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
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?