Wow... *looks at my MacBook Pro sitting on bed* I hope mine doesn't decide to be dumb.
I have a funny/depressing Mac story. Lesson learned: don't buy a Mac used off of eBay or Craigslist, especially Craigslist. So back in February 2012, I purchased a first generation MacBook Air from eBay. The thing was actually pretty nice, only flaw was the broken left hinge (very common problem with this generation). Well, I liked the thing except for the stupid hinge issue and the fan, oh my god the fan. For those of you that don't know, the original MacBook Air has one fan, one very small super duper fast fan and the thing is LOUD. Well I thought replacing the TIM paste on the GPU and CPU would help. Well, it didn't. The thing would freeze up after about 30 mins of watching video with temps around 90*C.
I began to hate the thing, it was noisy and almost impossible to do anything on with the 2GB of DDR2 RAM and the processor. Well, I listed the thing on Craigslist for a trade for a 15" MacBook Pro, preferably the first year Unibody design. Well finally someone contacted me and said they had a 2009 15" MacBook Pro they wanted to trade. Here's the catch: it wouldn't boot because of "bad RAM." Well I gave the person the benefit of the doubt and drove the 60 miles to meet them. (living in a small town sucks because I have to drive 3892478931249 miles to do any deals with Craigslist)
Well I got to the meeting area, showed them the MacBook Air in all of the original packaging (everything came with the original purchase from eBay). They were really impressed. Then they showed me the MacBook Pro... this thing was a pile of crap... It was mostly cosmetic stuff that I could fix, like the bottom had been scratched to hell. Well you can buy new bottoms for about $100, not bad really. I turned it on, heard the chime but nothing happened. I thought to myself, "Well I drove all this way to get this thing, I'm not leaving without it." So I traded and said goodbye.
Got home, opened it up and swapped the RAM. Didn't work.... as I slowly began to crap my pants realizing that the problem was much worse. I took it to a local repair guy and after about 2 weeks of having it, he confirmed my worst fear, it was the logic board. He concluded that there was liquid damage due to the high amount of corrosion. Well poop... now I'm out the $500 from the MacBook Air and I don't have a laptop...
Well, someone must have been watching out for me because my cousin called to see if my sister wanted a laptop, my mom laughed and said no, she doesn't need one. Well I overheard her say that and I asked to talk to my cousin. My cousin said that she would send it to me because she is upgrading. Well, I got her laptop which happened to be a 2010 15" MacBook Pro and I was able to sell the other one for parts for $300. So, in the end I was happy. I made some money and learned some lessons. I'm done buying stuff from Craigslist, will only be selling on there from now on.
Love the stories Xeb.