Worth buying used?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ecutsor, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. ecutsor macrumors newbie

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    I have the opportunity to buy a used MacBook today but I'm not a 100% sure on if it's worth it. This would be my first mac so I'm looking for a little advice.

    The MacBook specs are:
    Intel Core Duo 1.83ghz
    1gb DDR2 Ram
    60gb HD

    Everything is in good condition. I would want to upgrade the Hard Drive and Ram later down the road. Is it worth purchasing for $400? Or should I wait a couple months until I have the money to just buy a brand new MacBook myself? I'm a student and would mostly be using the MacBook for word processing, surfing the web, emails, and fooling around in Garage Band and Photoshop occasionally.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Wait a little longer. That's Core Duo which is 32-bit, meaning that future OSs may not work in it plus it can only take 2GB of RAM. I'm sure you can find a better deal on used MB.

    Also, there is MacBook for 759$ in refurb store. Comes with 1-year warranty and is basically a brand new unit

    http://www.refurb.me/index.php
     
  3. ecutsor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome. Thank you very much for the advice. I was thinking the same thing, I just needed to hear it from someone else. I'm just excited to finally get a Macbook and be on a great operating system and away from windows.

    Can you get AppleCare on a refurbished MacBook?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Of course you can :)
     
  5. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    Smart move to wait! That macbook you were looking at is in no way worth $400.
     
  6. kwood72 macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a refurb MacBook for $759.00 back in July, and it's fantastic. Go for it!
     
  7. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    I would go for that deal my friend bought one similar to that a few months ago paid just over 800
     
  8. silby101 macrumors member

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  9. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    I bought mine off eBay for $540 earlier this year (specs in my sig line). MacBooks of a similar pedigree were going for between $800-900 at the time, from sites selling used/refurbs.
     
  10. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    I know of a 2.16ghz 1gb ram 120gb hd mid 2007 macbook for sale for 420 plus shipping its a far better deal than the one your looking at.
     

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