A PowerBook I found on eBay

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mzs.112000, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. mzs.112000 macrumors regular

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  3. mzs.112000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I think it is a bit pricey too, considering it doesn't have the G4 upgrade, or the max 1GB ram.
     
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    I'm going to be very upfront here but I don't anyone is going to be overly interested in that. G3 PowerBooks tend to be more expensive than many newer Macs and therefore aren't a practical purchase. At this point a G3's value is exceedingly limited. OS X performance is weak, OS 9's compatibility is poor, WiFi networking is restricted, and the internet experience is terrible. You're really stuck to native apps, especially in OS 9. For $175 (+$10 shipping) you can easily buy 1 or 2 (or honestly maybe even 3 or 4) G4 PowerBooks, or an Intel MacBook or MacBook Pro.

    We have some collectors around here, but not someone usually willing buy something like this unless they get a good deal. $185 isn't exactly a great deal as it is. The battery is dead, no discs are included, and there is no mention of the actual condition and "seller refurbished" means nothing on eBay. G3 PowerBooks are somewhat tricky to come by, but I have seen Pismos listed for ~$80. It really comes down to patience. Also note that RAM upgrades for 15 year old computers are dirt cheap generally speaking (<$15 for 1GB for a PBG3). Here's one with similar specs for nearly 1/2 the price (not mine) http://columbus.craigslist.org/sys/4971396484.html

    My intention here is not to be rude, but you yourself admit it's not a great value. We all, as internet connected computer users, have the ability to search eBay and Craigslist and see whats out there if we're looking. Occasionally someone post a ridiculously good deal (i.e. G4 DLSD PowerBook for $40) or something particularly rare (i.e. G4 processor upgrades). We also have a thread dedicated to ridiculously overpriced used Apple ads too.

    Thanks for keeping the community in mind though. Who knows, someone may be looking for a Pismo in the $200 market.
     
  5. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Wow sums this one up.

    This one is sitting at a penny, one day left for local buyers

    www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mac-g3-powerbook-/371308042402
     
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    I agree. The PowerBook G3 is purely for nostalgia and collectors. OS 9 does still have utility though, particularly for musicians. Check out this site for more info: http://www.macos9lives.com/

    There are, of course, far better options than the G3s for running OS 9, such as the 1GHz TiBook.

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    Totally different world. One I wish i lived in :rolleyes:
     
  8. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. I recently wanted an OS 9 machine (out of nostalgia) and ended up going with a very clean 1Ghz TiBook which in end cost me about $100 with new battery, keyboard, and cd drive cleaning disk. I think it represents a solid place in Apples history, as the TiBok was their first artistic use of metal.
     
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    Yorkshire? Absolutely. Even I'm wondering if it's worth nipping across the county border.... ;)
     
  10. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Here's another if the first doesn't work out. A bit tattier, though.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251932561597
     
  11. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    My coworker is from Yorkshire. I just asked him why he came to America and he hesitated to think of a reason. :p

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    That's a good deal for that Mac. Clean ones are rare because of how easily the paint scratches and chips. It actually runs Leopard very well with maxed RAM, not to mention Tiger and OS 9.
     

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