I am ridiculously excited to announce that this blogger is now the proud owner of a new dining room table AND a new MacBook Pro. For the past two years, I have been DYING for a new table. For a few reasons, but entertaining and working were on the top of my list. I love my new work/dining station.
The other much-needed purchase was due to my switching jobs. See, when I left one job for another, I HAD TO RETURN MY MAC. I was absolutely in love with my MacBook Pro and I was devastated the day we had to part. I just couldn't go back to a Windows-based laptop. It's been a rough three weeks but now I am reunited with the Apple world and I can't be any happier.
Which brings me to discuss buying USED. Both these purchases are NEW to me but they weren't really new. I purchased the table from a sweet NYC couple in need of getting rid of their furniture. I scored it off of Craigslist. I know there are some con-artist and spammers on Craigslist but you can also meet honest people who are really just trying to get rid of good stuff they no longer need. You get a better deal than buying retail and you help avoid sending another perfectly good item to the dump.
The Mac was purchased from the refurbished section of the Apple Store. It's faster and has more memory than a MacBook Pro straight off the assembly line and it was 15% off! When I went to the Apple Store to pick it up, one of the Apple Specialists commended me for buying refurbished. It's just like new and it's been vetted a few times after it was returned for minor issues. I am a happy girl!
On a much related note:
I am selling my "old" dining room table for $100. It's a "pub table" and it has three chairs. Great for small apartments. Check out the link here: http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/fuo/2895818600.html