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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Anybody buy a MBP on Ebay?


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I am looking to buy my first MBP and I noticed that on Ebay you can get more for your money. Does anybody have any advice? Sould I stay away from Ebay?
Where should I buy?
Any advice to a new Mac Buyer?
I am looking at a MBP 15 inch and I wanted to know how much difference I would see in 8GB of memory vs 4 GB?
Thanks for any help.
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well this may not be much help but i just bought my first mac on ebay.
I bought the 13.3" white macbook (mid2008) model for $500 with free shipping. and 8% bcb. specs were as follows

2.16ghz core2duo (t7400)
2gb ram
120gb hdd
gma950 gfx
etc etc

i think i got a pretty good deal. depending on what your going to use it for, maybe look at the white macbooks as well.

I would have preferred a black one but those run about 700-850ish on ebay.
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I am looking to buy my first MBP and I noticed that on Ebay you can get more for your money. Does anybody have any advice? Sould I stay away from Ebay?
The bottom line is...some people are comfortable buying a computer on e-Bay, and others are not.

That's pretty much the "take-a-way" message you will get from this thread.

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I agree.

I'd make sure whatever laptop I was purchasing was coming from a seller with TONS of great feedback or one of those "power sellers"...

I can't really purchase anything I can't see in person first.
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true, but i got a two year square trade warranty with a code off slickdeals for 70 bucks as well. so im covered...
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If he has less than 99% feedback from a minimum of 100 transactions i wouldnt r
trade with them.

Anything higher and you should be OK. And make the hand over of $ trough PayPal and that way you have insurance to cover you if its not the item you thought you bought

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I'd NEVER buy a second hand Mac unless it was a refurb from Apple... warranty is included!
If I had a good Mac and I wanted to sell it because I was wanting to upgrade, or for any other reason, I'd sell it, or give it to a friend, or a family member, knowing that it was a good deal or gift!
I wouldn't sell something faulty, dodgy, etc anywhere, but many would!
Negative, maybe!
Would I risk it with electronic equipment....... NO!
IMHO I add!
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I purchased my brand new 17" MBP from eBay. Your best best it to be very careful, and research the sellers history, and even try and contact someone who has already purchased from them.

The seller I bought mine from had very positive feedback, and although showed only a stock photo, which initially had me worried, I was reassured by the seller giving me his telephone number prior to my purchase, and we talked about the transaction.

This is the seller I got mine from..

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=290385320345

reason I decided to buy from eBay, was not only to save a few €€€, but also it was the most convenient method for me, as I do not own a credit card. I'm a debt card man, choosing to only spend what money I have, and never go into debt for anything. My personal motto is "You Should Never Get In Debt", meaning, you should never get into debt for something, if you want something, and you cannot afford to buy it outright, then save your money until you do
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Originally Posted by janeway_usa View Post
I am looking to buy my first MBP and I noticed that on Ebay you can get more for your money. Does anybody have any advice? Sould I stay away from Ebay?
Where should I buy?
Any advice to a new Mac Buyer?
I am looking at a MBP 15 inch and I wanted to know how much difference I would see in 8GB of memory vs 4 GB?
Thanks for any help.
I don't see anything wrong with ebay. Do your research first. As long as you pay with paypal your covered 100% regardless if the seller has a no return policy or anything like that, Paypal will protect you.


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I'd NEVER buy a second hand Mac unless it was a refurb from Apple... warranty is included!
If I had a good Mac and I wanted to sell it because I was wanting to upgrade, or for any other reason, I'd sell it, or give it to a friend, or a family member, knowing that it was a good deal or gift!
I wouldn't sell something faulty, dodgy, etc anywhere, but many would!
Negative, maybe!
Would I risk it with electronic equipment....... NO!
IMHO I add!
Are you a new Mac user?
This comment could only come from someone new to Apple. I may not be the biggest fan boy out there, But I have bought many used Macs all solid devices, Discouraging this guy from a used Mac off ebay just sounds naive.
There's a reason why used Macs have a much higher resale value than their PC counter parts, The brand for one and reliability for another.

Ask any old school Mac user how many 5-10-15 and even 20 year old Macs they still have that are 100% functional.
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Are you a new Mac user?
This comment could only come from someone new to Apple. I may not be the biggest fan boy out there, But I have bought many used Macs all solid devices, Discouraging this guy from a used Mac off ebay just sounds naive.
There's a reason why used Macs have a much higher resale value than their PC counter parts, The brand for one and reliability for another.

Ask any old school Mac user how many 5-10-15 and even 20 year old Macs they still have that are 100% functional.
LOL
I'm not about to get into a p***ing contest with you bargsbeer, but a question was asked, and I gave my "opinion"... and if I were to be asking an "old school" Mac user, I'd only have to look in my own direction! Perhaps you may want to take a step back and chill... especially if you are going to throw the word naive around
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LOL
I'm not about to get into a p***ing contest with you bargsbeer, but a question was asked, and I gave my "opinion"... and if I were to be asking an "old school" Mac user, I'd only have to look in my own direction! Perhaps you may want to take a step back and chill... especially if you are going to throw the word naive around


No pissing contest here. But the OP is trying to get their feet wet, Ya know?
Why discourage him or her?

My point is if your going to buy a used computer better a Mac than a Dell,HP or anything other garbage out there.

I'm sorry to say that sounded very naive of you, Not meant to be vicious or anything.
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The real reason they resell higher than comparable notebooks is because of that nice little Apple symbol on the notebook.

Honestly, the operating system is great but the hardware is not all that special... There are other better specced computer out there than Macs, but the operating system that is on them is what makes them garbage.

To the OP:
I would check out the refurbished section on the Apple website and see if there is a Mac you would like. There have been the new MacBooks going for 850 on their at one point.

And if you are going to buy on Ebay, make sure - as other people said - that the seller has great feedback and that you buy through PayPal (although I think that's mandatory).
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As pigoo3 pointed out, you'll find a mix on this question. I'm basically with 6string on this question... Nope, no one's getting my money for any computer on ebay. It's too easy to get a refurb from Apple with a warranty. Still too much money, craigslist is next where you can at least go turn it on, play with it and check it out for yourself.

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As pigoo3 pointed out, you'll find a mix on this question. I'm basically with 6string on this question... Nope, no one's getting my money for any computer on ebay. It's too easy to get a refurb from Apple with a warranty. Still too much money, craigslist is next where you can at least go turn it on, play with it and check it out for yourself.
Lets not forget, There are many lightly used Macbooks on Ebay that still have Apple care or that are within their first year of warranty.

Macs are solid Machines, I have bought plenty of them most with no warranty and so have many others with no problems or need for warranty.

To each his own. Not trying to start heat.
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Basically the OP is looking for opinions regarding "Should they or shouldn't they purchase a computer on e-Bay".

Some folks said "sure no problem"...and some folks said "no way"!...exactly the way this sort of thread usually plays out!

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