Unopened 2012 Mac mini appraisal

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by plut0k, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. plut0k macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
    What would a brand-new (plastic wrapping still intact) Mac Mini "Core i5" (late 2012) be worth in 2018?
    Any informative feedbak is much appreciated.
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Is it the base model with 500gb hard disk and 4gb RAM? You can get a used one in excellent condition with 90 day warranty for $519 at Macsales. I bought a used quad core 2012 mini from them a year and a half ago, it looked like new and has been flawless ever since.

    I guess a new one would have the full one year Apple warranty, so maybe that's worth something more? A new base model 2014 Mini with full Apple warranty is only $460 at B&H Photo however. Some people feel the 2012 is superior though and a big advantage is that the user can upgrade RAM on the 2012 but not the 2014.

    Anyway, I'd say a "new" 2012 Mini is probably worth between $500 to $550... IF you can find a buyer.
  3. MiamiC70 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2011
    Bought i7 2.3GHz w/ 16GB and 512Gb SSD for $600 so....
  4. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    A 6 year old computer? I’ll take it off your hands for $50 bucks.
  5. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I looked into getting a 2012 Mac Mini a few years ago, they are definitely holding their value better than the 2014 models. Many believe that the 2014s were a downgrade from the 2012, and I have to agree. After 2014s came out, the 2012 Apple refurbished models wouldn't last more than a day.

    The issue is that I think there is a turning point for the 2012s, they are getting old, and there has been rumors of a new Mac Mini. So, if this was a year ago, I would say that you could price it above what new 2014s are selling at.

    Now, it might be harder. Are you trying to sell it quick? If not, I think you can list a base model for $550, and it will sell eventually.

    Only a fool would expect to spend $50 on a brand new Mac, regardless of the age.
  6. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    And only a fool would think that a 6 year old computer has any residual value.
  7. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    There are some smart people who disagree with you.
  8. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    Not saying anyone is smart or dumb. Just gonna point out they are in stock so clearly it’s not a sellout.
    Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay. I can put up a 2012 Mac mini on eBay for $3500 doesn’t mean it will sell.

    $50 is absurd. I would say $250-$350 realistically.
  9. KrisLord macrumors 65832

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    I’d be comparing it to the cost of a 2014 base model then taking into account there’s no warranty. I’m not in the US so not sure on the exact value.

    I’d also want to see it working before I bought it. It’s odd to have something sit unused for 5 years.
  10. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    no you are being the fool and the troll and pretty rude to boot.

    @ the op it is worth over 200 and under 500. tough to say exactly what
  11. MaxinMusicCity macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
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    No, $50 is an insult to anyone's intelligence. I think it would be more like $700-$900. These have the quad core processor which the newer models don't. Now that could change with the next generation, and then the 2012's might bring $500-$700 with the specs you sighted. I wouldn't sell mine even IF I bought a new one. :cool:
  12. plut0k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
    Perhaps I should have been more specific when forming my question.
    I reside in Europe, and bought my Macmini6,1 in 2013. mm61.jpg
    For reasones not relevant here, it was never opened and has been stored in a drawer since then.
    The proof of purchase has a waranty valid until october 2018, but this is also besides the point.
    A quick net search finds no 2012 Mac mini with an unbroken plastic film wrapping for sale, but its hard to imagine that there's not thousands of them still out there.
    Could this add a premium compared to those labeled "as new"? (e. g. to late Mac memorabilia collectors.)
    In advance: The thread starter knows his item ain't comparable to a complete Apple I Kit.
  13. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Read the OP again, he states his Mini has the i5 processor. The 2012 quad core Mini's have an i7. :)
  14. MiamiC70 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2011
    Dude, it’s an old underpowered PC made in the millions. You want it it be collectible then leave it as is and revisit selling it in 30 years
  15. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2008
    Newton-le-Willows, England
    Do you want to sell it, and on ebay? I am currently looking for a Mini on ebay and to be honest, if I saw one that old for sale intact with plastic wrap, I would question that the plastic wrap has been freshly put on. I don't mean you by the way, yours is genuine, but I wouldn't believe any seller on ebay.
  16. plut0k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
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    Initially I shared miami and ludwigs sentiments toward the matter: Use it or lose it.
    However, taking this cynicism at face value might be jumping to conclusions.
    An incident on "American Pickers" got me thinking.
    Sure, this is no $40,000 mint condition 1940's comic book.
    Yet they appear to share a few noteworthy characteristics.
    The most significant being a short route from abundance to scarcity.
    Apple products collectability, combined with the company's unrivaled "use-and-dispose" mentality, looks to me like a recipe for impending monetary gains.
    Only a tech collector could assess this consideration with authority, though.
    In the meantime, I dare you to find a sealed 2012 Mac mini currently for sale, with the original receipt (authorized store w/waranty) included.
  17. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
  18. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2008
    Newton-le-Willows, England
  19. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You can just look at completed sales on Ebay. There were seven new 2012 i5 models sold "brand new in box, never opened" in the last 30 days, ranging from $350 to $788.

    I don't think the receipt will add any value. I'm unsure how much your warranty would add. If there is a useful amount of time left and it is transferable, then perhaps 10% if it is a third party warranty or maybe more if it is genuine Apple Care.

    I provided a US link because that's where I live and you don't say which European country you are in. Of course you'd want to check the Ebay that supports your area.
  20. plut0k, Feb 5, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018

    plut0k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
    Well, any civilized individual loves America, despite it's evident shortcomings these days.
    Among the benefits of living in a Bernie Sanders utopia state, is improved rights for consumers.
    All merchandise sold here (ment to last more than two years) come with an extended 5 year complaint limit.
    Thus my receipt still holds a valid waranty for the duration of a healthy pregnancy.
    A pat on the back to both fozzie and mango for providing links to enlighten my obscured mind.
    Based on this intelligence the current market value estimate of a factory shrink wrap item is around 600 bucks.
    Perhaps an investment opportunity for those fleeing the stock market today.
    In thirty years it's bound to be worth it's weight in gold.
    Thanks again.
  21. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    Eh, a brand new shrink wrapped machine wouldn’t add that much value IMO on a machine 6 years old. If it was new it might add a bit and sell quicker than opened ones but anybody looking to buy this is probably just going to open it up and not care anyways... they also aren’t that rare and there’s hardly anything unique about them (besides being able to add ram and ssd)...

    Good luck with your sale regardless.
  22. plut0k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2018
    I never stated I was out to sell it.
    Just an estimate of value, which was sought and found.
    This particular Mac is not for Joe Sixpack.
    More suitable targets would include the likes of Vincent "monkey on back" Williams,
    aching for that untouched unit feeling.
    Or any sucker convinced of a steep climb in appreciation somewhere down the line.
  23. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2011
    Then I suggest you hold on to it for at least another decade so it goes from pricy outdated hardware to praised collector's item.
  24. Ubele macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2008
    It's worth whatever someone is willing to pay. Because of the currently high resale values, I considered selling my late 2012 2.3 GHz i7 Mac mini, but I decided to keep it, because I still have uses for it. If I didn't already have one, though, there's no way I'd pay the going rate for someone else's late 2012 i7 mini. My wife has the i5 model. I increased the RAM to 8 GB and created a 1.12 TB Fusion drive for her. It does everything she needs to do, so we have no intention of selling it. But if it died tomorrow, I wouldn't get her another late 2012 i5 Mac mini -- I'd get her either a refurbished 2014 model or a refurbished MacBook from the Apple Store.
  25. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    It's an interesting question. I bought a quad core 2012 Mini from Apple refurbs for 589$ in 2014. I sold it on ebay for 950$. That allowed me to buy a refurb dual 2012 from Apple for 419$ in 2014 so I'd say something less than 400$. Check out ebay for truer prices for new old stock Minis.
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    Another thought is that its price might plummet when the 2018 Mini is unleashed soon.

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