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mauly
Nov 5, 2006, 07:32 PM
What would be a good price to pay for:

This is a Brand New iBook and has a 3 year manufacturuers warranty.

1.42 Ghz Power PC G4 processor.
512 Mb DDR266 SDRAM.
60GB Hard Drive.
14.1" TFT screen.
Slot loading Super drive. DVD +/-RW / CDRW
ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 with 32mb of video memory.
10/100Base-T Ethernet and 56K Modem
Airport Extreme networking and Bluetooth 2.0
VGA video output, S-video and composite output.



iHateWindows
Nov 5, 2006, 07:37 PM
I would pay $400 at most for one.

Veritas&Equitas
Nov 5, 2006, 07:37 PM
$725-800 would be a good price. They go for about $800-875 on eBay.

Veritas&Equitas
Nov 5, 2006, 07:37 PM
I would pay $400 at most for one.
Now that's just ridiculous. They go for double that on eBay.

iHateWindows
Nov 5, 2006, 07:38 PM
$700-750.

Seriously? Just thinking about buying a new machine with a G4 processor makes me want to puke, but if you have to have one...

ChickenSwartz
Nov 5, 2006, 07:41 PM
$725-800 would be a good price. They go for about $800-875 on eBay.

Not when you can get a bottom of the line macbook for $950 refurb from Apple, even less on ebay.

WildCowboy
Nov 5, 2006, 07:41 PM
Very solid machine...at least $800. Probably closer to $900.

mkrishnan
Nov 5, 2006, 07:41 PM
Seriously? Just thinking about buying a new machine with a G4 processor makes me want to puke, but if you have to have one...

I think that's close to accurate also... what makes you vomit and market rates are two separate things....

ChickenSwartz
Nov 5, 2006, 07:45 PM
Very solid machine...at least $800. Probably closer to $900.
You would pay $900 when you could, for $199 more, get a brand new MacBook?

mkrishnan
Nov 5, 2006, 07:47 PM
You would pay $900 when you could, for $199 more, get a brand new MacBook?

People who don't have the $199 would....

Veritas&Equitas
Nov 5, 2006, 07:49 PM
You would pay $900 when you could, for $199 more, get a brand new MacBook?
Well apparently tons of people on eBay, b/c that iBook has consistently been going for $800-900 over the past month.

WildCowboy
Nov 5, 2006, 07:51 PM
The iBooks were great machines. They didn't suddenly become crap when the MacBooks came out six months ago.

mick4394
Nov 5, 2006, 07:52 PM
Apple sells that very machine for $999, refurbished. Why anyone would pay that much when you can get a Macbook on the same site for 950 is beyond me.

mick4394
Nov 5, 2006, 07:54 PM
The iBooks were great machines. They didn't suddenly become crap when the MacBooks came out six months ago.

Agreed, but when you can get a superior machine for less, it doesn't make much sense.

WildCowboy
Nov 5, 2006, 07:56 PM
Apple sells that very machine for $999, refurbished. Why anyone would pay that much when you can get a Macbook on the same site for 950 is beyond me.

It's a matter of priorities. The iBook has a SuperDrive. You have to pay more to get a MacBook with that. The iBook doesn't have integrated graphics. It's not trying to run PPC software through Rosetta. Sure, it doesn't have a built-in iSight and it has a lower-resolution screen, but it's got some things the entry-level MacBook doesn't have.

mauly
Nov 5, 2006, 08:01 PM
I would personally only bite if its 200-250, only looking for something which I could take with me anywhere without worrying about it every minute.... I'm amazed at some of the prices some of you have quoted!! :eek:

Also, If it comes with a 3 year warranty! (i assume its an apple warranty) and it turns out to be a turkey! do apple have the right not to repair/replace!? :confused:

clevin
Nov 5, 2006, 08:25 PM
local microcenter is selling it for $608, coz warranty is running out (6 months left), so you will have to buy an applecare together with it, still, around $800 in total.

mick4394
Nov 5, 2006, 08:43 PM
It's a matter of priorities. The iBook has a SuperDrive. You have to pay more to get a MacBook with that. The iBook doesn't have integrated graphics. It's not trying to run PPC software through Rosetta. Sure, it doesn't have a built-in iSight and it has a lower-resolution screen, but it's got some things the entry-level MacBook doesn't have.

I personally don't have a problem with the iBook. Prior to owning my Macbook, I had a 12" G3, myself, and thought it was a great machine. But, at this point, it doesn't make much sense to purchase one, unless you're getting one for a heck of a price. No, way I'd pay 800 to 1000 bucks for one.

The hardware itself is good, but anyone who thinks support for the PPC will continue is kidding himself. If you're going to spend that kind of money, spending it on a dead end doesn't make much sense.

bodeh6
Nov 6, 2006, 11:43 AM
I sold my iBook with similar specs except 1GB RAM and no SuperDrive just Combo this past summer for $750 on Ebay.

logicpro7
Nov 6, 2006, 12:40 PM
i just sold an ibook last week.


it sold for 475 ,it was a 12" 1.2G4, 768mb, 30GB, and 2 years old.

it is going to be replaced with the overdue C2D macbook for my wife.

the funny thing is it only cost 520 new from the soho store in NYC. :D

wyatt23
Nov 6, 2006, 12:43 PM
I JUST bought the iBook in my sig for 550 shipped. tho there isn't a warranty. i love it to death tho. amazing computer. [it's really just around to hold me over until the c2d macbooks come out tho.]

mkrishnan
Nov 6, 2006, 12:46 PM
I JUST bought the iBook in my sig for 550 shipped. tho there isn't a warranty. i love it to death tho. amazing computer. [it's really just around to hold me over until the c2d macbooks come out tho.]

Did you pay $550 for that computer *with* the 160GB Seagate Momentus in it? If so, that's an amazing deal, as that drive costs ... $350 by itself, if I'm not mistaken. BTW, how do you like that drive?

WildCowboy
Nov 6, 2006, 01:19 PM
Did you pay $550 for that computer *with* the 160GB Seagate Momentus in it? If so, that's an amazing deal, as that drive costs ... $350 by itself, if I'm not mistaken. BTW, how do you like that drive?

The 160 GB drives (Hitachi and Seagate) run about $200. Still a good deal though.

Squonk
Nov 6, 2006, 01:26 PM
Did you pay $550 for that computer *with* the 160GB Seagate Momentus in it? If so, that's an amazing deal, as that drive costs ... $350 by itself, if I'm not mistaken. BTW, how do you like that drive?

Nah - Newegg has that drive for $175 right now!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148073

I have this drive in my PB (see sig) and I really like it! Great upgrade for the $$$.:D

Squonk
Nov 6, 2006, 01:33 PM
What would be a good price to pay for:

Well, you can get the equivalent MB with SuperDrive refurb for $1099. I guess the question is how long you can live with a G4? If you can get this for $750-800 or less, I'd consider it. Much more than that and I'd have to think long and hard about it.

Do you want/need a superdrive? Otherwise a base model MB might do you well.

Oh, one other point, I believe the drives in the iBooks are 4200 rpm VS 5400 in the MB's. That will make a significant performance difference right there.

Either way, you are buying a Mac which is a great thing!! :D

mkrishnan
Nov 6, 2006, 01:34 PM
Nah - Newegg has that drive for $175 right now!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148073

I have this drive in my PB (see sig) and I really like it! Great upgrade for the $$$.:D

Wow, nice! Thank you! I really should consider getting one of those...

Squonk
Nov 6, 2006, 01:39 PM
Wow, nice! Thank you! I really should consider getting one of those...

You are most welcome. ;)

Between the faster, cooler, quieter, bigger drive and a brand new battery, thank you Sony, my PB is set for a while. I'd really like a MBP, but the PB will see me through my wedding next year...:)