What would be better for resale purposes? (MacBook)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cyroceon, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

    Cyroceon

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    I want to buy a MacBook now, but I'm not sure whether to buy a new one at $1200 with HE discount or $1100 refurb. The two reasons for that are: 1. I don't know if I will want to sell it as soon as new ones come out. 2. This will be my first Mac and I don't want to have something second hand, kind of.

    So based on those two reasons, will buying a refurb hinder any of that? I don't want scratches, dirty power adapter cable, etc...
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    1. Don't buy a computer for the presumed resale value; anything can happen between when you buy the computer and when you plan to sell it.

    2. Refurbished machines are indistinguishable from new ones, save for the box they arrive in and the money you save.
     
  3. Cyroceon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Why does it have a different model number then: FB062LL/B vs MB062LL/B. I don't want the future buyer to buy it from me knowing it was refurb.
     
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    I think you've answered your own question. :D
     
  5. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple refurbs come in a brown box, not the retail box, so the buyer will likely know anyway. If you're planning on selling it when the MB are upgraded then get a new one so you have the box (unless your fine explaining it was a refurb hence the brown box), otherwise the refurb should be fine.
     
  6. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    So, you're looking to scam people basically? Nice.
     
  7. Cyroceon thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Cyroceon

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    No no, but most people place a negative connotation on the term refurbished, I will mention it if the buyer asks. Just as anyone else would. I don't ever see ads saying "bought new from Apple" or "bought from MacMall" etc... I'm just saying that if the condition of the notebook is as new, then I will not specify unless asked.
     
  8. JesterDev macrumors newbie

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    I think that most mac users know that buying a refurbished unit is just like getting a new unit. In my personal opinion I prefer refurbished units because they go through the "Apple's stringent quality process" twice including full burn-in testing. So instead of the once over the new ones get, they get a twice over inspection.

    They also have the one year limited warranty just like new ones. Explaining that when re-selling your refurbished unit I think would make for a better sale.

    I plan on selling mine when/if the Macbook is updated also.
     
  9. a104375 macrumors 6502

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    i would get the refurb because apple goes through the laptops and makes sure there "perfect"
     

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