Where can I find older (aka cheaper) macbook models to buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brinycbri, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. brinycbri macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2007
    I want to buy a macbook for my bf(he's currently on windows so i'll be converting him :)), but he's not a big gamer at all or in need of spec'd out macbooks. So I was thinking, can I buy a cheaper macbook that is an older model (2008 or 2009)?

    Or do I have to buy him a new model one? I mean there has to be a place that sells them depreciated or inventory clearo ut. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    eBay. Amazon. Craigslist. MacRumors Marketplace.
  3. duke2k7 macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2010
    UK, Midlands
  4. brinycbri thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2007
    hmm..looks like it's GBP rather than dollars.

    i was looking for a website so it'd have a warranty but maybe CL and ebay might have to do :/
  5. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    honestly I always find best deals on clist!
    just look look look and always offer less lol.
  6. FrogTwig macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2013
    You should check out http://www.applemacparts.com if you live in the UK. I use them all the time as the guy who runs it is really good and the prices are reasonable.
  7. JPamplin macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    Nashville, TN
    A better question might be...

    Which older MacBook to buy?

    I would recommend the late 2008 Macbook Unibody 2.4Ghz 13"

    Why? Some think it was the best Macbook ever offered.

    • Backlit keyboard
    • nVidia 9400M chipset, so better video
    • Aluminum and glass enclosure
    • Removable battery and hard drive
    • 8GB max RAM, and can carry 2 hard drives with adapter
    • Supports the latest Mac OS 10.9
    • Cheaper than any other Macbook Pro with similar specs
  8. WildCard^ macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2013
    i have found 3 2007/2008 Macbooks on Craigslist for ~$150ish each. The first one I bought to do some iOS app coding in Xcode. I was so amazed that a 2007 with 1GB RAM worked so well vs a PC laptop half its age.

    There of course is no warranty, but at that price, it doesn't have to last long to be worth it. In fact, if it breaks, you can sell it for parts for about that much, so you aren't out anything.

    I am a PC guy but now understand why MACs are so expensive. They are so well put together that you can reasonably get 7+ years out of them.

  9. old-wiz, Nov 10, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013

    old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You won't get a warranty FROM APPLE unless the machine is less than 3 years old and has applecare. Private sale could have a warrany since appleare follows the machine.
  10. HIMAN1998 macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2013
    Richmond, VA
  11. tkmcguire1 macrumors 6502


    Dec 11, 2009
    I just got an awesome deal on a 2010 white unibody macbook,it is in great condition.
    Got it from a store on ebay called techretire.
    It was listed for $349 and they accepted my best offer of $330.
    Excellent deal for a unibody 2010 macbook! They have older ones too with prices starting in the $150's.
    i just got it yesterday,upgraded to Mavericks and it is running like a charm:D
  12. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Now install 16GB plus a 250 or 500GB SSD and get the best Geekbench score ever for a White MB :p
  13. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I've bought and had several friends buy from Mac of All Trades in the past, and I've always gotten great service from them. Give them a go if you're in the market for a used Mac!

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