I currently own a used 13" Macbook Pro (2010 model) It was 5 months old with 3 charge cycles on the battery when I bought it. The original owner took excellent care of it as it never left his house hence it has no marks, scratches or scuffs.
Functionality is perfect.
I saved over $350 going this route.
Apple standard warranty is one year, I have 6 months left. Applecare can be added for an additional fee before the one year cut-off date.
Just do your homework, hopefully the seller will have good reputation/feedback in the online community, can share some photos, information and will spend sometime with you to demo it when meeting up. Excellent communication is important and goes a long way when making an awesome transaction.
Ive bought 2 Imacs refurbed from apple.ca. i forget they are refurbed. They seem new when they arrived. I bought a used macbook (2007) off kijiji. The HD did go. I called apple, it was a known flaw. They replaced the 2.5 year old HD free.
I would like to upgrade to a newer model and have never been faced with the situation where 1.5 year old computer still has what I would consider significant value.
I can put a listing up on kijiji but I think I would hesitate to give my address to perfect strangers. Meeting in public is alright but then I worry about exchanging a fairly big amount of cash in public. Maybe I'm just paranoid!
How do folks here deal with getting rid of olderish / valuable electronics?
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