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bajese_del_auto

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bajese_del_auto

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Jul 13, 2023
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Would it be stupid to not buy this used MBP 2020 (M1 8/256gb, 13", 28cycles, great physical condition ) for $600? I recently bought a mint MBP 13" 2015 for $400 that I can still return. But I really didn't want to spend more than that, and wouldn't mind waiting to get newer model in a few years (M3 or above)

A big thing for me is that the 2020 M1 only has 8gb RAM, whereas the 2015 has 16RAM. I know it's still faster, but that low RAM can become a hindrance pretty fast. For $600, that seems very problematic.

Also, I heard the M1 screens are very fragile. One of the reasons I was so happy with the 2015 I bought is because it's screen is perfect and it only has 54 battery cycles.

Overall, I don't want to pass it up if it's a good opportunity, but the extra $200 will come at a sacrifice for for me as a student (eating only 60 cent noodles for a few weeks, etc)
 

ovbacon

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There are always going to be opportunities that look better.... is what you have now good for your needs? If so stick with it and use your money to eat better. Work and study and at one point you can buy the newest and brightest but for now you should simply look at what it is you really need instead of "is this better at more money". Most things are going to be better when you spend more but only you know what you can actually spend. I would urge anyone to spend less on devices and more on decent food, sleep and housing... you will reap the benefits of better food your whole life while a slightly newer computer will do very little.
 

HDFan

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A major concern is the seller. Can they be trusted? Do they offer a warantee, return period? There have been a number of posts from people who lost all of their money purchasing from untrustworthy sellers.
 

bajese_del_auto

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Jul 13, 2023
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A major concern is the seller. Can they be trusted? Do they offer a warantee, return period? There have been a number of posts from people who lost all of their money purchasing from untrustworthy sellers.

we're going to meet at Starbucks tomorrow. I usually keep my guard up, but he seems like an honest guy so not too worried.

For me it's more about whether it's a good deal. Apart from making sure it's not locked or anything, I'm definitely going to make the the screen and everything is intact, but just in terms of the M1 pro overall. Idk if it might be better to keep the 2015 and later invest in a new model brand new
 

bajese_del_auto

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Jul 13, 2023
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There are always going to be opportunities that look better.... is what you have now good for your needs? If so stick with it and use your money to eat better. Work and study and at one point you can buy the newest and brightest but for now you should simply look at what it is you really need instead of "is this better at more money". Most things are going to be better when you spend more but only you know what you can actually spend. I would urge anyone to spend less on devices and more on decent food, sleep and housing... you will reap the benefits of better food your whole life while a slightly newer computer will do very little.

Thanks for the input. The thing is I really need a device right now. My original MBP 2015 13" short circuited, and the repairs were quoted for over $350 for logic board, battery, etc.

I'm considering this deal because I don't want to have to pay more in the long run. Many have told me that the M1 will last me much longer, so maybe for an extra $200 it'll be worth it, but I just wanted to be sure
 

ovbacon

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we're going to meet at Starbucks tomorrow. I usually keep my guard up, but he seems like an honest guy so not too worried.

For me it's more about whether it's a good deal. Apart from making sure it's not locked or anything, I'm definitely going to make the the screen and everything is intact, but just in terms of the M1 pro overall. Idk if it might be better to keep the 2015 and later invest in a new model brand new
I'd be very cautious... If it's a stolen device you'll end up with more headache and wasted money.
 
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