Macbook Pro- should I buy for $750??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LuvKaya, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. LuvKaya macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Selling my Macbook Pro Aluminum in excellent condition. Will rate the condition 9 out of 10.
    Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.83ghz
    Memory: 2GB
    Hard Disk: 160gb
    Backlit keyboard
    Superdrive combo
    Parallel software so you can run windows; ILife09
    It comes with the latest OS Snow Leopard; 10.5 and 10.6 install disks; power adapter with the
    extension cord,two batteries(one is almost brand new,16 cycles and the other one holds about an hour charge) and a protective laptop sleeve.

    this is the ad on craigslist. do you think this is worth $750. IF not, what is the max you would pay based on the specs???

    how much would it cost me to upgrade to a intel core 2 duo??

    please help, Im meeting him @7pm tonight.

  2. nonocei macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wouldn't, at least for that price.

    Try getting a core2duo one for around the same price.

    OR for $100 more ($850) you can pick up the newer refurbished white unibody macbook which has better specs and is from the apple store.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    yeah, its a core duo not a core 2 duo, meaning its only a 32bit cpu.

    Better deals are out there. I'd recommend you look to get a unibody MBP because the GPU is so much better.
  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    For that (and this is only if you're desperate and can't afford to dish out more cash and just need a computer to do basic things), no more than in the $500 range. I would say no more than maybe $560 or $570. If it's more than that, you're better off buying something more current either through the refurb store.
  5. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010

    can you please point me in the direction of where the better deals are pleasssssseeeee.

    i need to buy a mac for school quick. it can be used. no big deal. just dont want to get ripped off.
  6. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  8. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    sounds like you are flexible with your budget. i would go with what some have already said. the latest white macbook is a great value right now, and only a little bit more than any older used model worth getting if you use your student discount.
  9. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    For $520

    This is a 15" Macbook Pro is in beautiful condition. It has a scrape on the top case (pictured), and the top case is also very slightly bent in the top left corner (also pictured), but it's otherwise in perfect shape - even the underside is in perfect shape.
    It features:
    2.33 Ghz Core 2 Duo processor - can run Windows or Mac OS
    4gb RAM
    Brand new, blazingly fast 7200rpm 500gb hard drive
    ATI Radeon x1600 graphics card with 256MB dedicated memory
    Backlit keyboard
    15" 1440 x 900 glossy display, in perfect condition
    Brand new battery with 3+ hours of battery life!
    Superdrive that can read and write CDs and DVDs, even dual-layer DVDs
    Fresh install of Snow Leopard 10.6 and iLife 09, and includes original Snow Leopard DVD
    Includes new Apple Remote (still in wrapper) and DVI to VGA adapter
    85w Magsafe charger
    All the other Macbook Pro stuff: Firewire 800 and 400 ports, USB ports, DVI port, 802.11n Wifi, iSight camera, etc.

    this one is selling for $520!!
  10. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    what's wrong with refurb? that's your best bet

    * no scrapes/dents and you're sure to get over 3 hours of battery life
  11. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008

    That's pretty good, though I'd check it out first. Try the dvd drive, check internet, etc. If you have a local apple store, see if they'll go with you there and have it checked out.
    ALso, check the serial # as well.

    If you haven't emailed them, don't be surprised if they say they're out of the country and they'll ship it to you :p
  12. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    i cant afford refurb right now. my daughter is always giving me the side eye cause im constantly using her black book.

    time to get my owns and i dont mind used.
  13. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    arrrrghhhhh a scam. u r right!!! case of too good to be true. i put the specs in mac2sell and it showed 990!!! why would they sell for half of that. duhhhhh
  14. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    Is financing an option? The additional $150 plus, to me, is worth security in knowing what you're getting vs. something someone is telling you that you're getting. Plus you will get a 1 year warranty with the option to buy applecare at anytime during the year to extend that warranty.

    How about a mini?
  15. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Two possibilities:

    1: The guy needs some quick and easy money desperately, so is selling it off to the first buyer.
    2: He doesn't think it's worth much due to the damage on the computer.

    To be honest, like it has been recommended, go to Apple, get the refurbished Unibody Macbook for $849, pay the $750 you have and get the other $100 on financing if you can't afford it.
  16. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    i didnt know you can do it like this. pay now and finance the rest. but if that is an option I LOVE the idea!!

    i really want the old MBP all alum refurb. i like that model.
  17. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    the mini wouldnt work cause im using it to study for my cpa. so it has to be portable...
  18. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    He's saying finance the whole thing and then pay off with whatever cash you are willing to pay now. Leaving the rest to be financed.
  19. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Strange definition of beautiful condition. Maybe I could sell my Passat with the same wording.
  20. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    I didn't say it was definitely a scam. I was just warning you if they tell you they'll 'deliver' it and use escrow or whatever then it's a scam. I'd email the guy and see what happens. But make sure you check everything out before you hand over the cash.

    WHO bought your daugther the black mb??
    If it was you, then I'd give her a pirate patch for that side eye.
    If it wasn't you, remind her of all the things she's used of yours!

    If money's tight, no reason she can't share the MB for a while:)
  21. chris7777 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008
    I think Micro center is still selling the white macbook unibody with a 200 rebate(card) it is still $1000 plus tax, but thats a little better, as well as the apple store refurbs at $850.

    I am looking at local craigslist, at at least $150-200 lower than apple refurbs, otherwise Its not worth the risk to me. And even then if its one with no power cord, or restore cd's I just automatically assume its been stolen.

    there are alot of scammers out there now There was a time with like 90% of the ads in my area were scammers, but I have learned to knock out those with prices so low that they are likely scammers and the results are much better.
  22. 92jlee macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Cardiff, Wales, UK
    How much would you say a 17" MacBook Pro 2.5Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2Gb ddr 667, 8600gt, 250gb is worth? I'm looking to sell as I was practically given this MacBook Pro but I need the money for a motorbike.

    Thanks :)
  23. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    I found this for $800

    a refurb from a local store....BUT it doesnt have snow leopard..

    MacBook 13.3" MB466LL/A

    Learn More from Intel
    Our Price: $799.99
    SKU: 885475
    Mfr Part #: MB466LL/A
    UPC: 885909223138
    Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz
    2GB DDR3-1066 RAM
    160GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
    SuperDrive Double Layer 8x DVD±RW Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    10/100/1000 Network
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless Network
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    13.3" Widescreen Display
    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard

    Model Number MacBook 13.3" MB466LL/A
    Operating System Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor
    Processor Speed 2.0GHz
    Level 2 Cache 3MB Level 2 Cache
    Data Bus Speed 1066MHz Frontside Bus
    RAM Installed / Max RAM Supported 2GB PC-8500 DDR3 RAM (Expandable to 4GB)
    Memory Configuration (2) 1GB SO-DIMM Memory Modules
    Memory Slots Available (0) Available 200-pin SO-DIMM Slots
    Hard Drive 160GB 5,400RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
    Multimedia Drive SuperDrive Double Layer 8x DVD±RW Drive
    Display Type 13.3" TFT Widescreen Display
    Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Video Chipset
    Video Memory Installed 256MB DDR3 Shared SDRAM
    Internal Max Resolution 1280 x 800
    Sound Card Integrated Sound Card
    Audio Input Built-In Omnidirectional Microphone
    Network Features 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Adapter
    Wireless Network Features AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless Network; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    Ports and Connectors (2) USB 2.0 Ports; (1) Mini DisplayPort; (1) RJ-45 Port; (1) MagSafe Power Port; (1) Audio Line In; (1) Audio Line Out
    Built-in Devices Speakers, Microphone, iSight Camera
    Input Device Keyboard, Trackpad
    Included Battery Rechargeable 45 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
    Included Power Supply MagSafe 60W power adapter
    Average Run Time Up to 5 hours
    Included Software iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.78" x 8.94" x 0.95"
    Weight 4.5 lbs
  24. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    when I put the specs in mac2sell it says $600!!!!

  25. LuvKaya thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Is this a Lowball offer???

    I want to offer him $700 cash- would you be offended??? what is a reasonable offer??

    I bought a desktop PC and have no need for my laptop. I will consider reasonable offers.

    MacBook Pro 2.2 Ghz Intel Core Duo 2 (See Late 2007)
    3 GB RAM
    120 GB Hard drive
    Glossy LED 15.4" Display
    GeForce 8600M GT 128 MB
    Microsoft Office 2008

    AppleCare Warranty is good until July 29, 2010

    Also included as a package:
    Apple Wireless Keyboard
    Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse

    I have the original box for the MacBook Pro and keyboard.

    One caveat: the battery only holds 45% of its original capacity. You will definitely need (or want) a new battery. The price is approximately $120 below what I value it to compensate for the bad battery. Absolutely no other caveats: no dead/stuck pixels, no dents in case, etc..

    This is being sold as a package and not separately. Will only deal person-to-person. Please email me your questions. Thanks for looking.

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