Should I buy a 3 month old used iMac for 600

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  1. silva78644 macrumors member

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    Ok here is the deal. I found someone who will sell me a 21.5 iMac 2010 model. It's the entry level iMac. Is it worth it. It was only used for like 2 months. I get to look at it first before I pay for it. I mean as long as it runs good I should be good right. This is my first iMac so please leave your comments or advice. Thank you.

    It's coming with everything that was in the box.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    600 what? If it's US dollars, then that is a bargain! It is 1/2 of the original price while I would expect its resale value to be near 1000$.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Warranty is out, but you could still buy AppleCare.

    Assuming it isn't faulty or stolen, that's a great price. Jump on that!
     
  4. Kenndac macrumors 6502

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    If it's only three months old, the warranty should be fine. It travels with the computer, not the original purchaser.
     
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    You're right - I was thinking phone support.

    OP - the actual warranty is good for one year. My mistake. :eek:
     
  6. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I remember when Apple's standard warranty was 90 days, and you could buy AppleCare more than once on a computer.
     
  7. Cuba46 macrumors newbie

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    Definitely! I bought a 9 year old iMac G4 on ebay for 70 bucks and even though its that old it works great. You should definitely get this especially at this price and because it comes with everything that it came with originally.
    Lucky you!:)
     
  8. hayesk macrumors 65816

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    Apple's warranty was never less than a year on any Mac.

    Apple once even had no limits on phone support.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    why would they be selling it for $600? It could be broken or stolen. If it's only 3 months old they should have proof of purchase at least.
     
  10. silva78644 thread starter macrumors member

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    i purchased it. it should be here by saturday hopefully. It has 10 months of warranty left plus 1 year apple care warranty. Well if its broken or im not satified my payment will not be released to the seller. My payment is on hold pending my approval when i recieve the mac
     
  11. MacHamster68, Jan 20, 2011
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    i dont know even if its not US $ 600 and would be UK £600 , or in DE €600 that price is just to low to be real
    i somehow feel there is a catch and i never heard about a 1 year apple care

    sorry but for me there spring only 2 reasons for a behavior like that in mind
    1. the iMac is stolen
    2. the iMac has some kind of defect that is not visible straight away and the owner had voided the warranty


    so as soon as it arrives call apple /and the police and investigate if there is anything wrong before you release any payment, better safe then sorry

    if everything is ok then congratulations to a absolute bargain

    sorry but i never came across anybody selling a near brandnew iMac that much under its value as you hardly get a 2008 iMac for that price and some are willing to pay that much for a 2007 iMac, here in the uk are shops asking just below that price of $600 for iMac G5 at ebay look here and even that sounds fair for UK standards if its refurbished and mint condition like stated
     
  12. RaceTripper, Jan 20, 2011
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    I got 90-day warranties when I bought my Macintosh SE and later my IIci.

    I remember all the outcry in the MUGs for Apple to extend it to a year. We bitched about the 90 day warranty at every meeting.

    from InfoWorld, 1990
     

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  13. silva78644 thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah it was a scam and i caught there ass red handed and reported them. i went ahead and bought an early 2009 model from some guy for 600. im on it right now.
     
  14. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    Check the screen for the dredded yellow tint issue.
     
  15. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    $600-$610 seems to be the average price for all the craigslist fakes (here in Milwaukee at least). I've sent about 10 emails expressing interest to 10 different sellers, and one of the replies back was priceless. They had apparently just moved to the UK from Milwaukee within the three days time since the posting was created. I've been going back and forth with them for about 3 days now jerking them around asking the most ridiculous questions about shipping and insurance (and also if they could also ship me a latte or bagel to make up for me paying the entire insurance cost :)
     
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    *salutes* you sire, have class :D
     
  17. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Thank you, thank you :) I owe it all to the guy who sold his "MacBooook" (just a cardboard shell with keyboard buttons glued to it) to some fraudsters in the UK, however I can't find the link of it for the life of me. A cookie goes to anyone who can find it and either post the link here or PM it to me. Thanks!
     
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  20. silva78644 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah these scanners were in wolverhampton uk. They were using TNT shipping as there little scam thing. And I almost screwed myself over cause I actually sent 2.the money in anticipation of this iMac but cancelled the payment like 1 hour after. I saw they were hosting the TNT page they were using on there own host and thought it was too good to b true. Lucky me. Well either way I found me a Mac from craigslist from a guy who live in Austin and got that from him for 600. It's a iMac 8,1 2.4 ghz with 250 gb 2 gb ram. It's awesome. Luckily things worked out for me. I will upgrade ram and get an external hard drive soon.
     
  21. naid macrumors regular

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    Close call with the scam artists, and grats on your new machine.

    On another note, I have my late 2007 iMac posted on Craigslist and get at least a couple emails per day saying "is the item available", "is it still available", obviously generic copy/paste comments. Some snooping around shows that the emails originate in distant parts of the world and are simply a way to harvest email addresses by mass replying to CL ads and waiting for an email response.
     

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