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rroback
Feb 18, 2009, 01:10 AM
Alright, I'm sure will see this as a ad, but that's not my goal. I'm considering giving up my powermac, and buying a new macbook pro, but I'm wondering where the best place to sell my quad-core powermac? I'm not sure how easily I'll sell it, and I'm not an experienced tech seller ( not sure if craiglist is the way to go for this puppy). Any tips?



Chaos123x
Feb 18, 2009, 01:27 AM
Craigslist. Cash only, must pick up in person, no returns.

Never ship anything with craigslist.


Make the price the highest you see that model going for on used sites.

Then say that or best offer.


You will be surprised what you can get for it.

rroback
Feb 18, 2009, 01:45 AM
alright, thanks for the tips. The last thing I sold on craiglist was a beanbag.. pretty easy to sell ;)

Anyone have any idea on pricing? Quad, 2.5, 2 500gig drives, 16gigs of ram, one 22inch cinema display ( the acrylic one), and one 23 inch cinema display? Seems to me I should be in the low 3k range?

Chaos123x
Feb 18, 2009, 02:17 AM
yeah someone will buy it for about $2500 if you leave it listed for awhile.

If you want a quick sale you will get about you could sell for something realistic like $1500 or so.

I would put $2700 or best offer and see if you get any bites.

Do not include the display, sell it separate.

California
Feb 18, 2009, 02:38 AM
Do not sell it as a package you will lose money.

Sell each Cinema Display separately on Craigslist, cash only.

Sell the Quad on eBay.

You will have to eat the fees on eBay, but I have had pretty good luck on there.

rroback
Feb 18, 2009, 03:00 AM
Why displays in person, mac on ebay? Just for shipping issues with displays? 2700 just for mac, or total? I'd think 2700 for mac, 500 for each display, see what happens... seem fair?

Icaras
Feb 18, 2009, 06:01 AM
Why displays in person, mac on ebay? Just for shipping issues with displays? 2700 just for mac, or total? I'd think 2700 for mac, 500 for each display, see what happens... seem fair?

I don't know why you would only want to sell a display in person either. For the record, I have successfully sold two displays on ebay, one being a 23 inch Apple Cinema Display, and I got good money and feedback for both. So from my experience, I would not discount ebay at all. Just make sure to double box the display in case you don't still have the original box and packaging (with the foam), because the face of the display can be very vulnerable to shipping.

Anyway, this thread caught my eye because I'm in the same boat as you too. I'm getting ready to sell my PowerMac G5 Dual on ebay once I get the time. :D

OrangeSVTguy
Feb 18, 2009, 09:08 AM
Why displays in person, mac on ebay? Just for shipping issues with displays? 2700 just for mac, or total? I'd think 2700 for mac, 500 for each display, see what happens... seem fair?

I don't think you'll get anywhere near $2700 for the G5, that's Octo Mac Pro territory ;).

$300-350 for the acrylic display and $450 for the Aluminum one is a good price. $1500 is a good price for your quad 2.5. You can get first gen Mac Pros for around that price.

Added:
But like already stated, selling on Craigslist for cash would be your best bet. You can always add a few hundred extra too and add best offer ;). That way you might get a little more than expected if you list high and add the BO.

California
Feb 18, 2009, 10:01 AM
I agree with OrangeSVTGuy's pricing but selling the displays on eBay is a LOT of shipping. And they do damage easily. That's why I said the displays on Craigslist and the PM on ebay. I think you'll get more money that way.

500 is too high for the acrylic display. 350 is bout right.

500 is a good price for the 23" aluminum if it does not have Applecare.

hitekalex
Feb 18, 2009, 11:03 AM
Why displays in person, mac on ebay? Just for shipping issues with displays? 2700 just for mac, or total? I'd think 2700 for mac, 500 for each display, see what happens... seem fair?

$2700 for a used PowerMac - are you nuts?? :confused: I can get a refurb current gen MacPro for $1,999 straight from Apple! I think whoever mentioned $2,700 has a severe mis-conception of how much used Apple hardware is worth.

Do a 'completed items' eBay search and see what these things sell for. I don't know the exact specs of your system, but expect to get $900-$1300 for it, tops. Here's an example of a recently sold PowerMac:

http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-POWER-MAC-G5-DUAL-2-7GHZ-4GB-250GB-SUPERDRIVE_W0QQitemZ300293573543QQcmdZViewItemQQptZApple_Desktops?hash=item300293573543&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

OrangeSVTguy
Feb 18, 2009, 11:45 AM
$2700 for a used PowerMac - are you nuts?? :confused: I can get a refurb current gen MacPro for $1,999 straight from Apple! I think whoever mentioned $2,700 has a severe mis-conception of how much used Apple hardware is worth.

Do a 'completed items' eBay search and see what these things sell for. I don't know the exact specs of your system, but expect to get $900-$1300 for it, tops. Here's an example of a recently sold PowerMac:

http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=1616913328&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=3&campid=5336090759&toolid=10001 http://cgi.ebay.com/APPLE-POWER-MAC-G5-DUAL-2-7GHZ-4GB-250GB-SUPERDRIVE_W0QQitemZ300293573543QQcmdZViewItemQQptZApple_Desktops?hash=item300293573543&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5336090759&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2FAPPLE-POWER-MAC-G5-DUAL-2-7GHZ-4GB-250GB-SUPERDRIVE_W0QQitemZ300293573543QQcmdZViewItemQQptZApple_Desktops%3Fhash%3Ditem300293573543%26_trksi d%3Dp3286.c0.m14%26_trkparms%3D66%253A2%257C65%253A13%257C39%253A1%257C240%253A1318)

Check ebay's completed listings for "quad 2.5 G5 (http://search-completed.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&fcl=3&fss=0&saobfmts=exsif&catref=C5&sacur=0&saaff=afdefault&frpp=50&from=R32&saslop=1&satitle=g5+quad+2.5&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=91710&sabfmts=1&fis=2&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=34%26fsoo%3D2) ". You will get a whole entirely different number ;). Plus he maxed out the Ram to 16gb and that will be highly desirable.

What graphics card is installed?

ggg05a
Feb 18, 2009, 11:48 AM
I vote $2k OBO, with both displays included.

You can buy a refurb MacPro that kicks the crap outta the 2.5 quad for $2k. $2k for that machine and both displays is reasonable.

hitekalex
Feb 18, 2009, 11:56 AM
I vote $2k OBO, with both displays included.

You can buy a refurb MacPro that kicks the crap outta the 2.5 quad for $2k. $2k for that machine and both displays is reasonable.

Yes, $2K with both displays may be more realistic. And better hurry selling it - when Snow Leopard hits the shelves, G5's will drop in value even further ( presumably Snow Leopard will only run on Intel systems). For that reason alone, I personally wouldn't spend a penny on G5, as it's a dead end system.

rroback
Feb 18, 2009, 12:44 PM
I really screwed the pooch buying the last generation powermac... right before the darn intel switch came. I'm going to try to sell locally, but it's probably worth keeping if I can't get more then 2k for it. thanks for all your help.

Chaos123x
Feb 18, 2009, 01:45 PM
I sold my 2.7Ghz Dual G5 for $2500.

I told the guy what it was and how much I wanted.

I did not lie or anything.

Is that a outrageous price? Hell yeah.

But he bought it and I had other buyers as well.

I did the same thing with my Video Cameras.

Don't sell on ebay you will get the lowest price for it.


I was totally honest about the specs and everything, it's not my fault that people are willing to pay more than the norm for something.

dophineh
Feb 18, 2009, 05:42 PM
I sold my 2.7Ghz Dual G5 for $2500.

I told the guy what it was and how much I wanted.

I did not lie or anything.

Is that a outrageous price? Hell yeah.

But he bought it and I had other buyers as well.

I did the same thing with my Video Cameras.

Don't sell on ebay you will get the lowest price for it.


I was totally honest about the specs and everything, it's not my fault that people are willing to pay more than the norm for something.

WOW, was this on craigslist?

Craigslist or ebay? which is better?

Chaos123x
Feb 18, 2009, 11:08 PM
Craigslist, ebay usually has allot more of the same item.

With Craigslist it's normally just you selling the particular thing.

I'm not saying you can always get high prices, but you can just hold out till you get a bite.

Make sure post in the section that is the biggest city in driving distance, not your little local area.

Floris1994
Feb 19, 2009, 09:23 AM
Try kijiji. I sold 1 of my 2 Mac mini G4's for 325 and they picked it up!

kijiji.com

Mhaddy
Feb 20, 2009, 12:00 PM
Go Craigslist or Kijiji first, then if it doesn't sell, lower the price a bit then put on eBay. The former two don't charge you a fee based on insertion or selling price, which is a huge bonus over eBay. I sold my b0rked G5 2.0 PM on Kijiji.ca within days of posting it. Just be honest in your ad and post several high quality photos -- don't post stock photos, that is a deterrant IMHO.