Buying a used Ibook G4 12''

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  1. LoWiTUsA macrumors member

    LoWiTUsA

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    A friend have a ibook G4 12'' to sell for 1100 USD.
    Its a 1Ghz 512 Ram Combo 12'' with the extreme air card installed.
    It comes with a logitech wireless mouse and it is still over 7 months of warranty. The condition of the ibook is very good, so should I go for it at this price ?????
    Thanks
     
  2. iSaint macrumors 603

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    If you qualify for an education discount, you can buy this new for $1,110 (except the wireless mouse).

    Apple Education Store

    Without the edu discount, it's $1,278

    Of course, you can save a little on memory by buying third party from Crucial
     
  3. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    You'd save a few bucks over getting a brand new one, but if you're in the market for a new laptop immediately (before the Cram & Jam deals ends on Saturday) and you have a little bit more money to start with, you could do what I did:

    12" iBook (ed. discount): $999
    Airport Extreme Card (ed. discount): $69
    20 GB iPod (ed. discount): $269
    Sales Tax (at 6%): $80.22
    256 MB RAM from Crucial.com (free shipping): $52.99
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    total cost: $1470.21




    - $250 private sale of iPod (sold in just a couple hours on craigslist.com)
    - $200 mail-in rebate for Cram & Jam (took about 4 weeks to receive)
    _____________________________________________
    new total cost: $1021.21

    With the money you have left over, you could go out and get your fancy wireless mouse... AND you'd have a brand spanking new iBook with the full year's warrenty. Just a bit more work on your part.
     
  4. jcook793 macrumors regular

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    Also you can get a refurb 1GHz G4 iBook for $949 from Apple. So:

    $949 iBook
    $ 79 Airport Extreme from Apple
    $ 53 256MB module from Crucial
    ====
    $1081 Total


    That leaves you with $19 for a mouse. His deal isn't great, get him down to $1000 or so and then it looks better.
     
  5. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry -- regarding my post a few minutes ago, I was working under the assumption that your were eligible for the educational discount program, which you may very well not be! Silly me.
     
  6. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    As everyone said, he's not ripping you off, but he's also not giving you a great deal.

    Basically, you could get a practically new one from Apple Refurb for almost the same price.
     
  7. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I would have to get him to go down to $999 before I would buy it, but that is just me, he's not ripping you off, but he's not doing you any favors either.
     

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