Are you sure you need 8GB?Does this seem like a good deal?
base config but ram upgraded to 8gb.
Planning on using it for xcode and sketch 3.
Won't be gaming or doing media as I have my pc for that.
Things that hold their value well advantage the seller/owner, not the buyer/next owner.That's what the old one is doing, holding it's resale value. It wouldn't make sense to think the new one would hold its resale value if the old one didn't.
That's assuming you don't overpay for it in the first place. ixxx69 showed that for $20 more you can buy a brand new base mini (4 years newer for $20!) on the refurb store. Also, computers tend to reach an age, typically around 6-10 years where the value plummets to very little.You were espousing the "resale value" to the buyer of this model. Regardless, a good resale value can "advantage" the next owner if the next owner chooses to sell the computer while the resale value is still good.
Are you just trying to pick a fight? I never brought up my "own personal situation". OP gave a desired purpose for a Mac Mini, and asked if that one is good value. OP said that it isn't for gaming/media (intensive stuff) but just Xcode and Sketch 3. You don't need 8GB and certainly not 16GB of RAM for what OP is trying to do with it. We aren't analyzing every possible scenario for a '11 MM, just trying to help one persons' case.If the buyer doesn't have the extra $100, and his needs are met by the 2011 model, then that makes sense. What if next year the owner needs 8GB or 16GB RAM? Was that extra $100 that useful when he can only sell his new machine for $400 (a refurb from Apple is already only $419) to buy a new one with more RAM, or on an older machine he can upgrade to 16GB for $120? Can you not see any other possibilities outside of your own personal situation?
I'll make this as simple as I can for you. OP is asking if $400 for a 4 year old Mac Mini base with 8GB RAM upgraded into it is good value.You're clearly looking at selling the computer and the money that would be returned by selling it, and I guess that money would be used to replace the system with a new one. If you don't sell the computer, then the resale value is irrelevant. Example, I've several Macs that are 2008-2010 and are still in production use. They might be worth very little if they were sold, but they do a job and do it well, and that's worth way more to me than spending a bunch of time reconfiguring new computers that might not do the job any better. So while that is my personal situation, I'm able to look at it from other people's points of view. Are you?