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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Starfyre, Oct 2, 2013.
What is the resale value of a maxed out Retina Macbook Pro?
What year(2012 or 2013)? Size? Not much information to go off of...
Jump on eBay and look up completed sales of your laptop model. Do not rely on current auctions, they do not give a reliable indicator of current market price.
Either. Trying to determine whether a $3200+ machine would get decent resale value down the line to determine how worth it would it be to get a Haswell, then about a year, sell it and get the broadwell.
You act like navigating through eBay is easy. How do I look up completed sales?
- Enter what you want to search for
- Click "Advanced"
- Check the "Sold Listings" box
- Click Search
~$2200 +/- $100 for your model - IF you have original box / chargers & no scratches & still under warranty. If it has apple care until 2015/16, add $100. (This is all assuming you have the 2013 model, 2.7ghz i7)
This is priced to sell at a moderately-aggressive pace... but you better do it quick because once haswell releases in two weeks, subtract $200, so $2000 +/- $100... so if you want to price to sell ASAP, subtract $100, so $2100 +/- $100. And, my advice - sell locally through craigslist. Ebay will destroy you with fees.
So, post it on craigslist for $2300 asking price. Say that your price is firm. People will offer lower, of course... but try to get them in the $2100-2200 range at least, but if someone is only willing to pay $2000, and you haven't many other options... I would bite the bullet and sell it at that price. I wouldn't accept less than $2000 because almost assuredly you will get several offers willing to pay at least $2000, but maybe more.
Thats pretty bad depreciation... especially if your getting the maxed out with 768GB.... im going to have to rethink that. I thought you could at least get 2800+.
The price of flash storage is only going to continue to drop. And upgrades are very seldom a good 'investment' in terms of future resale value, at least not for the first couple of years.
If I were you, I'd keep it. It's not like power outlets are far and wide. Hell, everywhere I go I see like 20 of them, my school even encourages people to bring their laptops and games lol, but i'm just speaking from my experience.
Maxed out models will always have less resale value. I say just go with the configuration that you want, and then worry about Broadwell when the time comes.
I'm someone who will most definitely be buying Haswell and Broadwell, but I'm not going to let resale value determine what specs I order the rMBP with.
PDFierro, what size SSD were you thinking to get with your Haswell?
256GB most likely.
I just sold mine 2.8Ghz with 768GB SSD for $2190 shipped.
Particularly if bought from Apple.
I sold my max-out 15" rMBP 2012 (2.7/16/768) with Samsung display and Applecare, 2 chargers, Apple mouse and keyboards for $2,400 on Ebay.
Then bought a max-out 2012 13" rMBP (2.9/8/768) with 2 chargers, keyboard and $1000+ of licensed software for $1800 (also Ebay)
Look up refurbished pricing. It will always be worth less than something comparable on refurb. Upgrades in general don't amortize well. Standard drive capacities increase. The "normal" amount of memory increases every few cycles. You would probably do better buying a low end as soon as refurbished models hit in a given generation, then sell that a year later. It also alleviates the awkward issue that some people on here battle of trying to sell right before a switch. I certainly wouldn't count on such a high return when a cycle later they should be able to buy something direct from Apple for less than that.
Sadly you have fewer after market options at this point with most of their hardware. Ram and ssds fluctuate so much in standard form factors. Look at what a 512 ssd cost a couple years ago or even the price of a 16GB kit 2 during that same time period. Battery service is also quite expensive in the rmbps.
The RAM upgrade is worthless now that it's a no-cost option on the higher end 15". The 768GB SSD is also cheaper now, and the 2.7GHz CPU isn't much faster than the old 2.6GHz (nor the current 2.7GHz).
So overall the only advantage you have over a new "refreshed" 2013 high end model is the 768GB SSD which is only a $400 option now (instead of $1000).
So your machine is only $400 more assuming the other parts are identical.
But it's now a year old?
Things depreciate. I'd say about $2200-$2400 depending on if you have AppleCare and if it's in excellent condition or not.
That is either a $2600 (2012) or a $2900 (2013) machine as a Refurb in Canada, which gets you a Full Year of Applecare Warranty as well.. I suspect that taking ~25-30% off might be in the ballpark, if in 'like new condition'.. Maybe..
Of course, come the Next Big Thing these prices will go down another 10% minimum as the next model will likely be 'Better Specs for the Same Price' as is usually the case..
Upgrades that you installed are for you. You will have a hard time finding someone who wants to pay for that configuration.
Sell upgrades separately and then sell the MacBook with what it came. Thats the only way you will get around your asking price.
The only upgrade you can do is the SSD and 768 was quite expensive at the time.
Selling the upgrade separately is a bad idea because it will void the warranty.
Selling it right now is the OP best choice.
My apologies, I am not familiar with how Apple handles warranty for the rMBP. As an owner you can't do any modifications by yourself?
It is hard to swallow such a depreciation in value for a machine that used to be sold for $3700 plus tax. I bought my 3 2012 edition 15"rMBP (2.3/16/256, 2.6/16/768 and 2.7/16/768; first 2 with LG screen, last one with Samsung display) either used or with deep discounts, so did't hurt me to see that the 768gb sdd option went down from 1$k to just $400 over the 512gb option. Those reductions in price must have been done over the last few months since my current 13" rMBP (2.9/8/768) unit was purchased by original owner back in december 2012 (BTO) for $2900 plus tax (have invoice) and the current version of mine (3/8/768) is now only $2600 plus tax