MBP Depreciation and my EVIL scheme

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrdobo, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. mrdobo macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2010
    Hey all, previously I made a post asking for people's overall experience with Macs, with an emphasis on opinions coming from old Windows sea dogs that made the switch. I was looking to be convinced, and I was, but I now face the issue that floods these forums daily... wait for the refresh (which is anyone's guess as to how far away it is, and may only be a minor speed bump... which is pointless because I'm really mainly concerned with the GPU bump) or pull the trigger now. I've already begun school and I'm currently using a Dell 1545. It... does the job I guess... but not well. I want an MBP!

    So! Here's my grand plan, and I'd like to hear whether or not it's sound from people who have experience with selling their old MBP's. I have a bud who's an Apple rep at a BestBuy who's told me I can use one of his 3 Friend's and Family discounts, as he loses his last discount come Jan 1. That's 15% off. Looking at the Apple store, my final price on the MBP I'd like (i5 w/ high res anti-glare) would be $1,805.00 after tax, down from $2,124.00. So, If I buy the 15" MBP now with that discount, how much of a loss do you think I'd take if I sold it once the new one came out?

    P.S. I've never really sold anything on eBay, but I assume that's the best place to sell a used laptop (or anything really lol). I have an account, but no positive feedback - will people be wary of bidding on something from someone with little to no feedback? Any tips/words of advice are appreciated!
  2. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    You're gonna take a hit selling a nearly new MBP no matter what. For what?

    Yes Apple holds it's value well, yet you are going to lose no matter what. Every post that appears is going to be pure guesswork, why bother? Just buy one now, or you will never be happy. You can wait and wait and as soon as you buy they will have an odd problem, or something else to focus on.

    So just do it.... :)

    Buy it now, enjoy it now.

    (I'm really enjoying my mid 2010 Core i7 MBP, glad I didn't wait)
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You really wouldn't take that much of a hit. You could probably turn around and sell it for $1600 or likely more. Now, that's a $200 loss, but I think it will be quite likely that the coming revision won't be worth getting if you buy that one. I agree with the above post, I'd just buy now.
  4. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    I bought mine now so that I could buy a new one when ivy bridge hits, and still turn this one round for $1400-1700
  5. No1nfoProvided macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2009
    Ebay and Paypal fees will destroy you if you choose ebay. I think the macrumors marketplace is one of the best places to sell/buy things once you have the necessary requirements (which I don't even have QQ - my friend has to buy things for me)
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You'll not recoup what you paid even with the discount. Plus it all depends on when apple updates the MBP. They have been lengthening product refreshes so it will be longer then what people hope for
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I somewhat agree. If you can already get the current model at a discount, then sell it at a reasonable price below that, you'll probably be able to get it to move.

    Still don't expect what you paid after discount or anything higher than that. Even if you sell it in pristine condition with all the original components (box etc) and free shipping, you'll still have to give your buyer some sort of incentive for the loss of x(number) of months of warranty, the overall depreciation of the machine from your use, the influx of old machines on the market (which can be mitigated slightly depending on timing), any price drops from the new machines, any higher end features on the new machines, and a myriad of other things.

    IMO, if you are buying the machine to only take advantage of the discount, don't do it, because once you factor in the headache of moving it (including fraud risk and the above), you probably won't come out ahead. Then again, none of us know when the new machine is coming out or just how awesome it'll be. If you can hold off, do so.
  8. circularforward macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Unfortunately, if you follow this and other forums, you'll find that individual sellers, especially new ones, have almost no protection at all on ebay now with their revised policies.
  9. nwbusa macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    BC, Canada
    Just purely as a comment on where to sell it, I'd suggest Craigslist over eBay. Follow the usual guidelines, i.e. meet in a public place, accept only cash, etc...
  10. SatyMahajan macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. eBay is great for buyers (protection, etc.) and HORRIBLE for sellers if you are unfortunate enough to get an ****** buyer. The buyer could scratch your computer and say it was scratched, and you'd be stuck with it, even if you say no returns. eBay would side with them.

    This has only happened to me once, but since then, I sell my big ticket items on craigslist. Things less than $100, I still use eBay.
  11. deeesea macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    just buy now and be happy with it.

    If you're using that dell for school and it's doing just "fine" then you really don't need the latest and fastest,

    Heck, if I were you, I'd wait until the refresh comes out, take a look at it, see If its worth it, if it is, buy it, use your buddies discount (he'll get another 3 for next year :)). And if you don't think the upgrade is that big of a deal, I'd go for the old model (since apple will do a hardcore discount to try to get rid of the outgoing models from their warehouses fast). Heck, perhaps you'll even be able to use your buddies 15% discount in conjunction with the discount apple applies to the outgoing models. Then you could even get a core i7 + HR AG for even cheaper ;).

    Just my 2 cents though.
  12. Gucci Mane macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010
    you can't even get an anti glare screen on an i5 unless you order it..

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