cracks. A few small scratches on the bottom is all.

    I had the computer checked out at the Mac Outlet and the diagnostics came back perfectly.

    You will NOT find a Macbook Pro in better condition!!

    Fresh operating system install, just like buying a brand new computer.

    I will include a mag safe charger which usually go for around $80

    Search terms:

    Apple iMac Macbook PRO Mac Book Laptop Lap top macbook air powerbook 15"

    pictures were posted at the bottom

    again i really do appreciate all insight...
  2. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2010
  3. MatP macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Philadelphia, Pa
    I would say that is worth about 350-400. I have the same generation with the faster processor and I like it a lot. Be aware that that generation is prone to having the video card go bad.
  4. cherishzm macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
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    What'a your max budget? If you can wait a little while I'm sure you can find a good 2010 15" MBP at a reasonable price and under warranty (around $1000).. I just bought 2010 15 MBP with i7 and 2yr AppleCare remaining for $950 on CL.

    I would ask for a serial number first.
  5. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    See this thread:

    I sold the same lightly-used model in mint condition with a Waterfield Designs Sleevecase and RadTech screen protector for $900 in December. put that price at the low-end of the range. Current eBay sale prices would be worth a look-see.

    Personally, I would pass due to the faulty GPU issue. The MBP that I sold was hardly touched the first year and rarely used and never pushed hard after that. MBPs that have seen a lot of use and been transported a lot are going to be in a lots worst shape inside...
  6. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Are the install disks included with the sale?
  7. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
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    Whatever they're asking it's not worth it. The failure rate of the logic board due to faulty NVidia GPUs is far too high on that model of the MBP. As a first time Mac buyer don't let your first purchase be one of the worst examples of Apple's otherwise great quality.
  8. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    The charger is something that should be included, I don't see the purpose of including the price of it. Just something I thought was silly and unnecessary.

    Personally, I wouldn't spend more than $500 on it and I agree with the posters above regarding the high percentage of the graphics failing.
  9. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2012

    I bought this mac Im on , on craigslist for $1200. its a
    2.0ghz 4gb ram (8 gb now) quad core I7 15'' 500 gb hd. It came with a spec hard case, charger, and book/cd folder. Its in pristine condish. I can get apple care for it too, up until september.

    My cuz got his first mac after I talked him into it, from craiglist also. Its a 13 inch 2.3 ghz dual core 500 gb hd 4 gb ram. Came with case and charger, also pristine but no cd's. I was actually going to buy it till I found my deal.

    The deals are out there if you have patients.
  10. Jpalessi macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2011

    they dont have any REAL cheap ones now but newegg sometimes has re certified macbook for under a $1000. I would look for something that has or can take at least 8gb.. Lion seems to run like turd on anything less.
  11. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2010
    I almost mentioned that too. The prose in that ad really rubs me the wrong way.

    OP, if at all possible, I'd try to get something from Apple's refurb page. You get the same Apple warranty and the same option to extend Apple Care. You'll have the security of knowing that Apple has your back if there is a hardware failure in the middle of the semester.
  12. jjfactory macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    You can also consider to get one from cowboom or amazon warehouse Deals. They have new inventory come in pretty often. With their return policy you don't need to worry if the machine is not working properly.

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