Would it be smart to buy/sell a new Mac laptop every year?
February 24, 2011 2:18 PM Subscribe
Spurred by today's announcement about new MacBook Pros, I have a quick question about owning a Mac.
Specifically, I'm wondering whether it would be wise to just buy a new 13-inch Mac laptop (~$1300, after I upgrade the RAM and hard drive) every year, and sell the old one.
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What are the financial ramifications of this? How much could I expect a one-year-old, upgraded MacBook Pro to have depreciated? Could I safely and reliably sell it on ebay? Or Craigslist? Would it make more sense to buy a new one every year, or every two years?
[I got to thinking about this because my current laptop, a 2005 iBook G4, has depreciated from around $1,000 to about $100-200. So I lost roughly $150 a year in depreciation. If, on the other hand, I sold a year-old computer for $200 less than I paid for it, I'd be losing an additional $50/year. BUT, essentially, I'd be paying $50/year to always have a fast, up-to-date computer.]
Anyone have any experience with or thoughts regarding this? Would this strategy make sense?
I see the new 13" MacBook Pro has an integrated Intel HD 3000 GPU. I've never really been much of a gamer, but I might like to take a stab at a game or two. Left 4 Dead looked kind of fun. What are some games from the last -- I don't know, 10 years or so -- that are really fun and will look great on that processor? Obviously, I don't care at all about the latest and greatest games. Just ones that are fun.