Price Advice Selling Two Macbooks - need help with pricing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gochi, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    1. Late 2011 Macbook Pro 2.4GHZ Quad-Core i7 (top model, except to 2.5ghz)
    16gb Ram upgrade
    256gb SSD upgrade
    Antiglare-Hiresolution upgrade
    AMD Radeon 6770m 1GB GDDR5
    HengeDock, MiniDisplay to VGA Adaptor

    In excellent condition, except the webcam does not work, includes box/charger

    2. Early 2009 17" Macbook Pro 2.66ghz Core 2 Duo
    4gb Ram
    320gb HD
    Antiglare-Hiresolution Display
    Dual Nvidia 9600 gt (512mb)/ 9400m (256mb)

    In excellent condition, I don't have the packaging anymore (threw it out). I could possibly upgrade to 128gb SSD as I have a spare lying around somewhere.

    I was thinking about $1600 for the late 2011 15" and about $950 for the 17" without SSD.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As a starting point, you can check Mac2Sell, eBay (including completed sales), and Amazon for prices of similar models, to get an idea of what a reasonable price may be. Then adjust the price to account for condition, configuration, remaining AppleCare coverage (if any), etc. You can also check the Apple refurbished store to see what similar models are selling for.
  3. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Depends upon where you sell - eBay (highest price point - most fees), CL, Forum.

    I think 1600 is a little bit too much even with the 16GB RAM and SSD - upgrades dont really add alot of value. Most people looking for used computers are looking to get base setups.


    Also - I sold a base 2010 17inch MBP for 975 on CL about 6 months ago - it still had several months of AppleCare remaining.
  4. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    the first one, the $1600 price tag sounds right to me. The second one I would value it between $750-900, tops.

    Factor in shipping costs and fees if selling through an online site.

  5. gochi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011

    The same model (2.5ghz instead of my 2.4) refurbished:

    with 4gb ram, and a 7200 rpm hard drive.....
  6. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Processor is about a $200 upgrade (new)

    SSD is worth about $100 used - most 150

    RAM worth about $60 used - most 75

    MBP itself worth about 1200 (no AC) no box

  7. gochi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    The SSD is going for $150-250 on eBay so I would say $150 for that
    Nobody is going to buy used ram; 16gb new ram worth about $120

    I have the AC, I have the box.

    Also the 1680x1050 Hi resolution upgrade should be worth at least $100

    HengeDock + DVI adaptor I'd say would be $50

    The early 2011 macbooks go for about $1100- this is a late macbook with a faster processor and double the video memory + (AC/BOX) included. I think it should be worth $200 more than the early version so $1300 would be a decent deal.

    So total being:

    Macbook- 1300$
    SSD- 150$ (256GB)
    Ram- 100$
    Hi res upgrade- $100
    Henge dock + dvi adaptor- $50
    Webcam not working - minus $50

    Total coming out to:

    $1650. (the webcam is not working). Is this a decent valuation or deal for the buyer?

    thanks just trying to see what i should get for this system.
  8. SilverOath macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I see 2012 base model Retinas go for ~1200 with some frequency now, and those have likely better SSD, better screen, faster processor, better graphic output, likely a few months on AppleCare so still eligible for an extension, etc so I can't see those selling for more than that. I see people 'trying to sell them for more, but those tend to stagnate on CL for weeks and months, probably till they finally accept a lower offer due to loss of patience and reality kicking in.

    I'd I haven't been flipping 2010 or older models so I can't comment on that -- I know I personally avoid them as anything prior to the 2011 is a considerable down grade in performance. Nonetheless there is a market for them.

    I'd scan for similar items on CL for a few weeks, then take the lowest price you've seen and consider it's actual cash value at ~5-10% less than the lowest price you've seen. Most people on CL just want a deal, so actual sale price is usually a bit less than what you see listed (obviously ignoring phishing scam postings). Then when you do sell always price it ~10% higher than you actually want, so people can negotiate that 10% off and you both feel like winners.
  9. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    Check the completed listings on ebay to get a better pix of what sellers are getting. Then keep in mind that a $50 to $100 diff in your selling price can mean the diff between a happy customer, and one who regrets the purchase. Luck!

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