Macbook Pro on craigslist for 650 worst it ???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LoWiTUsA, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. LoWiTUsA macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2004

    Sorry to ask but I don't know that much about apple hardware.
    I saw on craigslist 2 Macbook Pro for sale and I was wondering
    if they were interested enough for me to buy:

    #1 for 640 $
    15" Matte Screen (not LED backlit)
    OSX Leopard
    2,16 GHZ (dual core intel)
    2Gigs RAM
    120 Gig Hard Drive
    128 Mb VideoCard
    a little over 3 Months old and has warranty untill March 24, 2009

    #2 for 650 $
    Model Name: MacBook Pro 15"
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro2,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    Any suggestion?
    If they are good what should I look for when buying and checking the laptop?

    Thanks a lot for the help
  2. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    Yes its a good deal, but its probably a scam..if its to good to be true, it probably is. Also, #1 you listed, it is not a 3 month old MBP, its more like 2 years old.
  3. NotFound macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2006
    Understatement of the year.
    I would feel like someone were insulting my intelligence, had I read an ad such as those in craigslist.

    craigslist, in the first place, is a scum bag hotbed. The adult personal ads leaves a nice "skeezy" feeling as well.
    I have never used craigslist, and never will.
  4. LoWiTUsA thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2004
    Yep price really low --> to good to be true
    Make sense
  5. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Someone posted about a Macbook Pro for $650 in his area too, and further googling showed that there were dozens out there, all resulting in scamage. Check out the buying tips forum. The thread is there.

    They are going to tell you they just moved to UK and need to ship the item.
  6. marvel2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    One thing I look for is if they post their location. A price too good to be true + no location listed on craigslist = scam.
  7. TheCookie macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2008
  8. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Scams, as you evidently figured out when you created the thread, at least judging by the Freudian typo in your thread title.
  9. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    Arrange a meeting in a public place, and bring your 6 buddies with firearms.

    Retrieve your Macbook Pro for $650. :p
  10. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  11. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    it's not a scam!!
    i'm the one selling those 2 MBPs.
    the only reason i'm selling them, is once the NEW MBP arrive next week..
    as other people here have confidently predicted..
    i'm so sure, as the sun will rise tom, that i won't appreciate those 2 MBPs like i used to:D

    seriously now!
    the only reason someone will sell them for that price, THE MBP has a MAJOR defect that needs fixing, like the logic board perhaps..
    or the LCD screen..

    so you might want to ask the seller.. not why it's priced so low, but what are the things that need repairing?

    ask for the serial number..
    check at when it was purchased etc.
    certainly that will scare away the seller if it was stolen
  12. gonyr macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    Niagara County, NY
    Don't even waste your time. It's a scam. You will get an email back about how they just moved overseas, and need to sell the computer quickly. Someone in a previous post already said it: low price + no location = scam.
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    That's no help. When you go to buy it, at the last minute they will say they were call out of town on business and they'll ship it to your with FedEx or DHL at no charge shipping, or that their brother has the machine in London England and etc, etc.

    MR Guide - Buying Online - Is this company Legitimate?
  14. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Those ARE scams.

    Note the spec of both are incomplete, because the scammer bots use different bits of info so it won't be filtered out as scam / spam as easily.

    Funny thing is, if you post something in the US, they would say they are in Europe or Nigeria, etc.

    If you post something in Europe, they would say they are in the US or Nigeria, etc.
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It doesn't even way what kind of video card and isn't that identifier wrong on the second one?
  16. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i sold my MBP and bought my car on craigslist :confused:

    dad also found his E46 on craigs too. 34k miles for 16k.
  17. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Hey, it's better than eBay! With Craig's at least the seller has to meet you face to face and you get to inspect the item before handing over money. eBay has devolved into garbage dump. It isn't "if the item is misrepresented" but "how much the item is misrepresented" these days. Send me your money and I'll send you garbage in return. Then I disappear before you figure out you've been scammed.
  18. bplein macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    I responded to one that was supposedly in the San Francisco Bay Area, another "too good to be true". Person resonded with a email, saying they were in Georgia. I looked up their IP address (it's in the headers for Yahoo web mail), and they were in Mauritius.

    Buyer beware.

    My blackbook with the broken LCD was purchased locally off Craigslist for $100 (no HD, broken LCD). So not all great deals are scams. But BEWARE!
  19. ManWithhat macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008

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