which macbook should i buy on ebay? any models to avoid?

ilovecats

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I need to buy a used macbook. I've done a little research and found that I should avoid 2007 and 2008 mbp models with nvidia. Does the nvidia issue also affect regular macbooks made the same years? Are there certain macbook models that don't have issues that I should focus on? Any advice is appreciated.
 

luke.mac1

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I'd be tempted to avoid the 2009 white one as well because of the bulging issues at the bottom where the battery is and the palm rest splitting issues.
 

Gav2k

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I have the MacBook aluminium unibody and it's a beautiful machine. I wouldn't avoid the nvidia gfx personally.
 

r0k

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I would tend to avoid any models that can't run Mountain Lion. I'm not saying you will want ML when it comes out but I am saying you will went to have a choice based on personal preference and not integrated Intel 3100 graphics or whatever.
 

zorinlynx

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Use extreme caution when buying laptops on eBay. There are a lot of scammers out there and laptops are pretty much the number one item that scammers use to steal your money.
 

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Been looking on eBay as well. Thinking of replacing my mid 2010 mbp 15" with one of the 17" from 2011.

Any tips for potential buyers as to what to look for in a listing to avoid scammage?
 

bigdaddyc188

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Been looking on eBay as well. Thinking of replacing my mid 2010 mbp 15" with one of the 17" from 2011.

Any tips for potential buyers as to what to look for in a listing to avoid scammage?
I am looking to do the opposite. I have a pimped out 17" 2010 mbp with 8gb and antiglare 7200 and i am getting ready to sell it to get a smaller mbp so i can get a better machine to travel with. But I am really nervous to ebay it.
 

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bigdaddyc188 said:
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Been looking on eBay as well. Thinking of replacing my mid 2010 mbp 15" with one of the 17" from 2011.

Any tips for potential buyers as to what to look for in a listing to avoid scammage?
I am looking to do the opposite. I have a pimped out 17" 2010 mbp with 8gb and antiglare 7200 and i am getting ready to sell it to get a smaller mbp so i can get a better machine to travel with. But I am really nervous to ebay it.
Is the 17" really that much harder to carry around? Weight wise it's only 1 lb heavier and I've found the 15" to be a tad uncomfortable to carry around all day due to its weight anyway so the 1 extra lb is irrelevant to me.

I would be more worried as a potential buyer than seller using eBay as you don't have to ship out until the funds are confirmed in ur account. And you can always insure the shipping and fork over the fees to the buyer.
 

ilovecats

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I would tend to avoid any models that can't run Mountain Lion. I'm not saying you will want ML when it comes out but I am saying you will went to have a choice based on personal preference and not integrated Intel 3100 graphics or whatever.


Do you know which models have the Intel 3100 graphics?
 

Vantage Point

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As far as buying a MB on ebay I would avoid 1) New sellers/members, 2) Those that don't have a high detailed seller feedback score and 3) those that have few transactions. Long time members know the value of doing right by their buyers since one bad rating can destroy their credibility. I have personally sold a 2009 MB, 2009 iMac, and a 2010 13" MBP and I think part of the reason is that I have been a member since 2005 with a perfect rating. The type of person I would buy a high end item from needs to meet the above criteria else I would just wait for the right item with the right seller profile.

Also, make sure you pay with paypal since that is the only way to resolve a problem if there is one. I have had 2 or 3 issues with sellers and I was able to get those problems addressed to my satisfaction through ebay.