Advise on selling used Computer

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  1. dsaponaro, Sep 9, 2017
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    dsaponaro macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Hi all,

    Can anyone recomend anyplace to sell a used MacPro other than Ebay or Craigslist? I know I am only allowed to post listings to the marketplace here but don't have enough posts yet to be eligible. I certainly understand why this is implemented as well.

    While I do have a listing on craigslist Im looking for avenues other than the obvious as well. Maybe something I haven't considered? I have a feeling I might have abetter chance of selling to a specific target audience thats in the market for this sort of machine as opposed to the broader craigslist pool. I'd like to avoid eBay and or shipping as well if at all possible.

    I'm located in Philadelphia... Anyone know of any local Mac User groups that I might try?

    Other suggestions?

    Much thanks in advance.

    Dominick Saponaro
     
  2. Pearl Wisdom macrumors member

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    eBay is not so bad in my limited experience. If you can find a local email list which is focused on your neighborhood or other limited affinity group, then you might do a little better than eBay and avoid shipping. But your local group may not be much better for you unless you have been active in it previously.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Any supermarkets nearby with "bulletin boards" where folks post ads?
    Does a nearby library have such a bulletin board?
    Is there a computer group (even a Windows one) that meets where a flyer might be distributed?
     
  4. pat500000 macrumors 604

    pat500000

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    You haven't specified the mac pro spec.
     
  5. dsaponaro thread starter macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Thanks everyone. Didn't think of smaller boards such as grocery stores. Great idea.

    It's a 2009 Mac Pro with several upgrades and add ons Not sure how much I can post without it becoming a classified in and of itself and therefore breaking forums rules. I'm guessing I can't just copy the content from the craigslist ad?

    Thanks again!
     
  6. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Since you've been reasonable so far, I doubt that the moderators would come down on you too hard if you wanted to post the machine details and ask for an opinion as to a selling price range. Anyone here who is interested could PM you and follow up offline.
     
  7. dsaponaro thread starter macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Alright, here's the stats...

    2009 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz Mac Pro Includes the following:
    -20 GB Ram
    -4 Internal HD's (Total Storage 5.718TB. This includes a 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCI Express SSD which has a current retail value of $429 at OWC right now.)
    -2 NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics cards (Can hook up to 4 displays)
    -DVD/CD Apple Super Drive
    -5 total USB ports
    -4 total Fire Wire 2 Ports
    -Upgraded Bluetooth & Antenna
    -Apple Wifi
    -Clean install of Mac OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan ready to go
    -Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
    -All original Paperwork and even the box
    -A copy of Mac OS X Snow leopard on Disc (Which then can be upgraded to El Capitan via the App Store.)

    Also including:
    -2 20" Apple Cinema Displays.
    -1 Original iSight External webcam that works with Facetime

    Thoughts on pricing?
     
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    The Mac Pro has too many upgrades. You won't get full value selling everything together. The more custom the computer is. The smaller the target market of buyers who see the value.

    My guess is you've been asking too much.

    You definitely want to pull the SSD and sell it separately.

    My guesstimates based on SOLD listings on eBay.
    - 480GB OWC Accelsior (separately $300 to $350; maybe $100 if included tough to say)
    - Mac Pro quad core base $275 to $325 (perhaps $50 more as no shipping)
    - other installed upgrades may add with KB and Mouse add $150 to $200 (include with Mac Pro)
    - 20" Cinema Display $50 each (perhaps $20 more since no shipping) sell separately
    - iSight ($0 wit MP; $30 to $40 separate)

    So if you break down your ad. You'll want to break it down as.
    - Mac Pro and its upgrades and peripherals. Specify what are upgrades and if any are OEM upgrades.
    - ACD 1
    - ACD 2
    - iSight
    - OWC SSD

    Then if someone wants everything work out a bundle price. There are people who want an ACD, Mac Pro and both. This widens the market.

    Although you won't like it. Unless you have no eBay history, that is the best place to sell the SSD and iSight. Local is best for the heavy items.

    If you don't like Craigslist try Letgo and other similar apps.
     
  9. madrich macrumors regular

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    I have sold one computer on eBay, another one I donated to charity, and the last one I sold to an Apple recycle firm in NYC. I did the latter because I did not want to bother with the eBay fees, etc. it was MB Pro early 2008. The firm made a decent offer, and another one offered a little more, but it would have been inconvenient for me to ship. Both firms paid for the shipping.
     
  10. dsaponaro thread starter macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Thanks man! This help alot! I'd love to get those prices you've listed but was really hoping to avoid breaking it up for simplicity. Not sure if I was expecting too much but I was thinking $650 for the whole deal. Thought it was reasonable and priced to move. Just trying to offset some of the cost of a new iMac, not make every penny back. Anyone think that is too much?
     
  11. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    You might manage $650 but I suspect it won't be a quick sale. The problem I see is that someone buying a 4,1 today very likely wants a) parts, or b) a CPU/GPU-upgraded system, or c) something that runs, but at the lowest possible price point. Buyers (a) and (c) are not going to pay $650. If you look at e.g. macsales.com they have "fair condition" 4-core 2009's for $350-ish. Granted, those machines don't have 20 Gb memory, nor a fast PCIe SSD, and those extra bits make your price quite reasonable. The problem will be finding that buyer who wants a cMP and either needs the fast I/O without the upgraded CPU, or is willing to spend more $$ on a CPU upgrade (and probably a GPU upgrade too, for most likely buyers).

    I'm inclined to agree with velocityg4 that your best bet for a quick sale is either a very low price, like $400 to $450, or break out the SSD, sell the base and maybe the ACD's for $300 to $350, and try to get $300 or more for the SSD. You might also try contacting any local resellers / chop shops to see if they will make you an offer you can live with.
     
  12. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Most people aren't going to want all those parts. Most will see the SSD and not know what it is. Most who know what it is won't see much value in it. If you don't want to lose all of its value. Sell it separately.

    The same goes with the ACD. Most will have their own monitors and won't want to pay extra. Others will see the ACD and want them for their Mac Mini, iMac, MP, &c.

    Now Apple products sell like hot cakes on Craigslist, Letgo, &c. If they are priced right. If you aren't getting flooded with calls. It isn't priced right. It shouldn't take more than two days to sell a Mac or most Apple products. The SSD will be tough to sell their. As most people looking for that will be looking on eBay. Since it is tougher to test and eBay gives the buyer protection.
     
  13. dsaponaro thread starter macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Thanks again guys. Looks like I'll break up the bundle then and sell seperate. Don't mind shipping the Accelsior SSD but Hopefully I can find someone local for the Computer and other larger accessories.
     
  14. dsaponaro thread starter macrumors newbie

    dsaponaro

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    Heres what I was going to post. Final thoughts?

    2009 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz Mac Pro

    Computer Includes the following:
    -20 GB Ram
    -4 Internal HD's (Total Storage 5.718TB. This includes a 480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCI Express SSD which has a current retail value of $429 at OWC right now. See link below.)
    -2 NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics cards (Can hook up to 4 displays)
    -DVD/CD Apple Super Drive
    -5 USB ports
    -4 Fire Wire Ports
    -Upgraded Bluetooth & Antenna
    -Apple Wifi
    -Clean install of Mac OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan ready to go
    -Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
    -All original Paperwork and even the box
    -A copy of Mac OS X Snow leopard on Disc (Which then can be upgraded to El Capitan via the App Store.)

    In addition I will throw in the following for free:
    -2 20" Apple Cinema Displays.
    -1 Original iSight External webcam that works with Facetime

    480GB Mercury Accelsior E2 PCI Express SSD info: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury_Accelsior/RAID

    Also of note: This computer CAN be upgraded to both Sierra (and upcoming High Sierra) as well. While it isn't officially supported by Apple it is technically possible.

    The Mac Pro is in excellent condition and great for media creation, media server, Photo Editing, Video Editing, and 3D Modeling & Rendering. It has served me well for several years. The Mercury SSD Upgrade alone has really made the performance of this computer comparable to more modern Macs. Great little SSD drive and blazing fast. Computer has normal everyday very minor wear. Clean and kept in a NON-smoking environment. Displays are showing a bit of slight color variation in the LCD but are otherwise clear and excellent for secondary monitors.

    While I would like to sell everything together at once for the $650. I would also consider breaking up the bundle and selling the individual items/parts separately. For instance...
    $300 for the Mercury Accelsior SSD
    $350 for the Computer (Not including the Mercury Accelsior SSD but including the other 3 HD's)
    $30 a piece for each display
    $30 for the iSight Camera
    $40 for Magic Wireless Keboard
    $30 for Magic Mouse

    Please check out the many pictures & screen grabs of specs below. Feel free to hit me up with any questions. Happy to clarify.
     
  15. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    You might also add that it can be upgraded to a 3.46 Ghz, 6-core Westmere processor. best of luck.
     

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