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Half of you may hate me....., but whats the best way to get rid of my MacBook Pro with Retina

CDugger 27 17 November 7, 2015 at 11:54 PM
See, I don't even know the abbreviations or anything. But I have a MacBook Pro with Retina that I am thinking/looking at selling for the best deal.

What happened was I was at a casino being an idiot and playing a $5 slot. I was down $160 and then the machine went crazy and I won $25k. Everything went wrong at my house at that same time, though, like my heat pump going out but since i just had a PC give me the Blue Screen I thought I would do something for myself with the winnings and get something that is much harder for things like that to happen to. I have a .edu email as an alumni through my school so I got that discount and a 10% movers. Even with those discounts I still paid a lot (to me) for a paper weight.

These are the specs on the Mac: (Salesman must have seen me coming since I would use it for Excel, Word, email, and internet. and Office is not the same on the two platforms!

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) A1502 EMC2678
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel Iris 1536MB

Since I don't really know how to use any of the features and I can go through several cheap PCs for the price of this; what are some recommendations on for how much and where I could potentially sell this for the least amount of loss since I hardly use it because its just so much different than what I am used to and I don't really do the whole graphics side of things. (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Straight Talk by the way if that helps explain me better...)

I normally just use a Asus VivoPC which has been awesome for me (and on BF when it's on sale I recommend it to anyone).

I appreciate any help and sorry for how long this is!

Thank you,
Caleb

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See, I don't even know the abbreviations or anything. But I have a MacBook Pro with Retina that I am thinking/looking at selling for the best deal.

What happened was I was at a casino being an idiot and playing a $5 slot. I was down $160 and then the machine went crazy and I won $25k. Everything went wrong at my house at that same time, though, like my heat pump going out but since i just had a PC give me the Blue Screen I thought I would do something for myself with the winnings and get something that is much harder for things like that to happen to. I have a .edu email as an alumni through my school so I got that discount and a 10% movers. Even with those discounts I still paid a lot (to me) for a paper weight.

These are the specs on the Mac: (Salesman must have seen me coming since I would use it for Excel, Word, email, and internet. and Office is not the same on the two platforms!

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) A1502 EMC2678
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel Iris 1536MB

Since I don't really know how to use any of the features and I can go through several cheap PCs for the price of this; what are some recommendations on for how much and where I could potentially sell this for the least amount of loss since I hardly use it because its just so much different than what I am used to and I don't really do the whole graphics side of things. (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Straight Talk by the way if that helps explain me better...)

I normally just use a Asus VivoPC which has been awesome for me (and on BF when it's on sale I recommend it to anyone).

I appreciate any help and sorry for how long this is!

Thank you,
Caleb

Try Ebay sold listings doing a search on your make and model to get an idea of what it is worth. Can't speak to the Apple fanboy's irrational love of paying 2x+ more for hardware with inferior software options, but Ebay should at least give you a ballpark of what the thing is worth on the open market and you can either sell it there or on another site like Craigslist, Amazon, etc.
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See, I don't even know the abbreviations or anything. But I have a MacBook Pro with Retina that I am thinking/looking at selling for the best deal.

What happened was I was at a casino being an idiot and playing a $5 slot. I was down $160 and then the machine went crazy and I won $25k. Everything went wrong at my house at that same time, though, like my heat pump going out but since i just had a PC give me the Blue Screen I thought I would do something for myself with the winnings and get something that is much harder for things like that to happen to. I have a .edu email as an alumni through my school so I got that discount and a 10% movers. Even with those discounts I still paid a lot (to me) for a paper weight.

These are the specs on the Mac: (Salesman must have seen me coming since I would use it for Excel, Word, email, and internet. and Office is not the same on the two platforms!

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) A1502 EMC2678
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel Iris 1536MB

Since I don't really know how to use any of the features and I can go through several cheap PCs for the price of this; what are some recommendations on for how much and where I could potentially sell this for the least amount of loss since I hardly use it because its just so much different than what I am used to and I don't really do the whole graphics side of things. (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Straight Talk by the way if that helps explain me better...)

I normally just use a Asus VivoPC which has been awesome for me (and on BF when it's on sale I recommend it to anyone).

I appreciate any help and sorry for how long this is!

Thank you,
Caleb
One other thing I'd mention is that if you just hate the OS, a Macbook Pro runs Windows 10 really well: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204990.

I don't know how the pricing will work out, but if it looks like you're going to be eating a large loss, you might want to consider just installing Windows 10 on the machine. Apple hardware may come at a premium, but the MBPs are also probably the best made laptops you can buy. Coupled with a really good high res screen and proper display scaling support in Windows 10, you ironically have one of the best laptops for running Windows.
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You could get 800 for that easily. If you are firm you could probably get 900 or even 1000. Try Craigslist. Be careful always meet in public. And I recommend bringing a gun.
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You could get 800 for that easily. If you are firm you could probably get 900 or even 1000. Try Craigslist. Be careful always meet in public. And I recommend bringing a gun.
Hahaha! Craigslist=sketchy
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Depends on the neighborhood, Craigslist can be better than eBay. Although I just sold my 10-year old iron set for a lot more than I expected, eBay can be risky as well.

I would do buy now with make an offer option if selling on eBay.
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Why do we hate the op?
I need a refresher.
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Why do we hate the op?
I need a refresher.
Secret Because he is too good for MacBook Pro.
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Craigslist is an option but I always do the following:
-Stipulate cash only in the ad
-Use CL's email function with a secondary email address (for incoming spam)
-Stipulate that they must provide their phone number in the email reply
-Meet in public except for very large items with extensive vetting of the buyer.

Then you can call the ones that don't seem sketchy from google voice or ring.to or a tracfone. Phone calls are preferable to long email chains back and forth.

Don't agree to hold an item for anyone and don't get too invested in any of the communication with a prospective buyer. I feel like some people deliberately draw out the communication to increase the odds you accept less when they show up.

Bring a UV light or pen that can test currency, look at the bills. I had someone try to give me counterfeit bills once. Details of that attempted exchange were passed on to law enforcement.

Expect a bait & switch but be prepared to hold firm or only discount slightly. Often the buyer will agree to your price and show up at the meeting and offer you less, but they wouldn't have responded if they weren't willing to pay what you were asking. They may sell you some sob story to try to knock the price down and turn around and pull out a money clip with $2000 once you've agreed to a lower price. If there's something you didn't disclose about the condition of the item you should accept a lesser amount.

No mater how you sell it, copy all your personal information off of it and then wipe the hard drive and reinstall the os. http://www.howtogeek.com/186860/h...ion-media/

Be willing to show them a copy of the original receipt to alleviate fears of buying stolen property.
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One other thing I'd mention is that if you just hate the OS, a Macbook Pro runs Windows 10 really well: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204990.

I don't know how the pricing will work out, but if it looks like you're going to be eating a large loss, you might want to consider just installing Windows 10 on the machine. Apple hardware may come at a premium, but the MBPs are also probably the best made laptops you can buy. Coupled with a really good high res screen and proper display scaling support in Windows 10, you ironically have one of the best laptops for running Windows.
Gotta love irony! Thank you all so much for the responses. I have been a member on this site for a long time, I just usually stick to the deals portion (actually how I got the Mac)!

Thank you again!
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You could get 800 for that easily. If you are firm you could probably get 900 or even 1000. Try Craigslist. Be careful always meet in public. And I recommend bringing a gun.

Concise and to the point! I like it. Craigslist has worked out well for me in the past. I do always LEGALLY (for those who may not like that) carry a handgun with me. If you have never heard of the app "OfferUp" I would check that out on your phone because I have been having even better luck with that.

The MBPs on there are usually SPAM so I wanted opinions from you all!
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Depends on the neighborhood, Craigslist can be better than eBay. Although I just sold my 10-year old iron set for a lot more than I expected, eBay can be risky as well.

I would do buy now with make an offer option if selling on eBay.
Definitely try out the phone app "OfferUp". Only have to talk to people through the app, but yeah, you still have to be careful where to meet. I used to only meet at a fire station.
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Secret Because he is too good for MacBook Pro.

Haha. I'm a country boy from Indiana that lives on a farm. It's too complicated for me. Plus you never know when the mule is gonna get loose and you have to drop everything (literally) like the Mac and go chasing it!
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Craigslist is an option but I always do the following:
-Stipulate cash only in the ad
-Use CL's email function with a secondary email address (for incoming spam)
-Stipulate that they must provide their phone number in the email reply
-Meet in public except for very large items with extensive vetting of the buyer.

Then you can call the ones that don't seem sketchy from google voice or ring.to or a tracfone. Phone calls are preferable to long email chains back and forth.

Don't agree to hold an item for anyone and don't get too invested in any of the communication with a prospective buyer. I feel like some people deliberately draw out the communication to increase the odds you accept less when they show up.

Bring a UV light or pen that can test currency, look at the bills. I had someone try to give me counterfeit bills once. Details of that attempted exchange were passed on to law enforcement.

Expect a bait & switch but be prepared to hold firm or only discount slightly. Often the buyer will agree to your price and show up at the meeting and offer you less, but they wouldn't have responded if they weren't willing to pay what you were asking. They may sell you some sob story to try to knock the price down and turn around and pull out a money clip with $2000 once you've agreed to a lower price. If there's something you didn't disclose about the condition of the item you should accept a lesser amount.

No mater how you sell it, copy all your personal information off of it and then wipe the hard drive and reinstall the os. http://www.howtogeek.com/186860/h...ion-media/

Be willing to show them a copy of the original receipt to alleviate fears of buying stolen property.

Awesome reply. Thank you so much for taking the time for that. They should have that as a tutorial on Craigslist before people do any transactions kind of like the airplane videos. Seriously, thank you so much!
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For you guys helping me out, I still have a Best Buy college account because my college lets every alumni keep it. Here are the newest codes for all your help!
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