MacBook from eBay (UK/US differences)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Topher15, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    London
    #1
    I'm on the look out for a MacBook:

    Core 2 Duo
    Preferably the black model
    Ideally 2GB RAM but 1GB okay.
    At least 120GB Hard Drive.
    Boxed w/ usual accessories
    Within the price range of £500 - £700 max.

    It seems I can get a good deal on the US eBay such as this one:

    NEW
    MacBook Black
    Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz
    1GB RAM
    160GB Hard Drive
    SuperDrive
    GMA X3100 graphics

    $1,294 which is about £664

    Are there any differences between US and UK MacBooks (other than the power supply)?

    Thanks
     
  2. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

    Macky-Mac

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  3. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    London
    #3
    In what way?

    EDIT: A quick check and it seems the return key is the most obvious difference, as is a bigger left shift key, plus the §/± and `/~ keys all being switched around. Doesn't sound like a big problem really.
     
  4. omarjk macrumors regular

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    Location:
    London, UK
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    US/UK differences aside, I'd be prepared for a long wait in the least, and possible Dispute Resolution action at worst with this vendor. I have been looking at purchasing a MB myself and came across this ebay vendor, but note the number of unfulfilled winning bids/'duration of shipping' complaints.

    Whilst not making groundless accusations I believe the feedback and vague shipping time on-auction page instructions from the vendor may well speak for themselves.

    See if you can prise a one-off private seller, after undertaking standard checks, to ship to the UK. A well-priced powerseller will be even better of course but I had trouble finding a reliable one.
     

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