8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 9:47 AM by John Galt
bluefish192 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all,

 

I am unfamilar with macs in general and am looking to purchase a macbook air 11 in 2012 used. I found the seller through craigslist but we are both students at an A list university. I don't know him but he is who he says he is. Other than that I have no idea what I should be looking at or for when deciding if this is a safe purchase. This is what I know.

 

  • 2012 MBA with warrenty until mid 2015 (verified)
  • Powers on and off (verified)
  • Screen isn't damaged

 

Is there anything else I should know or think about? Thanks for you opinions and time!


MacBook Air
  • 1. Re: used macbook air
    Jon P D Level 4 Level 4 (1,495 points)

    how has the warranty been verified?

     

    assuming it is still in warranty and the warranty is valid, you have nothing else to worry about

  • 2. Re: used macbook air
    bluefish192 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    He went into About this Mac > More Info > Logged in with his Apple ID: This showed the warranty and other information, and everything was green.

  • 3. Re: used macbook air
    carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (14,030 points)

    You should ask the seller why he wants to sell a relatively new computer.

  • 4. Re: used macbook air
    steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,040 points)

    Look into Apple-refurbished MBAs ... come with fully warranty and you can add AppleCare.: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

     

    And do as carl wolf suggests ... find out the reason and do not ignore your gut if the explanation sounds hinky.

  • 5. Re: used macbook air
    bluefish192 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    He said that he wanted to get a desktop or a larger computer. Being a freshman it could have been a gift he's wanting to replace. I don't know much about apple warranties, but I just wanted to be sure that if something did turn up that it would be covered.

     

    I'm planning on calling the local store to ask about that scenario.

  • 6. Re: used macbook air
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    Ideally it should have all its original packaging and its charging adapter including both the power cord and "duckhead" (look it up). An original invoice would be nice too, to ensure that it is really his to sell.

     

    Plug its serial number in here to verify it has been registered for AppleCare:

     

    https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do

     

    Connect the power adapter and run Apple Hardware Test - hold the d key while starting the MacBook Air. Run the extended tests. If everything checks out and the price is good, buy it. Execute a bill of sale to establish a chain of ownership.

     

    Have the seller un-register it by logging in with his Apple ID here:

     

    Apple - My Support Profile

     

    He who registered it can un-register it, no one else, so make sure he does that. Then, register it using your Apple ID. Use the same Apple ID you used to log in here, or whatever Apple ID you have been using - don't create a new one.

  • 7. Re: used macbook air
    bluefish192 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    First thank you all so much for you assistance. The information is very helpful and would have taken me hours to find if I did at all.

     

    In response to John Galt; he said that if I wanted it he would wipe/reload the OS, and log out of his Applie ID at some point before or after. Would this satisfy what you meant?

  • 8. Re: used macbook air
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    bluefish192 wrote:

     

    In response to John Galt; he said that if I wanted it he would wipe/reload the OS, and log out of his Applie ID at some point before or after. Would this satisfy what you meant?

     

    Yes, and it does not matter whether he does that or you do. If I were the seller I would do it prior to selling the Mac.