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Old Feb 6th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Used Macbook - reasonable condition & price

My daughter's faithful 2007 Macbook is slowly succumbing to its current environment of sea air (she lives on a ship) and is rapidly becoming unusable. We were warned ahead of time that the sea air takes a toll on non-sea prepped electronics. I believe the salt air has corroded the electronics, so for instance, only about 90% of the keyboard works. Small things are starting to go wonky on the iPhone...I shudder to think how the new (in August) iPad is doing.

She will be another few months in this atmosphere, but needs a replacement MacBook ASAP (but I won't be able to take it to her until the end of this month ). Because the replacement is basically going to be another sacrificial lamb (RAM?) to the sea air, I don't want to get a new machine.

Anyone selling a poor unsuspecting Macbook (2007 or newer) that wants to go to sea?
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Old Feb 6th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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Check your local Craigslist or Kijiji... Usually some good deals there on that era MacBooks.
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The typical craigslist ad I'm seeing: $450 for MacBook in perfect condition--two bands across screen that can be seen from a certain angle only, battery does not hold a charge, one key missing, crack in trackpad, hairline crack along edge, CD/DVD drive needs to be replaced.
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Old Feb 7th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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The typical craigslist ad I'm seeing: $450 for MacBook in perfect condition--two bands across screen that can be seen from a certain angle only, battery does not hold a charge, one key missing, crack in trackpad, hairline crack along edge, CD/DVD drive needs to be replaced.
Hey that sounds like my ad!
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Old Feb 7th, 2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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Check your local Craigslist or Kijiji... Usually some good deals there on that era MacBooks.
Thanks for the reponse G-Mo, but I'd rather not buy through Slagslist or Kijiji if I don't have to.
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The typical craigslist ad I'm seeing: $450 for MacBook in perfect condition--two bands across screen that can be seen from a certain angle only, battery does not hold a charge, one key missing, crack in trackpad, hairline crack along edge, CD/DVD drive needs to be replaced.
Yup.
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Hi KC4. I can swap your daughter's damaged macbook for a fully working one. I have many 1181 models that I repaired and refurbished in the past weeks. When I say "refurbished" it means completely taken apart, dusted off and cleaned, all parts and ports verified (fan and optical drive fully cleaned), fresh thermal paste applied on processor and GPU (Artic Silver 5), lithium hinges lubrication, internal cables/connectors visual inspection, all internal/external screws tightened, case/keyboard cleaned, etc. When I finish with a unit it's in pretty good condition and working great.
It could be a good solution for you and me since you pay less for a replacement unit and I can use the working parts of the faulty machine to salvage other macbooks.

Just PM me if interested and we'll discuss about it.
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PM and email sent. Thanks Glass Onion.
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PM and email sent. Thanks Glass Onion.
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Thanks CanadaRAM - I'll keep that in mind.
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