Looking to purchase a Mac at an auction, please advise

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  1. Scuall macrumors newbie

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    Hello all, first post. Hopefully I'll be here more often. It's been awhile since I've worked on a Mac. I own numerous PCs, but am now looking to purchase a Mac for the home. I'll be attending an auction this weekend, inventory is listed here. I am particularly interested in this item;

    "Powerful G5 Powermacs with Dual 2.0GHz Processors, 1.5 GB, 150GB HD, DVD burners, and Apple Studio LCD Display!"

    Any advice on a maximum bid I should have in mind? Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    That model retailed new at time of manufacture (early 2005) for US$2000. Everymac.com suggests its current retail value as $1250 - $1500 which, according to my experience of 2-hand auction prices, is high.

    For a rule of thumb, consider a bid of 50 - 60% of initial retail price, with a maximum (suggested) 66%, or US$1320. In the end it'll boil down to how much you're willing to pay, but I wouldn't go as high as $1500 (75%).

    Hint - I learned from a very hardened but successful 2-hand dealer that "something is worth whatever someone will pay for it".
     
  3. Scuall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the assist. It's amazing how much an Apple will hold its value. My top of the line 2007 Alienware laptop (>$3k original) is prolly worth <$1000 nowadays.
     
  4. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Hopefully, this will be an auction that allows people to look at their stuff before the auction begins......

    Since this is a college, make sure you look carefully at whatever computers you want to buy. I have been there, done that at many univ. auctions, and ALOT of times, school computers will either:

    A) Be in crappy condition due rough handling by the students and/or clueless staffers

    B) Have all kinds of markings, stickers, engravings, or other identifying marks on them.

    C) Have HDD's and/or other components removed, sometimes literally RIPPED out, either intentionally or again, by the clueless ones.....

    Good luck, hopefully you'll be able to score some great deals on some great machines :D
     
  5. Scuall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Per the auction listing, I have two hours prior to inspect all the machines. Everything will be left on to show that they work.

    I guess one more request. Any advice on what else to look for in a used Mac, other than the items listed above?
     
  6. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    I personally wouldn't go more then 1k.. but that's me.

    I think the jump to intel would be worth the extra cost.
     
  7. Scuall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    1K is the limit for myself as well. I'm hoping that the current economy will dissuade anyone from purchasing the better items in this auction.
     
  8. Scuall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Updated: Got it for $675! You'll be seeing me in the future on these forums.
     
  9. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Thats a pretty good deal. It may not be top of the line current. But it will still do many tasks very well.
     
  10. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like an excellent deal. Those late poly cinema displays were gorgeous.
     

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