Am I getting ripped off?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crb824, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. crb824 macrumors member

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    Hello all... I am pretty new to the mac world and I am being offered a g4 ibook from a friend of a friend.

    The iBook's specs are:

    1.2 ghz g4
    256 RAM
    CD Drive
    30 gb HD
    OS 10.4.6


    The iBook is in pretty excellent condition, though the specs look low. He is asking $450 for it, and thats as low as he goes. Should I pull the trigger?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  3. GnarleyMarley macrumors 6502

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    not at all.

    i sold a g3 700mhz ibook 384mb ram for $400 about 6 months ago. pull the trigger!:apple:
     
  4. crb824 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok I think I might just go with it.. I don't think it comes with original software or power cable. I hope that doesn't lessen the deal for me.
     
  5. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Not bad but for 799.00 you can have a refurb macbook :)
     
  6. crb824 thread starter macrumors member

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    is it that much better?
     
  7. Peace macrumors P6

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    YES
     
  8. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Are you kidding me? The macbooks have a 1.83Ghz INTEL CORE DUO processor. (10x better) 512Mb Ram. (double the RAM), CD/DVD drives, 60Gb HD (double space). Also are the newest model and have built in isights, etc. Apple refurbs are like new.

    The MacBook would kick the iBook's ***.
     
  9. crb824 thread starter macrumors member

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    This ibook is for my girlfriend who really only uses computers for the internet (especially shopping), listen to music, and write papers. I mean she'll use it for some other reason's here and there, but she isn't a very serious computer user.
     
  10. Soulman macrumors member

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    The iBook's specs are:

    1.2 ghz g4
    256 RAM
    CD Drive
    30 gb HD
    OS 10.4.6


    If it has the airport card? I'd pull the trigger, after all the power cord $ cost will be about the same as a Anti-Virus program $.
     
  11. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Did I miss something?
     
  12. crb824 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes it does have the airport card.
     
  13. Drewswa77 macrumors member

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    I just sold a somewhat similar iBook
    1.2ghz
    768ram and 60gb hardrive for $600
    So Id say that price isnt bad. But the refurb macbook is a better choice overall.
     
  14. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Yes much........
     
  15. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    The refurb macbook is absolutely a better choice. While the iBook will get the job done (though you'll want to upgrade the RAM), if you have the extra cash, it is a much better idea to go with the macbook.
     
  16. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    My rule of thumb is: If it used for more then $100 then I don't buy it.

    *Exception: Unless buying from a reputable dealer.
     
  17. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    So, basically you'll never buy a fully functioning, used, Apple laptop.
     
  18. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    If its from Apple, yes. Just I would not do it from a friend or someone online thats questionable.
     
  19. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, kinda funny you group your friends and people you don't even know into the same group of people you don't trust, haha.
     
  20. praterkeith macrumors regular

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    Get It!

    I say get the ibook, then stick it on ebay and see if you can get more. You will at LEAST get what you put into it, so it's not a huge risk. Besides, you will probably get more to put towards a Macbook!!!
     
  21. coffey7 macrumors 6502a

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    For $999 you could get a really cool new macbook. Not a bad deal for the ibook. Save up and get an intel mac.
     
  22. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    You have a terrible rule of thumb. Taking advantage of people getting sick of their stuff (and thus selling it really cheap) is great. His girlfriend sounds like she won't need much power, this ibook will have enough power to do what you need to do with it. Providing nothing's wrong with it, might as well spend half as much if she's not gonna need the full power, hard drive space, etc
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    So what you're trying to say is......


    Go for the iBook. The MacBook is better, but people at tech forums will always try to convince you to get something better. There's always something better anyway, and they cost more. For some, the extra $300 is worth it, but it's not worth it because internet shopping on a MacBook isn't faster than it is on an iBook. ;)

    This will serve your girlfriend's needs just fine. Just check to see if the machine looks really worn out before purchasing.
     
  24. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    For only $2799 you could get a 17" MBP instead! :p

    I'd say get the ibook and upgrade the ram (and maybe the drive if you need space) - assuming it is in good condition and you trust the seller (i.e. that it's not dying and they're trying to get rid of it), and assuming your girlfriend only has basic computer needs. You could even mention that refurb MB's are going for $799 and try to get the ibook for $400. I'd only suggest the MB route if money is no issue....
     

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