MacBooks and holding value?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by a rare goat, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. a rare goat macrumors newbie

    a rare goat

    Apr 24, 2016
    I've been waiting for a new rMBP since September.

    I can't wait any longer.

    I'm in a situation right now where I need a laptop, and I'm considering the 2016 MacBook. I know it can't do everything I need it to do, but it can get the basics done which is fine for now.

    My question is, if I get the new MacBook now, and a newly designed rMBP comes out in the next few months, will the MacBook hold its value enough for me to get close to what I paid for it back?

    I would be buying it brand new from Apple, because there's a possibility I would keep it and not get the rMBP, or possibly gift it to my mother. But in case I do decide to sell it, I'd like to know if it would hold its value. Thanks.
  2. corry29 macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2016
    The only thing that holds value in this time and age are Toyota Supra's..

    But real talk, I don't think it's gonna hold any value. Tech is always gonna gonna depreciate in my opinion. The MacBook honestly only attracts a small percentage of "minimalistic" people, so when the new Pro comes out, I'm pretty sure to the majority of users will find this MacBook obsolete.

    Just my guess.

    So no, I don't think they hold value
  3. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013
    MacBooks hold their value well but you're not going to get very close to the amount you paid for when you bought it, usually it's something like 80% of the value for the first year then 10% less for each year after that.

    If you have education discount, the resale value is even better because you also get 3 years AppleCare so you can sell it for a bit more.
  4. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    This might be true in your country, but in the US there is no free 3 years of AppleCare with the Education Purchase Price.
  5. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Hard to say hoe much because Apple isn't going to update it again with the new rMBP in June. But the rMBP could become a little less desirable for people who want a new thin MacBook and the rMBP gets thinner with more options. There's also rumors of sizes getting changed up for the new ones.

    If you need it now- buy it now. It's a great machine. You can always sell it and then pay the difference if you want a new rMBP. You'll never be able to sell any tech close to retail but Apple prices hold up much better than most other companies'.
  6. Amazing Ox Space Monkey macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2015
    Holding value? Available at the beginning at $1300, discounted in September to less than $1000 in the US. That's 25% for the first half year, and the current resale value should be around $800. in my opinion it does not hold its value.

    That's absolutely true.

    Basically, since you know it can't do everything you want it to, why do you want it still? No doubt it's a cute computer but you should get the right tools to get the work done.
  7. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The most value is lost when you open the package. Macs generally hold their value well, but the truth is that nobody is willing to save $50 by buying a used, even if it's very lightly used. I would say you will probably get $200-300 less compared to what you paid, but it may also depend on what Apple ends up releasing in June.
  8. Fancuku macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    The days that you would get 80% of the new price a one year old Mac are long gone.
    Macs sell in much larger numbers now and their value has fallen.
    I bought my mid 2014 used in may of 2015. It was 2 month old and I paid $1700. $800 off the original price.

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