Sigh, I can't believe it...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iEric, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    I was just cleaning out my drawer yesterday and I just saw my receipt for my old Powermac G4 Dual 1 Ghz. It was almost the same price as a quad G5. That's just sad. And the G5 has so much more than the G4...bigger HD, more ram, better graphics...I know it's like this with all technology, but it really stabs you in the heart when you see compare a receipt. I guess the "wealth effect" (if you've taken economics) is in place ah?
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    Imagine how disappointed you'd have been if you'd come across the receipt for your old IIsi, which weighed in at a whopping $3,800.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Having just given away my 17" NEC monitor which ran me ~$2,000 in 1993, I feel your pain. My $3000+ IIci, sitting in the basement with $600 worth of added RAM (a whopping 16MB) and the $600 Apple 1X CD-ROM... they all make me understand.

    :)
     
  4. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    Just a reminder that two years of use is a good time to sell an Apple... hopefully for 50% or more of purchase price.

    and a PC is better off being buried alive when its past its usefullness.

    $
     
  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Now this is what I am talking about!

    Me personally, I am just lucky I have a Rev A Dual 1.8Ghz with the 8 slots, ATI9800, PCI-X and I upgraded the superdrive to a DL. And in two years + I am still thinking I can get almost what I paid for it. (when I used the student dev discount of course)
     

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  6. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I think my father's business paid $20,000 for an IBM 8088 setup in 1982.
     

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  7. iEric thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I have the receipt for my iBook G3.. $500.

    and there's no receipt for my PB... <3 Tiger night

    I feel your pain, dude.

    /no I don't
    //Mmmm... lower-cost technology!
    ///In a few months, iPods will be as cheap as air
    ////and just as plentiful!
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Would someone in Houston please go over and slap KT for the rest of us? Thanks.
     
  10. emw macrumors G4

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    and there's no receipt for my PB... <3 work

    Okay, so I don't actually <3 work, but I <3 the fact that they provide me with a PB. :p
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Would someone near N 42° 2' 57.412", W 88° 2' 15.994" please go over and slap emw for the rest of us? Thanks.
     
  12. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    Amen to that...unfortunately. :(
     
  13. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a

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    I felt the same way when I came across my receipt for a 3G 30 gig iPod...it was $500 something + tax. Now you can get the same thing with waaay more features for $299.

    That hurts too }:E
     
  14. slu macrumors 68000

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    Hell, in Sept of 2004 I paid $1627 plus tax (with edu discount) for the iMac in my sig.

    For the same price today, you get a 20 incher with much better specs.

    But, the use I got out of machine more than makes up for this to me.
     
  15. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a

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    Years back... over $2000, if I remember right, for a Sony VAIO desktop, 233 mHz. I thought that we were in the space age or something back.

    Nowadays, you can get probably get comparable power in a smartphone...
     
  16. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I'm typing right now on a 5 year old pismo running tiger and I know it can go another year. At least.
    I guess the reason our computers have lasted is we've jumped to powerbooks and powermacs. Except for that iMac G3 (the one without the puck mouse), which only got 2-3 years.

    And on topic, mum's recent powerbook (rev d 15") cost ~$3500, whereas the one I'm typing on cost over $5000 (I think). It was much more special for it's time, but now it gets the crap kicked in from newer systems :D
     
  17. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Computers are such lousy investments. :D

    As tools, they depreciate too much. I sometimes wonder why I bother to pay top price for the fastest machine I can afford when really, I should be buying the cheapest machine capable of doing its job.
     
  18. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    OK, figuring that a Dual 1.0Ghz powermac is less powerful than a 1.5Ghz mini. That means a $3800 computer is about as powerful as a $600 computer that comes along 3.5 years later...

    OK. More realistically, how about the strategy of buying a 1 year old, mid-level PowerMac every 2 years instead of buying a top of the line one every four years, for example. Probably cheaper and you'll have better average performance over the 4 years.
     
  19. EJBasile macrumors 65816

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    My first cell phone, what was that, like $500.

    Now you get a phone for free when you buy a plan, or every two years.

    What about a scanner, I bought one years ago and it was $300, now you can buy them for $50.

    What about Digital Cameras. Remember those Sony Floppy Disk cameras that cost $400.
     
  20. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    The Lisa was $10,000.

    Good thing no one can find those receipts ...
     
  21. maya macrumors 68040

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    That is technology, and what matters is that you got to use the Mac back then to make more money and also have fun while at it.

    Think of what you are spending now, in a year to 3 years it would seem overprices. However what are you doing with your system today is what matters. ;) :)

    I remembered the day I paid $4500 CAD in 2000 for a PB G3 400MHz. :) <-- still happy and proud that I did, no regrets. :D
     
  22. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    How about I just slap myself, mmmkay?

    My shuffle was also discounted...
    It helps when you're friends with the clerks and they TELL YOU that stuff is being held in the back, open box.
    MUAHAHAH!

    /did pay full price for the kb, though
    //and mouse
    ///wait, no I didn't
    ////the girl knew I had a brother in college and let me use his edu discount
    /////and I had $10 off $100 purchase
    //////I hate me! :D
     
  23. maya macrumors 68040

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    Being resourceful and intelligent in getting a discount, nice. Even though to a point its illegal. Bah who cares. ;) :)
     
  24. macorama macrumors regular

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    And that's exactly why you should try and buy the cheapest computer you can get by with, and use the cash to upgrade more often. You end up with a faster machine on average, it's not such a huge (still big though i guess!) disaster if your machine dies.

    Unless it's someone else's money paying for it. Then you should get a quad G5, Dual 30" displays and 16 Gig of RAM with fibre channel and and xRaid.:)
     
  25. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    The iBook I got in September should also last me about five years; I'm using it to replace my Cube (although the Cube still is fine other than FireWire ports not working). My dad uses all of his advertising agency's old Quadras as monitor stands; clients walk in and see a bunch of monitors on top of antique Macs, and they sometimes freak out until they discover the G5s under the desks. In fact, I should dig my 660AV out of storage to add some elevation to my monitor...
     

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