Should I sell my ibook G4 for macbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by WillMak, May 27, 2006.

  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone thought about doing this as well? I have a 1.5GB, 1.33ghz G4 12' ibook with 80 GB HD that is 11 months old with 32 battery load cycles. It works great right now, but I would really like a macbook. I figure if I want to maximize the amnount of money I can still get for it I should sell it asap. How much would I get for that kind of setup + accesories (second skins + imic)? I checked ebay and cl but people are asking for crazzzy prices like 750 or 800 dollars for STOCK systems without any bonuses! Can I expect to sell it for the same or maybe even slightly higher prices?
     
  2. Acehigh macrumors 6502

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    Sell It quickly since after 12 months the person cant buy applecare. the selling point should be possible Applecare.

    $800 is insane! Are people asking that or getting that. I saw somebody asking $1000 for a Powerbook 12" 1.0ghz Craiglist is so funny.

    I guess a sucker is born every second.
     
  3. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    I sold a 12" iBook g4 1.33ghz 1GB 100HD about 4 months ago. For $1100. However long long before the Macbook launch.

    I just took a look on eBay. It is not looking too good. You may have to take a big loss if you decide to get rid of it. However do it right now before it gets worse.

    This should give you hope though... and it was only 3 days ago too.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/12-Apple-iBook-...8813741306QQcategoryZ4602QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
  4. itcheroni macrumors 6502a

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    Craigslist is absurd. I see the exact same systems up for months, asking for more than it would cost brand new. I don't get why people do that. Are they hoping for a sucker who has absolutely no idea what they're doing?
     
  5. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    damn kevin, that's a nice chunk of cash you got back. I'm not expecting anywhere near that. It would just be nice if I could at least get 750-800 for it since so many other ppl are asking for the same price but with stock systems. Do you reccomend selling on Ebay or craigs?
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I bought a macbook to replace the ibook in my sig. Haven't sold the ibook yet. My gf is using my ibook for the time being, but I'll sell it soon.

    I have no regrets whatsoever. The macbook is amazing compared to an ibook. Soooo much faster, amazingly better screen and keyboard, DVI out, front row (so cute), photobooth... it's really quite a great computer.

    I'm not sure that prices will get any worse (at least until rev B macbooks come out). Right when something new comes out there is a rush of people selling old models which makes for a huge glut in the market. I think supply (of old ibooks) will go down while demand stays the same for the life of rev. A macbooks.

    Whatever loss I have to take will be ok. The macbook is worth it. Truly.
     
  7. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    I have never really used craigslist. I like eBay personally. I think you should be able to get what you are asking easily.

    You have to ask yourself how you would want to list it. You can do it at a set price where you get exactly what you want. Or you could do auction style and see where it takes you, possibly higher than what you want.

    I took the later route and no reserve, and made out pretty good. I think there will still be enough demand for ibooks so you shouldn't have a problem getting what you want out of it. COnsidering what you are offering, you should be able to go above $800 easliy.

    As someone else said make sure you let them know they can extend the warranty on it. Good luck to you.

    EDIT: Another thing. Try not to skimp on the auction, but don't overdo it either. Nice crisp bright pictures that showcase the computer in a few poses. And a Bundle shot. Keep the text to the clean and to the point describing as much as you can. I don't know if you are new to eBay or not, but I see too many sad auctions out there. I personally skimp them over. I have found that making nice auctions gets you a little extra cash.
     
  8. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What would you say a fair price is then? Just curious.
     
  10. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I also love the MB, but I am still deciding whether to sell my iBok 12" 1.33, 1GB RAM, 40GB HD. I got an offer for about $1000, which is still nearly $400 less than what I payed for it last October:eek: (all electronic equipment is a rip off in South Africa) Do you think its worth it? The 2Ghz white MB is nearly $2000 here!:eek:
     
  11. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    It sounds to me like your iBook is very nice. I would hold on to it for a while until the quality comes up on the MacBooks. :)
     
  12. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But when? I have a hard time imagining the ibooks getting anything more than 400 dollars when the rev b macbook comes out.
     
  13. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Can you see this on the computer, or have you just been counting?:eek:
     
  14. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yea you can find it in your system profile or dl an app like coconut battery.
     
  15. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    How long before the battery starts dying?
     
  16. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It varies, mine still has 97% of it's original charge ^_^. I know some people that still have 80% even after 300 charges!
     
  17. Yoursh macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same position. I have a stock 12" ibook I purchased last July (right after the last revision was released) and plan on selling it to fund the purchase of a Macbook. I was planning on waiting until the release of OSX 10.5 to sell my ibook but I'm concerned that if I hold out I won't get much for it. I'm trying to decide if I should hold off or sell it now and pick up a Macbook now then upgrade. Also I was planning to throw in one of my ipods in with it. How much should that add to the sell price? I've checked ebay but don't see any ibook/ipod combo auctions.
     

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