Need Advice! Should I purchase damaged Macbook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by doublejabs, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. doublejabs macrumors newbie

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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 :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No. If you knew how to fix computers you wouldn't be asking the question. You are just going to be wasting your money and time.
     
  3. doublejabs thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes, this is possible.

    No idea. Since nobody knows what's actually wrong with it, nobody will be able to tell you this.

    Just buy a new machine.
     
  5. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    could cost you as much as a new Mac ... not worth it
     
  6. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  7. Daffodil macrumors 6502

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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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