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Cheap & Used Macbook Air Under $600

By Edited Oct 9, 2015 0 0

How to Find Cheap Macbook Air Laptops Under 600 Dollars

If you were to get one of the latest & 'brand new 'Apple macbook air from 'Apple' themselves (either through their website or store), you will be easily looking in at excess of a thousand dollars. However, it is possible with a bit of savvy shopping to get yourself not a new macbook air laptop, but a used and older version (both 11.6" & 13.3" - with varied hard drive sizes) macbook air for under $600. This account will take you through two main online avenues for you to use (along with guidance) -- where you will definitely come across used yet still very decent macbook air laptops within your budget. 

So the first option to look at (and the one I would predominately take) is to head over to Amazon.com -- add the following filters -- (electronics, computers & accessories, laptops, operating system: Mac OS X, head to price range: apply under $600 & type "macbook air" into the search bar) you will then come across a range of different mac-book air models (e.g. 13.3", 13", 11.6" -- 2.26GHz, 2.4 GHz etc. differing product details) all available under 600 dollars and as you will see they are pretty much all sold through third party users selling 'through' Amazon (either companies who repair and trade in second hand computers -- so you will see refurbished macbook air models too -- or from individuals directly).

Apple MacBook Air MC503LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Amazon Price: $1,299.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 9, 2015)

This is one of the major reasons I like to buy through Amazon -- they protect you with their A-to-Z guarantee (up to $2,500) when buying from third parties so you can purchase with absolute confidence. If you are unhappy with the mac-book air in anyway, you will know it will eventually get resolved through Amazon, if the third party seller company is not abiding by the rules. This being said, if you follow the advice below it will very rarely get to that stage.

So find the ideal macbook air laptop model you like from the range (see the five different amazon elements for instance - above & below, all are mac-book air laptops available used at under $600 and are in this specific range) -- where it has the right screen size for you, speed, memory etc. -- then through a mac/apple forum make sure the model exists and matches all the specs/details listed. Then go through the link on the overview page at 'Available from these sellers' or for example the '13 used from $549.99'  -- you will then come across the entire range of third party sellers selling that particular mac-book air model. 

Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Amazon Price: $999.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 9, 2015)

From this, you have to take into account several factors. Firstly, the condition -- they will usually say either 'Used - Acceptable, Used - Good, Used - Very Good, Used - Like New' along with further details (making clear of any possible defects, markings, scuffs, what it comes with etc.) as well as photos. Here, you will also need to take into account the 'shipping cost'.

This is where you need to pay particular attention -- and if they don't provide you with the general overall info and are missing aspects out -- be sure to contact them (if they don't respond that is a clear indication that you don't want to be really dealing with them, the reputable sellers will contact you within at least 48 hours) -- i) ask if it is coming in the original box & guide, ii) for photos of the keyboard of the screen turned on & off, iii) what operating system is it running: Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion? etc. iv) warranty left on it. Ask pretty much everything, if they give shoddy answers to any of your questions that is a red flag.

Apple MacBook Air MC233LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Amazon Price: $1,499.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 9, 2015)

The next aspect is to research their 'seller profile' generally speaking, I would implement a three system rule: i) is their rating over 90%?, ii) do they have 50 + ratings? & iii) do they sell similar products (in this case other apple products, laptops etc.)? If you can answer 'yes' to all of them, then they are likely to be pretty reputable. I would however, send them a message just to clarify their return & refund policy -- and ask questions as to regards what happens if it breaks within 6 months etc.  They are likely to be as helpful as they can, so that you don't rate them badly in order to keep a good 'image' and reputation on Amazon.com.

So once, you have committed to all that and are satisfied with everything in hand i) the mac-book air has all the right specs, ii) its condition & overall package and iii) the reputable seller, you are good to buy. Once, you get the MacBook Air -- if you live close to an Apple store or computer shop that services apple mac products, I would take it down to them immediately just to give it a check up & clarify everything is working (and see if you can get Apple Care for it).

The alternative avenue I would take is to search reputable listing sites such as eBay and Craigslist and implement a lot of the strategies I have talked about above: i) confirming the product details, ii) ask the owner numerous questions, iii) check the reputation of the seller (are they a top seller etc.), iv) refund policy, v) more photos (the keyboard), ask if everything is functioning etc. Also, they tend to be a bit ridiculous with the Postage & packing costs now and again, so watch out for that. For me, this is a bit of a riskier strategy -- as I am not too sure where eBay stands in protecting you. This being said, if you know how to play the game well you can come across some cracking bargains (aslo check out fatfingers.com to benefit from seller's typos). 

Also, if you have ANY queries, concerns, issues or just general remarks regarding either the guidance account on finding a used & cheap macbook air under $600 or are after any specific advice then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section that you will find just below the fold and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.



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