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    Jan 28, 2010
    Tips for buying second hand

    I have a MacBookPro as teh center of a Logic Studio. It works great .. but I'd like to get a bit more power into the RAM and processing side as I am shifting toward software synthesis.

    I am looking at a couple of 4 or 8-core Mac Pro's on the second hand market here in Spain.

    When I take a look at a machine some wants to sell, to check it out .... as a system check I can of course look at the system info details on OSX.

    I am also planning to run some core-heavy tasks to check all the cores work and that the RAM is good.

    Anything else I should be looking out for? I have never bought second hand computer equipment before... but the recession is making me go underground for my toys :-)


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    Collin Bl's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    27 iMac i5, MBP 13 & iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    My rule of thumb is to avoid ex Lease units and try and find the unit i want that is;
    Being sold by first owner,
    Has all original packaging,
    Comes complete with install disks.
    Generally that seems to sort the wheat from the chaff.

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    You can't go wrong with Mac products from Apple's refurbished site! The products look like new and sell at a great price!

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    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    yes but there's only one catch with the Apple refurbished store. Any really good deal put up there is snapped uo within seconds of it being posted. Yes some people watch the refurb store religiously waiting for a deal. So my tip for you would be if you want to use the refurb store, I would have a price in mind you are willing to buy and know exactly what specs of a computer you want so you will know instantly if that's the right one for you. Wait a few seoncds to think about it and too late for you.

    So think about it before and do your research before hand and not after. But doing that research and thinking is still a must.

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    hughvane's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 18, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
    Consider using a broker, a guy (or guys) whom you know to be reliable, trustworthy even, to locate a good deal for you.
    Example - if I'm in the market for another (used) computer, I'll generally go with what I know, or have learned the hard way, so if I'm in doubt, or my knowledge isn't up to scratch, I go to a broker/technician whose services I've used before. I know he's not going to sell me a lemon.
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

    I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.

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