Price Advice Help pricing a used 2009 iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ppedulla75, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. ppedulla75 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    So its time to retire my work- horse 2009 Imac.
    It's a 2.4 Ghz, 24 inch screen, with 4 gigs of RAM and 300 gig HD.

    It works fine, the DVD drive is fine ... no real qualms except for some yellow streaking on the screen. I think it would find a good home as a student computer, light Photoshop, iLife, etc ...

    I'm upgrading because I'm doing a lot more After FX work and need some extra horsepower...

    I'd like to sell it to help fund a new Imac .... what is it worth?

    Again everything is working fine, except for the yellowish streak on the screen (that over the years has driven a bit nuts). But ultimately its really been fine.

    I've seen similar system from $500 - $900.... just trying to figure out what is fair to ask?

    Any help would be appreciated ....
  2. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013

    I just paid $579 for my 2008 24 inch from a dealer in Atlanta, GA. 2.8 GHz and 500 HD, I have seen them go for 750 to $1000
  3. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    If the yellow screen is enough to almost drive you a bit nuts, then expecting or hoping for anything above $600 is unreasonable. If the yellowish streak wasn't there, and the fact that I own a 2009 20" iMac, I would say that I would pay no more than $750 for it(and only that if it would include the original box/packaging/media).

    So I would advise you to advertise it for $550.
  4. jmck macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2002
    Ugh, sorry to hear about the yellow streak, I didn’t realize the old 24”s were affected by that as well. I have a first gen 27” that has it too… somewhat subtle, unless you have a solid color desktop pattern :mad:
  5. 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.
  6. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    to make a fuss, but it is a 2.4, 20 inch (2008), a 2.8 24 inch (2008), 3.06 24 inch (2008) or 2.66, 2.93 or 3.06, 24 inch (early 2009).:confused:

    Please clarify for help you to get a better estimate.....

  7. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    It's a 2.4GHz 24" mid-2007 iMac(I think).
  8. ppedulla75 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    It's a Mac 7,1

    My bad.... Just looked it up on It's actually 2007. Man time flew?
    So with that knowledge....thoughts?

    The yellow streak isn't too bad. It's about a finger size in the top left corner.
  9. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    Seems to me.....

    a good asking price would be between $350-500, and please dont take offense, with reserve. The yellow issue can discourage some potential buyers, and maybe you have to consider taking a bit off the price when dealing with serious buyers.

    If you have the original packaging, discs and accesories that can sweeten the deal, IMHO.

  10. ppedulla75 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    Thanks all

    Seems reasonable. I wasn't thinking anything over $500.
    I may just keep it and use it as file server...but seems like overkill.

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