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I am just looking for a basic startup mac laptop. I mainly use the computer for browsing the net and downloading music and videos. I would prefer something at at least a gig of ram maybe a little less. Also decent amount of memory.
I dont have much to spend, really hoping to find a good deal on craigslist or something. I am just looking for recommendations from everyone here! I would hope to find one that I could upgrade in the future. Please let me know what you all would suggest! Thanks again!!
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Buying a used Mac is like buying anything else that's used. It's always buyer beware. Be careful when shopping from Craig's list - if you can meet with the seller and try out the machine before buying it, that would be best.

Honestly though, for your needs and wants, a new netbook might be something to consider. I've seen netbooks with 1 GB of memory, 160 GB hard drive, wireless, web cam, XP Home, 10" screen, etc., all for less than $400.00.

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I have a MacBook for sale just now, that would suit you well, but it depends where you are??
I am in Scotland.
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I am just looking for a basic startup mac laptop.

I dont have much to spend, really hoping to find a good deal on craigslist or something.
Let us know what your budget is...and we may be able to give you an idea of "how much Mac laptop" it will buy.

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I mainly just want something simple to begin with. I was thinking around 200. And from just checking craigslist and comparison shopping I can tell that wont get too much. Unless I have missed something. Like I said, I really dont need anything extravagant just something that will have a decent speed.

I am in pittsburgh pennsylvania right now for work, but I live in dayton ohio. So if anyone in either of those areas is selling one let me know!
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The lowest end Macbooks for the last few years have had 1280x800 screens. Will this be adequate for your needs? Some people feel it's a bit low res. Tho the laptops themselves are very small.
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If you really just want to jump in and try out the Mac world for a while, that sounds like a refurbished G4 iBook or PowerBook. You don't need to go buying a big, brand new, expensive, fancy MacBook before you've even tried the software.

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I just picked up an iBook G4 12" for only $160 through Craigslist. It was for my wife who uses it mainly for Facebook, e-mail and downloading music. It works perfectly and would probably suit your needs nicely. Keep an eye out on Craigslist, there are some really good deals out there.
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I am just looking for a basic startup mac laptop. I mainly use the computer for browsing the net and downloading music and videos. I would prefer something at at least a gig of ram maybe a little less. Also decent amount of memory.
I dont have much to spend, really hoping to find a good deal on craigslist or something. I am just looking for recommendations from everyone here! I would hope to find one that I could upgrade in the future. Please let me know what you all would suggest! Thanks again!!


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