Buy­ing a second-hand Mac

You have some rights, but ex­er­cise cau­tion


he rights you get when you buy second-hand goods re­ally depend on whether you bought from a store or an in­di­vid­ual. Buy­ing from a re­tailer gives you more pro­tec­tion, but you’ll need to check the specifics as this can dif­fer with each re­tailer. If an item is faulty or not as de­scribed (the re­tailer must high­light any de­fects be­fore you buy), an im­plied war­ranty may give you the right to re­turn the item. Any Mac sold by a re­tailer must be of “sat­is­fac­tory qual­ity.” Su­per­fi­cial scratches prob­a­bly won’t en­ti­tle you to a re­fund, but ma­jor dam­age should.

If you buy from a pri­vate in­di­vid­ual, your rights are more lim­ited. The Mac must still be as de­scribed. So, if it’s de­scribed as new, it can’t be sec­ond­hand; if it was de­scribed as an “Ap­ple lap­top,” it can’t be another brand. The seller isn’t ob­li­gated to dis­close faults, though they can’t mis­rep­re­sent what they’re sell­ing.

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