Where to buy a G4 Powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by thevintagesound, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys I am new to the forum so I wasnt able to put a WTB in the Marketplace. I am looking for a G4 Powerbook 15" or 17" at 1 Ghz or more. I have been watching craigslist.com for a while and so far some are good while other adds are scams. Is there another place to look for besides there or ebay?

    I am looking to spend between $450 - 600.

    Thanks for your help. Cant wait to join the everyone in the Mac world.
     
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    iSaint

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    Keep lurking about. Someone may PM you with what you're looking for. You can look in the Marketplace, you just can't post. :D
     
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    ricgnzlzcr

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    I think you should be patient and stick with craigslist because that way you'll get to play with what you're getting before you get it. At that price it'll be a little hard for a 15-17 inch powerbook, but definitely possible.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, I will keep a watch out on the Marketplace board.

    As for Craigslist, so far the last 3 or 4 that I have inquired about are scams. You know the one where they are in the UK and they will ship by some company called TNT.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    You're probably finding those scams because your price range is a little low. a 15" g4 at 1ghz will generally go for at minimum the upper end of your range. check completed auctions on ebay to get a more realistic idea of what you'll have to spend.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    well i cant see a PB go for that low....maybe 2-3 years from now.
    i have one of the last that were built and still running strong. i'm
    actually getting ready to sell it but it'll be bundled up with all my
    audio software so it wont be cheap -$1500-
    i see you're a music guy so if you're looking for a good g4 that has
    some great editing software than pm me and we can talk otherwise
    look on the ebay market and you should be able to find something
    a bit cheaper.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Powerbook's seem to hold their value disproportionately well to their actual performance. :rolleyes:

    It would be much more advisable to consider a used Macbook or similar. Faster, newer, cheaper/similar price.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    EDIT: I was going to offer my old powerbook for $50, but it is in such horrible shape that I don't think I can sell it without feeling guilty. It may only need a few new things or it might be a parts machine, but since I don't know I can't sell it and not bad about it.

    Sorry for the wasted post.
     
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    kuebby

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    I'll back CL too. I've seen a few 15" PBs on the DC CL that are the last revision for about $600-700.
     
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    Veritas&Equitas

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    No, check eBay or CL. A normal 15'', 1.33 ghz/1 gb memory Powerbook is in the $575-700 range.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    crud, i wish i could sell you mine, but until my company gets funding, i need to hold onto it. i've been itching for one of the new intelbooks, but mine will have to hold me for now.

    good luck!
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What was wrong with it? PM me the details.

    For those dealing with the price I can more than likely swing up to $700, if someone has one in that ballpark.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    hmmm i had a 1.25GHz, 15" Powerbook with 512MB of RAM, 80GB, combo drive with adobe CS2, mathematica 6, iWork, iLife, etc...and sold it to my friend for $250....my selling price was too low?????

    :eek:

    why would someone pay this much for a 4 year old machine when they can spend less for a brand new PC laptop with much better performace??
     
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because there are those of us that I have dealt with the Windows world long enough. I am not going to go to Vista. And no I am not trying to start flame war. I just choose to go to mac.
     
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    Veritas&Equitas

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    Yes, like $300 low. You didn't check any market prices before you sold it? A simple check on eBay or Craigslist and you would have seen that machine still runs like $550-600. Simply b/c the G4's hold value VERY well.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    Even in the Apple refurb store a 15", 1.5 Ghz, 512mb ram, and 80Gb hard drive is still selling for around $1200. And even more for the 17 inchers. They hold value VERY well. I have one with the exact spec from above that I am thinking about selling, but it has CS2 on it and other things. I will prob sell it for $1000. It still runs just as good as the day I bought it. I really love it, but I don't use it anymore since I got a C2D iMac. I maybe use the powerbook once a month.
     
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    The Stig

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    eBay :)

    TS
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    Scams?

    Can I just say as a Londoner that TNT are a reputable company - Apple used them to deliver my Mac Pro!

    Just because something is being sold in the UK and being delivered using TNT doesn't make it a scam!

    FireArse
     
  19. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It might not and might, as the link the person sent to me was a spoof. Basically they gave me an address, where they had downloaded that site and were spoofing it on their own server. So naturally I assumed that TNT was bogus. I jumped the gun on that, but given the circumstances, could you blame me?
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    oh darn....but yeah i was helping out a good friend of mine...what could i have done....but no, i didn't look at ebay first to check for its worth

    what about the current macbooks? how well do they hold up in value when compared with the pro lines? would i have any hope of my current machine holding up its value equally well as my beloved powerbook G4??


     
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  22. macrumors regular

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    i am looking to sell my powerbook g4 in order to get a macbook pro.

    anyone know of a site other than ebay or craigslist where i can enter my g4's info and get a decent value quote?
     
  23. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    PM me and I will give you an offer. I have been watching CL and ebay like crazy so I know about what they are going for.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    http://www.mac2sell.net/
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    thanks. i think i will check this out before i start taking offers.

    appreciate your help.
     

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