MacBook Pro Buying

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ZeRoLiMiT, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. ZeRoLiMiT macrumors 6502a

    ZeRoLiMiT

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    I found some MacBooks in Craigslist

    One 2.4 4gigs ram 2011 $700.00 cash

    And. 2.5 4gigs ram brand new 2012 $950.00 cash

    What do you guys recommend?
     
  2. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    Compare the specs against similarly equipped units currently on the APPLE website. Provided the laptops are in good, working condition, and no older than about a year to 18 mos, I would only consider buying, in light of the inherent risk associated with used/without warranty equipment, if the sellers asking price is no more than about 50% max of the new equipment's prices. Insist on meeting the seller in person, and trust your gut.

    If you decide to go for it, do get a legible, detailed receipt, including date, sellers full name & address, device description and serial #. Good luck!
     
  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    This last part is worthless. I can understand if you're concerned about buying potentially stolen goods, but you won't be able to enforce any kind of a warranty request or any real guarantee through a private seller. It's also understandable if they don't want to give out their home address to a complete stranger. If the Apple Store can tell you who it's registered to, meeting there and conducting the transaction outside of it is a better option. Where I agree with you is that the OP should check the exact configurations against what is available new or refurbished through Apple and their resellers prior to making a used purchase. There are a lot of dumb purchases made by uneducated buyers.
     
  4. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    The receipt is not intended to enforce a warranty request, but rather to 'save your bacon', if it turns out the laptop was stolen. With that receipt, you can also take the seller to court, if he/she materially misrepresented the merchandise to you.

    Without a complete receipt, you're SOL.
    If the seller is unwilling to give you one, that should be a giant red flag.
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    Trying to take a thief to small claims court would be a thankless task. If you look at the threads on here regarding people selling their iphones, many of them insist on meeting in a public place. Like I said, a better option would be if Apple is able to verify who it's registered to at the Apple Store or something of that sort. That would be far more useful than an attempt to ID the seller and take them to court later if it turns out to be stolen.
     
  6. ZeRoLiMiT thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was going to meet them in Starbucks. What I wanted to know was the 2.4 system almost the same performance then the 2.5 system? Would it make a big difference on system performance

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    If it is stolen would I get in trouble?
     
  7. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    Besides CPU and RAM, we would need more information to assess if there is a big difference between the two. What screen size, type and resolution, video card, hard drive type and size and etcetera. There's a lot more to a computer besides CPU and RAM that makes up overall performance.

    If the system is stolen, you could get in trouble under state or local law but not federal law since it's under $5000.

     
  8. ZeRoLiMiT thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Talked to the guy and they both have proof or purchase.

    The $900 machine is the new system
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    4GB 1600MHz memory
    500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    $700 system has

    2.4 ghz
    8gig 1333 ram ddr3
    Hd graphics 3000 512
    128 SSD
     
  9. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    In terms of performance...

    1. The SSD will give you the most noticeable performance difference over a 5400 RPM HD, but will 128 GB be large enough for you? Not to mention you can always add a SSD later if needed.
    2. The HD 4000 over the HD 3000 will make a bigger difference if you will be doing any gaming.
    3. If the 2011 is also an i5, then you won't see much difference in terms of CPU. If it's an i7, then that's a different story.
    4. 4 GB of RAM is sufficient unless you do a lot of VMs, photo or video editing but RAM is easy to replace and fairly cheap.
     
  10. ZeRoLiMiT thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome thanks man! I think the $700.00 machine will be sufficient for me then!
     
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