Boxed Bondi-Blue iMac - Worth Investing In?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Goftrey, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Goftrey macrumors 68000

    Goftrey

    Joined:
    May 20, 2011
    Location:
    Wales, UK
    #1
    I've come across an original '98 Bondi-Blue iMac G3 in all it's original packaging etc. for a pretty decent price. It does not turn on - which doesn't bother me too much as it would be more a feature than a utility (however, it won't hurt ripping it open & seeing if I can fix it :p). Will a non-working iMac be worth anything in the future, the only reason I ask is due to the fact it comes in all of it's original packaging, as well as the fact it was the first model to come out of the factory. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. havokalien macrumors 6502a

    havokalien

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Location:
    Kelso, Wa
    #2
    Non working iMac

    If its non working it better be cheap.

    How do you know it's the first? I would think that would be a niche buy for someone if anything as they made as many as they could sell. I have an original (not boxed but complete for free for pickup).

    If you do buy it, open it up and remove the most likely exploded pram battery. After that you'll need to start checking and replacing capacitors most likely. The power supplies are prone to failure.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    Goftrey

    Joined:
    May 20, 2011
    Location:
    Wales, UK
    #3
    I bought it. Just couldn't resist. And to my surprise, it works! It looks like it was stuck in a loft for some time & a mouse had gotten hold of the power cable. It was mashed up and obviously, not working. Just swapped it out for another & boom!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. lucasfer899 macrumors 6502

    lucasfer899

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2012
    Location:
    London
    #4
    img iz small.
    Wow, nice deal! Seems pretty rare to get one in it's original packaging!
     
  5. Goftrey thread starter macrumors 68000

    Goftrey

    Joined:
    May 20, 2011
    Location:
    Wales, UK
    #5
    Indeed! Just installed a fresh copy of OS 8 on it - absolutely flying by!

    ...And I'm 100% on why the image is so small.
     
  6. lucasfer899 macrumors 6502

    lucasfer899

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2012
    Location:
    London
    #6
    OS8?! Woah nice!
     
  7. gkarris macrumors 604

    gkarris

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Location:
    "No escape from Reality..."
    #7
    Nice find for a CIB.

    Hopefully you can get one of those funky Bondi Blue power cords for it.
     
  8. SuperPolli macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2013
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #8
    Definitely!

    It's a great buy! I have a Ruby iMac G3 Summer 2000 that works great except for a faulty AirPort card that I installed myself. It worked for a while but won't work now. Not a big deal because I have Ethernet. My neighbor has one that won't turn on. She says if I can fix it I can have it because it's been sitting broken for 6 YEARS! ...Challenge accepted...
     

Share This Page