24" iMac "for parts" - missing HDD and RAM - will it work?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cleanup, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. cleanup macrumors 68030


    Jun 26, 2005
    So this guy on craigslist is selling a 24" iMac that has apparently just been sitting around for a year without a hard drive or memory, but that's all that's missing. I'm taking this to mean that if I stick in a hard drive and some memory, it would boot up just fine? Or would I have to maybe replace the little battery on the motherboard and so there's no real way I can test if the computer is alright? He's selling it for dirt cheap, and a hard drive + memory would not be expensive, either.

  2. Lukeyboy01 macrumors regular


    May 15, 2009
    Birmingham, UK
    i have to admit i did once sell an imac with a missing hardrive for £700 when i knew that the logic board had failed i bet the guy was pissed
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    "For Parts" typically means the major component, such as logic board has failed.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There are lots of faulty iMacs in eBay where seller promises that HD or RAM is "only" missing/faulty part but 90% of those cases there's some other faults as well. Who wants to sell iMac if it can be fixed so easily?
  5. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    If he knew enough to be able to take the bits out then it seems odd that he would feel the need to sell it dirt cheap in its current state. If it was just the missing memory/hdd then surely he would have just bought replacements and sold it at a normal price.
  6. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Seriously not cool. In the UK that would quite possibly amount to fraud by false representation.

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