Ibooks worth?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tedrjr03, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. tedrjr03 macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2006
    hello, ok now i know that since the new macbooks have been introduced that they ibook prices have gone down,but im trying to figure out the worth of my ibook before i sell it.

    ok here it is:
    Latest revision
    512mb ram
    no charger
    few scuffs on corners
    trackpad worn from use
    battery still has about 85-90% charge
    i still have the original box and restore dvds

    I have someone offering me $250 which i think is redicoulsy low, what do yall think it should go for?
  2. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    I'm not sure how much this well help but the student apple store on campus is selling this same model new for I think 900. So minus $ for scruffs and use, charge of battery, and the fact that you don't have a charger. I would say around 400-500. You could always see how this model is doing on ebay. It's a pretty good indicator of how much people are willing to buy it for.
  3. liveexpo macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Laugh in the face of that offer! Im currently selling my G3 iBook, 640 Ram 800mhz, cd-rom, and have been offered £300 ($550ish). Ive loaded it with loads of software (CS2, MX Studio etc) and including a mighty mouse, along with LaCie 160HDD, and cd/rw.

    I think the max for any iBook now is prob £400, after that, people just consider buying a macbook. For yours, if you load it with apps, and present it well on ebay, you could get £350...

    Take some time and get some nice pictures of it, if selling on eBay....
  4. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    That computer would've cost you 1100 brand new...

    considering that it's a bit scratched and used, I would go for 800-900. Yea, it's steep, but Apple computer hold their value pretty well.

    But I doubt it's as badly scratched as my iBook G4. I've got the same model, and it's pretty beat up.
  5. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    Just to let you know, loading it with software and not including the CD and serial number is considered stealing.
  6. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    By "no charger" do you mean no AC adapter? That'd kill a deal (unless it was a GREAT deal) for me since I don't wouldn't want to have to hunt around for an AC adapter. Aren't AC adapter's like $50-$100?

    My campus is also selling this model, brand new, for $849. And that's brand new. I think for yours you could get anywhere from $400-$700. Any higher than that, and people will most likely go for a Macbook.
  7. tedrjr03 thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2006
    i have a uestion i want to put it on ebay, but can you cancle a bid before its over? if the bid isnt high enough
  8. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    No you can't. If you're worried that you're not going to get enough bids or bids high enough for you then you can put a reserve on the auction. That means that there is a secret amount that needs to match for it to be sold.
  9. tedrjr03 thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2006
  10. T-Stex macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2006
    Hi. If you're looking to sell it, and have a specific amount in mind, let me know. One of my housemates at school has been having computer problems, and I think this might be the perfect computer to get him to switch over from the dark side. Unless you're set on eBay, let me know, and I'll run it by him to see if he'd be interested. Thanks!
  11. tedrjr03 thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2006
    I was thinking about it and if i buy a new charger and upgrade the ram to 1gb would it be worth it?
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Worth it to keep it or worth it to sell it for a larger increase in price than the cost of the two items? I'd say potentially to the first one and mostly no to the second one.

    Why do you want to upgrade? What do you do with it? How happy are you with its performance now? How much longer would you need it to be usable in order to justify your purchase of those two items?

    Are you basically not using it now at all since you don't have a charger?

    I'd say that the "no charger included" part is sort of an irrational warning bell. It doesn't necessarily mean that there's anything wrong with the iBook beyond lacking a power supply, but somehow it just makes it feel unappetizing. I would be extra careful about buying a computer like that and I probably wouldn't get it unless the cost offset was substantially more than the cost of the PS. I'm not saying that's rational. I'm saying that's how enough buyers think that they'll be able to get away with it. ;) I did something like that when I bought my Mazda6. :D It might be worth it even for the sale to find a used adaptor for $35 or 40....

    (My guess would be that about $600-700 would be reasonable for that iBook if it were in very good condition... given the issues you described, I'd guess $500-600. But $250 is ridiculous).
  13. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    I say double that. or maybe $600?
  14. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    Since it is missing the charger among other things, I would say $700.

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