Puked on Macbook Pro, worth the cost to save?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bammeh, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Bammeh macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
    My friend is going to sell me his 13" Mid-2010 Macbook Pro that he had puked on for $150. He needs the money, and I figure if I can get it repaired, I can either sell it for ~$800.

    Is the cost Apple will charge me to fix it worth buying it for $150?

    Is there a TRUSTED third party repair center that can do it for cheaper than Apple would?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Lol sounds nasty. Might be worth while I guess if you can make a profit though.
  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    Do it yourself. By a logic board and topcase on ebay for less than $500.
  4. Bammeh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
    How hard is it to replace the logic board? If I took the parts to a specialist in my town, I wonder if they'd just charge me for labor?

    I'll probably go ahead and buy since he's throwing in a 2nd Gen ipod Touch with a cracked screen and a perfectly good macbook pro charger.
  5. Bammeh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    The whole aluminum piece with the keyboard and trackpad.
  7. Ricky Smith macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2006
    Boston, MA
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    I laughed so hard at this and I have no idea why. It's so blunt and you seem completely serious about purchasing it.
  9. Bammeh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
    I figure it's $150. If I get it repaired, cool. If not, I can tinker with it. :p

    Either a Learning experience, or I make a few bucks.
  10. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Unless you're lying to the buyer as in leaving information out, a 2010 13" that has been repaired in a do it yourself manner is not worth close to $800. You're also looking at potentially more than just a logic board. If depot service was offered, that would probably be the cheapest method of repair.
  11. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
  12. hello12 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2012
    My brother spilled a cup of water on my 2008 macbook pro. I used a blow dryer (not too hot) on the keyboard for like 15 minutes. I gave up, put it in my closet. ----- Fast forward 1-2 months, I went in and tried it. It worked. Wallah.
  13. xxcysxx macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    well, a mid 2010 machine is likely to have a core 2 duo cpu, which is kinda underpower and inefficient by todays standard. a system like that assuming if it wasn't puked on:D probably worth about $350 or $400 top on craigslist.

    i'd say save yourself the trouble and get a working and in good condition mid 2010 macbook pro on craigslist for another $150 or $200 and get on with your day.
  14. AirThis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    Yet another pointless "attention getter" thread. :rolleyes:
  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I thought u said ur going to outsource the job. Tinker with the contractor?
  16. jacktorrance macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    Either sell it or what?
  17. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    I don't think Apple will touch it. From reading similar threads on here, I don't think they like dealing with bodily fluids. And who would blame them?
  18. Silmarien macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2011
    How the ****** do you throw up on a laptop?! Just tilt your head sideways.
  19. JD92 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2005
    Is it really worth the trouble? Once you get the logic board and keyboard out you're going to have to deal with some stale vomit.

    Don't do it, man.
  20. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    Just let it dry out for a month or so, it will probably work fine again.
  21. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    if you can repair yourself then go for it. i wouldnt be bothering if youve got to pay someone else as most of the repair cost will be labour
  22. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I'm pretty sure repair could be refused (justifiably) due to biohazard.
  23. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA

    Correct. Unlike urine which is sterile, vomit is classified as a biohazard and the system will be rejected by any reputable service center. Depending on how much corrosion is occurring, the repair is likely to exceed the cost of a new one.
    If you buy this, you'll be the one vomiting at the repair expense.
  24. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Unlike water, vomit contains acids that could be harmful to circuit boards.
  25. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    That's just disgusting. I wouldn't touch it if I was paid, let alone pay someone.

    If you really wanted it, I think you would have just gone for it. The fact that you're asking us means you have some doubts and it's probably for a good reason.

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