Found an iMac G5 in the warehouse...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by neoelectronaut, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

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    While digging through CompUSA's warehouse, I came upon an iMac G5 ("Ambient Light Sensor" model. 17" 1.8Ghz, etc.) Now obviously it was either a refurb or a return because the box was taped up, but still, at it's retail of $699 I'm tempted to get it.

    Any yays or nays to this idea?
     
  2. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a sweet deal to me.. if you have the extra cash it would definately be worth it.
     
  3. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It all depends on the condition it's in I suppose. I may get it for my parents to use.
     
  4. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a

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    For your parents: Definitely

    My parents have the same model and it is perfect for them. Can't go wrong IMHO!
     
  5. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    If everything is in working order, that would be indeed a sweet deal.
     
  6. rockandrule macrumors 6502

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    Take it! Working at Office Depot it was fun to see how stupid people were when returning things. They probably returned it because they thought it was not the right color white.
     
  7. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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  8. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Sounds like a great deal! I just bought a refurb of that same model in December for $849.
     
  9. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    iMacs have an ambient light sensor? What is that used for?
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    In revision B of the iMac G5, they added an "ALS" that detected the amount of light in the room, and then adjusting the power light status on the computer. This way, if it was dark, the power light's brightness would go down, and "both you and your computer can sleep peacefully." (I think that's how Apple put it)
     
  11. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    holy !@#$%, I never heard about that! Thats awesome
     
  12. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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  14. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    This is a no-brainer for me. I could easily resell that thing to a friend if I didn't want it for myself.
     
  15. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    Thats what I love about Apple. They don't overlook a thing and always manage to throw in a few extra surprises.
     
  16. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    at that price heck yes pick it up. Even if you turn around and sell it for an cold $200 profit
     
  17. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    oh man, i wish my powerbook did that, i have to put a cloth over it every night to sleep :p
     
  18. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    That is a good price, and that iMac G5 was still very user serviceable, which is nice.
     
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  20. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Most definetly buy it. Try to talk down the price some too. I use to work at compusa and open box items (especially ones sitting around as long as that one) can be talked down quite a bit. If you buy a lets say printer or wireless router and a few other little gadgets at the same time the manager will be even more likely to lower the price on an open box item (as long as what you are buying is not on sale for instant in store rebates).
     
  21. adk macrumors 68000

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    Definitely, It can't hurt to ask your boss for 10%-20% off because of a damaged box or something. The best part about buying things like this is that you still get the full warranty. I bought a Floor model DVD surround sound dealy from target - it was originally $249 but I talked the guy down to $50. I took it home and the DVD drawer wouldn't open, so I took it to an electronics shop for service. It turns out that there was a CD stuck inside (CCR's Greatest hits) which means I got a great cd player and a nice surround system for $50 with full warranty.
     
  22. russed macrumors 68000

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    just like putting a parrot to sleep! :D
     
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