My offer: 13" macbook used for $500, worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kicko, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    I have an offer for a used macbook and i just wanted to know if it sounds like a fair deal.

    its has

    1.8 Ghz duo core
    2Gb ram
    60 Gb HD
    8x(? i think) dvd/cd combo burner
    video card(i'm not sure)

    it includes ilife '09 and Ms office '08

    anything else I should know or look for?
    asking price: $500
  2. Jaredcwood macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    That's some pretty old technology when you look at it... the 1.83ghz model was the lowest end first generation macbook. Most likely out of applecare and there were some issues with logic boards with them. Just be careful. For an extra 300 or so you can get a refurb macbook newer w/ better specs and applecare.

  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Sounds OK. Mac2Sell quoted 590$ as it's price. Try 400$ or 450$ or ask something extra accessories for 500$
  4. kicko thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    Thanks for the reply

    basically where i'm at is i dont have the $800 for a referb mac.

    And as this is i can make "payments" with my friend.

    I have always used a PC and would love to get my foot in the MAC door.

    I do have concern about the age of the computer. I dont mind the specs so much as its not my main computer but i'm just don't want to waste money either.
  5. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    You want a laptop? The Mac Mini desktop is $600 brand new. Just recently got a speed bump & better graphics too.
  6. kicko thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    Yeah i dont have an extra monitor, so if i did that i would have to buy a monitor too, Which would then bring me back to $800-ish.
  7. JPark macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2006
    If this is the "friend" price, you're probably paying too much. I don't expect to get much more than that for my Macbook, and it's a 2.0 GHz with 2GB RAM and a 250 GB hard drive, and still has a few months of AppleCare left. See what the equivalent goes for on eBay and pay that.
  8. joehahn macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    put a bigger HDD in it and it'll definitely be worth the money you are asking for it
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    Bad deal. That's old and likely out of warranty. Save your money for an nVidia MacBook on the refurb store. Also, getting into a debtor situation with a friend can be very strenuous on that relationship. I wouldn't advise it.
  10. MacLover4491 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2009
    Look for a core2duo macbook. The core duo only worth 400bucks. Expect to pay between 500 to 550 for the core2duo. You can look on They are so cheap on ebay and you have a lot of choices.
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  12. sittnick macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
  13. kicko thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    I dont think its a bad deal but the hard drive is small. I'm thinking it over but i'm in favor of passing on this.

    Thanks guys! for all your advice.

    I have not looked at used macs prior to this offer so i was coming into new light.

    How about $400?? lol trying to drive me a hard bargin. It getting more worth it.
  14. MacLover4491 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2009
    if its in good condition then 400 is a good deal. get it.
  15. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
  16. iMav macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    Columbus, WI
    Save up and buy a new or refurb'ed mac mini or MacBook with the nVidia graphics. Worst case, at least save up and hold out for a Core2Duo.
  17. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...most likely your friend has a student version of the MS office which gave him 3 licenses to load on computers in his "household"... that wouldn't include you unless he's giving you the software license with the macbook... $500 is way too much and a larger HDD will only cost you $50 +/- depending on how large you want to go...

    If they were a good friend, they'd give it to you (they don't seem to need the $$ toward their new machine if they're willing to take payments)...

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