Rethinking selling the MacBook Pro

Adel Gabot

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7:47PM

Ever since I got an iPad (again), I’ve been halfheartedly trying to sell my old MacBook Pro online—to no success. All I’ve been getting are dozens of lowball inquiries and many scammers trying their level best to scam me out of my notebook. The few serious buyers have all panned out for one reason or another, and as such, the MacBook is still with me.

It’s not that it isn’t being used. Well, not as much, anyway. The iPad took much of the MacBook’s usefulness away, so it just sits in its bag, being charged up every couple of weeks just in case I actually needed it, and regularly getting updated and backed up even if it’s not being used (because that’s how I roll, man).

I do most of my work on the big-ass iMac at home, and in the event that I have to take the work outdoors, I bring the iPad mini, which is much more convenient than lugging around a heavy MacBook Pro with a short (relatively) battery life; much shorter than the iPad’s anyway.

But it’s not a bad unit, really.

It’s a mid-2010 13-inch model, and I’ve upgraded the old hard disk it came with to a 256GB SSD, which makes it work wicked-fast. I wish the big-ass iMac was more like it, actually. But SSDs are damned expensive (especially large ones), and getting the iMac’s drive replaced is an involved process involving a huge amount of disassembly and reassembly best left to someone with more experience than me. I thought about replacing the MacBook’s ancient battery, but it was still servicable if a bit limited in longevity, so I let it be for now.

So for a long time, the MacBook just wallowed in my room, a white elephant that I didn’t really need to use.

Until, that is, a couple of weeks ago, when we set up some outdoor patio furniture in the open-air garage outside in our yard, and began spending a lot of time there because it was cooler in this summer heat than my stuffy old room. At least I thought so, anyway.

Thing is, what do you do in an outdoor situation like that? How do you spend the time?

Knowing me and knowing I don’t like to be offline a lot, the best solution was: get the MacBook Pro out of mothballs and bring it down with you and work and surf at leisure!

Of course!

So the MacBook is enjoying a second life now as my secondary (my iPad mini is demoted to tertiary). I’ve set it up to mirror the big iMac as much as possible, so that my computing experience is the same no matter where I work, and it’s fine! I’ve actually done a couple of articles outdoors in my new “office.” And on days where I don’t have work, I run the old battery down surfing, Googling, checking my Twitter and Facebook feeds and writing blog entries like I’m doing now.

So I’m seriously rethinking whether or not I should really sell this notebook. The old coot finally found its second wind, and I don’t know if I should take down the ads on TPC and OLX.

What do you think? Sell or not?


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