Need advice on a 13 inch Retina purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SeanZy, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

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    Im gonna keep this short and sweet: I am selling my 15 inch Macbook Pro because I want a 13 inch with Retina.

    I know that they recently updated the higher model 13 inch retina in Februrary so I have a question:

    I found a 2.5GHz model with 256GB storage on craigslist for 1400. This is the model number MD213LL/A. I know that this is the model from 2012, before they did the revision.

    It was just purchased this week, and has receipt and all.

    My question is this: Is the upgrade made this year worth the extra money? I mean, we are talking a difference of about 300 or more here. I did read that changes were made more than just the processor though. some logic board stuff or something?

    I know the lower end 13 retina is 1524 after taxes here, and it still has half the storage. I really want the higher storage....

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. Radiating macrumors 65816

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    The difference between the newer model and the spec bump is completely unnoticeable. I've had an launch day retina and a spec bump retina, you can't tell there is any difference.
     
  3. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    Did you ask the seller why isn't he returning it for a full refund at Apple instead of taking a loss ? ... considering it's only a week old purchase AND has a receipt....
     
  4. abc123 macrumors 6502

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    Have a look at the refurb store too. It looks like that model is $1,359 as a refurb and with a refurb you get a fresh 12 month warranty don't need to worry about why the craigslist guy is selling his rather than returning it for a refund.
     
  5. SeanZy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    He purchased it from B and H photo not from Apple, and I have not asked him.

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    So is the general consensus that the 2013 update is not worth the difference in price? As far as I see it is only a .1GHz processing difference, is there anything else?
     
  6. SeanZy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright so I want to confirm, since only one guy answered, I should not be worried about the spec bump from the 2012 to 2013 models, and go for the savings, either through CL or refurbishment
     
  7. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

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  8. SeanZy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay the guy is not returning it to B and H because they charge him both shipping costs back to them, as well as a restocking fee. And the laptop was only 1499 through them (since its the 2012 one) so I see why he would rather sell it on CL for a smaller loss.

    I really think I might go with this. It would cost me over 1700 to get the 2013 model new , and if it truly is only the processor bump, then there is no way it is worth it
     
  9. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

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    go for it, you really won't notice a difference between the two. It is probably worth investing in apple care though.
     
  10. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    In that case, jump on it! :D

    I got mine around launch, and it's p-e-r-f-e-c-t !!
     
  11. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    before buying I would look into amazon deals for the 2012... last week they were good I remember....
     
  12. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

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    Seems sketchy from Craigslist. Pay full price and have peace of mind.
     

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