iBook value depreciation

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by josepho, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. josepho macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    as some of you may have read (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=68233) I just got an 800Mhz iBook, which I'm gonna return for the 1Ghz version. Anyway, what I'm wondering is, in a year's time how much of the money I spend will still be in my iBook - I mean, if I sell it, how much of the original value will I hope to recoup?

    I'm getting it on a student discount which bring is down to about £850 (60GB, BT, AE) & £70 for extra 512MB RAM from Crucial. I'm thinking that if I keep this for a year, maybe I could get a Powerbook a year down the line... Maybe even a 15", though that depends whether I find that I really prefer the portability of the 12" - maybe by that time (hopefully) the PBs'll even have G5s. Sweet :)

    Even if you can tell me what this kinda money would have bought 12 months ago I can have a look on eBay, etc to find out how much they're goin' for. Certainly seems that Apple computers retain a lot of their value.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    I calculated it once upon a time, and I think I had that it will be worth about 60% value after one year. It really depends on the updates though.
     
  3. Nny macrumors regular

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    If it helps you any for comparison... I just sold my iBook 500 MHz DVD 12" model w/ Airport & 256 MB RAM installed for $580 on eBay two weeks ago. Pretty good, I think.
     
  4. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    I would guess that the G4 iBooks will retain a fair amount of resale value until the G5 ripples down the line. It's the G3's that have less value now.
     
  5. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    How much did you originally pay? And when did you buy it?
     
  6. brhmac macrumors regular

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    What's it worth

    Just got some interest in the 12-inch iBook G4 I bought in early February as a BTO from Apple. What do you think it's worth?

    • 12-inch iBook G4
      800 Mhz
      60 gb hard drive
      640 mb ram
      Airport Extreme
      Bluetooth

    • No dead pixels
      Original box
      All the CDs
      90%+ manuals

    My price: $1525 with tax
     
  7. powerbook4me macrumors member

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    Going for 750ish or so from internet stores now.
     
  8. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    Ouch that sucks. It lost over half of it's value in only two months.

    A new system with about the same specs would cost about $1450..
     
  9. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a

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  10. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a

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    Before Monday morning, with AE and the RAM, that would have gone for $1100, easy. I watched 12" ibooks and powerbooks for a couple of weeks on ebay and I was astounded at the prices-- buyers, without exception, paid full prices they could have gotten at the refurb store, plus 80% of new ram and and airport cards! I have not looked since the update.
     

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