Power Mac G4 1.42 Dual resale value?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jtfolden, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. jtfolden macrumors 6502

    jtfolden

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    Howdy folks, I'm wanting to sell my tower and move to a new Intel mini. What is the consensus on the value of the system/specs below?

    Power Mac G4 FireWire 800 system (M8841LL/A)
    Dual Power PC 7455 G4 1.42Ghz CPUs
    2 MB DDR L3 Cache Per/CPU
    120 GB Hard Drive
    4x SuperDrive
    1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
    ATI Radeon 9000 Pro AGP Video (Dual Display) ADC & DVI
    FireWire 400 & 800
    Apple Pro Mouse
    (NO keyboard)

    *Includes USB 2.0 PCI Card
    *Includes USB 1.1 PCI Card
    *Airport Extreme Card Included
    *D-Link BlueTooth dongle Included


    I've treated it very gently, and will be shipping in original box.

    Is something in the ballpark of $1000 shipped a fair deal?
     
  2. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    In the UK I regularly see DP 1.42 G4s go for between £700-900 depending on spec. So before Monday I'd say $1000 would have been achievable for you.

    However, with DP G5s now reportedly going for $1000 due to the new Mac Pro's, the resale value of the G4s has been dented considerably. You could get anything from $600 I guess.

    As you say, you're getting an intel mini to replace the G4 with and for many people, spending that much on a G4 no longer makes sense when for a bit more a G5 could be had (or indeed a new, top spec Mini).

    Edit: The video card you have could add a bit extra to the value but not that much.
     
  3. jtfolden thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd say prices haven't fallen near as far as you might fear. This week, I've seen far lesser machines going for far, far more than $600 dollars. There just aren't enough 1.42DP's around to accurately gauge their actual value. I've seen a couple 'loaded' ones go for $1000+ which is why I figured something in the areas of $900-$1000 shipped might be decent.

    The video card is stock, though... I think all the FW800 systems had them by default.

    Thanks for the response.
     
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  5. dex22 macrumors regular

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    Since Monday, a lot of G5 PMs have been selling in the $900-$1300 area, including a lot of dual 1.8 machines.

    Therefore, a reasonable price would be in the $700-900 window. $700 isn't a floor, but as your machine has a smaller HD and no keyboard, $700-750 seems reasonable for your specific machine.

    IMHO.
     
  6. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    That's a cool site, Gary. And yup, I just went through the calculator and it came up with $722 for that machine.

    The values will tumble in the coming weeks once more and more G5s are replaced with Mac Pros and put up for sale.
     
  7. dex22 macrumors regular

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    I'm counting on it!

    I'm looking for a dual 2GHz G5 but as an independent filmmaker I have very limited resources, so I'm waiting for them to hit $1200... It's getting close. :)

    If anyone wants to offer me their G5 in the next few weeks, I'm looking for a dual 2GHz which can take a traditional PCI card and preferably has a video card with two DVI outputs, and can hit my $1200 price target, drop me a line. :D
     
  8. jtfolden thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's a pretty cool site. :)

    The machine in question ended up selling for approximately $800 shipped, so that site was only off by around 20 in it's estimation.

    Not as much as one might hope but well more than one would fear. :D
     
  9. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Cool, I'm glad you didn't get burnt with it. I'd say $800 is pretty good.

    I have a Sawtooth that I'm going to sell pretty soon. 400MHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 15" LCD Monitor - I'll be lucky to get £150 for it!
     
  10. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    wow, the prices really are falling. I was lucky to get $1300 for my G4 just a few days after the Mac Pro was released.
     
  11. jtfolden thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, Apple completed it's Intel transition so quickly that i think the G4 sales landscape is suffering from sudden "shock and awe". lol You can practically see the numbers tumble before your eyes in the last 2 weeks. Dual 1ghz machines are even going for under $500 US now. Some of Apple's best yesteryear systems going for bargain basement prices...
     
  12. jtfolden thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup, when I first looked around at pricing and thinking about selling, my unit seemed to average $1050 for a stock system and within a couple of weeks that average was dropping below $800.
     
  13. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I better sell soon, I might consider a Dual G5...They told me my G4 was worth 670 bucks!!
     
  14. xPismo macrumors 6502a

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    mmmmm... this kind of thread makes my decisions so hard. You can get a lot of used mac for not much atm. . . I love these depressed values.
     
  15. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Yeah it does. So maybe we should stop torturing ourselves by looking at all these machines.
     
  16. LBmacman macrumors member

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    Are you seeing what I am seeing? PM G4s are WAY overpriced on Los Angeles craigslist. I guess I better turn to eBay so I can pick up a good deal.
     
  17. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I saw a Dual 2 G5 for 1090 BIN on eBay...I better sell this thing as soon as I can. I saw a PM G4 go for 1300 on eBay. The prices are all over the place.
     
  18. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    for what the G4's are now going for, it's worth it to keep imho. if you can't get more than $800, maybe it's worth it to keep for burning dvds and just music and photos.

    i was going to sell mine as i'm in the market for a g5 dually something, but i'm going to keep it (that website said $736 for me). better keep it to help with the busy times...

    doh! :)

    i guess this means the G5 prices will look nice very soon :)

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     

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