I recently came across a site that apparently tells you how much your used Apple Mac computer is worth:
However, rather than taking it at face value, I instead did an http://www.ebay.ca search and found a recently ending Mac laptop for sale in Canada.
Here are the details of the auction:
MacBook Pro 1.83GHz 15" screen 2GB RAM 80GB HDD Intel Core Duo MA463LL/A
Item Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Winning bid: $1,147.56 CAD
Shipping to Canada: $35.64 CAD
Total: $1,183.20 CAD
Here are the results of a www.mac2sell.net search:
MacBook Pro 15 inch Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz 2048 / 80 GB / superdrive
The Mac2Sell Quoted Value is
Total: $1,190.00 CAD
Although taking only one sample isn't exactly science, after doing a few other searches I found that the site is good at giving back numbers I'd be expecting. It seems pretty much bang on to me.
So the next time you want to pickup a Mac computer on ebay, instead of getting caught up in a bidding war and maybe paying too much, you could simply do a Mac2Sell search and set that as your maximum bid and see what happens. Worst case, you know you haven't overpaid in the heat of bidding.
Or if it's http://www.craigslist.org you're searching, now you've got a great reference tool for both buying and selling.