Value of 2012 MBPro 15 After Liquid Spill?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Feb 10, 2007
My sister, a college prof in Northern California, unfortunately had a liquid spill on her 2012 MB Pro 15" with 4 GB of RAM. She's already bought a brand new one, up and running. They took out the HD for her so she could keep her data.

It didn't power up of course; they told her 700. dollar fix. I understand it's probably the Logic board that is shorted out.

I just want to help her reclaim any money she might be able to make on salvage: the battery, RAM if it's still good, etc. What do you feel is the best way to proceed on this? Ebay, or something like it? Thank you in advance for any replies.

please find serial and info below;

Serial: C02J9B3JDV33

CPU speed: - 2.3 GHz
CPU Type: - Intel Core i7 (3rd Gen) (Ivy Bridge)
CPU Model: - 3615QM
Cores: - 4
Bus Speed: - 5 GT/s DMI
Cache: - 6 MB L3 cache
64-bit: - Yes
Turbo Boost: - Up to 3.3 GHz
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macrumors 65816
May 24, 2009
The liquid could have killed other components. Because of that it may not have much value save for the shell/case. To be certain would require thorough testing.

Stefan johansson

macrumors 65816
Apr 13, 2017
Where I come from,a short circuit laptop is mostly either thrown in the recycle container at the local garbage dump,or used as a feeding table for dogs or cats,also seen one used as a door stopper. The value is probably none at all.


macrumors 65816
May 24, 2009
Be upfront if you go the sell route. Inform potential buyers of the liquid spill and the laptop is non-functional. Also include all sales final to hopefully protect yourself.
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macrumors 68020
Jan 23, 2017
Most of the value remaining could come from the display and the outer aluminum unibody frame itself...provided it is in excellent, near-new, or like-new condition, and provided the screen does not have scratching/flaking on it. If in rougher cosmetic shape, you could be talking $100, if that. If in like-new cosmetic shape with a charger in near-new condition, you could be talking a good bit more.