Attention Mac users and computer savvy people - Help!!


(Shaneola) #1

Hey, what’s up… I had a question for you folks who know more about this stuff than me…

I have here an ebay link to a Macbook Pro I am thinking of purchasing. As you can see this listing is a “Buy it now or best offer” So my question is: what do you all think is a fair price for this particular laptop?

As you will see these are the specs:

from late 2008
in good condition
a 15 inch screen
320 gb hard drive
4 gb RAM [What does that even do?]
2.53 ghz
running Mountain Lion, the newest mac software

Here is the link:

Let me know what you think would be a good price. Thanks smart people!


#2

Those things are like $1000 new or something in that range (check to see how much apples latest pro is). That’s not a huge screen either I think. The picture looks a lot smaller than what I have here at my house, but check apples “refurbished” section, they may have this exact laptop on there.

Oh, and add in like $50 cause this thing is running mt lion.


(Shaneola) #3

I know that Apples latest pro is like $2700 because it’s the one with the retina… Without the retina they run for like $1700. I checked the refurbished section and there weren’t very good deals, they were all in the thousands. As for the screen size, 15 inches is what people I know have, and I have used theirs so the size is good.


#4

$700 is kinda high, and the specs really aren’t that great today… If you’re not picky with what operating system you use, you could get a much better deal, even with something new.

I wouldn’t pay more than maybe mid 400s for it, depending on how much you want that specific one.


#5

Before I went to your link I was thinking about how much I was thinking I would be willing to give and right off the top of my head was thinking around $700. However I don’t consider my self “savvy” by any means. I would lowball him of course with an offer. You never know what kind of deal you might strike on EBay.

One caveat, Mountain Lion is fairly recent release. I find it a bit unusual a laptop with this OS is already available on EBay, unless perhaps he upgraded the OS thinking it would make the computer more marketable and garner a higher price. I’m always nervous about purchasing hardware on the front end of a new OS release. Sometimes there are bugs that haven’t been worked out.

Good luck!


(WildCat23) #6

(Shaneola) #7

My brother is a computer science major and he told me that the memory and the processing speed is good enough. I don’t need a ton of memory or anything, I’m not doing anything special… So I think the hard drive is fine. Is it the processing speed that you think is sub par? Because I don’t know much about it… Just that my brother said it makes a difference, but 2.53 is good enough.

As for what you said about getting a better deal… Do you know where? Because I’ve been searching eBay and that’s the best I could come up with. I’m assuming I can work the price down a little… But I guess, where would I find a better deal? Or what would be a better deal??? Thanks


(WildCat23) #8

Does it have to be a mac? Apple stuff is always way overpriced. You can get a pc laptop like that new that’s roughly the same speed.

Also, what do you want the computer for? Just a computer to check facebook, the forums, maybe your email? Or do you actually need a fast computer? I so, It doesn’t need to be a fast computer, maybe $300 new.

Lastly, if it does need to be fast, why not consider a desktop? Most people think laptops are the best thing ever invented. They, for the most part are wrong. Not counting a monitor, keyboard or mouse, a more powerful computer than that macbook, will cost you a little more than $350. Maybe even less.


#9

You can definitely build/buy a desktop for the same price that’s a MUCH better deal.

Also yes, you can get a much better windows laptop for cheaper.


(Shaneola) #10

Well I’ll be using it for work, I work at a church as a youth pastor intern, so it’s not just gonna be Facebook and stuff. And it needs to be a laptop because I’ll be going to college next year so I’ll need it then.

For the brand, I’ve heard that macs are good. I have used them and I just like how they work… So I don’t know. I’m a fan of apple.


#11

I have to ask the same question. Apple is way overrated. And generic, over priced, not good. PC offers a better variety of laptops at MUCH cheaper prices. And that is new. Plus you have to option to add on/ customize your laptop. You mess with an apple computer, you void your warranty.


#12

RAM stands for random access memory so when you use the search bar your using RAM btw not a bad deal however it depends on what your using for like using Internet and checking email it’s fine like all the basic stuff it should be good


(Shaneola) #13

Thanks for all the replies. Despite warnings, I am fairly set on getting a Mac. Unfortunately somebody beat me to this one… But there will be others. Thanks guys!


#14

I have a Mac with almost the same specs - it’s not lightning quick by today’s standards - but I run Photoshop and DreamWeaver on it (usually at the same time, crop 'n code!). I also do the odd bit of video editing, and it holds up pretty well.