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Where to buy older MBP?
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dimestock1
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May 21, 2009, 03:43 AM
 
Hey guys,

I am really interested in purchasing a late 2008 MBP. I am thinking fall of 2008.

Anyways, I don't really like the look of the unibody, and the all silver is something I've always loved. And now that I am in the market, I would really like to find something.

My price range is 1,000-1,200. Is there any good sites to buy a good quality one? Anyone know of any users looking to get rid of one? There has to be some out there, but the sites I am viewing only are selling 2006-2007 MBP.

I don't really want to go Ebay.

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May 21, 2009, 08:37 AM
 
You realize that the unibody macs came out in October of 2008 so your search for a non-unibody mac from the fall of 2008 may be a bit fruitless.

Other then ebay, you can try craigslist. I also noticed some sellers in amazon have some older model MacBook Pros as well.
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May 21, 2009, 10:31 PM
 
Apple has some on the refurb site. Better hurry! They won't last long.MacBook Pro - Apple Store (U.S.)
iMac 24", 2.4 C2D, 1TB, 4GB, 10.5.7
Late 2008 Macbook Pro 2.4 C2D, 500GB, 4GB, 10.5.7
     
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May 22, 2009, 02:59 AM
 
For old models I'd also keep an eye on the Mac clearance section. There's no MBPs there right now though.
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May 25, 2009, 07:45 PM
 
If you can find a pre-unibody refurb on Apple.com, you should snatch it up. You get a one year warranty, which is pretty important when buying an older machine. I just checked and there are none listed today, although a 17" was listed (but out of stock when I clicked on it).

Hey, lookie what I found: 15" MacBook Pro Prices at MacPrices, Updated Daily New ones.
(Whoops. Looks like it's not old enough new ones. It the old new ones, not new old ones.)
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Jun 5, 2009, 08:05 PM
 
Older MBPs available on the refurb site again.MacBook Pro - Apple Store (U.S.)
iMac 24", 2.4 C2D, 1TB, 4GB, 10.5.7
Late 2008 Macbook Pro 2.4 C2D, 500GB, 4GB, 10.5.7
     
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Oops! They're gone again. They don't last long!
iMac 24", 2.4 C2D, 1TB, 4GB, 10.5.7
Late 2008 Macbook Pro 2.4 C2D, 500GB, 4GB, 10.5.7
     
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Jun 5, 2009, 08:55 PM
 
I guess you need to check early every day!
     
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Jun 10, 2009, 07:24 PM
 
Great selection on the refurb page today.
iMac 24", 2.4 C2D, 1TB, 4GB, 10.5.7
Late 2008 Macbook Pro 2.4 C2D, 500GB, 4GB, 10.5.7
     
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Jun 10, 2009, 07:55 PM
 
If you trust craigslist, that might work. I just recently sold my early 2008 macbook pro and my power pc g5 through there.
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Jun 10, 2009, 08:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post
If you can find a pre-unibody refurb on Apple.com, you should snatch it up. You get a one year warranty, which is pretty important when buying an older machine.
The pre-unibody (Early 2008) MBPs are an especially good deal now since Apple extended the repair program for the GPU defect to a full three years from purchase date. That means that even if the MBP you pick up is out of the one year warranty period, you essentially get (an albeit limited form of) AppleCare for free on one of the most important components.

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Jun 10, 2009, 11:08 PM
 
The Apple Store has the refurm 2.4 Ghz for $1350, now.

Someone else's opinion on another mac forum:
$1350 for the last-gen refurb 15-inch 2.4GHz MBP is pretty darned tempting.

$250 less than the new MBP, 1GHz slower and comes with 2GB less RAM, but you gain the faster video card, an ExpressCard slot and easy swap of HD and battery.

Edit: ...and it has FW 400 on top of 800. And it has a DVI port so (for me) no extra cost for a display-adapter.

Sadly, no education deal on refurbs.
     
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Jun 11, 2009, 03:03 AM
 
Any FW800 port also serves as a FW400 port. You just need a different $4 cable.

That said, the model you mention is a UB and they have only FW800. You'd have to go back to the pre-UB 15" to get a FW400 port.
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Jun 11, 2009, 09:11 AM
 
There's a 2.33 GHz pre-UB MBP at Smalldog: Small Dog Electronics | MacBook Pro 15in 2.33GHz 2gb/160/ Superdrive from Small Dog Electronics

It's "used" though and only has a 90 day warranty from the retailer, not Apple.

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