What to ask When buying used?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FriarNurgle, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. FriarNurgle, Feb 4, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011

    FriarNurgle macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    What should I ask/look for when buying a used MacBook Pro?

    Found what seems to be a good deal on a Late 2008 15" 2.4GHz 4GB with an aftermarket 128SSD for around a grand. Have a friend who is rather Mac competent and he indicated "If it boots, you're good." What are your thoughts?


    Edit... Or would a refub from the Apple store be a better purchase. The 13" are around the same money unless I go nuts and splurge for a 15" with an i5 chip.
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    If it boots, your good? Hardly.

    Listen for odd noises like scratching or hissing. Look for external case damage. Run the hardware test and check everything out. Ask for the install CD's
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'd ask about the battery (cycle count, health), then what comes with it. If you can, get the disks that came with it, although it would be better to get a snow leopard disk, as it shipped with leopard. If it comes with the power cable (in good condition), boots, and has a decent battery, I'd say you're good to go, as long as there isn't anything obviously wrong with it.
  4. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    if it has the 8600 gt stay away. those fail at a very high rate.
  5. cheeseblock macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    SLC, UT
    Yeah the battery cycle thing is kind of a big deal. I compare it to miles on a car, you can tell just how used the laptop is. And if you do get a "high-mileage" laptop, you can expect to have it plugged in pretty much all the time... Other than that, macs are all great, you can rarely go wrong. I kinda wish i bought one used, cause mine still runs as good now as it did 2 years ago when i bought it :)
  6. mrwonkers macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2004
    I always ask "Do you or anyone else take baths with your MacBook Pro?"
  7. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Go with the referb on the apple store. They have very strict quality specs and a full warranty

    They may drop a little in price if the new MBP comes out anytime soon but no one knows for sure when that will happen.
  8. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    +1. I've frequently browsed the used market on eBay, and they rarely sell cheaper than what the refurb store is selling them for. In fact, I've seen quite a few instances where people are paying more for used on eBay. Why, I'll never understand. But the refurb store is your friend.
  9. FriarNurgle thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks for the info, gang. The refurbs are looking more and more logical.

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