Sold My BlackBook, Then Got the Air - Total Cost: $500

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  1. franko v, Nov 20, 2010
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    franko v macrumors member

    franko v

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    Sharing a Success Story:

    I am still slapping my face to see if what happened just happened.

    I am a training consultant who has not had a solid gig in over 18 months... well I finally am about to sign a very nice contract, and I wanted to get the new Air (13", 4GB Ram, 128 storage) for the project.

    My wife said I FIRST needed to sell my Black MacBook, mid-2007, specs 2.16 Ghz, upgraded 500 HDD, upgraded 4 GB Ram, and a 4-month old battery from Apple Store (they replaced my swollen one for free).

    Well, I tried Craigslist for a week at a price I knew was high ($900), but was hoping against hope. I included in the ad that I would listen to reasonable offers. My ad also stated my profession, the pristine condition of the MacBook, would include a one-hour tutorial for a new Mac buyer, and posted several pix. NO LUCK.

    Knowing that I meet with my client on Monday, I pleaded to my wife last Wednesday if I could buy the Air now, and I would promise to sell the MacBook at a lower price (but not lower than $500) -

    So I ordered the Mac Air that evening, then a few minutes later I put another ad on Craigslist. It had pretty much the same info, accept a different headline: "Black MacBook - Original Owner Wants to Sell Immediately = $800)... I even wrote that I was willing to listen to reasonable offers.

    Then after posting, I changed my mind about reasonable offers. I wanted to see if I would get a bite first before accepting reasonable offers.

    BITE!

    Literally less than an hour on Craigslist, I had an interested person whose husband's PC computer just crashed, and he decided to try a Mac because of the lack of viruses. He needed it by Saturday because he is a dj and had a wedding that day! (Today in fact!)

    So that plus selling the OEM hdd from that MacBook to a different person (but on the same day) - I now had over $840 to put directly toward the Air.

    So to recap, bought Air on Wed, sold MacBook on Thu, got Air on Fri!

    HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY:D

    My advice to anyone selling on Craigslist - write it as if you are seriously interested in purchasing the product yourself. Include pix and humor! It helps!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Congrats! Black MacBooks are becoming quite worthy nowadays since they aren't made anymore. 800$ is a great price you got off it.

    BTW, I ordered the exactly same MBA yesterday
     
  3. franko v thread starter macrumors member

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    I had done some research on Mac2sell.net (which I found the link here on MacRumors forums) - and it said I could get about $600 for it...

    But I had just paid over $180 this year for the HDD and RAM!!!

    So I thought I'd give it a shot!

    Hole-in-one!

    You will love the Air - I DO RECOMMEND using setup assistant when transferring your info. Migration Assistant messed up a lot of my settings - took me all night and this morning to fix.
     
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    I will transfer my files manually. I have over 3TB of data and around 400GB in my iMac so I can't fit everything in the Air :p Too much useless data so I'll just pick the files I need (few gigs of music and then some pics, others will stay in my iMac and external HDs). Apps I will install manually as well since I have so many apps that are not needed in MBA (e.g. CS4 and CS5). Don't want to fill it with crap
     
  5. urkel macrumors 68030

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    I list my Apple stuff every generation and usually get 90-110% what I paid for it. I used to feel guilty when my EBay sales went for higher than expected (or valued) but eventually I realized most people simply enjoy the chase of "perceived" value from auctions and classifieds. Especially Apple stuff which is incorrectly thought of as "indestructible" and "problem free". I gave full disclosure with closeup pics of the plastic cracking on my black macbook and it still sold for more than its worth.

    Personally I'd never buy a computer without a warranty but apparently tons of people will.
     
  6. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a

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    Glad it worked out. I've always been impressed with the way that Apple's hardware holds its resale value. Even the G4 iBooks are still going for $200 used. I don't even wanna know what my Thinkpad from that generation is worth...
     
  7. franko v thread starter macrumors member

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    And the news gets better...

    I just got off the phone with MacMall and they will pricematch another company's (portableone.com) price.

    So knock of another $20 off my Air!

    So... very... happy...
     

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