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Tips Before you Buy an used Mac

Updated on October 7, 2012

iBook G4, Leopard still roaring in 2012

Most people, including my self, do not recommend buying any used computer (especially considering computers are affordable nowadays) because of the unknown usage or status of the computer or if the computer was exposed to any type of abusive use (left powered on at nights, major crashes or fixes).

Apple computers, however, keep their price value high over years and buyers trusts the products made of durable brand name, Apple. If you are planning on buying an used Mac computer, I would say you are not alone. Many people bid on EBay and look for apple Macs on Amazon. It looks like Apple computers will always have something to offer.

iBook, PowerBooks, Core 2 Duo MacBooks are just as amazing as new MacBook Airs and Retina Displays Macs.

Upgrades and replacements are much less expensive on previous models. Simple to do it your self!


Buying an Apple product (iBook, PowerBook) is always a great idea. They are made out of really long lasting materials shielded from mostly daily usage wear outs.


What you will have to watch out for is the seller. Make sure you read the FULL ITEM DESCRIPTION where sellers points out computer current status. Many MacBook Pro released in 2006 are now having problems with the slot loading Superdrive.
Sometimes the disk fails to read CD’s and DVD’s.


Apple make the computers feel and look like wear proof, but sometimes due to normal usage all computers will suffer even the minor cosmetic damage. PURCHASE A BATTERY as no 5 years old laptop will come with an usable battery unless the seller himself replaced it prior selling. DO SOME UPGRADES like the RAM and hard rive to run the most recent OS X version.

I remember the Black Macbook


Make some upgrades to make sure your Mac can run the latest supported OS X version. I DO NOT RECOMEND BUYING ANY POWER PC computer since the latest OS X is Leopard 10.5.8, which is becoming obsolete pretty soon.

If considering an original MacBook Pro, go for the 2007 Intel CORE 2 DUO since the Intel Core Solo DUO is no longer supported in the new OS X version to come.

REPLACE THE HARDRIVE not only to avoid finding not pleasant previous user data like private personal intimate pictures (like I did on my first used iPhone), but also WILL YOU REALLY TRUST YOUR DATA ON AN OLD HARD DRIVE that could die within the 20,000 hours life span some time soon?


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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Well Elias, the iBook has an attractive design. Even if it i an old computer, i cries out "i am made by Apple" and most people will find a position for the laptop in their lives. I would buy an iBook to type emails only, for a 100 dollars a nice 12' laptop Apple is just great.

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      Elias 5 years ago

      I really like the iBook design small screen and look, but i am concerned with it being not useful nomore.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      by the way, leopard is great but on intel macs mostly, power pcs are limited in what they can do in leopard 10.5

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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      yes, leopard is more than amazing for most needs. It just better than vista and 7 windows and just as good as snow leopard.

      The thing is that powerbooks and ibooks run on power pc processors so they cannot run most programs (liek google chrome) that will perform good in past flash versions. Power Pcs Macs cannot upgrade flash so no youtube

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      Never buy a powerbook or apple ibook, it's good for sites like hub pages, but it lacks this plug in that plug in, ever mac is very good used except an ibook, i do hear with memory expansion it can perform faster, but i myself have had so many issues with the ibook, these tips help and will help me on my next mac journey