View Full Version : Prototype G4 on Ebay

Apr 17, 2003, 01:07 PM
Hey all, I finally decided to post the PowerMac that has caused me such pain, on Ebay, along with some consumer warranty rights info that I aquired along the way. You can find it by doing a search on Ebay for 'PowerMac G4 Prototype'.

Here's the original MacRumors thread:

I know it's probably overpriced (hell, I feel uncomfortable giving this piece of crap away), but I'm trying to recover at least some of my cost on legal and hardware. Apple has been defiantly unhelpful, and has NEVER given me any correct information regarding this device, ever.

Well, they DID tell me to press the little button on the motherboard. That did fix some things for a while.

I originally wanted to raffle the thing off. That way, nobody spends a large sum of money and they get a 1 in 300 chance of winning (which are pretty good odds). However, I decided to post it as a straight auction, as a Prototype Mac might appear suspicious enough without the unusual raffle aspect.

P.S. There has been growing evidence that the Nvidia GeForce2 card installed in the machine is ALSO a prototype, but I have no definitive way to verify this. If anybody does, give me a email. Thanks.

Apr 24, 2003, 08:32 AM
great so when well you post a link to the auction. it would be nice to see pictures tooo...:D

Apr 26, 2003, 04:05 PM
cant find it...link please

Apr 26, 2003, 04:27 PM
if it was on ebay, it's not there anymore. perhaps ebay didn't agree with the legality of selling it... or selling it as a prototype.


Apr 27, 2003, 12:13 PM
It was a 5 day auction, which began on the date of my post here. If you do a search under 'completed items', you'll find it there, with no bids (and yes, I know it was high, but it was either this or litigation, so I took a chance with the easier of the two first).

No conspiracy. Neither Apple nor Ebay took any kind of action. The original thread discussing the machine is on this board:


The photo montage is over here:


Notice this is a 'mac.com' hosted page. Apple has never done anything to pull this either.

The only email I received regarding the machine was from someone looking to replace the motherboard, but the motherboard can't be replaced, as it's non-standard (prototype).

Now a question you may be able to answer: do you know of anyone who has taking Apple to court over warranty issues?

Jun 20, 2005, 10:14 PM
Honestly, how do you people find these threads?? do you do a search and this is what comes up?? I can't believe you would be going back so far through the archives to find them and post in them.

Jun 20, 2005, 10:27 PM
:confused: :confused: :confused:

You're the one that resurrected the thread!

Jun 20, 2005, 11:20 PM
Wish I could have seen those pictures... :(

Jun 21, 2005, 12:32 AM
Wish I could have seen those pictures... :(

Same here. Bring'em back! :mad:

Jun 21, 2005, 12:59 AM
Ah, I remember this situation. It was funny to see everyone get owned who doubted it after pics were shown.

Still wonder why it was resurrected though...

Jun 21, 2005, 07:33 AM
Ah, I remember this situation. It was funny to see everyone get owned who doubted it after pics were shown.

Still wonder why it was resurrected though...

odd.. I should search the archives more myself ;)