A fairly easy decision

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I’ve never been owned an iPhone nor a Mac, simply because the upfront cost has been too high. But if I had the money in hand it would actually make more financial sense than it appears to at first sight: the re-sale value of Apple products is exceptional, such that when you cost the product over it’s life-cycle, the difference is significantly reduced.

For example, a Macbook Air that cost you £999 3 years ago will still fetch around £450. A similarly spec’d Windows ultraportable laptop might have cost you £699 and be worth £250 today. Over the 3 years they have cost you, in monthly terms, £15 and £12 respectively. Factor in the reputation Apple has for customer service and it becomes a fairly easy decision (if you’ve got the cash to spend in the first place).

Or something like that, perhaps. Richard

I give this advice time and again when it comes to laptops and desktops. A Mac will pay off in the long run and I would argue that for 99% of people, 4-5 years is the minimum usage period you should expect.



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  1. What ways do people like to get that much cash for their used gear?

    I admit I’m a bit shy and uptight about selling stuff, whether its computers or cars, and so like to run ’em into the ground or at least to the point where I don’t feel too bad about shelling out for a new item. But often when I do try to sell something, I find it difficult to get anywhere near what it feels like it’s worth- or lets say, anything near what its replacement is costing me, and while the replacement is surely newer and shinier, there’s almost always huge functional overlap.

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