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Buying Macbook On Craigslist

I'm planning to buy an used MacBook on craigslist. This is my first time using Craigslist and this will be my first mac as well. I saw this =en It's a 2015 15" rMBP with i7 2.5ghz, 16g ram, 500g ssd, and a Radeon M370X without any real image in the post I messaged the seller and told him that I'm willing to pay $1400 for that. He said he will let me know after a week if it's still available. I said okay. 20minutes later, he asked if I want it today for $1500. I said I would wait. Then he offered to do $1400 right now. It seems that he's trying to sell it asap.

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I am looking to purchase a used mac laptop on craigslist. I have a few conserns, since I never owned one. The post says it has programs already on it but does not come with the disc or cd of the program. Say something happens to a program, what do I do to fix it if I dont have the cd to reinstall it? or do I have to go to an apple store, but will there be a password needed or anything? What if they don't have one since it's used?

i am thinking of purchasing a 13 inch macbook pro that is ussualy 1200 in the apple store. On craigslist, it is only 850 bucks, but used. ( but its in mint condition). i plan on meeting locally because i have the persons number. if the laptop works, ill probably buy it. however, i have heard scams about craigslist and i wanto know if this is a good idea.

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One of the more interesting challenges in buying used MacBook Pro machines is understanding which model year you're buying. When buying a used car, you always want to know its model year, but oddly enough, many Mac resellers (both the commercial ones and private ones) seem to gloss over the production year in favor of specs.

One of the problems with Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook sellers is they often won't specify the year of the machine you're buying. I spoke to several sellers who claimed they had no idea. If you encounter a seller who claims no knowledge of the model, ask for a serial number (it's available on the unit or in the About this Mac dialog under the Apple menu), and then run the number through Apple's Check Coverage page. It will generally give you model year information as well as some other details.

As mentioned above (and as you should know if you're braving buying a used Mac locally), About This Mac is a small screen located under the Apple menu. Have the seller take a photo of that screen and text it to you. That should give you model, serial number, amount of RAM, OS currently running, and type of storage. If any of those specs bother you, stop right here.

If you made it this far, you're probably considering buying the machine. Make sure you have an administrative login to the machine. You can check this by shutting down, booting back up, logging in with what you think is your administrative account, and looking at Users & Groups in System Preferences to make sure the account you're logged into says "Admin."

For a professional like me, used is probably not worth it. As we've seen, there's about a three hundred dollar savings buying used from a reputable dealer, but your selection of configurations is less than you'd have if you bought new, straight from Apple.

But I don't have twins in college. When faced with that kind of expense, the ability to save three hundred bucks -- twice -- adds up quickly. It certainly seems worth trading a few years of OS upgradability down the line (presumably once the twins are out of school and buying their own computers) for expenses right now.

I also transact most CL transactions in public places, buying or selling is no time to be stuck in your house with someone who wants to either rob you, or do you harm. Walmart parking lots or Police Stations make good choices.

Bryan Leptich, lead developer at Qwilo, came up with the idea after one of his friends asked him to accompany them to meet a seller they found on Craigslist. "We're always looking for new ways to improve the Craigslist experience for our users and adding Safe Meeting Places gives our users additional peace of mind when buying or selling something on Craigslist."

"Craigslist is a great place to buy things but there's always a bit of apprehension when meeting a buyer or seller you found on the internet," said Phillip Lee, Product Manager for Qwilo. "We built the Safe Meeting Places feature to make it easier for Craigslist users to find a safe public place where they can conduct their transactions without fear of violence or being scammed." Lee also recommends users always follow Craigslist's Safety Tips when buying or selling anything online:

Qwilo is an officially licensed Craigslist app that was launched in 2015. It was featured by Apple as a "Best New App." Qwilo was the first Craigslist app to introduce clustered map search, making it easier for renters to find a place to rent on Craigslist. Qwilo is available for iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices running iOS8 or higher for free. The Craigslist symbol and associated trademarks are owned by Craigslist, Inc. and are being used under licensed permission from Craigslist, Inc. for a limited purpose.

This is bad advice. You shouldn't ask for IMEIs/serials, and you definitely shouldn't give them out if someone is asking you for one.If I'm a bad guy with a stolen phone and I want to trick people into buying it, what do I do? I go and find someone with a legitimate phone and ask for their IMEI under the guise of making sure their phone isn't stolen. I now have a valid IMEI that I can use whenever someone asks for the IMEI to the stolen phone I'm selling.if someone sells an Apple ID-locked phone on eBay, it's trivial to complain to eBay and get a refund. There is very little risk to the buyer in this case. Refunds in no way require the cooperation of the seller. If you're buying a phone on Craigslist, you're pesumably meeting in person and can verify the phone is functional and unlocked before any money changes hands. These easy solutions are greatly preferable to asking buyers for confidential information they shouldn't reveal (and which is meaningless if they do, since you have no way of knowing if they gave you the info for their device or someone else's.)

Although many of us are trying to secure a deal via the usual suspects such as your local craigslist or eBay, it is important to be able to examine the physical condition of the Macbook. Certain aspects are not quite apparent from pictures or videos. If you can examine the device carefully, try closing the Macbook and then opening it to make sure that the hinges are not loose on the Macbook. That could cost you some dime if you had to take it to a repair center to replace the faulty hinges.

When buying a used MacBook from a 3rd party, does the serial number need to be transferred? How can I make sure that the purchase is tracked by Apple in case I run into any future issues and need to take it in for service?

Not sure we follow. What is a MacBook Pro 9.2? If you are buying a MacBook Pro with a damaged hard drive, it should nt be an issue since you can replace the hard-drive with a new SSD easily. The challenge is however since you are unable to get the machine up and running before you buy, you wouldnt know how the other components are such as the Battery, Video cards etc. Be aware of the risks. Thank you and Good Luck with your purchase.

By buying Apple products, you are financially supporting a corporation that abuses the US legal system to crush competitors. You're also promoting a vision of computing that would take away our freedom.So buy used hardware and run Linux. If you must, cover up the logo with a Tux sticker. Honestly, I haven't bought a new electronic gizmo in I don't know how many years.Which makes me wonder: is it morally better to buy stolen ideas from Apple and Microsoft than to buy stolen laptops from CraigsList? (Log in to post comments) "Indeed, we enthusiastically buy their hardware and port our systems to it." Posted Aug 30, 2012 16:45 UTC (Thu) by cortana (subscriber, #24596) [Link] 041b061a72


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