Mac mini 2011 for $400?

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  1. note235 macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  2. Altis macrumors 68000

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    Doesn't sound like very big savings seeing as the base model new doesn't cost much more, has many improvements, a warranty, and will hold its resale value.
     
  3. Negritude macrumors 6502

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    That's an average used price for a mid-2011 machine in good condition with 8GB of RAM. I've seen them sell for as much as $500 in like new condition and boxed.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I don't know how pressed for cash you are, but I'd prefer one of the new mid-range Minis to that.

    About $680 new if you buy from the right sources...
     
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I paid less for a 2012.
    If you haven't, you should probably post a WTB in the Marketplace and see what kind of deal you can get there.
     
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  7. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure you need 8GB?

    The US Apple refurb store has the 2014 base w/ 4GB for $419 - all the newest bells & whistles and a 1 year warranty. But you have to be okay with 4GB obviously.
     
  8. Altis macrumors 68000

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    Things that hold their value well advantage the seller/owner, not the buyer/next owner.

    Hence, if the 4 year old base model is $400 and the new base model is $500, $100 for a 4 year newer computer with warranty and that will still be worth $400ish after another 4 years is the way to go, no question.

    I suspect the 2011 will be worth very little in 4 years.
     
  9. dyt1983, Feb 21, 2015
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  10. Altis macrumors 68000

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    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.


    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.


    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.

    What makes it good value is how much you spend vs how much it's worth (which is based on things like remaining useful life, warranty, etc). The resale value is part of the equation simply of determining if something is a good value; you needn't sell it for that to be relevant. If something holds its value really well in resale, it advantages the first owner and in this case, the seller. So from the buyers perspective (OP), it isn't exactly a hot deal.

    Even spending $20 to get a new warranty would be worth it. Getting a computer that's roughly 4 years newer makes it a no brainer.

    This does not mean that the '11 is in any way bad. It just makes it not a wise buy at $400, especially considering OP's intended use. I would suspect that '11 minis, even the base model, have plenty of life and use left in them. I just would rather spend that $20 for even just the peace of mind of having a warranty so no out of pocket expenses or major loss of productivity due to problems.

    I haven't been able to afford or justify a new laptop (most of my work is at my desktop), so I'm using a free hand-me-down (read: abandonned) '07 or '08 Dell Inspiron 1525. It isn't great, the battery is shot, but it has no problem doing programming and web or office based tasks. It's still plenty useful to me, despite being effectively worthless at this point.


    Bottom line: OP, given your intended uses (looks like development), I'd recommend trying to get a refurb current Mac Mini base model for $419. For the extra $20 you are getting some improvements (though a loss of RAM, which isn't too likely to affect you unless you decide to do other things with it), a warranty, and a new computer.

    If the money is a stretch for you, perhaps see if you can get the price down. If it's a private sale, it should help to point out the new refurbs at $419 that aren't 4 years old. The '11 is still a decent machine that will handle your listed tasks no sweat.
     
  11. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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    Micro center had the base model 2014 on sale for $399 this weekend. I'd get a new one as well. I bought a 2012 new from best buy for $349 after tax and shipping using a movers coupon, it was an open box but still new and with warranty.
     
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