Mac mini prices

stuffradio

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Anyone know if the 2011 Mac Minis will be sold refurbished any time soon? I want to upgrade from my 2007 Mini, and I want to sell it some how. I've seen it listed on Craigslist for $300, but I'm not sure if people will pay that. I want the top of the line $700 Mini.

That Mac Mini is much more powerful than my desktop. I have 8 GB Ram, but the processor is much slower than the mini's processor.
 

stuffradio

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I found the i5 2.3 GHz on sale for $450 on Craigslist. Is this too good of a deal?
 

stuffradio

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This is the information with the CL post:
Processor 2.3GHz dual-core intel core i5
Memory 2GB of 1333MHz
Storage 500 GB

I use a KVM switch with my computers. I share my monitor, keyboard and mouse between the computers. So I'm not really looking for a keyboard/mouse or anything fancy. It costs about $570 through Apple without accessories.
 

Omnius

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Just a tip with buying a computer on craigslist. The listing price is what the person dreams of getting. From experience, the person will generally take just over a third of the listed price.

If there is no manufacturer warranty and the machine has been used or unused for long periods of time, the risk is far greater to the buyer that the machine will fail tomorrow. The seller must acknowledge that fact.

The older a machine gets, the less capable it is likely to be of handling new features, software, workloads, and media. The seller must acknowledge that fact.

The seller is ultimately looking to get rid of the machine they have, whether it is to get their hands on some money, clear out a machine they view as obsolete generally, or obsolete for their needs. The seller must acknowledge that fact.

A buyer that is comfortable letting a few machines pass, is a buyer with most of the leverage in all used computer negotiations. Both sides must acknowledge that fact.

Some folks will probably disagree with me but if you keep that information in front of you, you're probably going to negotiate far more realistically.


I regularly find friends able to buy 2007 minis for $100 and that is often with the seller asking for $250-$450 initially. So remember that just because you see people asking for $300, that does not mean they're actually selling them for that price.

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This is the information with the CL post:
Processor 2.3GHz dual-core intel core i5
Memory 2GB of 1333MHz
Storage 500 GB

I use a KVM switch with my computers. I share my monitor, keyboard and mouse between the computers. So I'm not really looking for a keyboard/mouse or anything fancy. It costs about $570 through Apple without accessories.
I bought a wireless logitech mouse and keyboard combo for like $13.00 on a newegg sale.

If you find a good monitor for sale for a good price, it might suit you better than a kvm switch, especially since you can buy decent quality mice and keyboards for so little.
 

pacmania1982

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I bought my most recent Mac mini from Apple's refurb site, its a Core i5 2.3GHz model and came with 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. I got it for $519 (£329 at time of purchase which was over £200 cheaper than getting it in the UK).
 

Lynn Belvedere

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Just a tip with buying a computer on craigslist. The listing price is what the person dreams of getting. From experience, the person will generally take just over a third of the listed price.
Are you joking?

You are not getting any Apple product for 1/3 the asking price on craigslist. That is absurd.
 

macsforme

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Both non-server 2011 models are live in the refurbished store right now. Guess the early bird gets the worm.
 

Mojo1

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Just a tip with buying a computer on craigslist. The listing price is what the person dreams of getting. From experience, the person will generally take just over a third of the listed price.
I have sold a few Macs on CraigsList. I've always received what I asked or close to it; when I sold my 2008 15" MBP I got $200 more than what folks here said was the going price...

I've received some ridiculous lowball offers but I simply ignore them. It can take a while to find a serious buyer but time is on the seller's side if you can be patient.
 

unfrostedpoptar

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I bought my most recent Mac mini from Apple's refurb site, its a Core i5 2.3GHz model and came with 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. I got it for $519 (£329 at time of purchase which was over £200 cheaper than getting it in the UK).
The refurb site on the Apple store is the way to go! You know they work and have a warranty and are often cheaper than what people are asking on eBay and Craigslist! Add another few percent that I (and many other people) get through corporate discount and it's definitely the best deal. I had to wait a few weeks until what I wanted (an 11" 2011 MBA with 256GB SSD) showed up since it was not a common configuration. Just check the page every day!
 

iMas70

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I sell things on CL. The price that I list is what I'd like to get for the idea. If I wanted less, I'd list it for less :) Overall I'd say about 40-50% of people give me what I have something listed for. Sometimes I'll come down a little because it seems like everyone expects it cheaper than the listed price on CL. But, if I have an item listed for $150 and they offer me $75, it's not going to happen. Or, if they want a lower price when they arrive and didn't discuss it first, it will depend on how I feel that day. They should have done that before they left the house.

When it comes to buying a computer there, I don't know... I'd feel better buying a referb over one from CL. Just to many issues and scams out there. Hurts the good people's sales.
 

stuffradio

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I sell things on CL. The price that I list is what I'd like to get for the idea. If I wanted less, I'd list it for less :) Overall I'd say about 40-50% of people give me what I have something listed for. Sometimes I'll come down a little because it seems like everyone expects it cheaper than the listed price on CL. But, if I have an item listed for $150 and they offer me $75, it's not going to happen. Or, if they want a lower price when they arrive and didn't discuss it first, it will depend on how I feel that day. They should have done that before they left the house.

When it comes to buying a computer there, I don't know... I'd feel better buying a referb over one from CL. Just to many issues and scams out there. Hurts the good people's sales.
I know what you mean. My first Mac I owned was a tower about 3 years ago. It was a G4 that I bought for about $320 or something. Turned out, it wasn't what I wanted. So I listed it on Craigslist for the amount I paid, and someone not too far away from me bought it. It worked, but it wasn't powerful enough for what I wanted, and too heavy, and too slow. So I bought a Mac Mini. Now I have a new one, and I'm selling it to fund the new one I bought. It's not broken, but it is not powerful enough for what I need.

Does $330 with Snow Leopard sound like a good price for my Mac Mini? It comes with the cables, and remote. I listed it at that price a couple days ago. No takers so far.