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    Broken MacBooks and MacBook Pros on eBay

    Not so much a rant just a 'what!'. I was looking for a Mac wirless card for a project last night and came across a Core 2 MacBook Pro going for £180 with 5 mins left. I upped the max bid to £220 (worth a punt I thought) and left it like that I was still the highest bidder with 30 seconds to go. Then the bots kicked in. By teh time it had finished it went for almost £500. That's £300 extra in 30 seconds!
    I then got curious and took a look around the 'Buy it now' section for MacBooks and MacBook Pros to find plenty of machines being listed as 'bargins' and 'ideal'. Until you read the specs. Most are not working, have smashed dispays dead batterys and missing power supplies. These are often couple with a second problem such as Super Drives not working, cracked cases or dead motherboards. And for these they want between £250 and £300!!! For, what is essentially a dead laptop. I then compared those prices to what you could get with a Windows based laptop in that price range barng in mind that the average spec of the Mac kit was:

    Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz
    2GB DDRII 667 RAM
    120GB Hard drive
    Not working

    For £150 I could start with a Dell Latitude E5400 that has a Core 2 2.5Ghz CPU, 2GB DDRII RAM, 160GB HD and at £279 a Fujitsu Esprimo M9410 with 2.53Ghz Core 2, 4GB DDRII RAM, 320GB HD and integrated HSPA modem. Whay on Earth would anybody pay that for a broken Mac that would take twice as much to put right when they could get twice the machine with a working Windows laptop?

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    It's because Mac parts are either completely unavailable or too expensive.
    I have a broken Macbook Pro I7 17" in a drawer for this very reason.

    Matt.

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    I's not the fact they are broken that gets me, it's that almost none of them are advertised as being broken/for spares. You really have to read the small print on some of them.
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    If they sold for what they were worth, I'd be working freelance repairing them, but as it is, it's pointless. I used to make a pretty penny selling PC memory with "Apple Compatible" on and it'd sell for 4-5 times it's worth. (all properly tested naturally). The premiums they go for really is silly, especially when the hardware inside is standard fare (wireless card for instance is still a standard pci express card; the intel 3945BGN used to be mac standard and work fine in MB/MBP depending on the age). Annoys the hell out of me but if people are willing to allow themselves to be ripped off, then they will continue to do so.

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    Understood. EBay is still full of con merchants.

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