how much did your mac's value go down?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bearbo, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    okay, for those of you who bought a mac, and sold it later, either because you regularly upgrade it, or occasionally do it, please help me answer these questions:

    1. when did you buy your mac (new or old)
    2. what is it
    3. when did you sell it, for how much
    4. why did you sell it (regular upgrade? too old for something you do? broken? etc)

    the reason i'm asking is that i just realized that the yearly price depression on a given mac is different from year to year, so i'm trying to figure out when's the best time to sell a given mac, without factoring the upgrades...
  2. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    -New Intel 20" in March 14.500 Kr (Norwegian)
    -Sold it 10th of September, 12.000 Kr (Norwegian)
    -The 24" suits my needs better, and I managed to get a descent price for my 20" I thought
  3. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    1. July 2004
    2. 15" PowerBook G4 ($3500)
    3. Haven't sold it, but I'd only get $1500 or so for it.
    4. I'll sell it next summer to help pay for a new MBP.
  4. bearbo thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    how did you spend 3500 on the powerbook g4?
  5. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    At the time, Bluetooth and WiFi were optional. 30GB HDD was standard (I got a 80GB HDD), I upgraded to the SuperDrive, upgraded the graphics chip to 128MB, and added 1.25GB of RAM (to make it 1.5GB total).

    Add AppleCare and a recent upgrade to a 120GB HDD and it's right at $3500, excluding the upgrade to 10.4, iLife and iWork ('05 and '06), Aperture, and a few others odds and ends.

    I'm glad I maxed it out when I could, though. Even though it's two years old, it still runs like a champ. I use Aperture on a daily basis and have no trouble.
  6. Mundy macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    iMac Core Duo 20" @ 2 GHz.

    Purchased: February, 2006 for $1550.00 after rebate

    Used in home office for seven months.

    Sold: August, 2006 for $1500.00

    My iMac Core Duo cost me just over $7 per month for seven months. I would say that the resale value on these machines is pretty good. :D
  7. ckeck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    1. Mid-March 2006...was ~$2600 (w/ edu discount)
    2. MacBook Pro, 2GHz Core Duo, 2GB of RAM, 256MB x1600 ATI, 100GB 7.2k HD
    3. Selling this month to a friend for $1800.00 (friend got an additional discount)
    4. Selling if the Core 2 Duos are released soon...because I am OCD and I want a glossy screen :)
  8. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    1. Bought Sept. 3, 2006 for $1,300 cash
    2. Powerbook 17'', 1.67 ghz, 2 gb, 120 gb hard drive, 128 mb vram, latest rev.
    3. Sold Sept. 6, 2006 for $1,940
    4. I bought/sold it for a quick buck :D
  9. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Beige G3 300MHz minitower was $2700.00 1998

    Last year my G5 2.0 8DIMM and my Dell 24" display cost me the same amount.

    The value is that my G3 still works perfectly and I'm a long way from needing
    anything new to replace the G5 for my project studio.

    The value comes when your machine is still useful long after you've paid for it.
  10. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    I don't like you. :p
  11. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    1. 2002, $3599+$349 Applecare
    2. Powerbook G4 667/1GB/48GB
    3. Not yet, but iFixit will give me $450
    4. Can't keep up with CS2

    Love this laptop, may never sell it
  12. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    June 2003 - 12" iBook G3 800mHz - $949 with edu discount
    May 2005 - after at least 3-4 logic board replacements, Apple replaced the G3 with a new iBook G4 for free, upgraded ram to 1.25 gigs for about $100
    August 2006 - Sold the G4 iBook for $625 on MacRumors forums

    Not bad, over three years I spent $1049+ tax and sold it for $625. Granted its not the same machine but still... :D

    MacMini on the other hand...
    March 2005 - loaded MacMini 1.42 ghz, SuperDrive, etc. - around $750 with edu discount
    August 2006 - sold for $375 on MacRumors forums

    Actually, didn't get any money for it yet and I'm without my Mini...see this thread. Oh well....

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