My Macbook pro has cosmetic damage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hashem500, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Hashem500, Mar 14, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    1. it's a laptop ding it happens it looks like what it is a tool that is used.

    2. yes it will decrease the overall value but if you aren't selling it what does that matter? If you are selling in the future the older it is the less a ding will affect the price.

    3 of course I'd ignore it it is a minor blemish on a tool I use everyday.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It doesn't look that bad to me.
    Yes, of course it will, though how much, is anyone's guess.
    It won't be covered under warranty, so I'd say its not a good idea.
  4. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Sadly you would be looking at $500+ to fix, which is certainly way more than the amount of money you have lost in resale value. Stick with it, and I am sure you will find a future buyer who doesn't mind (heck if the specs were right, and for a good price, Id happily buy a laptop off CL that looked like that).
  5. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    That's not in the topcase, that's on the LCD clamshell. Replacement of that part would be quite expensive as noted by @Jozone , the "loss" in value of the system by having that little ding would certainly not be equal to the cost to repair. Not worth it.

    The topcase is the part containing the keyboard and trackpad.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Whether you want to pay the cost of the repair (which will be high) is up to you.
    I'd just use it "as is".

    It looks like -only- "cosmetic damage".
    Everything still works ok?
  7. osnola ibax macrumors member

    osnola ibax

    Jul 17, 2014
    Would irritate me too I have to say but just forget about it. It's actually not that bad at all. You won't worry about it in a couple of weeks. Stop looking at it (at different angles and lights)
  8. squarebreathing macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2016
    Get a rubber case for both the screen and base portions. It will probably hide that ding and help keep other damage from happening in the future. When you choose to sell it, show the ding in pictures and explain it doesn't affect the mac in anyway - usually this won't drop value on it by much at all. As you use a laptop more and more over the course of a few years it is bound to (even with a case) get some dings here and there.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    1. See how much you had to zoom in to show it to us? I'd say that answers it.
    2. Probably. It wouldn't deter me.
    3. Why bother? A laptop's a tool, it's meant to be used, do you replace your hammer when it gets a scratch?
  10. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    You could take some light sandpaper and knock that down to a much less noticeable difference. I had a very small ding on an older MacBook Pro that pissed me off when it happened. I did just did what I said earlier and I could barely tell it was even there. The buyer that bought it from me never noticed it until I pointed it out to him.

    Just be careful and do it in very small steps. The aluminum on these laptops is pretty soft.
  11. Hashem500, Mar 14, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    Hashem500 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2016
  12. macuser27 macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2011
    London , UK
    It really doesn't look bad at all , throw a shell over it for future reference .
  13. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015
    Who cares? It's a tool, not a Van Gogh. I don't complain when I get a bit of rust on my hammer.
  14. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    Well that's fine if you don't ever plan on selling your hammer hoping to get top dollar. People like myself upgrade our electronic toys quite often so keeping them in pristine condition is critical for maximum resale vale.
  15. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015
    I've owned at LEAST 15 Apple notebooks in the last 15 years. I upgrade every cycle, and I take very good care of my gear. But it's still a tool. I've always gotten very good resale value with a nick or dent or scratch here or there. People buying used equipment rarely expect it to be flawless. As long as the guts are reliable, they usually don't give a crap.
  16. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    Wow, some people really need a reality check.
  17. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    Yeah right. I know looks don't mean crap to me when I'm buying used electronic goods.

  18. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015
    So a scratch or a dent affects performance?
  19. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    The comment is based on the premise that a scratch or a dent could be seen as a warning that the system suffered a drop or some other form of physical contact out of the norm that could risk damaging one or more of the internal components, which could in turn affect the system's ability to perform within spec.

    Since most people would respond with "caveat emptor" type comments if one were to post on here about how they were scammed by somebody that sold them a system with a scratch or dent, and now it won't boot, or the display stopped working, etc., it shouldn't be scorned if another posts on here wondering if the same could affect resale value.
  20. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015
    That's why you put a $2000+ computer through its paces before you buy it used.
  21. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I gotta say--that would drive me nuts.

    On the advice of another member here (I forget who it was), when I got my new 13" rMBP last year, I put a BestSkinsEver matte finish skin on it to avoid scratches and scuffs, and then got a padded sleeve to avoid dings when I'm carrying it around. I like the skins because nobody notices they're on there, and the plastic covers tend to trap dirt and grit underneath and scratch up the laptop anyway.

    I would say get a skin for it. It will prevent more of this in the future, and it might even hide the damage a little bit. Out of sight, out of mind.
  22. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    Oh yeah, like most people do that sort of stuff when they're buying a used laptop. I can see it now:

    Buyer: Okay, I want to install some heavy CPU/GPU intensive programs on your item to make sure your machine isn't faulty or damaged.
    Selling: Huh??? The machine looks brand new. As you can see, it powers on nicely and runs like it's suppose to.
    Buyer: Well, I know the machine looks good on the outside but I want to make sure the insides are fine and up to my tasks.
    Seller: Okay, maybe we'd be better off not making the deal after all....

    (the seller is shaking his head while walking back towards his car.)
  23. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    Sandpaper will also change the color of the area - so it's a tossup as to what is worse. I have an older MBP with a worse ding and a LCD screen I replaced my self after I broke the screen. The machine works fine and so even with a big dent in the cover I saw no reason to pay a whole bunch to fix a cosmetic blemish. YMMV
    --- Post Merged, Mar 19, 2016 ---
    However, running basic diagnostics is not a bad idea.
  24. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015
    If I'm dropping $2k on a used computer that comes from who knows where, you're damn right I'm going to test it out first. I've bought a dozen Macs on Craigslist and sellers have never had a problem with me running disk tests, cross checking serial numbers, and making sure the specs are right. I'm not talking about installing Avid and editing a feature on it, just making sure the storage, RAM and processor aren't f***ed up.
  25. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Yes same here, but as a seller.
    I have sold a few MacBooks on Kijiji andCraigslist.
    To protect myself I insist the buyer does more tests and checks than they usually want to.
    Some buyers are less experienced and I don't want problems to arise after sale.

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