Is a 2004 iBook G4 worth anything?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by GanChan, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    I've been looking at things I can sell around the house, and i'm wondering whether there's any point in adding this old iBook to the list. It still works just fine -- but only by 2004m standards, LOL. I'm currently using it as a printer terminal.... If it's not worth anything, I might as well keep it, if only as a portable typewriter.
  2. sbuntin macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Portland OR
    I doubt it.
    There are a few on craigslist in the 80-150 range, but I don't know that anyone will actually pay that.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    They are not a highly-desired model. Maybe $50 if in near-perfect condition.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  5. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    I'd imagine you could get $40 out of it at least. Someone will want it. I got mine for $40 on eBay. I did have to buy a new AC adapter though. So $50 total. It's a 2005 model in great condition, minus some engraving on the bottom from a school district. Still holds a good charge, 1.33GHz, 80GB HDD, 1GB factory RAM, combo drive, AP/BT. Not a bad little machine.

    Personally I bought it to be a glorified photo frame, but ends up I use it for browsing or playing stuff in iTunes or writing in Word. It has way less distractions than my MBP since it's so much slower on the net and I don't have all my personal stuff on it. So they have their uses.

    -posted from my iBook G4.

    Also I sold a 1.2GHz 2004 model non-working for $35 on Craigslist last year. It had the HDD (120GB) and 1.5GB RAM installed. The issue was most certainly the DC-in board. So to the right person it was worth it for parts at least.
  6. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    The most desireable ones are the last generation ones that have a 1.33ghz processor(in 12") or 1.42ghz(in 14"). iBooks(in all forms) have RAM soldered to the logic board and only one expansion slot, and these last generation models are also desirable because the soldered RAM was expanded to 512mb(making the total possible 1.5gb, as opposed to 1.25gb on most earlier iBook G4s and on 12" Powerbook G4s).

    With that said, I'd have to really fall in love with the computer to pay over $50 or $60 for even a last generation iBook G4. I'm a lot more comfortable at the $30-40 price point. If it doesn't have an Airport card, a good charger, or a good battery, you can knock a few more bucks off this. An Airport card runs $5-10 on Ebay, and aftermarket batteries are $20. Cheap chargers are available-at varying levels of quality. Also remember that any prospective buyer who is buying it to use is going to want to max the RAM, so will factor in the $5-10 for a 1gb stick of PC-27000.
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    I'd suggest you keep it... You'd probably want it like everyone else here lol :)
  8. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I will buy it if you want to get rid of it.

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