Can't seem to buy a working cMP 5,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Zeke D, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

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    I got suckered in by Gainsaver before realizing they were bait-n-switch punks. Despite past negative experiences with Mac of all Trades, I got a 2012 cMP from them, and it arrived broken. They don't have any replacements and are unwilling to work with me to get a discount on a more expensive model, so they're gonna refund my $1000 in 2 business days. I'm never gonna use them again. Can anyone recommend a US-based cMP refurbisher that is reputable, and doesn't hella overcharge for 2010 or 2012 cMPs?
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I've purchased two G5 towers from this outfit, both were pleasant experiences and their packing is second to none.
    Check out their Mac Pro lineup here.
     
  3. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    Seems reasonable, I may need another soon.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  4. Mileham macrumors member

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    I bought once from Mac of all Trades and had no issues, but I am hesitant to buy from them again, due to damage reports from others, yourself included. Yikes. The pricey end seems to be this refurbisher (iBuildMacs). Another user pointed me to this one (iPowerResale). Haven't purchased from either, though.
     
  5. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I mentioned in my earlier post that the packing for my orders from DVWarehouse was good, well a picture is worth a thousand words...
    poured in place expanding foam.
    The black plastic protects the computer and the foam expands to make one solid block.

    DSCN4319.JPG DSCN4320.JPG DSCN4321.JPG
     
  6. Mileham macrumors member

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    Good to see, thanks. How was its condition? Clean, no problems with it?
     
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    jbarley macrumors 68030

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    As I mentioned I purchased two G5 Towers from DVwarehouse each arrived packed as shown and with no damage from shipping whatsoever. Both units worked well, the original a dual 1.8 has moved on but the G5 quad is still with me and in use daily.
    I also purchased a MacPro1,1 from OWC, again the packing was perfect, no shipping damage at all, I've got many hours of pleasure tinkering and upgrading this MacPro, getting it to do what Apple never intended it to do.
     
  8. Surrat macrumors 6502

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    I can also vouch for dvwarehouse, I work at a mac repair shop and we use them a lot to get parts for older macs that apple wont support anymore. We buy from them almost every week. Never had a problem with packaging or damage.
     
  9. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    DV warehouse sounds good, but their prices seem too high, especially for the specs.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 14, 2017 ---
    IBuildMacs is pricey: https://ibuildmacs.com/products/macpro-2009-6-core/?configuration=161138
     
  10. OS-SEX macrumors member

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    I found my 5,1 on Craigslist. I actually went to the owner's home which was nearby and saw the unit working before I bought it. I know not everyone will be comfortable doing this but it worked out great for me and I got an awesome deal.
     
  11. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    I got my 4,1 from a local dealer who sells on Ebay the price was right 400 dollars for a 2.66 8 core
     
  12. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would totally do that, I'm 6'4" and 250 pounds, so I'm not worried about being accosted or anything. Unfortunately, everyone around here seems to think that *their* mac is worth so much more...
     
  13. Mileham macrumors member

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    I will keep DVW in mind, thanks. Interesting timing -- I'm trying to recover my MacPro1,1 from not booting properly. Was fine until I tried setting up a Windows install with Bootcamp yesterday. Can't get any startup keys to register (wireless keyboard). Don't want to derail this thread, though. Please message for any suggestions.
     
  14. mastermamo macrumors member

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    Got in a 2012 5.1 12 Core from PowerResale. Excellent service and shipped to South Africa trouble free. No issues whatsoever. They seem to be a pretty stable outfit
     
  15. ericsd05 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Zeke... I'm about to sell my 8 core 2009 Mac Pro that's been upgraded to firmware 5.1. If you are interested shoot me a message!
     
  16. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    I've done business with this cMac Pro seller on two transactions and satisfied with his service. You can check out his sale ad HERE He tests his cMac Pros thoroughly and he is transparent as he indicates in his ad if his cMac Pro is an upgraded 4,1 2009 or a 5,1 mid-2010 or mid-2012 cMac Pro.
     
  17. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I ended up buying one from iPowerResale. So far, the only complaint I have is that the unit is really scratched up, and the feet are sharp, presumably from being dragged on concrete; and the drive trays are all the same number.
     
  18. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, I must be the only gambler on this site, because I bought mine through eBay, and it worked out of the box. The seller used some weird type of structured cardboard as padding, but the box came undamaged through UPS. The seller was one of those that seems to buy them in lots of ten or twenty and sells them on a buy it now basis, but it had max RAM, a keyboard and mouse, USB, most of what I saw didn't, so I paid a bit more, but it was a twelve core 5,1, so it seemed worth the added expense, besides the guarantee on it working. Price was lower than resale shops, but there is inherent risk, but fingers crossed no issues so far (two months out on my purchase).
     
  19. Mileham macrumors member

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    This seller? http://www.ebay.com/usr/soupsr
     

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