Nashville Vintage Macs

walsh1996

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Jan 17, 2011
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I will search around thrift shops. Funnily enough, Goodwills here in Tennessee don't sell computers (almost like it wasn't meant to be! Ha ha!) I always hear about people finding iMacs at yard sales, G4s in their friend's attic, etc. I do think there's a regional component, and the southeast is probably the worst for stuff like this.
 

bunnspecial

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Off the top of my head, Nashville has one big university and a handful of smaller universities/colleges. The ground is ripe for picking at these places. If you don't have an "in", watch for public surplus sales, which are generally open to the public. You might have to buy a pallet of PCs to get to get one or two Macs, but the prices are generally low enough that this isn't a huge issue(plus old, worthless PCs are a great source of RAM, hard drives, and optical drives, all of which are generally Mac compatible).

I'm not that far to the north of you, and there's generally no shortage of PowerPC Macs at least on the Lexington and Louisville Craigslist pages.
 

128keaton

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Jan 13, 2013
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I will search around thrift shops. Funnily enough, Goodwills here in Tennessee don't sell computers (almost like it wasn't meant to be! Ha ha!) I always hear about people finding iMacs at yard sales, G4s in their friend's attic, etc. I do think there's a regional component, and the southeast is probably the worst for stuff like this.
Hey walsh, I live in memphis, and you are right about the regional issues! Nashville's education system (colleges) just got overhauled by dell (my father coordinated the project :p) so check the colleges. Last time I checked a govt. auction site, there was a bunch of old Macs for sale in Nashville. Have at it, you lucky duck!
Also, craigslist has been a fairly good resource for me, but free cycle has nothing but junk on it sadly.
 
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walsh1996

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Jan 17, 2011
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Gallatin, Tennessee
Thank you for the replies!

Keaton... what gov't auction site have you checked? I am only familiar with govdeals.com.

In my experience, older Macs on Craigslist lack of professional appraisal, therefor are largely overpriced. Also lots of deceptive "blazing fast G3!!" marketing.
 

128keaton

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Jan 13, 2013
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Thank you for the replies!

Keaton... what gov't auction site have you checked? I am only familiar with govdeals.com.

In my experience, older Macs on Craigslist lack of professional appraisal, therefor are largely overpriced. Also lots of deceptive "blazing fast G3!!" marketing.
Yeah govdeals had some a while back.
Craiglist is full of people like that, but I got an iMac g3 for $30 and a Performa 550 for $30.
 
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