Probably enough are scrapped now that the number available is starting to get low enough for collectors to have to pay more to get them.Last year someone near to me was trying to offload two working B&Ws on eBay. The price started at £15 for both and dropped to £5. The listing repeated for several months with no takers before he scrapped them. Now I see listings asking for £100 and upwards.
I am not saying anyone is wrong that the market has flipped. I am just saying that I don't see it very strongly yet. Most of what I see are as I mentioned.I've seen 12 inchers go for £130 recently but this one goes beyond - especially considering the full extent of the description was "2005 Apple power book G4 12inch"
Inevitable of course. The seller here must be doing somersaults - the Powerbook was at £2.20 two days ago.
I didn’t notice initially. So this price is purely buyer driven? I wonder what makes this PB so special that people are clambering with 23 bids to get to it?
Deals certainly can be had still. As in all things business, Buyer beware. I picked up my latest - a clean PB17 M9689LL/A for $59 bucks with a $30 rebate due to wonky HDD & incorrect 45w adapter. I had a replacement hdd and picked up an appropriate apple charger for $6.99 on ebay leaving my $59 PB a $36.00 PB.
So while I see alotta folks with their heads in the cloud about prices, there are still a bunch of motivated sellers who really want to sell their stuff & are willing to wheel n deal leaving great opportunity for us. My PMG5 was another - found it on craigslist listed for 50 bucks OBO & I picked it up for $20.
Savvy, patient buyers who are willing to walk away (from a bad deal) win almost every time.
This has been my modus operandi and generally has worked well for me.I've noticed they go for a lot more money if the listing allows delivery, all my bargains have been collection only items that people must not have wanted to drive for...
This has been my modus operandi and generally has worked well for me.
A day or so after LBF put in a £50+ bid on a 6500 and still lost I snagged a better specced one for a tenner because: collect only.
Keeping an eye on this listing. It’s not for me but I am curious whether this picks up a single bid. A ton for 8 iMacs in different liveries is not a bad start to a collection.
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so yes while the odd PowerBook might go for £200 i dont think we are at the point there the majority of them are going for that much, just keep an eye out for the deals
was that the one that had the option of shipping for £40? (very yellowed 275Mhz unit with the AV stuff?) I almost slapped a bid on that before i spotted the G5 Quad. if thats the case im glad i did not bid on that 6500 then, I would not want to bid against someone here. (BTW if you have 2 6500s now would you be open to trading/selling one to me? )
I have noticed when it comes to ebay pricing in the UK for vintage macs, it varies wildly at times sometimes they go for stupid expensive or they go for stupid cheap, really depending on what way the wind is blowing so to speak.
It was indeed. I happened to be in the area and noted not a single bid so I put one in at the starting price and got it. I only did it because mine had suddenly died. No power whatsoever. Mind you, this one is no better. Worked for 20 seconds and then click. Couldn't get it to start. Left it for a couple of days and then it decided to play nice. Rebooted a few times on various Mac OS CDs while I readied a hard drive to put in it then I heard a pop from the power socket and silence again. Checked the fuse, changed the power cable, stripped the 6500. No bulging/leaking capacitors, no signs of any damage on the LB or anywhere else. Opened the PSU, checked the fuse inside. Same story. Resetting the CUDA does nothing.
It has the Avid TV card inside and an ethernet and is maxed out with RAM. The unit has been kept in a garage and there is considerable water ingress in the front. The front panel and SCSI panel have plenty of rust on the inside, which is also present on the left panel where it slots into the case frame. One of the screws was perished and had to be Dremelled out. Fortunately, all of the rust appears to be on the surface and hidden behind the plastic cladding with no sign of internal damage. The LB was clean, if somewhat dusty. I have put both 6500s away in the loft until I am in a better mood. I have also managed to mislay the hard drive caddy. I genuinely only want the one. If I can get both working, I will be happy to get rid of one.
I accidentally bought a G4 PB this afternoon after vowing not to add to my hardware collection. It went at the opening bid of £2.40 and I got a phone call from the seller afterwards. She was delighted that I had bought it so that she didn't have to scrap it. It seems the PRAM battery is dead and so it keeps prompting for a date reset, otherwise it seems fully functional and in good repair. It also comes with a charger and a boxed retail copy of Leopard, which itself goes for approx £25 on its own. I was glad she called. It appears she was going to ship it in a jiffy bag. I have been there before.
That’s just it. Neither of the PSUs gave any sign of failure. My original 6500 worked well and shut down normally. Came to it the next day and...dead. The new one didn’t go pop - that seemed to come from the power strip but that is working normally. Dunno what to try next. They may just resurrect themselves after some time off.
As for the G5 - never bid on one you cannot collect. There is zero point having one shipped. I learnt the hard way. Actually, that goes for all desktops. My 8600 arrived DOA, probably having taken one knock too many en route.