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.

One thought on “A fairly easy decision

  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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