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ppc_michael
Jul 1, 2007, 11:36 AM
I'm thinking about selling my original iBook G3 (blueberry) on eBay. It has all the original software and the original packaging. A few scuffs on the blue part, but that's about it.

How much do you think I would get for it? I wouldn't want to sell it if I only get 10 bucks or something. :D



Tallest Skil
Jul 1, 2007, 02:05 PM
One of the beautiful things about Macs is their resale value. I just bought the iBook in my sig for $254 on eBay (before shipping), and I was looking at all of the G3 iBooks and Pismos of that time. All iBooks from around then go for about $250, and with AirPort card almost always hit $300 (I got lucky, however!). Happy selling!

Edit: Hmm. Clamshell with packaging and disks... When you say 'original', do you mean Apple's first release or your first purchase? Okay, clamshells like that are more around the area of $180 to $240, but AirPort can push that up as everyone wants an original AirPort card. :D

ppc_michael
Jul 1, 2007, 02:09 PM
Whoa, that's surprising! Thanks!

I've never sold anything on eBay before, so are there any tips you can give me as to the preparation for the computer? I can figure out the actual selling/shipping part myself, but I mean like formatting the hard disk, etc? What I've done is reformatted the hard disk and freshly installed OS 9 and all the apps included on the discs, so it's just like when I got it. I am also charging the battery to 100%. Anything else I should do?

Tallest Skil
Jul 1, 2007, 02:16 PM
That's good that you know that, and I can't think of anything else to do. Again, AirPort plays a BIG part in that last 50-60 dollars on your machine, and having the original box always promotes a premium. But you did the right thing hard drive-wise.

ppc_michael
Jul 1, 2007, 02:18 PM
That's good that you know that, and I can't think of anything else to do. Again, AirPort plays a BIG part in that last 50-60 dollars on your machine, and having the original box always promotes a premium. But you did the right thing hard drive-wise.

I do have an Airport card, so that's good. :) Oh there's something: when I bought the iBook, the Airport card came separately, and I installed it. Should I take it out and put it in its own box (I have that too :D) or leave it in?

Tallest Skil
Jul 1, 2007, 02:29 PM
Naw, leave it in! Not having to open a freshly-purchased computer and attempt to install a component with (possibly) no hardware experience is a relief to someone who wants full functionality out of the box (basically, anyone who's used to Macs...). But if you want to, send the AirPort box and papers with it (mention that in your description as an almost throwaway comment, but prominently enough that serious bidders are impressed by it). I look forward to seeing how much you get for this.

ppc_michael
Jul 1, 2007, 02:32 PM
Awesome. Thanks for all your help! I really appreciate it.

divedeepfl305
Jul 1, 2007, 04:31 PM
I put my G3 for sale on ebay the other day it sold for 370.00 but I am still waiting payment on it. I think I am going to have to file a non-paing bidder form. So make sure that you put down if you have zero feedback email me first so you know that at least they have a valid email and communicate.
Just something to keep in mind about Ebay!