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lawhuiyiu
Jul 16, 2011, 03:19 PM
I suddenly want to grab a PowerBook G4 as a secondary laptop. I prefer 15 inch, 1.67G and higher resolution. I have shopped around those auction sites, finding that the prices are ranging as cheaper as 150 to the more expensive as 400.
So if you were me, how much are you willing to pay for a PowerBook G4 at the moment?



brycemason
Jul 16, 2011, 05:13 PM
$250 for a perfect condition, fast model.

zen.state
Jul 16, 2011, 05:18 PM
I agree with the above poster. $250 US max but only if in almost mint shape or better. If it's a little dinged up but still works well then maybe 180 max. You have good taste in laptops if you want the 1.67. One of the more reliable PowerBooks and also the fastest PowerPC Mac laptop ever.

MacHamster68
Jul 16, 2011, 05:47 PM
for the top models you need to go above 300 in the UK ,why ?
because below you usually get only Powerbooks that are a bit rotten , with dents ,scratches , non working ram slots, totally scratched displays , HDD's on its last legs , hinges broken ,airport not working ,usb ports not working, batteries dead , batteries cant be charged even new ones as the dc board is dead or the logicboard is dead ...and those are still sold for above 200 here in the Uk people go Mad if they see a Apple logo and some really pay any price here in the UK as New Mac's cost more then in the USA too , so obviously the used prices are higher too
and then there are those:
"does not boot and i dont know why as i know nothing about Mac's "
then hands away from the bidding button or buy it now button , as thats the common excuse of somebody who bought it and has found out that a repair would cost more then a new MacBook pro

buying a PowerBook or even iBook on ebay UK needs time time time and more time to find the right one thats really worth buying

if i would be you i would look for the 15" 1.5ghz model that just on offer , its near perfect for 350, but be quick before i change my mind and buy it myself as it has a new logicboard too and only a tiny scratch near the dvi port

nwc6624
Jul 16, 2011, 06:10 PM
i wouldn't even go near 200$ because their not that great....

Bloodstar
Jul 16, 2011, 08:01 PM
$200~250.

They're practically netbooks, nowadays, albeit tons better. This iBook set me back $200, and since the PowerBook's hardware is generally better (especially the screen - 1024x768 is cramped, but the larger screens are decent even by current standards) you'd expect it to sell for more. However, PPC's on its way out, so you have to keep that in mind.

mwhities
Jul 16, 2011, 08:44 PM
Family discount...

PB G4 17" 1G cpu 2Gg ram for 100.00

Craiglist has the 1.6G cpu and 1G ram for 150-200 US.

zen.state
Jul 16, 2011, 09:02 PM
Family discount...

PB G4 17" 1G cpu 2Gg ram for 100.00

Craiglist has the 1.6G cpu and 1G ram for 150-200 US.

Great price on the 17" 1GHz. Nice it has 2GB also.

tom vilsack
Jul 17, 2011, 05:05 PM
Ive owned two...both sounds liked vacuum cleaners when fan spins up...max i would pay if mint $200

Liquinn
Jul 17, 2011, 05:23 PM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000BTKRAI/ref=sr_1_5_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1310941294&sr=8-5&condition=used

That's expensive for what it is though, right? Opinions?

You could almost get a refurbished iPad 1 for that ;D

iLucas
Jul 17, 2011, 07:14 PM
$250-$300 for a 17" 1.67 is what i'd pay as long as its in good shape.

$175-$225 for similar 15"

I recently got a 1.5ghz 12" powerbook g4 in mint shape for $100

mwhities
Jul 17, 2011, 10:41 PM
Great price on the 17" 1GHz. Nice it has 2GB also.

Lucked up on it. He had it sitting for 3 or 4 months. Wanted 250 but, I passed. 3 months later, he txted me saying I can have it for 100. Bought it that day.

AdrianK
Jul 18, 2011, 12:55 AM
for the top models you need to go above 300 in the UK ,why ?
because below you usually get only Powerbooks that are a bit rotten , with dents ,scratches , non working ram slots, totally scratched displays , HDD's on its last legs , hinges broken ,airport not working ,usb ports not working, batteries dead , batteries cant be charged even new ones as the dc board is dead or the logicboard is dead ...and those are still sold for above 200 here in the Uk people go Mad if they see a Apple logo and some really pay any price here in the UK as New Mac's cost more then in the USA too , so obviously the used prices are higher too
and then there are those:
"does not boot and i dont know why as i know nothing about Mac's "
then hands away from the bidding button or buy it now button , as thats the common excuse of somebody who bought it and has found out that a repair would cost more then a new MacBook pro

buying a PowerBook or even iBook on ebay UK needs time time time and more time to find the right one thats really worth buying

if i would be you i would look for the 15" 1.5ghz model that just on offer , its near perfect for 350, but be quick before i change my mind and buy it myself as it has a new logicboard too and only a tiny scratch near the dvi port

Yeah, prices are insane in the UK. Shame really :/

Pass2Yao
Jul 18, 2011, 11:28 AM
I guess I should've expected that pb prices would be low now. I really missed out on an opportunity then to get some value for my pb. I was about to part with my powerbook g4, 12' 1.33, two years ago for 350 but passed because I was too attached to it. It's just such a good looking laptop and it actually works better on ppt than my first gen macbook air. I guess that's what I get for getting a first gen mba. Terrible decision. Looking back on it, 350 would've gone a long way in getting an ipad though. Bummer.

AdrianK
Jul 18, 2011, 12:29 PM
Just to show how bad UK prices are:
A 1GHz PowerMac G4 will set you back ~90/$150
A 1GHz iBook G4 will set you back >170/$270
G4 Minis start at 200/$320

You'd be hard pushed to find a 15" G4 for 150/$250 in the UK market.

zen.state
Jul 18, 2011, 12:34 PM
Just to show how bad UK prices are:
A 1GHz PowerMac G4 will set you back ~90/$150
A 1GHz iBook G4 will set you back >170/$270
G4 Minis start at 200/$320

You'd be hard pushed to find a 15" G4 for 150/$250 in the UK market.

My advice is buy on ebay from people outside the UK. If it's a PowerBook like this guy wants then he could even buy from the US or Canada. If it was a tower the shipping would be at least $60 US and up to and over $100. Many ebay laptops though ship for less than $35.

lawhuiyiu
Jul 19, 2011, 05:58 AM
I finally have got two offers, both are the same -15" PB, except the following,
1. 1.67GHz, lower resolution, for 200
2, 1.67GHz, higher resolution, for 279

The condition of them are mint, seem like a new one, no notiable scratches.

So which one you will go for?

chrismacguy
Jul 19, 2011, 09:51 AM
I finally have got two offers, both are the same -15" PB, except the following,
1. 1.67GHz, lower resolution, for 200
2, 1.67GHz, higher resolution, for 279

The condition of them are mint, seem like a new one, no notiable scratches.

So which one you will go for?

Owning both of those models, Id pay the extra 80 quid just as the High-Res model not only has a much nicer screen, but it has a few other things (better optical drive, and probably better graphics) that make it even better than the Low-Res model.

zen.state
Jul 19, 2011, 09:56 AM
279 works out to $431 Canadian. I consider that far too high. UK market price or not.

The ones I see on Craigslist Vancouver are never higher than $300 while most are 180-250. The one I saw for 300 a while ago was fully tricked out also with a larger faster HD and RAM maxed to 2GB.

chrismacguy
Jul 19, 2011, 10:35 AM
279 works out to $431 Canadian. I consider that far too high. UK market price or not.

The ones I see on Craigslist Vancouver are never higher than $300 while most are 180-250. The one I saw for 300 a while ago was fully tricked out also with a larger faster HD and RAM maxed to 2GB.

Trust me, for the UK market those are both good prices. Ive seen 1.67 HR models go for 350 in the last month. (You can pretty much convert US/CAN $ to 1:1 for used Mac purchases (and Im pretty sure some new ones - The Mac Pro in particular costs an absolute fortune here) - just as we have such a ridiculous starting price for a new one, the older ones cost a lot more. (What is a base new MacBook in Canada - About CAN$1049 right. Here the bottom of the line is about CAN$1350 - and that extra CAN$250 starting cost passes right down thru to the used ones - I mean in the US I can get a nice tidy G5 for about 200 bucks, here its about 500 bucks (300 quid for the same spec), and its the same story with the PowerBooks.). And because of our lovely Customs department it costs a fortune to ship used ones over here (I think the dues are close to 25%, and you have the cost of shipping, and it normally equals very close to the price - especially as shipping a Laptop Transatlantic costs a fortune unless you want to wait at least 2 weeks in general)

zen.state
Jul 19, 2011, 10:45 AM
Good points.

Pretty much all the products in Canada are only 10-100 more than the US price depending on what it is. The 10 more would be the lower end iPods and the 100 more would be for a high end iMac or Mac Pro.

j-mods
Jul 25, 2011, 07:02 AM
Hi

I got my 15" PB G4 1 GHz 1GB RAM for 56 on ebay fully working with a power cord, the case is in pretty much perfect condition.

There are some real bargains to be had

Julian