New G5 Quad for $2,300?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Khashyar, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Khashyar macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Someone has offered to sell me a G5 Quad with 4GB RAM and a 500GB HD for $2,300.

    It does sound cheap.

    Apparently it was bought new for a student, and the student changed their mind and wanted a different kind of computer. The seller says that the Mac is still in the box.

    I am going to go over and look at it tomorrow.

    Any words of advice?

    Anything I should look out for or be careful about?

    Although I am fairly new to G5s, I know how to check RAM, the type of Mac, etc...

    Obviously, I want to be careful about deals that seem too good to be true.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Khashyar
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Good deal, if it is as advertised.
    However also possibly too good to be true. That's a $4300 machine if the RAM and hard drive are from Apple. Less maybe 5% for Edu discount. Remember they can take it back to Apple unopened within 10 days or something, and get 90% of their money back.

    Ask them for the serial number off the box so you can query the warranty at Apple. If they have some excuse why they can't give you the serial, back out. It possibly means they don't actually have a machine to sell.

    Do you know the seller?
    Or is it a blind contact off Craigslist or similar?
    If you don't know the seller, take a friend with you to witness.

    Consider that $2300 cash is more than enough incentive for some lowlifes to roll a person. Be careful! Choose a public place to meet, maybe?

    Did the seller approach you out of the blue (like, responding to a post in a users forum?)
    If it was an unsolicited approach "I saw that you were interested in Macs and I happen to have this brand new one I bought for my student relative for $4000 but I will to sell it for $2300" Then run away.
     
  3. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Take a friend with you if its an unknown person who's selling it to you.

    Anytime your gonna drop that much Cash then take the system for a test run. Youll have to fire it up and Make sure it works... Check the serial (on the back of the Tower) while your doing that and Contact Apple about it after your done with the meeting. The serial will tell you when it was manufactured, and possible sold(registered).

    If its under a year old you can Still get AppleCare for it, if it wasnt bought with it already.

    Good luck :D
     
  4. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all of the feedback, guys.

    I saw the computer in a classified advertisement.

    He gave me his phone number, and I am supposed to call him tomorrow morning.

    I do obviously want to start the computer up and see if it works :)

    That's a good idea about taking the friend with me.

    I also was wonderign why he didn't just take the computer back to where he purchased it? I think that I will ask him that.

    Also... I'm sure if he holds out a bit, he can sell the G5 for more. Or, is it hard to sell a Mac for $3,000 now adays? I'm sure that someone who wants a G5 might want to spend that kind of money.

    Thanks again,

    Khashyar
     
  5. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Firstly, don't let the Intel announcements fool you. Anyone would kill to have this for $2300. That is a sick price.

    It's the oldest scam in the book; just look at eBay. They entice the buyer with a shockingly low price, but give them a context, so they construct legitimate reasoning.

    The fact is, that is an immensely powerful computer. I'm very suspicious. That machine is worth $3500 at the lowest. No student that I know needs a juggernaut with those specs.

    You must watch it boot, open programs, etc. Run the diagnostic CD. Open the case door and peer inside. Ask for the receipt (he should have one).

    If you make the deal, print out a complete report from System Profiler. Take a few pictures if you can. And like the others said, bring a friend to witness the transaction.
     
  6. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Very good advice.

    I am certainly not getting excited about this computer, and make any decision to purchase it, until I see it and test it.

    It is very good advice to be very cautious.

    I am wondering why he doesn't take more time to sell it for a higher price.

    Khashyar
     
  7. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Does the diagnostics CD come with the Quad in the box?

    Khashyar
     
  8. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Most certainly.
     
  9. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    holy **** i would kill for a g5 quad at that price
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    A Power Mac G5 Quad for $2,300 :eek: ...sounds too good to be true. :eek:
     
  11. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

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    Somewhat OT...

    I just had some fun maxing out a Quad G5. With 16 GB RAM and a couple of 30 inch displays, I had no idea it was possible to find a computer for just under £16,000. :eek: But hell, shipping is free ;)
     
  12. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I'm concerned about.

    If I do consider buying it, I am going to be VERY careful.

    Khashyar
     
  13. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm hoping that the sale might be genuine.

    I received an email from the seller this morning who emailed me his address, as well as told me to come by (after a certain time in the afternoon) after his son's baseball game had finished.

    I am going to check it out.

    Khashyar
     
  14. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    It's pretty cool that you can go and check the computer out. But yeah, it sounds too good to be true. Let us know how it works out! :)
     
  15. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I will let you know how everything goes.

    I will be careful about checking everything out before buying it...

    Khashyar
     
  16. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    My big suggestion is bring a friend along, and obviously don't use cash. Take a check and write it out in front of him if you finally see the machine and you are satisfied with it. If he tries and rip you off, worst case call the bank and cancel the check.
     
  17. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    So would some people for $2300....
     
  18. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    If the guy is legitimate, you'll scare him off if you insist on a check. If it boots and runs fine (check system profiler to verify RAM and specs), drop the cash and take the machine before he changes his mind. If there are any problems, it's still under warranty.

    Of course, this is easy for me to say since I'm not the one dishing out the dough.
     
  19. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    A classified seller is seriously not going to accept an uncertified personal cheque in payment :confused:

    IF you go through with this, make it clear you are not bringing money, that you are inspecting the machine and then you will go to your bank and get a bank draft to pay for the machine. If the machine is good, get a bill of sale written out with a full description of what you are buying, specifying the payment to be delivered by a specific time and date, and give the seller a $10 down payment, making it a legal contract.
     
  20. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Ah, it seems that I left my brain in park and my fingers in drive. Ignore my advice.
     
  21. Acehigh macrumors 6502

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    Well if you want the g5...You should just check it out at quick as possible since if it is real it will be gone already. I sell stuff online all the time if somebody does this whole down payment thing and contract i will just find another buyer.

    It is probably a stolen machine or a scam. But if he posted it on some website it would of been gone in an hour or less. Did he delete the post?
     
  22. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I am going to bring both a friend AND cash. (I withdrew the cash out of the bank this morning).

    I am of course going to boot it up, and run some things, and perhaps runs the check program, and verify the components.

    I asked him if he had a monitor that we can check it on, and he said yes.

    He emailed me both his phone number and address (and I gave him mine), so I think that this reduces the chances of a scam or the apple being something stolen.

    He said he has a son who is getting ready to go to college, and so if this is true, then this also reduces the likelihood of a scam.

    I was wonder if:

    1) I should ask him for the receipt.

    2) Is there any documentation of a warranty?

    3) When he bought it

    4) Why he didn't try to return the machine for a refund.

    Thanks everyone for your feedback.

    Khashyar
     
  23. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I verify the video card that it should have?

    I think that I should print out, and take with me, the specs of the Quad from the Apple website.

    On the Mac OS, how can I check the date that the OS software was installed? (which will give me a clue to the computer's age).

    Khashyar
     
  24. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    Obviously, I don't want to buy a computer that is stolen.

    Is there any way that I can ensure that it was not stolen?

    Do I ask him for the receipt?

    Can I call somewhere to verofy the serial number?

    What can I do, when I go see the computer, to ensure that it is not stolen?

    Is having him address and phone enough to protect myself?

    Khashyar
     
  25. Khashyar thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I know why he can't return the Mac:

    His computer was custom built, rather than with the standard configuration.

    Khashyar
     

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