Owners of MacBook pros: what is your age range, job/career, and financial status like

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by matthew6, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. matthew6 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2010
    Let me start by letting everybody know that I did not make this thread so you can brag about how much money you have or make in a given year. AND YES I REALIZE that there is another thread like this, but it only talks about how rich you are/how much money you have. I am curious about that yes, but also how you get your money. What kind of job, how long have you been there, your age etc. Let me explain my wanting to know below.

    I started this thread out of curiosity. I myself am a college student with a tight budget who basically supports himself. I recently bought myself a Macbook, which has suited my needs (internet, email, photos, papers, etc.) quite perfectly. Despite my recent purchase, I have still been glued to these forums, also waiting for the newest Macbook pros to come out. I would never be able to get one, but I would just like to see the specs and the new features that will come out. I am a huge Apple fan and support their products.


    I can only imagine how amazing these new machines will be. I myself would love to have any recent Macbook pro or the new one when they come out, but the cost for one is/would be too much (at least for me) and I believe it would be more CPU/features that I would never need, but obviously are necessary for other people. Despite that, I would still want if I could have one.


    So when I read these posts in all the forums (waiting for Arrandale, etc), I just automatically assume everybody posting is around my age or somewhat like me (college, younger, broke, etc). Yes I know this is a mistake to think that but when I actually started to think about it, I realized that there are a lot of people of different ages and professions in here. I mean hell, if everybody here was like me, not even half of these people would be posting and saying they are waiting for the new one to buy it. They wouldn't be able to afford it. I know I sure wouldn't be able to afford a new one...

    So just out of curiosity...hopefully its not too personal, I was wondering what kind of financial situations you guys are in and how old you guys are, your jobs, careers, etc, to be able to afford one of these bad boy macbook pros. Do you guys just have enough money to get one, or do you have to save up just to buy one.

    I for one am 19, college student, work at Best Buy, and am broke paying off expenses and college.

    Once again, I am not trying to get you all to state your personal info. Just trying to get a range of characteristics of other people in these forums who are able to afford these Macbook pros.

    One last note...sorry it took me so long to get to the point of this thread. I just felt like I needed to explain my reasoning for asking.
  2. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    I too am a college student. I'm going for a web specialist degree then onto a Bachelors in Computer Networking from DavenPort University.

    I'm 18 years old(about to be 19 next month) currently working part time and going to school full time. As is now i make less than $10,000 annually.

    I'm in my second semester of college, i just graduated high school in June 09.

    Well that's all I'm comfortable posting online about my personal life.
  3. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    If you work at Best Buy, why don't you just go to the computer department now and then and see what kinds of customers are walking out the store with Macs?
    Maybe next you'll be asking how big people's inheritances are, and if that's what helped them buy a top-of-the-range Mac.
  4. pratap21 macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2008
    I'm 24. I did my Bachelors in India (4 years of tuition = 5k$!), so I don't have any loan.

    I came to the US to do my Masters where I got fully funded. Now I'm working for around 100k$/yr.

    I don't have any loan whatsoever, so the Macs I have been paid in full cash upfront.
  5. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I am a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. (25 yo)

    I have owned 3 MBPs Since the Intel Switch. Also I have owned 1 iMac, and build 2 gaming PCs since 2006.

    I dont make alot of money. I just manage it well and only spend it on computer stuff <3
  6. iphoneZ macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    work hard in school, get a good job, then you'll be able to afford MBP. (still with C2D processors :) )
  7. matthew6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2010
    thanks guys

    so far, besides one sir cecil, I have gotten some different views of people in here. Thanks for your input.

    I think its nice to actually know what the people are like in here, and not just by their username/signature specs.

    Once again, all it is curiosity. You don't have to say anything you don't want to
  8. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    And just for your general Knowledge I Grossed about 60K last year. But I get extra $ for housing and overseas etc...
  9. Jon-Luke macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2009
    Cape Town
    I work in Feature Film and Commercials production. I earn enough to afford the MBP and for me it's an essential tool. I'm in my Mid 30s.
  10. Steffz07 macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2009
    I am 15 (16th this July) and still in high school.
    My dad is getting me a MacBook Pro because it is the first laptop i will be owning. He wants me to have a laptop for my final two years of high school and I want a Mac (used vista for 4 years, i hate it).

    Before you start to call me a fan boy or something like that, i will probably be going to boarding school when my parents leave the country in a years time so i wont have a desktop. Also I think that i can safely say that I have a well above average understanding of computers than other kids my age.

    I'm waiting on an Arrandale 15" of course, present C2D's are not very good value for money.

  11. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    When I was your age...
  12. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    I've been running my Father's Engineering business since the late 70's,
    therefore I'm old.
    I own almost every Apple product including a Newton Messagepad 2000 and MBP.
    I collect cars (Google 'exige' to see one) and Apple products,
    thanks to the foresight of my Father,
    starting the business soon after the end of WWII,
    we've been very successful,
    except for the hiccup in 82/83,
    and our world wide predicament last year.

    Good Luck :)
  13. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    I'll be turning 26 on Sunday.

    I graduated college two years ago (6 years of college thanks to switching majors after two years, doh) with degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry, but now I live in Japan teaching English with the JET Program. I make 3,600,000 yen/year, which with the current exchange rate comes out to a tick under $40,000--but, it's tax-free in both Japan and America, and I have a government-subsidized apartment that I pay $140/month for. So, I have a decent income, but nothing outrageous, which allows me to live fairly comfortably. That said, my uMBP was purchased with money I happened to have at the time my old Dell broke unexpectedly, and my MBA and ACD were bought two months later with the credit card, but I paid it off over a few months.

    I'd love to dump my Air and get another loaded MBP, but I also need to think about my 2010 Roth IRA contributions, what I'm going to be doing come July when I leave here, and possibly thinking about a car for when I go home, if that's this year; so for now, toys are possibly on hold.
  14. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    lol, doesn't make much sense there man
  15. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I mean I manage it well in between computer purchases so when a computer comes out I want, I am fully able to purchase it :D
  16. mgacam2 macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2007
    I love the Exige, now if only they introduced a Lotus with some real power heh

    In terms of me

    21 Year old Business student studying management and finance.
    Roughly an income of about $12 000 a year working part time
    My uncle purchased my first MBP for me for university back in 2007 and since then it's been stolen and am now awaiting with my insurance money, the new arrandale 15" MBPs
  17. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I usually have about 1500 leftover from grants each semester.
  18. hellric macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I'm 36, engineer in electricity, responsible of a service in federal agency in Belgium.
    Had my first Mac 2 years ago and I just want more. I use it for work and hobby.
  19. otispondscum macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    I teach guitar and sell guitars at Guitar Center. My financial state is decent considering the type of work I do, however I rely upon having good credit when it comes to pretty much all things Apple. I'm not plunking down cold hard cash at the point of sale but I'm definitely paying off that credit debt in 3 months... specially since last monday. :mad:
  20. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    Yeah - you're spot on, the 2005 Exige is only 'eye-candy',
    picked up a Holden 'Crewman' (now out of production)
    with 6.0L stock Chevy engine - I love Corvettes.

    Sorry to hear about your MBP - bummer
    awaiting the latest & greatest to replace my ageing '07 MBP

    Let's hope it's very soon :rolleyes:
  21. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    I'm a CS major in college, almost 21, and wait tables part-time for around 16k a year. Bought my first MBP around 2 years ago. Took me a few months to save for it, so I was really happy when I got it :D
  22. Stokes macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2007
    Or E Gun
    37YO Male. College degreed, professional job. Income about 3-5X living wage for the area (and a bit spendy here living on salt water).

    Bought my first Macbook two years ago. Paid retail. Since then, I've had six or eight more, the best being a 15'MBP. One iMac, a bunch of other Macbooks.

    All, except the first one, I bought from pawnshops (or Craigslist) second hand.
    I'm planning on paying retail for the newest generation of the MBP when they finally are available.

    I am not a heavy user. I don't render 3D movies. I really like the aluminum chassis, the back lit keyboard, and the pad on the MBP. Processors and speeds are all beyond me already. Still, I'll wait a bit to get the latest and greatest, and not feel bad about paying retail.

    I've never borrowed money (or used credit) for a computer. I highly advise against it. If you can't pay cash, you really don't need it.
  23. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    I just recently separated from the military and am getting ready to go back to school. I plan to major in international studies and work for a federal agency. I would love a MBP but if they don't get updated soon, I may opt for a MB. I do enjoy photography as a hobby but most likely would use my PC desktop for PS Elements. But if I found a way to use one version of PSE on both PC and Mac, then I would enjoy editing photos on the go.
  24. iamamonkey macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010

    Nice to see some Lotus love here, seeing as I work for Lotus Cars UK..... :)

    Waiting to buy the new MBP when it is released. Going back to school in the summer to start an MBA, hence the MBP.......

    I make my own music and play guitar in a RnB/Slow Jams/Soul band.....
  25. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i make tshirts for a living and i design them all. i use macbook pro 17" unibody for doing the design and use macbook air rev B with SSD at home, i also have mac mini attached to hdtv for entertainment center.

    i make about $40K/year and have bought and used 11 macs, 3 iphones and 3 ipods in the past 5 years.

    first mac ever was a powerbook G4 15", and the latest are mbp 17" unibody, mac mini core 2 duo 1.8ghz and macbook air rev B with ssd.

    and im currently waiting for ipad :D.

    edit: im 27.

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