Buying a MacBook on eBay is easy and safe so long as you do your homework. Here are a few tips to make your MacBook buying experience a happy one.
1. Is it the MacBook deal for you? Avoid buying on impulse. Take your time and do your homework before committing to the deal. Buy in haste, repent at leisure
2. Does the seller have good feedback? Check the seller's history and feedback rating. Be wary of sellers with zero or low feedback or a record of bad deals. If in doubt, contact them through eBay's the 'Ask seller a question' link – your message will go through the real account owner
3. Is there enough detail in the description? Check the description carefully. You need to know the specs and the condition of the MacBook you're interested in. If there is not enough detail, ask for more. It's easy with the 'Ask seller a question' link and good sellers are happy to supply more info.
4. Is the photo adequate? Photos are the only visual information you have to judge the condition of the MacBook, and wise sellers use good pictures. If you're interested in a listing but the photo's poor, do not be afraid to ask for more. Again, good sellers are happy to supply more info.
5. What does the deal include? Ideally you'll get the MacBook with all its bits – charger and cord, remote, display adapter, install disks and manual, all in the original packaging. If it's not clear in the description, ask.
6. Is the original receipt available? This is useful to prove ownership and also in case of hardware issues if the MacBook is still in warranty.
7. Is the MacBook still in warranty? If you buy one that's less than a year old you still have the option to buy AppleCare for another two years' coverage.
8. What are the shipping costs? A deal may look cheap 'til you see the shipping fees. Do not wait until after you've bought it to discover you're being ripped off. If shipping is not stated, ask. If shipping insurance is offered, get it. If it's not, ask for it. The small extra cost is worth it for your peace of mind while your MacBook is in transit.
9. How is payment to be made? Pay by credit card or use PayPal as they provide another layer of protection in the event of a transaction going wrong.
10. A word of warning! Be wary of really cheap offers. Many eBay accounts get hijacked every year and you may be dealing with a scammer. As a rule of thumb, if it looks too good to be true, chances are it probably is.
To sum up Do not bid on impulse, do your homework and do not be afraid to ask questions.