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veilrain

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I accidentally cracked my 5K iMac screen. Planning on getting a replacement on eBay, but does the cracked screen have any resale value at all? The screen works fine except that the glass is cracked.
 

Nguyen Duc Hieu

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I accidentally cracked my 5K iMac screen. Planning on getting a replacement on eBay, but does the cracked screen have any resale value at all? The screen works fine except that the glass is cracked.

For people who need a working screen to test their iMac=> yes
For people who don't care about the crack => yes
For people who are skilled enough to detach the protection glass from the LCD panel => yes.
Provided that you sell yours cheap enough to stimulate their needs.
 
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velocityg4

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Depends on how bad the crack is. But looking at sold items on eBay. They can go for $75 to $125.

Just be aware. This is a gamble. The buyer may receive it and decide they don't like the crack. Then force you to take it back through an eBay claim. Meaning you'll eat shipping both ways or just let them keep it and eat the shipping to send it to them.
 
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Fishrrman

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For all practical purposes, no.
Why would anyone want a cracked screen?
(I guess one never knows...)

Take it to a computer recycling drop-off...
 
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opeter

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Only the protection glass was cracked. The LCD panel is fully functional.
Removing the glass isn't simple.

You can try with a hairdryer...
 
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TwoH

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For all practical purposes, no.
Why would anyone want a cracked screen?
(I guess one never knows...)

Take it to a computer recycling drop-off...
What would make it useless for pratical purposes?
 

Nguyen Duc Hieu

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There is a name for this: the Endowment Effect.
Our tendency to overvalue something that we own, regardless of its real market value.

I have done this myself: I am trying to give away a printer which has a fault, but am getting no takers. Its real market value is apparently less than zero.

Really? My wife somehow managed to sell our faulty Fujitsu laser printer for 2$ to a junk shop.
We both knew that it impossible to repair that printer, after a trip to a printer repair shop.
 

Nguyen Duc Hieu

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Removing the glass isn't simple.

You can try with a hairdryer...

Wow, I had assumed that the glue was only on the edge of the LCD screen.
If it's all over the LCD screen surface, then removing it without damaging the LCD screen is impossible to me.
 

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opeter

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What would make it useless for pratical purposes?
Well, the cracking of the glass will spread over time, especially if you move the "screen" too much around and grip it at or near that point.

Also, the glass itself is in that state quite dangerous, since small pieces can broke down, not to mention, that you can also hurt yourself.

Anyway, in the past I tried to use an 2013" iMac screen with cracked glass, that was "fixed" on place with an electrical tape. It did work for my purpose. But wouldn't recommend to others.

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Eugen Mezei

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Can this glue layer be the reason I find the monitors of the fat iMacs (up to the mid 2011 model) more brilliant and the colors more accurate? Anyone else has this impression? Can be I just imagine things.
 

opeter

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The old iMac screens used CCFL "bulbs" for light and not LED ... CCFL can be a bit more yellowish than white LED (but that is subjective).


  • Before 2009 - CCFL
  • 2009 - Mid 2015 - White LED
  • Retina 4K, 21.5" and 5K, 27" iMacs (Late 2015 and after) - GB-LED (RG Phosphor)
Since you are speaking of 2011 models and later, these already had LED backlight. I don't think that the glue on the 2012+ models has any color. Maybe the coating on the glass? Nah, these should be totally transparent/neutral colors.
 

Eugen Mezei

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I compare late 2009, 2010, 2011 with 2012+. I have the impression the first group is "nicer", but hard to say why.
 
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