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507 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 9:47 AM by John Galt RSS
bluefish192 Calculating status...
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Jan 29, 2013 7:06 AM

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
  • Jon P D Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to bluefish192)

    how has the warranty been verified?


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

  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (13,920 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:02 PM (in response to bluefish192)

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

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:06 PM (in response to bluefish192)

    Look into Apple-refurbished MBAs ... come with fully warranty and you can add AppleCare.:


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

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:12 PM (in response to bluefish192)

    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:



    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.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to bluefish192)

    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.


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