For Sale – Apple Computing

I’m selling several Apple related items. Please reach out to me if you are interested in acquiring any of these items.

Entertaining best offer so please make a fair judgment of the item’s worth to you.

Item List

  • MacBook 12-inch (1st Gen)
  • MacBook Pro Retinia 15-inch (3rd Gen) [sold]
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch (2nd Gen) [Available]
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) [Available]

Item Specs

Item History and Condition

Most of my computing devices have easily seen 12+ hours per-day of usage (give or take).

Except for the display, these items have traveled with me. They are in surprisingly good condition for the length of time and usage-duration.

  • MacBook 12-inch
    • Purchased: April 2015 for $1299.00 + AppleCare $249.00
    • Condition (keyboard/display): No defects, no blemishes, no scratches
    • Condition (exterior): Like new. Portfolio case that wraps around entire notebook body has been used for roughly 80% of the notebook’s life.
  • MacBook Pro Retinia 15-inch (3rd Gen)
    • Purchased: July 2012 for $3,499.00 + AppleCare $349.00
    • Condition (keyboard/display): No defects, minor wear, no scratches.
    • Condition (exterior): Minor scratches on bottom. No blemishes.
    • Comment: The built-in iSight camera no longer works.
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch (2nd Gen)
    • Purchased: July 2008 for $2,524.00
    • Condition (keyboard/display): Shows wear
    • Condition (exterior): some scratches
    • Comment: 1st battery replaced with OEM. 2nd battery replaced with aftermarket. Battery is dead, needs a battery. It currently operates from AC power.
  • Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
    • Purchased: July 2012 for $999.00
    • Condition: Like New
    • Defects/Blemishes: single line artifact about 2 pixels in width, dark yellow in color. Begins at top and ends at bottom of display. Located about 4-inches inward from right side of display.

Item Photographs

To Be Done (added)

Other Remarks

  • The items listed here still have their original box/packaging they came with. This may matter to some people so I thought I would mention it.
  • The computers will be “reset” and have the latest macOS installed.
  • Sold as-is – used equipment is unpredictable.  Please make sure you understand this before making an offer 🙂
  • Why am I selling?  I’m upgrading my computing hardware after several years.

MacBook Pro Retina and Screen Captures

Having a MacBook Pro Retina is awesome.  I’ve been using mine since the end of July 2012.  I am completely happy with it.  I’m often asked how I like the Retina and the best way I can describe it to people is using the analogy of television, that is standard definition (SD) non-Retina vs. high definition (HD) Retina.  I find the Retina display a true pleasure to use and experience.

So the point of this post is about screen captures from a MacBook Pro Retina.  When taking a screen capture from a Retina display it will be in HD as opposed to SD.  Here is an example of what it might look like.


Image on the right is what a screen capture looks like from a Retina display, 1696 x 998 at 144ppi.  The image on the left is taken from a VM running Windows 7 Pro, 800 x 600 at 96ppi.  To be clear these screen captures are “native” without any tweaking or processing.

When a screen capture from a Retina is sent out to share with someone, say in an email, it will display in HD and is ridiculous to view.  I find it personally annoying, it’s too large.

After some thought it seemed like a good solution was to use Mac’s Automater to take the screen capture and down-size the image.


Using Automater deals with several repetitive tasks that I perform when taking a screen capture.  I created an Automater Service, which allows this automation to be available from the menu wherever I may need to take a screen capture.


The following is what the Automater Service looks like that I use.  It does several things that are not related to taking the screen capture, but what I find desirable to my liking.


It takes a screen capture and saves it to a directory with a serialized file name.

This is a repeatable process that helps keep sharing screen captures consistent and deterministic.