Is $850 a good price for 21.5 inch 2.5GHz iMac?

ejmc3

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Hello all. I'm a long time PC user looking to enter the Mac world. I have been doing a lot of research and reading on this website and have learned a lot. Can anyone tell me if $850 is a good deal on a six month old base iMac 2.5GHz?

Thanks in advance.
 

GGJstudios

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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.
 
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comatory

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Hello all. I'm a long time PC user looking to enter the Mac world. I have been doing a lot of research and reading on this website and have learned a lot. Can anyone tell me if $850 is a good deal on a six month old base iMac 2.5GHz?

Thanks in advance.
Sounds like a really good deal to me if the condition is good and seller sells it with all the RAM etc.
 
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mcpix

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I think that's a good, but not necessarily great deal.

Rather than comparing it to the new price of $1199 (as the seller is probably doing), you need to compare it to the same computer on the refurbished store which sells for $999. The $850 price represents a 15% discount off the refurbished price.

The refurbished computer will come with a full year of warranty, the used computer will have 6 months or less of warranty available. Everything I've bought from the refurbished store has been in virtually new condition, so you need to consider the condition of the used iMac.
 
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Yamcha

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Mar 6, 2008
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Yeah thats a great deal, I would jump on it If I were looking to buy an iMac.. Just make sure the condition is good, and since it's six months old there will be warranty as well..

It's over $200+ savings when compared to the refurbished model, keep in mind with the refurbished you have to pay tax and recycling fee..
 
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xkmxkmxlmx

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I recently sold a similar model for about $200 more than that, so I would yeah, definitely.
 
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ejmc3

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Bought the iMac. It was in perfect condition. Former owner only had it for six months and decided she wanted a laptop or iPad instead.

Reformatted last night but now having issues reinstalling Mac OS X 10.7. It keeps quitting before completing. Not sure yet how to fix the problem. Will look at it again this evening.
 
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xekret

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I picked up a pretty much brand new 21.5 2.7 iMac for $900. I still got to peel off the cover on the screen. I guess the previous user never took it out of the box. The only thing that I was hesitant about was that it is not covered by applecare anymore but I bought it anyways. I had no problems erasing the hard drive and re-installing lion.
 
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