Will a Tiger Macbook Pro sell?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Epsilon88, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    Hi guys,

    I'm planning to put my Tiger MacBook pro up for sale on Ebay. However, I noticed that nearly all of them listed currently have Leopard or Snow Leopard. Will a Tiger laptop sell, or for less? If not, then should I purchase a retail version of Leopard (~130), or an upgrade DVD (~70)? But then wouldn't I need the original install disks if I did buy the upgrade DVD?

  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    what are the specs. If the specs are good, and the price is right, a bidder might buy it for the intention of putting leopard or snow leopard on it.
  3. Epsilon88 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    120 GB, ~2.33 ghz, 2 GB RAM, perfect condition. If a bidder bought it, do you think that getting a higher bid would outweigh the extra money spent on upgrading to Leopard?
  4. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
  5. Epsilon88 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    Wow, that's a great idea! But Apple seems to imply that you have to buy a $170 Mac box set in order to upgrade to Snow. Probably just a gimmick to earn some extra bucks? Here's the exact quote from multiple sources:

    "If your Intel-based Mac is running Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, purchase the Mac Box Set, which is a single, affordable package that includes Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard; iLife, with the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD; and iWork, Apple’s productivity suite for home and office including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote."
  6. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    That box set will upgrade iLife as well as OSX.
  7. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's been confirmed by many members here that you can use the $29 disc to install Snow Leopard even if you're on Tiger :)
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    ive noticed that a lot of sellers on eBay that sell Macs that came with an older OS X version install their license of Leopard or Snow Leopard, but then dont mention if they include the install DVD as they want to keep it. so if you have to reinstall you will have to go back to the earlier OS X version. sometimes they might not even include the restore DVDs so you cant reinstall at all or run diagnostics.

    what youre doing is right. just reinstall Tiger and include the restore DVDs. the buyer might be an enthusiast and not even care that it doesnt include Snow Leopard and install it himself.
  9. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    The majority of people looking for a used notebook are shopping based on price. The cost of upgrading to Leopard will not increase the resale value by the same amount - most buyers probably have very little idea of what "Tiger", "Leopard" and "Snow Leopard" are.

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