Best way to sell a faulty iMac 17"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hankdesign, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. hankdesign macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    This is my first post on the forums so im sorry if I have put it in the wrong place.

    I am going to be selling a faulty 17" iMac. However Im not sure wether to sell it as a complete machine or in bits. What do you think is the best way to make a bit of extra cash?

    Thanks for your help

    Jon
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    What is its fault?

    You would probably make more money by parting it out but it may take longer to sell it all and it is certainly more effort. I am familiar with this dilemma myself and just haven't bothered doing anything with my POS machines. Expensive paperweights. :p

    Welcome to MR, by the way.
     
  3. hankdesign thread starter macrumors member

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    The fault is pointing towards the motherboard. It books up ok sometimes and other times it just sticks on the grey loading screen. I took the back off and saw that some of the capacitors were leaking/bulging.

    I have also done the check with the lights with back cover off and they all lighted up fine.

    The rest of the mac worked fine before this happened. So I would rather sell it in bits, im not sure what sort of prices to put the bits for. :(

    The screen is perfect and has no dead pixels and im guessing they arent cheap to buy a new one, so would offer it at a bit of a bargain price. Same with the other parts really.

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  4. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Sucks about the motherboard/logic board. That's an expensive part.

    I am not up to date on what the parts generally go for but I do think that would likely give you more money over all.
    I have a dodgy screen on my old white iSight iMac (a single small vertical coloured line down the screen) and the costs for replacement panels is pretty steep. So I think you can get a fair sum of cash for parting it out if only for its screen.

    Good luck. :)
     
  5. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Capacitors are extremely inexpensive, as is the soldering iron and lead free solder . . .

    You might consider sending the logic board to an "old school" tv/radio repair shop and ask how much they would charge to replace a few capacitors.
     

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