First a small warning – there is a serious chance that by the time you have read this article and checked out the site you will be depressed. I was, Darren is, so there is no reason that you wont be!
For as long as I can remember there has never been a ‘good time’ to buy a Mac. In fact that could be said about pretty much any technology because as soon as you buy it then it seems to be out of date. I have a particularly poor record of this with my Macs: bought the G4 PowerBook a week before they announced the new Intel deal, the new MacBook arrived the day they released the updated version, and show me a site that isn’t talking about the demise of the Mac mini! Still it has always been satisfying to know that there isn’t really any need to worry as the Macs hold their price so well on the second hand market. I can confirm that, as I have often looked at eBay etc first before buying a Mac, and more often than not the ‘saving’ just didn’t seem enough to warrant not buying a new one.
Well, it seems that times may be changing!
I was talking to Darren recently about a forthcoming proposed purchase he was considering and he kind of shocked me!
” As you know we are now seeing Mac models being updated at break-neck speeds compared to the “not so good old days”.
I bought a MacBook laptop in July 2006 and it has now been updated twice since.
As I try to do more and more on my MacBook I have started to ask myself if I bought wisely? I know a couple of people with MacBook Pro laptops. Quite often they are proudly on display in the office, where I then proceed to drool over them.
At my initial point of purchase I had to stick hard and fast to my Â£1,000 budget. But Apple last week announced the New MacBook Pro line up. The new 15″ MacBook Pro with LED backlit screen was the model that pushed me over the edge. I want one. I need one.
So I started to investigate how viable an option this would be, by selling my MacBook to contribute funds towards the new MacBook Pro.
Thatâ€™s when I stumbled across mac2sell. This is a new website where you can get a price for your old/not so old mac equipment. Well I was shocked! I paid Â£899 for my MacBook last year. The used price according to this website was Â£510. Not far off 50% of its original value.
Once I came back round and the palpitations started to subside itâ€™s not hard to see why. As long as Apple maintains this impressive product revision and roll-out and not increasing prices it will continue to drive down the price of used equipment.
In the past Apple wasnâ€™t a serious contender. But with the phenomenal succes of the iPod and the implementation of the Intel chip across its range that has changed. Apple is now having to play the catch up game with all the other manufacturers – we all want the latest and greatest. Me included!
The grass is always greener on the other laptop. One thing is for certain, if I buy a MacBook Pro this year, next year that will have dropped in value.
Of course I could always get a used MacBook Pro couldn’t I? But, I think for now I’m going to stay with my MacBook.
Perhaps Iâ€™ll get a MacBook Pro 8 core in a couple of years, when I really need to replace my laptop.”
I looked up the current prices of my Macs and all I can say is that I am glad that I have a very clear strategy of distributing my Workflow across Macs as that means that my plan is always to retain what I have and find a use for it. For example:
– The MacBook will suffice for now, but will eventually become Sands notebook for the very occasional times that she would benefit from having one.
– When the time comes to upgrade or change her iMac it will become a dedicated movie and photo Mac for me.
– When I get a tower (hopefully something smaller than the Mac Pro) my Mac mini will just get hooked up to the network and a TV and become part of the digital media set up we have.
But if I was looking to trade any of them in I would not be a happy chap at the moment!
So what do you think? How has the recent increase in frequency of Mac updates affected your busying decision/process?