Resale of Macs today isnt what it once was years ago.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Misskitty, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    True or false? I think its true. Before macs would have super high resale values but now that almost everyone has one just to surf facebook while sipping starbucks, has really taken a hit on the resale value of them.
     
  2. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000

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    I sold my Late 2011 13" MBP 2.4GHz i5 / 8GB DDR3 1333MHz / 120GB SSD / Intel HD3000 512MB / Full box / Normal condition - light wear / Battery health 96% with ~110 cycles for 915$ about 3 months ago.
    The computer was 1,800$.
     
  3. Misskitty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Heres mine, was quoted its worth $475USD.

    http://www.sellyourmac.com/sell-your-used-mac.html?view=confirm
     
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  5. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000

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    Keep in mind that I live in Romania and here all Apple products are more expensive (10-30% depending on the product) than in the U.S.
     
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    I sold my 2008 MacBook for 500 € a year or two ago. It cost me 1.289 € when I bought it. I guess that was a good resale value.

    I sold a 2003 Samsung X30 costing me 1.300 € perhaps almost a year later only getting 800 € or so out if back then.

    But on the other end, I sold my 2004 iBook, which cost me 1.400 € back then for only 50 € a year or two ago. I thought I would be getting at least thrice of that, because of that resale value. I was devastated. Really.

    I never sold a Mac since then, no point anymore. Life is cruel.

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    That link does not work, unless you got quoted 0 €. It is a generic link, not linked to your specific entry.

    Have you perhaps looked at eBay and seen, what other similar Macs go for?
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Even a year or two ago when you sold it, an ibook cannot run the current OS or any current programs. That would really destroy value.
     
  8. calderone macrumors 68040

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    My take is false.

    I have always been able to sell and recover more than 80% of my purchase price.
     
  9. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Check eBay. They still have fantastic resale value.
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    I know, and even 50 € was okay for that condition, several falls, water damage and being 7 years old and only being able to run Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger with good performance.

    It was more than I expected, less than i wanted. And everything I lost. But then again, I always will have the memories.
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Honestly, I had a 12" powerbook from 2005. Battery was dead and a key fell off. The screen was also having backlight issues, as the bottom half was a different brightness than the top half. I didn't even try to sell it lol, I assumed it was worth nothing. I ended up giving it to best buy for recycling.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I think they still hold their resale value. Just looking on craigslist shows some high prices.
     
  13. simsaladimbamba

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    I needed the money back then, thus even the 50 € were more than okay. As for recycling, it never came across my mind, though I probably would just have left it outside my house and within minutes it would have been picked up by someone else, which is some of the beauty of bigger cities.
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Sell it yourself and cut out the middle man. Resellers want a cut of the profits so they'll short you.

    I paid about $1000 for my refurb 13" 2009 MBP. If I hadn't given it to my parents I could sell it for around $500-600 on craigslist right now.
     
  15. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    On second thought it really is a two part answer. Do they hold their value as well? Yes, most definitely.

    Are the resale prices less? Yes, but many models are cheaper to purchase new. Anyone with a student discount and a Best Buy sale can get into a brand new MacBook for 7-800 dollars, sometimes less. It used to be unheard of to get into a MacBook for under a thousand.
     
  16. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    This.

    Apple definitely seems to have more competitive pricing on their agenda. Apple making the entry 11" air only $899 was quite a shock, since $1000 was Apple's magic barrier for as long as I can remember. I also remember how stingy prices were, even from resellers. Discounts were unheard of.
     
  17. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    I sold a 09 27" iMac for $950 AUD after 4 years use, was about $2100 new.
    Kind of miss it now it's winter, it made a good heater:)
     
  18. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    True, but those are usually asking prices. Unlike ebay, craigslist doesn't have a a way to view sold items and their final value. I suspect people are taking less for these things. There do seem to be a lot of them for sale so the supply isn't limited....and that's what ultimately controls pricing. Refurbs also hurt secondhand sales since you can get a refurb from apple for a few bucks more with a warranty and NO questions lingering about what you bought.
     

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