People "sell" G5s on eBay

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  1. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    I think this is funny. In fact, I think it is downright hilarious.

    People are selling G5s on eBay, including the Dual 2 GHz, which of course, haven't been shipped.

    Some of them are even sellers with high ratings, but I think these are very humorous scams. I feel sorry for the people who actually go this route to buy their computers.

    Link to ALL the AVAILABLE G5s--beware, this is just sad.
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    "A fool and his money are soon parted"
    -- um, er, I'm not sure who first said this. Shakespeare? P.T. Barnum? Microsoft?
     
  3. wdlove macrumors P6

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    That is very sad, a pure profit motive. Certainly don't think they could be actual Mac fans. The greedy always seem to find new ways to make a buck. I hope that eBay will remove these, on the premise of when the product will be available!
     
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    it's called pre-selling, and it's an incredibly common practice. if one does this, one is supposed to say so in the auction, but usually people don't. my biggest problem is the people selling G5's that do not exist at all, like the sphere, etc...

    pnw
     
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  6. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Yeah 8 GB of Ram...

    That fully loaded.

    The only way your getting a computer that cheap is if you stole it.

    :(

    paulwhannel -- Its not pre-selling if eBay is cheaper then what you can buy it at retailers for.
     
  7. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    I believe it was Benjamin Franklin. However, P.T. Barnum said "There's a sucker born every minute" which also applies here. :D
     
  8. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    The scam guide is nice, but I think that something like it should be provided for free when you sign up with e-bay.
     
  9. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    Well, if you don't have enough common sense to realize that if it sounds too good to be true....
     
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    regardless of who has the better price, if a seller offers something that they cannot possibly have in-hand yet, as the item has not shipped/been released, it's a pre-sale. usually they can just drag their feet a bit in communicating with you, until the product *does* ship, but if it hits last-minute delays, you'll get the runaround treatment. i find that dishonest presellers are one of the most annoying parts of ebay.

    pnw
     
  11. scem0 macrumors 604

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    Buying macs on ebay has always been bad.

    Even when authentic G5s end up on ebay they will sell for more than retail value. Any relatively new mac (within the past 2 1/2 years) can be found for the same price or less outside of ebay.

    I would never buy a mac on ebay, the only reason I bought my G4 off ebay was because I was not only naive about mac shopping, but also because it was the best deal ive ever seen for a mac on ebay (to this day). It has a error where it froze when it went to sleep, and I bought it because nobody wanted it because of the error, and it was an OS 9 only error. :D

    But the same system was selling for the same price somewhere else a month later.

    If I was to buy a mac right now I would start at dealmac.com and go from there.

    scem0
     
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  13. themadchemist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    yeah, it's really pretty sad. where did you get yours for free? Did you get someone at an Apple Store to hand one over? I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of those--for free, that is.

    Of all the things being sold up there, I thought the worst was this.

    Basically, the guy's selling a LINK to a place that he says you can get a dualie for around 300 bucks...Gimme a break.

    scem0: I can see where you might go for it if you've got a good deal in your hands--but what's so terrible about this, in my opinion, is not just that it's pre-selling, but it's pre-selling of items that the manufacturer has not even shipped.

    It's one thing if you hock a new copy of Photoshop that you haven't gotten into your hands yet (but have ordered!). It's entirely another to hock a computer that doesn't actually exist, for all practical purposes.

    I've actually considered buying a couple of vintage macs. For example, I'd love to get my hands on an original Macintosh, the first Apple, or a Lisa...Just have to find a place to put it, in the case of the original Macintosh; just have to find one, in the case of the first Apple; and just have to find the cash, in the case of the Lisa, which is still going for upwards of $500.

    Anyway, I think it's best to be a little skeptical when it comes to eBay--especially if it's waaay too good to be true.
     
  14. Waluigi macrumors 6502

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    My friend went to WWDC, and he said they were just giving them out. I begged and begged him for it, and he finally caved in.

    --Waluigi
     
  15. themadchemist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    cool stuff...Mac paraphenalia is always awesome...My dad dug up this old internal manual from Apple dating to the early nineties. I'm not quite sure what it's about--he said he'd found it, I haven't looked at it yet.
     
  16. bryanc macrumors 6502

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    quotes

    I think the relevant P.T. Barnum quote here is:

    "No-one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American Public."

    Cheers
     
  17. BrandonRP0123 macrumors regular

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    I'm surprised people aren't selling their ``spot'' in line for Dual 2Ghz machines. People do this with new automobile waiting lists all the time.

    I guess an order on June 23rd for a dual 2Ghz just isn't worth giving up :)
     
  18. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I got a fancy mailer from Oracle this week. They are promoting Oracle on Linux and they sent me a mousepad and a baseball cap with an armored Linux penguin and their "Oracle Makes Linux Unbreakable" slogan. I wonder what that cost them?

    [​IMG]

    I wish Apple would send me unsolicited stuff too. Hey Apple - send me a baseball cap with the QuickTime "Q" on it!
     
  19. themadchemist thread starter macrumors 68030

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  20. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    The best G5 sale was the one with the poster of a G4 MDD, and right under it, it said G5.
     

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