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I have a 2009 MacBook Pro (5,5). I can spend about $150 either taking it to the apple store and having them replace it or buying all the stuff from iFixit and doing it myself.

Is there any cheaper/easier way of doing this? Would an independent apple repair shop be any less expensive? Are there any reliable third-party batteries? I have some crucial RAM and would be comfortable using a Crucial SSD (if I didn't already have a stock one), I'm not addicted to an Apple-sourced battery if there's another one that's reliable.

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Does the 2009 MBP already have a non-replaceable battery? –  Gerry Dec 3 '12 at 7:46
    
No, it's replaceable. Here's the ifixit guide. ifixit.com/Guide/… –  kennethsime Dec 3 '12 at 7:49
    
Well, it is one of the "non-upgradeable" ones according to apple, but people do do it. OWC does not stock replacements as far as I can tell. –  kennethsime Dec 3 '12 at 9:01
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