I'm a seller of Apple computers on eBay so I keep a close eye on the marketplace and these days, I'm seeing a nasty trend.
People are selling older unibody Aluminum Apple Macbooks as recent models 13" Macbook Pros. Many neophytes won't know the difference and these scammers are counting on that! The Macbook Pros are worth at least 40% more so there is quite a temptation to cheat.
The 13" Macbook Pros became available in June 2009 - the same time that the unibody Macbooks were discontinued.
This is the 13" Macbook Pro-
This is the unibody Aluminum Macbook-
Yes, they look alike. That is the problem.
There are numerous differences under the hood - that's why the Macbook Pros cost much more, but there are also differences on the exterior - these are what you should be looking for.
On the left side of the unibody Aluminum Macbook you'll find (from left to right) a Magsafe Power port, ethernet, two USB ports, an external dispay port and audio in/out ports.
The 13" Macbook Pro has all of that and more - on the left of the 13" Macbook Pro you will also find a Firewire 800 port and an SD card reader slot:
The bottom of the unibody Aluminum Macbook looks like this:
There is a removable panel that allows the user to access the battery and hard drive. The 13" Macbook Pro has no such panel - it is a smooth surface with no access panels at all. This is the bottom of a 13" Mac Book Pro:
Keep in mind that Apple has NEVER issued a 2.0GHz 13" Macbook Pro, so the ones listed as such are instantly recognizable as fraud and should be reported!
Good luck people...