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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 04:06      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What do ya'll think I should do here? A friend of mine is selling their 2 week old MacBook Pro for $1500, he just upgraded to the next size is all, nothing wrong with it. Should I upgrade mine, and sell my 8 month old machine? I love mine as it is right now, but I was liking this new one a lot. The track pad is all one piece and it is glass, nice feel to it. And, I have always been an evangelical matte screen user, but that glossy screen was gorgeous. I dunno what do do. Does Apple constantly upgrade and make me want the newest model? I feel I am entering a downward Apple spiral, help? [Eek!]

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 05:59      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
__________________ geekygoddess __ Step away from the Mac. You are hooked your friend is your dealer (pusher) and Steve is your supplier. You are hooked you addict.

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 06:49      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Take a deep breath, goddess. You and your 8-month-old MBP have been through a lot together. Think of all those late nights comforting it while it was ill, the trips to the Apple Store so the Geniuses (Genii? Genium? Geniosti?) could make it feel better. You have a *bond* now. How can you just throw that away for a game at that new bowling alley?

oops, wait, I got my metaphors confused.

Anyway, yes, the newest MacBooks are very shiny, but the one you already have is still a very capable machine. The performance of the new Pro 'Books is not significantly improved overall. Plus, being a new design, it is even more prone to hiccups than the one you've got.

My suggestion is to take the amount of money you would commit to this "upgrade" -- the difference between the $1500 asking price and what you (conservatively) think you could sell your current baby for -- and put it in a safe investment. (Haha! Wait, let me catch my breath. Man, I crack myself up. What the heck is a "safe" investment these days?) Ahem. Even if it's just your savings account. Then, later next year, after Apple has released yet another upgrade, pull the money out of the investment, buy the even shinier piece of gear, and the interest might pay the tax on a nice coffee. Yeah, I'm being a little snarky, but I really do think you should put the money aside and earmark it.

Good lord but I'm wordy this morning. I should do some actual work.

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Icon 12 posted December 04, 2008 10:48      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 13:09      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK, OK, OK, I get it. I will step away...but did I mention it had shiny black keys instead of the aluminum ones I have now? OK, I am remembering that the first step to getting help is admitting you have a problem. But I don't, so it doesn't matter [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 13:57      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You do have a problem... You're not rich enough to afford all the shiny new Apple products. [Smile]
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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 14:09      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yeah, that's for sure! Don't be forgetting you owe me lunch either!!!

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 17:22      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just want to state for the public record that buying lunch does NOT include buying Apples.

[Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 21:18      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ugh...Actually, you can get 3-4% CDs these days, which isn't terrible.

'tis certainly a better deal than losing money on a hardware trade, I tend to think. [Smile]

(Mind you, I never cared for the MBP...and still don't†, but at least if it's got the MacBook keyboard, I'd likely prefer it. I utterly loathed the shiny plastic keys from the PB/MBP.)

[† It's heavier and has less battery life...and probably gets hotter.]

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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 22:53      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Geeky Goodness,

Go for it.

You don't have to be rich to get an almost brand new MBP. Most people who get new ones all the time are not rich at all!

Really!

They just know people who they can lure into organ transplant donor clinics. How do you think Steen got his guts? Craig List from China. Easy.

You gotta know somebody who has a spare kidney or liver or something. Just lure them with your wily ways. And that shiny, candy-like keyboard is yours!

Now, you mentioned that Steen owes you lunch .... do the math.

Either that, or mail-order sheep brides for Spungo could bring you some good money.

We still live in GW Bush's America, take advantage while you still can! Greed is good! Second-hand kidneys are better.

CP

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Jace Raven

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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2008 18:59      Profile for Jace Raven         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Would you be looking at selling your 8mo old machine if you get the new one?
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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2008 20:14      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I told the guy nevermind, besides, MacWorld is only 30 days away, there will be new shinies for me to drool over. [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted December 05, 2008 20:22      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey dman - yeah, I know. As I said, a bit snarky [Smile] The MightyClubs currently have a pair of 3-month CDs at special 4% rate, and our credit union is offering 6 month terms at 3%.

The MBP does get a little toasty at times, but then I'm not sure the fan is kicking on when it should. Using smcFanControl to force the issue keeps my lap reasonably comfy. I do wish it had the MacBook style keys though.

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