White Macbook - too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Eanair, May 29, 2009.

  1. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    Whoops. Stupid double posting and strange other things. Computer's acting weird today.

    Anyways...lets try this again.

    I found a 13 inch white Macbook on Craigslist.

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    OS 10.4.10
    13 inch screen
    2 GHz Core 2 Duo
    667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    80GB Hard Drive
    No charger

    $425.00

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    Good deal, or stay away?
     
  2. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    how much RAM? and how much do chargers cost? Would you upgrade anything? Is the delta between final prices really that much more than buying a new $999 white one?
     
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    It's on the low side, but not to the point I would say "too good to be true". That said, the lost charger is suspicious - who looses their charger and does not replace it? Find out if they have the OSX install DVDs - if those are missing, then chances are the computer is stolen.
     
  4. js81 macrumors 65816

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    I vote "STOLEN." No adapter screams stolen. Ask about the discs, though...
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Not with Tiger it isn't. That's probably a Late 2006 model with GMA950 graphics. Pass.
     
  6. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    After you add charger, ram upgrade, and leopard upgrade, you might as well buy new.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Refurbished good sir.
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    :confused: You think thieves are so discerning that they won't steal a machine because it has crappy graphics? :rolleyes:

    Charger is only $100 new, probably can be found cheaper used. $525 is a lot less than $850 (+ tax) for a refurb, and Leopard and more RAM are hardly requirements.
     
  9. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    i say email him.its a good deal. depending on your needs you may or may not have to upgrade the ram
     
  10. EX1127 macrumors 6502

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    Question am i the only one who sees the charger in the background?
     
  11. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    It's a charger for a Macbook. Not the one being sold.
     
  12. EX1127 macrumors 6502

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  13. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be on the cautious side and say if there's no charger and no disks it's proooobably stolen. And just as people have said, go for a refurb and it'll be the same price (after the computer, RAM, etc etc etc) and better quality...and not (possibly) stolen!
     
  14. Eanair thread starter macrumors 6502

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    1 GB of Crucial RAM, according to their website, is about $16.00. A charger would be (I think) $80.00.

    If I add all that up: 425 + 16 + 80 = $521.00. Even if you add in shipping and tax for the extra components ($30.00 maybe), that bumps the price up to $531.00. That's still much less than $999.00 plus tax new.

    If I add in Leopard ($129.00), that makes the price ~ $660.00 which is still less than refurb or new.

    But Leopard isn't a requirement, and if I find I don't need more RAM with my use, I won't get it.

    I was thinking it is straddling a thin line between acceptable price and scam. It's low, but not quite low enough to immediately send me running in the opposite direction.

    I emailed and asked about the install disks, and am waiting a reply back.

    I was wondering about that too. I was thinking, perhaps that isn't the charger for the Macbook being sold? Perhaps the seller has been borrowing a friend's charger? I have no idea.

    I do think it's a bit odd that it doesn't include a charger.
     
  15. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

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    If you can meet the guy, check the MB, check the HD (can he, for instance, show an original invoice), and everything looks clean, I'd say go for it.
    If legal, it could be a great second, or backup, machine.
    It also depends upon your needs.
     
  16. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    Ah, thinking of price only?
    One thing you forgot is PEACE of mind.
    With a refurb, for a couple hundred more you get a ONE year WARRANTY and the newer nvidia integrated graphics with a LOT more vram.

    With this one, it could die next week and you're up a creek without a paddle.

    Or if you buy new for 300 or so more, you can get a free touch if you're a college student or have a friend who is one :D
     
  17. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    :rolleyes: I love this logic. Hey, did you know if you double your budget you can get a better machine? Why not just be straight? Hey, if you quadruple your budget, you can get a MacBook Pro! What a deal.
     
  18. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    That is 99.99999% stolen. Seriously, don't fund them because you could be next.


    :D. Just :D.
     
  19. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I see it too , thats hilarious!
     
  20. EX1127 macrumors 6502

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    I think you should ask the person thats selling why cant you have the charger in the background ;) and see what happens
     
  21. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

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    it is a great deal, provided you get some peace of mind about where it came from. that would be a great laptop, period. Who cares if it isn't the newest, most mac owners don't have the newest.
     
  22. Eanair thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm still waiting on the answer as to whether the person still has the original install disks that would have come with the Macbook originally. ;)
     
  23. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Don't know what happened there but I was sure I was replying to a post that speculated that it was a later model.:confused:
     
  24. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    That makes more sense. :)
     
  25. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    If you compare spending a little more now for

    (1) an item WITH a warranty. (refurb/or new)
    (2) better resale value
    (3) better future proof(and better specs - nvidia(up to 256mb vram, compared to crappy intel gma)
    (4) and get a free touch(if you go for the new and not refurb route)

    Than spending a couple hundred more is actually the SMART thing to do. Also, who knows what will happen to this laptop, or what this 'used, no warranty' laptop has been through?

    If you can't afford that, then I would say to wait and either:
    (a) save your money for the better one
    (b) get an MS wind and hackintosh it :D
    (c) or forget full portability and get a mini for about the same price!
     

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