AppleMatters recently looked at the resale value of Macs. It compared the purchase price and resale values (from eBay) for models over a seven year period. The conclusion was that after a decrease over the first two years, the resale values leveled off. In fact, even a six year old Mac laptop could sell today for $400. Does anyone think that a six year old PC could sell today for $400? When you consider that new PC laptops can be purchased starting at about $600 these days, I think the answer is an obvious and resounding NO.
The article concludes that Apple machines retain their value for two main reasons:
- Since Apple faces no hardware competition, prices stay artificially high.
- Apple’s hardware stays relevant longer than its "equivalent" in the PC world.
The bottom line is that "Macs remain competitive long after their PC brethren have gone to that
great recycling heap in the sky. Which means, in the long run, your Mac
cost less. Just something to think about next time you get ready to put
your old Mac out to pasture. Somebody still wants it." This article is well researched and well written. There are graphs to illustrate the points being conveyed, and if you need yet another reason to purchase a Mac, be sure to read this article.