I have often believed that my house is jinxed. Whenever I express interest in replacing an old device, gadget or home appliance, and start to look for the next available option on the market, somehow, by ways that cannot be explained, the old and current item would start to break down. It is as if, these appliances and gadget around the house somehow have eyes and ears and know when they are getting replaced. Armed with that knowledge, they would revolt and protest, either by refusing to work or not work as optimally as it should.
This was what exactly happened to me last night. I was in the market to sell my current MacBook Pro that I bought in June 2017. Now that I have completed my studies, I have little use of the laptop. So I decided to sell it and use the proceeds to get myself an iPad Pro (which I did today as of writing this. I am even writing this entry on my new iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio. First impressions on the iPad Pro coming up soon).
So I started listing my MBP on Carousell, which is like our local eBay. And sure enough within a couple of hours, I had an interested buyer. So as we finalise on the deal and where to meet and naturally, I would reset and reformat the MBP so that the new owner can set it up using his credentials and making it officially his. For some weird and unexplained reason, the whole process went haywire.
After wiping the SSD of my laptop, I could not reinstall the OS. I tried so hard looking for a solution to the problem that I gave up at 3am despite having to wake up early for work the next day. It was perplexing. What should have been a routine process or wiping the SSD clean and reinstalling the OS to a clean slate became a night of torture! And I was pressed for time because me and the buyer decided to meet the next day!
So I had no choice but to call Apple Support and secure an appointment with one of the authorised Apple Service Center. And because of that, I had to take an emergency half-day leave so that I can make it to the appointment in the afternoon in the hopes of rectifying the problem before meeting the buyer in the evening.
I was there for at the service center for close to three hours. Thankfully though it wasn’t a hardware issue and the staff was kind enough to waive the service fee because the problem was minor (although it did took a while to determine why the problem occured in the first place). I would have been devastated if I were forced to part my MacBook Pro at the service center to get the parts replaced and pay for the parts replaced when I was about to sell it off. My returns on the device would have been diminished severely, making the whole enterprise and money losing scheme (not that I made a profit anyway, the proceeds was just enough to cover the cost of the iPad that I purchased on the same day as the scheduled appointment).
So yeah, harrowing 48 hours of trying to get my MBP a clean slate so that I can sell it off to a buyer without incurring additional charges of parts replacements that would have better gone in funding for the iPad purchase.
In the end, everything turned out well. The problem was software, not hardware, it was fixed within hours and I still had time to head home, set up my new iPad Pro, have dinner before driving down to meet with the buyer.