iMac G3 Now Expensive To Buy In 2011 But Why?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MAC MAN JW, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. MAC MAN JW macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    I have ben looking on ebay at imac G3s for over 2 Years and just 4 months ago i got a imac G3 indigo 500MHZ 640MB RAM 20GB HD OS X 10.4 for $6.84+19.99 shiping. and even 4 months ago the Flower Power and Snow wear only selling for $15-$35 and the blue dalmatian only for $20-$45. Now today the snow and flower power are going for $60-75+$30-$50shipping. but i think the most hard to find ones are the Slot Loading Fruit colors being i only seen 2 in the past Year on ebay. one Tangerine Slot Loading sold on ebay on JUL-23-2011 for $175+$39.00 Shipping

    The lime green slot load is next in line at $100+$35 shipping Why Are they becomeing so expensive???:)

    Her are some that sold
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    It's as simple as different sellers have different opinions of what things are worth. It's like asking us why 2 people think differently.
  3. MAC MAN JW thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    i get what you mean,but why are the buyers paying the asking price when they wear not 1 year ago? are imac g3s becomeing hard to find or Collectible???
  4. Des Zac macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
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    It's the same with anything, as years go by more break and they get harder and harder to find.
  5. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    Basically anything made by Apple with their logo is worth more than what most feel it's worth. $60-70 certainly isn't unheard of now for an iMac G3.

    The question when buying older Macs is how much is it worth to you. At the same time you still need to pick limits for what you're looking for. Collectors will always pay more than someone who just needs a really cheap Mac.
  6. MacHamster68, Aug 7, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    some like myself love the iMac G3 more then any other Mac
    i own now 5 of them ..soon 6 :eek:

    and i have to say these little iMac g3 are not just computers , like my eMac's (own 5 of them too)
    they are like children to me , and they are a important part of apples history
    and with more people even switchers now want to know how it was in those days to own a Mac , they buy iMac G3's , but as really prestine examples are getting rare now the prices will creep up slowly1, 2 or 3 years ago nobody did want them apart from some buying for their kids , but now many get told leave it they are not even able to surf the web , b****** , they are as good as any computer really , and with html5 i have not even problem watching youtube on my 600/700mhz ones
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Just out of sheer curiosity: what the hell do you do with all of them? I'm guessing you're not churning out bitcoin hashes or x264 encodes on them =P

    Not saying they're useless, I'm just curious what you'd do with all 10 of them.
  8. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Collectors item.. it is like why do you collect toy cars for?
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    not h264 , but i have ripped even dvd-to avi's (divx) on them
    other then that i do use them as normal computers , they still work perfectly and i have so far no trouble at all opening websites sending emails write letters on office 2004 , do some spreadsheets , they are so reliable , and for some who say you cannot multitaks with them because they are to slow , whats the problem thats why i have many of them , thats multitasking on a new level as all are connected with each other with apple talk eMac's and my PowerMac's (G4/G5) too
  10. In-Correct macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    A Few Reasons:

    Some of the reasons could be the economy today. People's income... inflation... etc. and the price of EVERYTHING is going up, including used computers. People aren't selling as much in their businesses forcing, (and also "forcing") the business owners to raise prices so they can pay their bills. (some of them make this up, and still make lots of profict)

    also, how can you resist all the nice colors available???? :cool: :p Apple has not done anything in lots of colors for many years. :confused: And they are made out of thick plastic... not as thick as my GE Carry Cool (an entirely plastic air conditioner) , but thick enough to have a carrying handle, also made of plastic... ...but not thick enough to break after a while. Some imacs, ESPECIALLY the Tray Loading CD ... those types of imacs are very difficult to open up and upgrade RAM, etc. and sometimes the plastic can break if you are not careful. :(

    What uses do I get out of my three imacs? Why have I not bought more????

    I have not bought more, because right now I do not have enough space for desktop computers. I love laptops, and other things that are space saving and energy saving. I try to get a used non-apple x86, with intel processors not amd. I am not sure how much better AMD is, but the point is, I turn on the laptop and it gets HOT :eek: in minutes!! I imagine that any used Intel laptop is going to have significant hardware damage. :mad: While at the same time, I have PowerBooks, which are not imacs, but...they are still PowerPC... and they do not get hot!! I have not shut my PowerBook off since I got it!! I have restarted it, but the point is...I leave it on all the time... and it has not burned up yet.

    If I tried that with an Intel... lol. ;) :rolleyes:

    also... slot loading :apple: imacs do not have fans in them. They do get hot, but that is because they are a CRT monitor with no fans. :)

    any G3 :apple: is also worthwhile to any people that love Mac OS 9.2.2 can upgrade some of the computers to up to 1GB of RAM, which is very useful for Mac OS 9.2.2 People argue that you can't do much on Mac OS 9.2.2 anymore, and whatever you can do, will be slow.

    Actually I tried doing things on Mac OS X, and also Windows Vista...with IE (I know there are other browsers...but IE is microsoft's browser) were VERY slow... usually mac os 9.2.2's finder is much faster. If Classilla does not function correctly, ... IE does not either. "Internet Explorer Cannot Open The Internet Site. Operation Aborted". :mad: :rolleyes: :D :eek: :confused:
  11. MAC MAN JW thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    I have 5 two and will have 6 soon being i am getting a iMac G3 DV Tangerine 400MHZ this coming xmas:) This is what i got now:)

    Mac OS X (10.4.11), iMac G3 DV 400Mhz DVD (Lime)

    Mac OS X (10.4.11), iMac G3 DV 400Mhz DVD (Lime) #2

    Mac OS X (10.4.11), iMac G3 500MHZ Indigo (My First iMac)

    Mac OS X (10.1.x), iMac G3 233MHZ (Original)

    Mac OS 9.2.x, iMac G3 DV 400Mhz DVD (BlueBerry)

    I always Loved the imac g3's being this was the fist mac model i ever used (in 2 grade School in 2001) and i love the colors to. i went crazy buying them from 2008 tell now and i am not done buying them yet:) being they are not $1000+ any more. All can play youtube in 360p (Just not the 233mhz imac but 240p works good on it) and the web works fine just Like you said! what i am going at is it is my favorite mac model ever and all the imac g3s i have work like new still 10+ years later that is what i call a good computer:)
  12. Cox Orange, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    Cox Orange macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2010
    Interesting. Here in Germany snow iMacs (not the eMac G4s) go for 60-100EUR (EUR!). Fruit ones are not so hard to find (20-40EUR).
    The most you find are 350MHz blueberry ones, going for 15-30EUR. Followed by indigo ones 40EUR. Graphite ones do not come often, but go for 15EUR).
    Ruby ones (20-40EUR) are hard to find, but still more often than the sage iMacs (60-120EUR). I saw 2 sage in the last 3-4 years.

    If I had space, I would collect a sage one and a tangerine one... well, ok, perhaps I would collect every colour of them ;-)
    But from a realistic standpoint, I would add a sage one to my allready existing limegreen (my first Mac, bought used 1 year after its "birth" :) ).
    I would also buy a bondi blue Rev. A, and mod it with PC innards + TFT inside, to build a nice looking gaming machine and for guests to use, who say, they do not know how to operate with Macs (which I can't understand) and to have the very first model, but without letting it stay unused (so better turn in a PC gaming machine, though I do only game 2 times a year on Win-PCs of others - on my Macs I play Nanosaur I+II or Bugdom, from time to time, haha. :D

    btw. I am using my lime iMac as a digital "VCR", hooked to the sat-receiver or to digitalize VCR-tapes. I use it in connection with Canopus ADVC-300, which does not use the iMacs CPU. Of course, I do not use it for converting the files, later, that would be to slow...
  13. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I'd like to have a flower power one.

    I'm still amazed that I can still boot up my 333mhz imac after all these years. And it still has the original 6gb hard drive.
  14. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2010
    Yes, true, they are working after all this years, with no parts changed. This is one of the too reasons, why I do hestitate to upgrade my lime DV 400MHz. I'd like to see how long this 11 year old will last even longer. The other reason is that it would not be original, if I did changes to it.
    I have a 500MHz motherboard and some 7200rpm 120GB drives, with 8MB cache laying arround (vs 10GB, 4200rpm, 2MB original).
    The Mobo would not only give me more processing power, it would have ATA-66 (instead of 33) and better graphics and working speakers.
    The speakers are the only thing that stopped working, I solved this about 7 years ago by using an imic-USB-interface.
  15. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I picked up an iMac DV SE (Graphite, 600MHz G3) on eBay a few months back for £20, a 1.25GHz eMac for £30, an iSub for £20, a blueberry 15" Apple Studio Display (TFT) for £15 and a graphite one for £9.99. There isn't much retromac in eBay UK, but if you look hard enough and are careful/clever with your bidding you can still find bargains



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