Selling Broken Mac With Honesty, But Unsure How to be Honest.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kristofer, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Kristofer macrumors member

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    A while ago, my macbook was acquainted with a water spill and it began to exhibit a number of troubling symptoms: It would start up, but its screen would immediately shut off and go too dark to see anything.

    I brought it to someone to fix it and he claimed that if he plugged the laptop into a different monitor, it still worked fine. He said I could use the laptop as a desktop, but if I wanted to use it as a laptop I would need a new logic board.

    So I got a new laptop.

    My water-spilled computer sat in the closet for months and then, one day I took it out to get ready and sell it. I was in the process of transferring some data off it (I had restarted and held down “T” to access it with my newer mac) when after a time, the display shot back to life. I was really shocked and pleased.

    Unfortunately my good mood was short lived. The Mac failed again, the display disappearing.

    I want to sell this thing. I’m sure someone would find it useful for parts. But I want to be honest about its state so no one buys it thinking they can use it without much trouble.

    Is there a specific set of problems that follow a waterspill that match up with what I have described above as happening to my laptop, that I can try to explain briefly in an Ebay selling window? I could just write out the whole story, but its specific problem I am unsure of. I was told I need a new logic board, yet the logic board works with a different monitor? That doesn't make sense, does it? So do I just need a new display and the logic board is actually fine?

    Can someone help me explain to potential buyers what exactly is wrong with the Mac?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The exact problem is that it's had water spilled all over it :p

    Honestly, I'd say just that.

    MacBook for sale. Suffered water damage but still works with random issues (specifically display).

    Sold as seen.

    blah blah blah...
     
  3. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, that makes it easy. Thank you very much. Any idea how much someone is usually willing to buy such a thing for?
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Not a clue! I'd have thought with something like this it will be pure luck who comes across it and what they feel like spending.
     
  5. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Are you putting it on Ebay? Just start with the lowest price you are willing to take for it. Remember, you won't get much so I would start low. A couple of bucks is better than none when you will just end up putting it into the trash...
     

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