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ThinkSecret reports that U.S. owners of the original and "Gigabit Ethernet" G4 PowerBooks will be able to take part in a new pilot trade in program.

According to the rumor site, Apple will be offering $700 trade-in credit for eligible laptops towards a new 15" or 17" PowerBook from Apple.

Eligible laptops need to be in reasonable physical condition, free from LCD or other accidental damage. The program will reportedly be available through AppleCare until March 27, 2004.
 

beatle888

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Feb 3, 2002
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gigabit? would that be the second gen 667?

if so i thought i'd be able to get more than $700 in resale value.

oh well...this is a good little system.



just checked system profiler, it doesnt tell me if its gigabit or not.
time for me to check the article.
 

OutThere

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Dec 19, 2002
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I'm not exactly sure I understand what the process is going to be, and why? Anyone care to explain?
 

Arcady

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May 24, 2002
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$700 seems like a decent trade-in value if you have a 400mhz model, but people are getting much more than that for the 500 and 550/667 models on eBay.
 

AmigoMac

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Seem to be a good deal...

Help apple to deliver the actual production, and they will give us the PB G5.... good for the giga-owners....;)
 

jaykk

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Jan 5, 2002
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I will trade-in my 550Mhz without a doubt if they accept mine, I have to use TiPaint several time to repair the paint issue. I will be happy even if they announce a G5 PB later.
 

JDOG_

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$700 isn't even really a 1/3rd of the price for a new one...this is more of a marketing ploy than something to benefit the customer. Think about how much they can turn around that money and sell the refurbished one for over a grand. Meh, I'd stick with eBay :rolleyes:
 

avus

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Nov 4, 2002
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Originally posted by JDOG_
Think about how much they can turn around that money and sell the refurbished one for over a grand.

Don't be too cynical. Apple isn't in the business of selling two-years old computers - Even if it is, it wouldn't make any money, as the cost of checking the system and repairing any cosmetic damages (remember, we are talking about Ti here) would be really high.
 

VicMacs

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Sep 7, 2003
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underpriced

what they should do is buy all the pb g3s hehe i sold a 550 pb for 1200 dollars in august just before the Al PBs came out... just threw in a 80 dollar cd-r and the guy was happy as a clam:) and so was I!

now for the 400 model... well 700 NOW is not so bad..

back to the g3 pb.. there are a lot of those around! if they offered 200 for an ipod sale now there we'd have something...

:)

dreeeeaam dream dream dream dream dreaaaaaaam
 

DTphonehome

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Apr 4, 2003
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Price is right?

On ebay it seems that the average 667mhz DVI PB is going for less than a grand. Most of the ones that go for more have extras included (like high-end software packages). If I got 700 bucks for my 667 DVI, no questions asked, straight from Apple, I might do it. Not that I need a new laptop anyway, I was hoping to hold out for the G5 PB, whenever it may come. OF course, I'll get peanuts for my PB then.

--DT
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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Originally posted by JDOG_
$700 isn't even really a 1/3rd of the price for a new one...this is more of a marketing ploy than something to benefit the customer. Think about how much they can turn around that money and sell the refurbished one for over a grand. Meh, I'd stick with eBay :rolleyes:

A hell of a lot easier to just send it to Apple then deal with the crap on America's Garage Sale.
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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Originally posted by jaykk
I will trade-in my 550Mhz without a doubt if they accept mine, I have to use TiPaint several time to repair the paint issue. I will be happy even if they announce a G5 PB later.

Apple confirmed that US-based owners of the original and "Gigabit Ethernet" G4 PowerBooks will be able to participate in the upgrade program through March 27, 2004.

Seems to me this confirms no PB G5s until April at the earliest.
 

york2600

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Jul 24, 2002
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Not that it makes a huge difference, but take into account that selling things on eBay isn't free. This comes from the guy with the $150 eBay bill.
 

centauratlas

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Jan 29, 2003
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Macintouch had this Monday.

Macintouch reported/discussed this on Monday so I am not really sure why ThinkSecret is saying "Exclusive". There was some discussion of it both Monday and Tuesday this week (and perhaps last Friday even).

:)

p.s. I don't see the link for it, but will post it when I find it.
 

centauratlas

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Jan 29, 2003
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Re: Macintouch had this Monday.

This is what they said Tuesday, and had a similar bit on Monday:
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From Dec 23, 2003 Macintouch:
MacInTouch readers reported an Apple PowerBook G4 upgrade program, running through March 27, 2004, said to offer a credit to original PowerBook G4 owners in the U.S. on an upgrade to the current 15" or 17" PowerBook G4 models, and said customers should contact Apple at 800-275-2273 for details. (PowerBooks that have been damaged are not eligible.)

[John Romadka] I spoke to a product specialist at Apple and they said they would give customers who have the original Powerbook G4 and the 1Ghz Powerbook G4 $700 towards the purchase of a new one.
_ Not sure why they would bother since you could get much more for it selling it outright on eBay.
 

ZildjianKX

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May 18, 2003
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If this is true, we know when the next powerbooks are coming out... the week after this offer ends :)

If this really is true, they're probably trying to kill their overstock of PBs.
 

ITR 81

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Oct 24, 2003
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Originally posted by JDOG_
$700 isn't even really a 1/3rd of the price for a new one...this is more of a marketing ploy than something to benefit the customer. Think about how much they can turn around that money and sell the refurbished one for over a grand. Meh, I'd stick with eBay

Yeah, and get about the same amount once you figure in Ebays percentage, Paypals percentage and then shipping charges.

If I had an older PB I would def. go this route. $700 off is more then I can get now with my edu. account...so this is hell of alot better deal then most.

Apple will probably just end up recycling these old PB's to make back a few bucks.
According to MacAddict you can get $2.00 for your 12-15inch PB and $2.50 for the 17incher. So Apple could make maybe $2.00 bucks off each of the PB's it gets in return.
 

ITR 81

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Oct 24, 2003
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Originally posted by ZildjianKX
If this is true, we know when the next powerbooks are coming out... the week after this offer ends :)

If this really is true, they're probably trying to kill their overstock of PBs.

Yep the end of March or in April.
I say it's better then having to wait till Oct. or Nov. for a G5 PB.
 

idkew

macrumors 68020
Not a deal

Even with the 3% you would lose to eBay and PayPal, this is no deal at all. A 500mhz version will fetch over $700, after fees, very easily. Besides, any upgrades added to the machine are nullified (RAM, HD, Extra Batteries and Power Adapters...)

667's on eBay.

500's on eBay.

The only case I could see this being benefecial to the consumer is that if the said powerbook is in poor cosmetic condition, thereby reducing its value.
 

rickvanr

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Apr 10, 2002
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off topic, but i have to ask
i have a pb 1ghz superdrive

when i put in a cd sometimes the thing vibrates like crazy, does anyone else experience this or is it normal?
 

Grimace

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Feb 17, 2003
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true, if you know how to advertise on Ebay well, and you have a good product, you get get for more than $700- even after ebay and paypal fees.

My question is why they would do this only until March? Is this a one time deal or could it be ongoing - or make its way to imacs, emacs?
 

Grimace

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Feb 17, 2003
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rickvanr,

that is normal - the whirring sound. It may get really noisy, but as long as everything works okay - nothing to be worried about.
 
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