Need Advice! Should I purchase damaged Macbook?

doublejabs

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Alright so I'll be heading off to college in the fall and have yet to purchase a computer. I want a Macbook but purchasing one new is completely out of the question. So after doing some searching I found some Macbooks between the prices of $150 and $300. The only problem is that they don't work. They "Don't power on" but include what is needed to use them. Should I purchase one and have it repaired by apple? How much would this end up costing me? Please help :)
 

doublejabs

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Jul 19, 2011
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I don't plan on fixing the computer myself, as I have absolutely no idea where to even begin. I want to know is it possible I could send it to Apple and have them fix it for a fee. If so how much would it end up costing me?
 
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Apple OC

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Alright so I'll be heading off to college in the fall and have yet to purchase a computer. I want a Macbook but purchasing one new is completely out of the question. So after doing some searching I found some Macbooks between the prices of $150 and $300. The only problem is that they don't work. They "Don't power on" but include what is needed to use them. Should I purchase one and have it repaired by apple? How much would this end up costing me? Please help :)
could cost you as much as a new Mac ... not worth it
 
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-tWv-

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Just get a refurb or an older MacBook if you don't need a really powerful machine. Getting an old one repaired is a crapshoot and they could end up having other problems. Probably will cost you more than a new or refurb Mac.
 
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Daffodil

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Jun 7, 2011
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Yeah, for sure don't get a broken computer with unknown problems. Listen to the various other suggestions, like forking out to buy a new one or getting a refurb/older one, which should be less expensive.

Other than being ridiculously lucky, getting a broken computer could very easily cost you more to fix than getting a decent working one.
 
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