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Advice on buying second hand iBook

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Found 31st May 2008
I'm considering buying an iBook for £400. The spec is:

Processor: 1.42 Ghz
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Memory: 1 GB
Display/screen: 14 inch
Superdrive
One year guarantee (Apple Protection Plan)

Worth it? It was going for £450, but he's agreed to sell for £400.

Will there be any life left in the battery? Guessing the machine is 3 years old. Where can I buy a replacement battery cheap? Noticed some on eBay via Hong Kong - but guessing these would be dodgy. Apple want £89.

It's for my wife's studying. Just needs to run Leopard, Bento, Office, email & web.

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I think this is a bit expensive, considering the battery life will be poor and it has been used
If your wife is a student she would qualify for the apple education discount - I recently purchased a new macbook from apple using the educational discount and quidco total was £588
also I got a 3 year warranty, buying second hand you have no comeback whatsoever £400 is in my opinion too much considering all that.

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I think this is a bit expensive, considering the battery life will be … I think this is a bit expensive, considering the battery life will be poor and it has been usedIf your wife is a student she would qualify for the apple education discount - I recently purchased a new macbook from apple using the educational discount and quidco total was £588also I got a 3 year warranty, buying second hand you have no comeback whatsoever £400 is in my opinion too much considering all that.



How did you manage to get £588? Cheapest option I can see is £656 - 3% (£19.50) quidco.

hi,
i did this a month ago - used the chat button on the apple site to chat with the operator who made up the invoice for me. told them the name of uni, and they applied the discount total price was £603, quidco has tracked at c£14
the higher education discount is not on the normal website unless accessed through the uni network or if you chat to an operator / phone.
hope that helps

I am a Mac user and would phone the higher education store and say you are at Uni - Open University. They will give you a good price on a new Macbook and offer you 3 years warranty for £50 instead of £199!

The trouble with the iBook is that it is an old machine now and more likely to suffer from problems. iBooks have a bad reputation for needing new logic borads (basically the entire circuit board), the battery will probably need replacing, the poerating system might need upgrading(currently it is Leopard). Basically a new machine will run faster and you will be able to run windows on the new Macbook Intel machines!

Save your money and buy new!
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