Price Advice G4 Cube

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  1. Liquinn, Aug 15, 2012
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    Hi, what would be a fair price to buy a G4 Cube at good spec/in good condition at?

    Should I buy it/is that a good price?

    Model: iCube 450 MHz PPC G4 Serial: CK111H18KBJ RAM: 1.5GB System: 10.4 HD: 20GB Graphics: ATX Rage128Pro

    For 75 pounds; is that a good buy?

    The condition is very good.

    Thanks
     
  2. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    I had thought of buying one, just for the asthetics, and to have on a shelf somewhere because I think it was an awesome design, but couldn't find any one priced in what I thought was a reasonable level. Perhaps they have come down since then, I haven't looked in about a year.

    Aside from looks, and owning one, I wouldn't know why anyone would want one, and want to pay a substantial sum for it too. I don't know what 100 pounds is in US dollars. $156.91 US dollars? Does it have the cracks in the case like so many ended up with? If it has all the accessories, for that price, I'd consider it... Just to own one...
     
  3. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    It'd be quite nice to own a Powermac G5 as well as a G4 Cube :p

    I'm not sure if it has cracks in the case, I'm waiting for the photos. D:
     
  4. wordsworth macrumors regular

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    I recently bought a G3 clamshell iBook (the final graphite SE model) for £115. It was supplied with a new battery and, as I'd always admired these machines, I indulged myself.

    As a fan of Apple's products since around 1990 I've had all sorts of stuff over the years: scanners, printers, laptops and desktops. I don't imagine I'll use the iBook very much but I will play with it now and again, and it may come in handy if I need to do some old PowerPC-based computing. I have a G3 iMac which is still in good working order, too.

    So, if you want the Cube and it's in good working order, well… why not? £100 sounds very reasonable.
     
  5. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah I see, it'l be my 4th Mac if I buy it. D: I guess sometime there's gotta be a time when I'm happy with what I have :p

    Also, 100 pounds sounds like a lot for a 12 year old Mac though. :p
     
  6. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    What do you want it for? Just collector? Or you would like to use the case because of its beautiful design?

    If so, you can buy one and mod, adding current gen micro-atx hardware to it...i think
     
  7. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Collection purposes. I don't think I'll ever be able to get a G4 Cube for 100 pounds again, I won't be modding it :p

    What's the official name of the Cube? PowerMac G4 Cube? D:
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I think it is pricey for such an old computer, though I love the computer.

    For collections sake I think its a great computer to have. I have one, and I think about selling it from time to time (sorry you're in another country and I don't want to deal with customs).

    The last time I fired it up, I was surprised how fast things were under OS9. That is while hardware has gotten faster in order of magnitudes but the software also has kept pace becoming much more demanding. I have an old version of PS and office and they work nearly as fast as what I have now (I'm was not doing any serious rendering on it)
     
  9. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    G4 Cube
    iMac G3
    iMac G5

    Thos eare the machines I'd love to own, with the iMac G5 being on the least of my to-get list. D:
     
  10. wordsworth macrumors regular

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    Some Macs hold their price better than others. Cubes, certain clamshell iBooks, and Pismo laptops are examples of that. They were great machines, iconic, and now very collectable. The prices tend to reflect that though bargains can be had if one is lucky.
     
  11. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    100 pounds is a bit expensive, since for another 50 quid or so, I could buy another G5 :p
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    Its more about the collect-ability of the machine at this point. I do think its a bit expensive though.
     
  13. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Hmmm... true; would you go for it? That's the cheapest I'd be able to find one though. I'm getting photos of it from the seller soon. :)

    Why is the G4 Cube so collectable?
     
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    Model: iCube 450 MHz PPC G4 Serial: CK111H18KBJ RAM: 1.5GB System: 10.4 HD: 20GB Graphics: ATX Rage128Pro

    For 100 pounds; is that a good buy?

    thanks
     
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    The design, its such a unique computer and was so short lived there's not many out there (compared to other Macintoshs)
     
  16. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    True true. The seller is now asking for 75 pounds as opposed to the 100... do you think it's a good buy? :p

    Model: iCube 450 MHz PPC G4 Serial: CK111H18KBJ RAM: 1.5GB System: 10.4 HD: 20GB Graphics: ATX Rage128Pro

    Would you buy it if it was you?
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd snag it for 60 to 75 dollars (not sure how that will translate into pounds).
     
  18. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    There's a bit of stuff by the logo... lol. I'm just wondering whether it's worth it to buy it, so I can own the design like I did with my Powermac G5:
     

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  19. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

    Did it come with the extra RAM or was that an after market mod the original owner did? Because to have that much RAM and such a small hard drive would suggest to me the owner added the RAM later on his/her own.

    Which would probably explain the damaged product. With that level of damage it's not worth £75.
     
  20. Liquinn, Aug 15, 2012
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    Damn... I really want a Cube though :( I'm not sure about the RAM, what shall I do? :(

    I'd be buying the machine just to say I own a G4 Cube though; I'm not as bothered about the condition trally. :p

    When I asked about the RAM the seller said "Don’t know – what ever the spec was that Hannah gave you is what it is now" :/

    Is this worth buying just so I can say I own a Cube?
     
  21. wordsworth macrumors regular

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    Only you can provide the true answer to that particular question. If it's a 'yes', then buy it. If it's a 'no' then don't.

    Personally, based on the photos and the response from the seller, I would give it a miss.
     
  22. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Why would you give it a miss? :(

    I know it's not in amazing condition, but it'll still be a 4th Mac to me.. it's a 12 year old Mac so it's not going to be like-new is it? :p

    I want to buy it, just so I can say I own a G4 Cube; which many people on here do not own :p
     
  23. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    So are you buying it from the original owner?
     
  24. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    What do mean? I'm buying it from a company in the UK called scrumpymacs, which sell old Macs.

    I bought my Powermac G5 off them too.
     
  25. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't buy any in that shape. Stock config except RAM and this ugly thing around logo - not worth the money they ask. RAM is cheap nowadays. I'd look for better deal.
    But it seems you bought it already?
     

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