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As an Apple fan, of course I can't take it from one blog Parade take part, which revolves around this very topic. Apple iMacs, Mac Minis and MacBooks are great devices, I still have no doubts about that. Nevertheless, you have to admit that Apple products are not always the cheapest devices. If you can't afford a brand new Mac, buying a used iMac or MacBook may be a good alternative. In the following article for the blog parade, I would like to bring you closer to what is important when buying a used Mac and what to consider.
First of all, it should be said that buying a used Apple computer is a good way of getting a Mac at a reasonable price. Apple devices are known for their long lifespan and their high immunity to "computer diseases" - for example I have so far without Virus Scanner never had a problem with malware on your Mac. In addition, iMacs and MacBooks “get old” less quickly than other PCs. Thanks to the solid, high-performance operating system and the high-quality workmanship, a Mac still meets all general requirements even after a few years.
A friend of mine can testify to this from very personal experience: When she started her internship in a small advertising agency, she also had her first contact with a Mac at her new workplace. When we met in a café after her first week, she enthusiastically told me that the 7-year-old PowerMac she uses at her workplace feels better and performs better than the just 1-year-old Packard Bell, that she has at home. Who would say that about a 7 year old Windows machine? ;)
Anyone who has decided to buy a used Mac can look for a suitable offer in various places: on eBay, on classifieds portals, in the newspaper or in computer forums. My personal favorites are:
Dealer (commercial used trade)
Private sales through forums and classifieds
The disadvantage of private purchases, however, is that you never know exactly what the device has already been through, how often it has already been repaired, for example, or whether the previous owner accidentally placed his full drinking glass over the device ...
For this reason, I would strongly advise against buying used equipment without first looking at it on site. At the beginning of the article I already indicated that Macs usually "age" much more slowly than comparable computers. On the one hand, this is very advantageous for the user, but on the other hand, it is also a disadvantage for the used buyer - because Macs have a comparatively low depreciation and so it can be that a good chunk of money is still on the table for a 1 year old used one must lay.
It is all the more important to take a close look at the device before buying it and, ideally, to try it out beforehand. When you have decided on a device and are at the seller, you should definitely check the following things:
When you buy the device, you automatically take over the remaining warranty of the device. If you want to know whether the seller's warranty information is correct, you can do it yourself within minutes: Simply go to apple.com/de under “Support” and select the “Check entitlement to service and support” option and enter the serial number of the Specify device. Or via a link directly to corresponding subpage at Apple.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.