Students are always looking for lower cost options to purchasing a new computer, and purchasing a used laptop is sometimes a cost effective option depending on the age and wear and tear on the machine, and whether it is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
Pitfalls of Purchasing Used Laptops
- You cannot inspect whether a laptop has incurred liquid damage or is exhibiting other invisible issues before purchase.
- Sellers can misrepresent the specs of a laptop. We have seen examples where sellers misrepresented the specs of a computer by modifying macOS to fake the computer specifications.
- Some used equipment is overpriced for its age.
- It is impossible to know whether the laptop has been reported as stolen.
- Laptop can contain malware or pirated software from previous users, or other undesirable data on the drive.
Advice for Purchasing Used Laptops
- Purchase used equipment from reputable resellers who have a return policy. Some GTA Apple resellers deal with used equipment, and provide support for these machines.
- Try to purchase a laptop that has an existing manufacturer's warranty like Applecare.
- Avoid purchasing used computers from private individuals.
Alternatives: Apple Refurbished Computers
- Apple and other manufacturers have Certified Refurbished Sites which offer warranties and support. It's like buying a brand new computer, except a bit cheaper.