: Price Check: 13" MBP 2.26


Rounder
Apr 14th, 2010, 03:03 PM
5 Months Old

Been in a full body shell since day 1.

Macbook Pro "13 - 2.26 Ghz
4GB RAM - 1066Mhz

How would the value differ from 160GB Stock HDD to 500GB Momentus 7200RPM HDD

What would a good price for this machine be?

I might be making the leap into the new 15" MBP and was hoping to get an insight on the value. AppleCare still valid until November 2010.

Andrew Pratt
Apr 14th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Refurb's are now near $1K so I'd guess slightly less then that here...maybe more on the open market.

andreww
Apr 14th, 2010, 05:36 PM
If I were going to sell mine (same specs as yours), I'd be looking for $1000 and would probably sell at $950. A refurb is going to cost about $1200 delivered, so $200+ seems like a fair savings on an almost new machine.

Rounder
Apr 14th, 2010, 06:31 PM
I can see your points, but this has been upgraded. What you're saying is that the upgrades do not affect the value at all? I can't imagine selling this for less than 1100. The upgrades themselves were about 250 bucks.

broad
Apr 14th, 2010, 07:03 PM
you can get a brand new one, with a faster processor, faster graphics, longer battery life, the same RAM and a HDD still covered by applecare for $1249

kloan
Apr 14th, 2010, 07:21 PM
you can get a brand new one, with a faster processor, faster graphics, longer battery life, the same RAM and a HDD still covered by applecare for $1249

puts things into perspective, huh? i STILL see people trying to hawk off their crappy black (and white) macbooks for $800-900. i swear a lot mac owners are the most delusional when it comes to pricing their machines for the secondhand market... not implying anything directly to the OP.. just sayin in general. :)

broad
Apr 14th, 2010, 07:44 PM
custom speccing a a computer is a lot like adding upgrades to a house or condo..they may cost you X dollars, but that doesnt mean they will add x dollars to the resale value..what you view as an "awesome upgrade" is just a boring wood floor to someone else. upgrade because you need/want to, but you cant expect a proportionate return on that investment when you go to sell

vicks.99
Apr 14th, 2010, 07:48 PM
Well $1249+ tax comes out to $1411. So depending on how much money someone has to spend, $1100 might not be a bad deal.

broad
Apr 14th, 2010, 08:24 PM
if you ask me anyone willing to pay $1100 for a 6 month old computer that was $1299 new needs to check their head

if it had APP on it then $1100 would be a fair price

Rounder
Apr 15th, 2010, 12:10 AM
Well $1249+ tax comes out to $1411. So depending on how much money someone has to spend, $1100 might not be a bad deal.

Everyone seems to forget about taxes these days so thank you for reminding people of the "real" price. It's like me saying I'm gonna sell it for 950, plus tax. It's silly!

I don't think that 1100 is a lot at all. You're saving a couple of hundred dollars for a machine that's practically brand new.

The problem with the Warranty is that technically I have 2 years of protection from purchase. As my credit card provides an additional year of coverage and therefore useless for me to purchase AppleCare.

Thanks for the insights though guys. If people can't see this as a good deal, then there's no point in selling it, I may as well just keep it. :)

Paddy
Apr 15th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Rounder, according to Mac2Sell - Guide to used Mac & iPod - Evaluation - Argus Mac, iPod, iPhone Occasion (http://www.mac2sell.net/) your MBP with a 500 GB drive is worth $890. (upgrading the HD added $30, the RAM added $60 to the $800 base price) That seems a little low perhaps. However, there are some in the refurb store right now for $1019 with only 2GB of RAM and the 160 GB drive, so that's only $219 less for your used one. Upgrading to 4GB of RAM with RAM from say, CanadaRam adds another $150 and there is sales tax on all of it too to consider.

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Apple Store (Canada) (http://store.apple.com/ca/product/FB990LL/A?mco=MTA4MzQ4MDk)

You can always try selling it on Craigslist or Kijiji at what you think it's worth and see if anyone bites. Not everyone is aware of the refurb store...but I do think $1100 would be a bit of a stretch. :)

andreww
Apr 15th, 2010, 07:46 AM
In my first post I didn't noticed that you had upgraded the ram. Not sure if the HD has been upgraded as well, but even so, $1100 is a decent price for that machine. As others have said, people always forget to take tax in to account when comparing to a new unit. It's going to cost you almost $900 to get in to a recent model MacBook, so $1100 is not a bad price for an upgraded mbp.