Should I buy a used Macbook? And where?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by McNelton, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. McNelton macrumors newbie

    McNelton

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    I really need a Macbook. Moving to Orlando, smaller apartment, grad school, etc. Have it as a backup for class stuff but primarily for music recording/editing so I don't have to take my old (and messed up) desktop. Problem is I don't have a $1k for a new one. Found a bunch on ebay that meet certain minimum requirements (2gb hard drive, intel core 2 duo at 2ghz, includes CDs, personal seller, good rating, etc) and i'm wondering if its a good idea and if i could get an acceptable one for under $200? $300?

    for example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ite, m=290450224458&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
     
  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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  3. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

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    I don't think you'll find an acceptable, non-damaged MacBook for under $200 unless you're buying it from a friend.

    That auction you linked ended at $440 for a 1st gen MacBook - that's about what the going rate is for one in good condition. Core Duos are the oldest MacBooks, and will be fine for most tasks, but you'll notice the age/speed with newer programs, flash, etc.

    I would look at a Core Duo as a temporary solution, and honestly, if you can save a little more money, you can find much newer hardware just over $600. I realize money is an issue, but the jump is worth the couple hundred extra.
     
  4. therealdt macrumors regular

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    under 300. good luck. i have seen some whitebooks refurb for like 759. check apple daily and you might find one
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    If you find a C2D MacBook for under 450 or so, that is pretty much a steal, as they have excellent resale value.
     
  6. ahm macrumors member

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    Be careful while shopping. A lot of people overcharge just because they're Apple computers. On craigslist out here in the SF Bay Area, I see 2006 Core Duo Macbooks going for $600. It's ridiculous. You can buy a refurbished white, unibody Macbook with DDR3 RAM and the Nvidia 9400m for $760+tax from Apple.
     

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