Ever wondered why you can’t pick up a cheap used Mac Mini? No, me either—I always figured the new ones were already cheap enough.
But the answer is both interesting and unsurprising. Unsurprising, because it’s just down to supply and demand. Interesting because—well, let’s ask some people who really know about selling used Mac Minis: Macminicolo.
Macminicolo is a company that lets you buy or rent an entire Mac Mini and use it as a server at its facility. So the folks there know a thing or two about used prices, as you can see from the graph above.
It boils down to this: Mac Minis are tiny, which means they have a long, useful life tucked away in a closet somewhere. They’re also anonymous, without new model numbers every year like the iPhone and so on. There’s more to it than that, but if I told you everything you’d have no reason to visit the site.
Let’s just say, reading this article has made me want to pick up a Mac Mini. I’ll probably just buy a new one though, as it costs barley more than an old one and does without the previous owners’ germs and fingerprints.