Patience Paid Off!

flexo

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 7, 2010
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Hi all! I'm new to the macrumors forum but a long time reader. I too have been waiting for the refresh for the MBP to take advantage of the price drop of the current C2D; sold my CD macbook, only to buy an aluminum unibody macbook, only to sell that one all while waiting for the refresh, lol. Anyways, I just had to share my joy and say that I have to wait no more; I scored a mint 15" unibody MBP (no applecare) on craigslist for $500!!! Yes, you read the price correctly! Just in case anyone was wondering, specs:
- 2.4ghz
- 2gb ram which i will upgrade myself
- 250gb hd
- 9400M+9600M GT
- best part is that it's not the enclosed battery!

The guy that sold it to me is also waiting for the refresh...
 

Eddyisgreat

macrumors 601
Oct 24, 2007
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Did you run the Apple hardware test or check it for defects before you handed over the cash? Either it's (really) hot, it's borked, or you got a helluva deal my friend :D
 

flexo

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 7, 2010
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Gents, did the hardware test and everything is in working order. When I arrived to purchase it from the previous owner, I was thinking it might have been hot too but thankfully everything checked out. I want to say that the person didn't really use this MBP extensively b/c he seemed very unfamiliar with a lot of general questions I was asking about the specs, hardware, etc. Either way, he got his asking price and even as I'm typing this, I still wonder how I even stumbled upon this beautiful piece of machinery. :D
 

Batman101

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May 9, 2009
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Gents, did the hardware test and everything is in working order. When I arrived to purchase it from the previous owner, I was thinking it might have been hot too but thankfully everything checked out. I want to say that the person didn't really use this MBP extensively b/c he seemed very unfamiliar with a lot of general questions I was asking about the specs, hardware, etc. Either way, he got his asking price and even as I'm typing this, I still wonder how I even stumbled upon this beautiful piece of machinery. :D
Be careful, it could be stolen! Remember the last person who brag how great of a deal he get from craiglist, he was arrested next time he tries to take the laptop for service, great that the police found out that he didnt steal it.
 

cys920622

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Feb 18, 2010
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i'm not so sure if the battery non-integration will be a plus... after all, the integrated (irremovable without disassembly) battery gives you around an extra hour of life.

But then again, if you're really willing to, in your situation, I guess you could just lug another battery around. 5 extra hours.
 

iBunny

macrumors 65816
Apr 15, 2004
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Thats pretty cheap.

I Sold my Unibody 2.8GHz C2D, 4GB Ram, and OCZ Vertex 250GB SSD (the 800$ Drive)

For $2200. I would have asked 1800, but the SSD is expensive :)

I too am anticipating a refresh :)
 

GregGebhardt

macrumors 6502
Feb 5, 2010
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To all that is being so negative about this guy's good fortune, it could be he just got a great deal!:eek:
 

Bushiboo

macrumors member
Feb 9, 2010
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Sweden
Hi all! I'm new to the macrumors forum but a long time reader. I too have been waiting for the refresh for the MBP to take advantage of the price drop of the current C2D; sold my CD macbook, only to buy an aluminum unibody macbook, only to sell that one all while waiting for the refresh, lol. Anyways, I just had to share my joy and say that I have to wait no more; I scored a mint 15" unibody MBP (no applecare) on craigslist for $500!!! Yes, you read the price correctly! Just in case anyone was wondering, specs:
- 2.4ghz
- 2gb ram which i will upgrade myself
- 250gb hd
- 9400M+9600M GT
- best part is that it's not the enclosed battery!

The guy that sold it to me is also waiting for the refresh...
Congrats! That a pretty sweet deal! Enjoy your Macbook Pro.
 

Bibblejw

macrumors newbie
Dec 22, 2009
21
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Much as I'd like to agree that it is just some guy's good fortune, the facts and human nature speak otherwise.

When one person thinks that they have got such an astoundingly good deal, someone, somewhere along the line is being ripped off:
1. He isn't, because you all agree that it is a good laptop for that price.
2. It is unlikely that the seller would be susceptible to it. If he knows enough about the MBP cycle to be waiting for the due update, he knows how much the machine is worth.

Therefore, he is wanting to get rid of it quickly. I'm afraid logic points to it being stolen.

On the other hand, you bought it in good faith, and, as long as you have proof of purchase you can't really get in too much trouble for it.
 

BA Baracus

macrumors member
Mar 28, 2009
32
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Scotland
Good faith has nothing to do with it!

You never receive good title for stolen goods, goods always have to go back to legitimate owner.
 

BA Baracus

macrumors member
Mar 28, 2009
32
2
Scotland
Suppose you can think of it in one of two ways, $500 for a honest sale genuine laptop is a bargain OR you have been ripped off paying $500 for a hot one...
 

bigjnyc

macrumors 603
Apr 10, 2008
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wow if this is legitimate then you got a hell of a deal there. If thats the case then congrats! Enjoy... you can even sell for a nice profit when the updates finally get released.

On the other hand it does sound waaaay too good to be true unless the seller is just really rich and was just trying to unload the laptop without caring about money... but even that is far fetched, even if that was the case his initial asking price would be a little higher.

The funny thing is that even for a stolen laptop that price is too low LOL... In any case hopefully everything is on the up and up and you can enjoy this wonderful deal.
 

fehhkk

macrumors 6502a
Jun 11, 2009
632
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Chicago, IL
Buy a new bottom unibody cover and a new logic board, sell the "stolen" ones on eBay, and you got a clean MBP :D
 

Dozerrox

macrumors 6502
Dec 23, 2009
452
1
Exeter
Or it might just be fine? What's the point in repeating that it's stolen over and over. Nobody knows!

But anyway, I'm jealous. A deal like that would be the excuse I'd need to just get one now. I doubt you'll lose any money on that for ages!