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Why are white and black display assemblies different prices?

Why is the white display assembly for the a1181 2.4 GHz penryn less expensive than the black? Can I assume the hardware is the same? Is this purely an availability issue? I'm repairing a friend's penryn and she doesn't care if I use a white display assembly with a black case. She just wants the cheapest option.

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For a pre-Unibody Macbook, a white display will always be less expensive. The black Macbooks (2006-2008, A1181) were the top-end model in each generation, and so were much less common than the white ones. Since most of the available parts are cannibalized from salvaged computers, the prices of used parts reflect their availability. You'll see a similar price spread in other white vs. black case components. However, aside from the sometimes faster logic boards and sometimes larger/faster hard drives in top-end models, there's no functional difference between A1181 components in a white Macbook and a black Macbook.

I think there's a practical advantage in mixing black and white case components: You make your Macbook far more identifiable in the event of theft.

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Law of supply and demand. Black models were uncommon then, hence more demand when the lid and LCD inside need fixing. The innards, though, are no different than their white counterparts.

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