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emikshe
Oct 10, 2007, 06:44 PM
Hey, I'm a new macrumors forum member but like many other new members a long time reader/searcher of the site.
My question to you is - do you think a nearly-perfect condition iPod 15GB (3rd gen) is a collector's item? I am debating keeping it to see if it ever gains value, or just selling it (I think I can probably get almost $100) to help finance my recent iPhone purchase.
It is fully working of course, and cosmetically nearly perfect (including the mirrored back). Thanks for your opinions!

EDIT: I would make a poll if I knew how!



StealthRider
Oct 10, 2007, 06:54 PM
Nope, sorry. Maybe if it was a sealed in-box 5GB 1G...

Eric Lewis
Oct 10, 2007, 06:57 PM
Hey, I'm a new macrumors forum member but like many other new members a long time reader/searcher of the site.
My question to you is - do you think a nearly-perfect condition iPod 15GB (3rd gen) is a collector's item? I am debating keeping it to see if it ever gains value, or just selling it (I think I can probably get almost $100) to help finance my recent iPhone purchase.
It is fully working of course, and cosmetically nearly perfect (including the mirrored back). Thanks for your opinions!

EDIT: I would make a poll if I knew how!


no it wont ever bee

emikshe
Oct 10, 2007, 06:57 PM
Nope, sorry. Maybe if it was a sealed in-box 5GB 1G...

Yeah, that's sorta what I was thinking. Besides, to really have any shot at being valuable I'd have to keep it for a long, long, long time (any guesses as to how long?? I think 10+ years). And even then, it's not sealed or anything.

Hoopdy
Oct 10, 2007, 07:00 PM
You dreaming if you think that you'll get $100 for a 15gb. I have a battered up 20gb Photo, do you think I could get $150 since yours doesn't even have color?

emikshe
Oct 10, 2007, 07:15 PM
You dreaming if you think that you'll get $100 for a 15gb. I have a battered up 20gb Photo, do you think I could get $150 since yours doesn't even have color?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-iPod-3rd-Gen-15-GB-15GB-New-Battery-AC-Charger_W0QQitemZ190156769929QQihZ009QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-IPOD-3RD-GENERATION-15GB-PLUS-CASE_W0QQitemZ230176591743QQihZ013QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

??

Tim117
Oct 10, 2007, 07:34 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-iPod-3rd-Gen-15-GB-15GB-New-Battery-AC-Charger_W0QQitemZ190156769929QQihZ009QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-IPOD-3RD-GENERATION-15GB-PLUS-CASE_W0QQitemZ230176591743QQihZ013QQcategoryZ90964QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

??

Wow. Owned.

Make sure to have ALL the parts sold with it then.

*Scribles down some notes*

taficke
Oct 10, 2007, 07:46 PM
Hey, I'm a new macrumors forum member but like many other new members a long time reader/searcher of the site.
My question to you is - do you think a nearly-perfect condition iPod 15GB (3rd gen) is a collector's item? I am debating keeping it to see if it ever gains value, or just selling it (I think I can probably get almost $100) to help finance my recent iPhone purchase.
It is fully working of course, and cosmetically nearly perfect (including the mirrored back). Thanks for your opinions!

EDIT: I would make a poll if I knew how!

Who would really want one tho?

emikshe
Oct 10, 2007, 07:50 PM
Who would really want one tho?

Want what? the 15gb iPod or the iPhone? If you meant iPod, you have a good point, no I wouldn't want one, so why would anyone else in 10 years??

If you mean the iPhone, then yes I do want it, and as I said in the post ("recent") have already bought it - I just am keeping it 1.0.2 :D

Lara F
Oct 10, 2007, 08:40 PM
Wow - my 3G's case has gotten so beat up I'd just about forgotten how pretty the iPod itself was (despite the monochrome screen). I've never been reconciled to the cheaper-looking casing on the video 5G's.

But time to move on, so roll on the 3G nano and ipod touch. :D

D1G1T4L
Oct 10, 2007, 10:23 PM
Wow. Owned.

Make sure to have ALL the parts sold with it then.

*Scribles down some notes*


Wow. Owned? You owned these that were ebayed? Huh? :confused:

Clyde099
Oct 12, 2007, 10:53 AM
I'd keep it for a while longer if I didn't need the money.

Le Big Mac
Oct 12, 2007, 12:23 PM
Who would really want one tho?

Firewire booting ability?

Not saying there's a big market, given capacities have increased and prices decreased. But I'm enjoying mine and I could see others having a use for it.

GamecockMac
Oct 12, 2007, 12:36 PM
I have a near-mint 20gb 2G.

I wonder what it might be worth...

mogema
Oct 12, 2007, 01:54 PM
Firewire booting ability?


Indeed, with the introduction of the 4G iPods, they moved to a USB interface. The 3G has always been the prettiest design in my opinion - I loved the combination of the bluish-white backlight and the red-backlit buttons.

bartelby
Oct 12, 2007, 01:56 PM
Indeed, with the introduction of the 4G iPods, they moved to a USB interface. The 3G has always been the prettiest design in my opinion - I loved the combination of the bluish-white backlight and the red-backlit buttons.

The 4G iPods were still Firewire.

emikshe
Oct 12, 2007, 01:58 PM
Indeed, with the introduction of the 4G iPods, they moved to a USB interface. The 3G has always been the prettiest design in my opinion - I loved the combination of the bluish-white backlight and the red-backlit buttons.

I agree! That's why I bought it in the first place! I've always preferred the look of the 3g over almost any other "classic" design iPod. Now that the iPhone/iTouch have come along though, I have a new favorite design :)

gkarris
Oct 12, 2007, 02:08 PM
no it wont ever bee

They are actually. Only if it's in good condition (this one is) but OP - do you have it complete in box?

The complete kit is what makes this one a collectible...

themanfromvlad
Oct 12, 2007, 02:35 PM
I bought a Pioneer AVIC-D3 last month (GPS Navigation LCD with complete iPod integration) and I'm using my old 3G 15 GB with it. It stays put in the glove box and does a wonderful job.

Tom B.
Oct 12, 2007, 02:46 PM
I think it's definitely worth at least $100. I'd buy it for that price. People sell those for 100 here.

emikshe
Oct 14, 2007, 02:59 AM
Okay, well for any future readers searching and wondering what their 3g 15gb iPod is worth, mine (see photos in first post) sold for $100 on Craigslist as of 10.14.07 which included the ipod, a case, firewire/ac adapter, and a usb cable. Hope this helps someone out!

This topic can pretty much be done now, I don't need any more advice, thanks to those that commented!!

gnasher729
Oct 14, 2007, 05:40 AM
Hey, I'm a new macrumors forum member but like many other new members a long time reader/searcher of the site.
My question to you is - do you think a nearly-perfect condition iPod 15GB (3rd gen) is a collector's item? I am debating keeping it to see if it ever gains value, or just selling it (I think I can probably get almost $100) to help finance my recent iPhone purchase.
It is fully working of course, and cosmetically nearly perfect (including the mirrored back). Thanks for your opinions!

EDIT: I would make a poll if I knew how!

With anything modern (less than forty years old), "nearly perfect" doesn't cut it. If you have an unopened box, kept in the dark forever to avoid any yellowing of the paper, then it _might_ become a collector's item, but it's unlikely, because there are so many of them.

shrewsburywolf
Oct 14, 2007, 07:36 AM
Indeed, with the introduction of the 4G iPods, they moved to a USB interface. The 3G has always been the prettiest design in my opinion - I loved the combination of the bluish-white backlight and the red-backlit buttons.

I have to agree with this, I had a 20GB 3G, and upgraded it to 80GB 5.5G and the only gripe that I have with it is the buttons do not light up.

MattyMac
Oct 14, 2007, 10:34 AM
You dreaming if you think that you'll get $100 for a 15gb. I have a battered up 20gb Photo, do you think I could get $150 since yours doesn't even have color?

No, you're wrong. They can get $100 for that easily.

EDIT: Which I see he has.

Piarco
Oct 15, 2007, 03:44 AM
Like the others who have said, you'll definitely get more than $100 for it - I bought a 20GB 3G which needed a bit of TLC on the back to get it up to mirrored quality, and bought it for 90 plus p&p. Good examples are getting hard to find, and there will always be people who want to get one either as a collectors item, or the fact that the 3G iPod will always hold a special place in their heart for its pure white front, touch sensitive controls and a button configuration different to any other iPod made.
I use either my 80GB classic or shuffle for everyday use (soon to be augmented with the iPhone) but the 3G sits in a dock connected to my stereo system for use. I <3 my 3G-er.
But I say keep it - it looks mint and should only increase in value.

powerbook911
Oct 15, 2007, 09:47 AM
Collectors item I don't really think so, but it is perhaps my favorite iPod ever. I loved the white click wheel on the white iPod, and the touch sensitive buttons. It seemed one of the most advanced iPods ever to me.