Having trouble selling MP 5,1 6-Core for 600$

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  1. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

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    ive been having no luck in selling my Mac Pro 5,1 on Craigslist; as in no inquiries even. Specs are

    6-Core 3.33GHz
    12 GB G. Skill 1333 Ram (non-ECC)
    128 GB Crucial M4 SSD
    Apple ATI 5870 GPU
    Seagate 1TB HDD (secondary)
    OEM box and contents
    apple wired keyboard and Magic Mouse

    The system has one issue, the PSU has a problem that prevents the system from waking from sleep. It starts and runs fine otherwise. I have no interest in ponying up the 300$ for a PSU, as I only use it as a media server and need sleep. Switched to a budget PC with plex.

    Is my pricing appropriate? Are there other reliable options to sell aside from eBay (I have no desire to be scammed).
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    You can try selling here on MacRumors - Marketplace Forum.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    The bad news is that a fully functional 4,1 only sell around $400 at this moment, and it's virtually identical to the 5,1. That's why it's a bit hard for you to sell at this price. Only the dual CPU 5,1 can ask for higher price. I know your machine already has a very good CPU, but it's value is totally offsetted by the faulty PSU. Non-ECC RAM also lower the value a bit.

    For outsider, not many person will buy the 5,1 now. For insider, they know how to get a 4,1 and do the upgrade.

    If you are not rush, you may sell it in the following way.

    W3680 $150-170
    5870 $250-270
    Keyboard + mouse $50
    And then put a W3520 + any used cheap PC GPU into the machine, then sell it for another $300-350 (price lower than normal due to faulty PSU).

    However, if you want to sell everything at once. You may try $500-550.

    IMO, the basic price will set at $400 (the market price of the single CPU 4,1 now). Then +150 for the W3680, +50 for keyboard / mouse. RAM, GPU, SSD worth almost nothing due to lots of better upgrade option now. So, it worth $600. However, the faulty PSU will make it worth $50-100 less. That's why I believe 500-550 is a more reasonable price range for this particular machine.

    *The stock Apple 5870 will worth much more if you sell it seperately*
     
  4. ZZ Bottom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! Not the news I was hoping for, but definitely helpful. Things to consider...
     
  5. ZZ Bottom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I may try that. Does the marketplace have a good reputation for avoiding scams (assuming I don't sell to a MR noobie)?
     
  6. firedept macrumors 603

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    You will not find any newbies in the Marketplace. You must have minimum 250 post on MacRumors before you can enter the Marketplace. I have done several deals in the Marketplace with success. Decent people to deal with both buyers and sellers. Good Luck!
     
  7. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    Oh! Such a requirement..... I totaly had no knowledge of it, but its a good concept.
     
  8. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Also a member for 6 months.
     
  9. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    I have more than six months, but not enough posts ...i bet! I gotta check it now !
     
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    Damn, mac pros are cheap in the US.

    In europe you can sell a 5.1 for north of 1000€.
     
  12. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    Ha ha...thx mate ! Another one for the count!
     
  13. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    Thats still fine.... In Asia, you can add another zero at the end i.e RM10,000.
     
  14. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Pretty much when people hear of a faulty part. The value of the computer is trashed.

    For the average buyer it is a no go. They don't know how to fix it. So they will have to bring it to Apple and pay whatever Apple will charge to replace it. You will have zero interest from this market.

    This leaves your market for technical minded people. When I buy a faulty computer I expect bargain basement which they will expect as well. I have to take the time to fix it and pay for a replacement part. As a techie I'm not going to accept a part that works in some instances. It's a failing part that will need to be replaced. I'll gamble that it is just an OS issue and perform a clean install and PRAM reset. But I know it will likely need to be replaced.

    Given that I'd be looking at the street value of the Mac Pro and at least subtract the cost of the PSU. So I'm guessing you won't get much more than $250 to $350 in it's present condition. Maybe you'll get lucky on a sucker that doesn't think things through.

    The best option value wise is to part it out on eBay.
     

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