Pawn shops that specialize in name-brand electronics are a great place to shop for MacBooks and iMacs. Although the inventory changes frequently in top-reviewed pawn shops, the shops that are known for carrying premium brands will often have desktop and laptops from Apple, along with PCs from the best brands including HP, Dell, Lenovo and others.
Is a MacBook right for me?
Apple’s laptop computer, better known as a MacBook, is one of the best-selling laptop computers in the world. With more than 6 million sold per quarter, MacBooks have surpassed the sales of other PC laptops. MacBook is available in two models, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. They also come in different sizes, with 13”, 14”, or 16” displays.
People who prefer Macs to PCs tend to like them more because of benefits such as:
- Mac’s operating system is very reliable
- Durable, sleek design
- Less susceptible to viruses
- Excellent Apple support
However, it’s important to note that Macs are generally more expensive than a PC laptop. They also aren’t designed for gaming, so PCs are generally considered the better choice for gamers. Macs are also harder to upgrade than PCs. Unless you’re doing a lot of design work, or using high-tech programs, an average person may not need a Mac.
Do I Need an iMac?
Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer is called the iMac. It contains the computer, the monitor (screen), and all drives. The iMac is available in a variety of sizes, including 21.5”, 24”, 27”. They are also available in seven unique colors. iMacs are ideal for those who shoot a lot of videos, edit a lot of photos, and use programs that require a lot of storage. If you only use a computer for browsing the internet or streaming music, you can save money by opting for a MacBook, or buying a PC.
Shopping for Macs at Pawnshops
Macs are notoriously reliable, and last for years and years. So buying a second-hand iMac or MacBook is generally not very risky. However, there are a few things you should do before buying a Mac or any other electronic at a pawn shop.
1. Know the Retail Price of the Model You’re Interested in Buying
Macs tend to hold their value longer than PCs, so you should expect to pay more for an iMac or MacBook than you will pay for a PC. Before you head to the pawnshop to look for a new computer, take a quick look at Apple models and prices online. At a pawn shop you can expect to pay 30-40% less than the full retail price.
2. Turn on the Computer in the Pawn Shop
Reputable pawn shops will be happy to have you turn on and test out a Mac computer they have for sale. You should take advantage of this opportunity to make sure it works, by running basic programs, and confirming the visual display is clear and the audio works.
3. Confirm the Mac Comes with Accessories
Before you agree to buy a MacBook or iMac at a pawn shop or anywhere else, make sure that it comes with minimal accessories such as a power and charging cord. If you find a laptop or desktop that has even more accessories, that’s fantastic, but you should always ensure you at least have a power source.
4. Ask About a Return Policy
Every pawn shop will have their own return policy, and you need to know what it is. This is in case you take the item home, and it doesn’t work. Reputable pawnshops will work with you to find an acceptable resolution, whether it’s returning your money, offering you store credit, or exchanging your item.
Why Buy Electronics from a Pawn Shop?
Buying from a pawnshop supports the local economy, and a small business owner. Pawnshops are integral businesses in many communities, providing instant loans for customers, along with high-quality electronics, and luxury items at a discount.
You’re unlikely to purchase electronics from a pawnshop that don’t work as intended. Pawnbrokers know that they will not be able to sell electronics that malfunction, so they don’t accept them as collateral for pawn loans, and they don’t buy them from customers. You can feel confident that Apple products you purchase at a pawn shop have been confirmed to be in good working condition, by the employees of the shop.
If you’re looking for a very specific Mac model, you may have excellent luck finding it at a pawn shop. Pawn shops often have hard-to-find products including name-brand electronics, luxury watches, designer jewelry and high-end handbags.
You also help support a greener environment when you buy electronics at a pawn shop. There is no fuel needed to ship the items to the shop. There is often no excess packaging, and wasteful materials. This cuts down on carbon emissions, and on materials that all too often wind up in landfills.
However, the top reason people buy electronics from a pawnshop is because of the excellent quality products, that are available at incredible discounts. Apple products such as MacBooks and iMacs are often for sale for a fraction of the price cost you’ll find online.
MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and iMacs for Sale in the Inland Empire
Central Mega Pawn is a leading pawn shop serving the Inland Empire. Located just minutes from Upland, Pomona, and surrounding communities, our pawn shop has earned top reviews online. In addition to Apple products, we carry a wide variety of smartphones, televisions, gaming consoles, DJ and recording equipment, and much more.
As a locally owned and operated business, Central Mega Pawn is located on Central Avenue in Ontario. We are a proud member of the California Pawnbrokers Association, and abide by all local, and state regulations. Central Mega Pawn is open seven days a week from 9:30 am -6:00 pm. Many of our items for sale are available for purchase in our online store. We encourage you to call 909-627-9622 or message us with any questions.