Price Advice Curious about sale value of my 2009 Mac Pro

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  1. Abidubi, Jan 10, 2013
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    Abidubi macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    I'm starting to think about selling my Mac Pro and replacing it with a mini since it seems that it may not be best suited for me. It was bought right at launch in March 2009. Could anyone suggest what kind of price I could ask for on ebay or kijiji etc.

    2009 Mac Pro 4,1
    2.93Ghz Quad core Nehalem
    6GB RAM (3X2GB)
    1X Superdrive
    1X WD Caviar Blue 640GB (actually have 2X WD 640 Blacks, 1.5TB samsung and 240GB Intel 520 SSD. But going to use them in next computer)
    1X Flashed Gigabyte 5870 OC 1GB (Way the heck quieter than the apple 4870
    1X Apple OEM ATI 4870 512Mb (not installed but available as backup incase of issue with 5870)
    OSX 10.6.8
    Built-in Bluetooth and Wifi 802.11n
    That OWC blue thingy to mount HD in 5.25 bay

    The computer has 0 issues. The 5870 was not flashed by me, but works flawlessly in OSX and Windows 7, of couse with no boot screen unless connected via VGA. It is overclocked by the manufacturer (I think like 25Mhz) but when running windows I use MSI afterburner to down-clock it back to normal 5870. Currently using 2010 firmware to get audio over the HDMI, but would flash back to 2009 before selling to avoid possible problems.
  2. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Since you mentioned eBay, what are the other sellers there asking for similar models? Once you get rough idea consider posting it on Amazon as well as eBay. Craigslist, though it has it's issues is good because you won't pay for shipping, which is expensive and hassle-prone.
  3. Abidubi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    It's really hard to get a real value by going off what others have sold for on ebay. Theres a 2.66 2009 Quad that sold for $500 and a 2.66 2X dual core (2006 is that?) that sold for $750, neither had any kind of significant upgrade. Then I see 2.26 8 core for $1600, but it's the base model. There's is no quad 2.93 with 5870 that I can find to judge the value. That site Mac2sell says it's worth $2500 without the gfx card (I find a little high) and then there's that other site Vsomething that says it's $300. There is no way in hell anyone is getting this for less than $1000, that would just be stupid. It's the same thing as the current pro with 2 less cores.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As a starting point, you can check Mac2Sell, eBay (including completed sales), or Amazon for prices of similar models, to get an idea of what a reasonable price may be. Then adjust the price to account for condition, configuration, remaining AppleCare coverage (if any), etc.
  5. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would say....

    with the gigabyte card and the WD blue, $1050-1150 tops. No cosmetic and functional issues and good care of the machine also can help in the price.

    If selling through an online site, take in account shipping costs and fees. And be aware that the second-hand market is more aware of price (the lower $ figure, the better) than hardware-wise, with less people paying the upgrades or knowing about them, IMHO.


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