Resale Value: High End vs. Base Model

Discussion in 'iMac' started by krause734, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    I am considering upgrading my iMac to the next generation if it comes out soon. I am debating between the base 21.5" model and the high end 27" model and everything in between both new and refurbished.

    I was thinking about just getting the base model because I feel like it would depreciate the least amount over time when I eventually want to sell it and upgrade again. Let's say the base model ($1,199) goes down by 25% in value in three years and the high end model ($1,999) does the same. This would mean a 300 loss in the base model and a 500 loss in the high end model.

    Does anyone else overanalyze their purchase like this? Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. robbie12345 macrumors 6502

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    resale is pretty good on the high end but try to get the upgraded high end because it tends to be even better, i believe the upgraded high ends are still selling for about 1800 of last years model which for now a year and a half old and used computer is pretty good,

    also for resale because of apples prices being sky high for ram if you load it yourself with 167gb of samsung ram u will have a much higher resale value for little out of pocket for you
     
  3. gagaliya macrumors 6502

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    21" vs 27" is separate and shouldnt be compared together for depreciation purpose. Now within the same screen size, of course the higher end/priced model will lose value much more as its expensive ssd/graphic card becomes less a factor over time. But if you actually want to play games and stuff on the imac then you have no choice as only the $2000 version comes with 6970M (and i recommend spend the extra $100 to upgrade to 2GB).

    If you dont play games and just do some surf/email normal use, then definitely get the lower model.
     
  4. robbie12345 macrumors 6502

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    also computers don't go down 25% in 3 years technology moves on they go down a plot more than that
     

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