Price Advice Sell broken Imac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hibernia, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Hibernia macrumors member

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    Hi guys
    Just been told by my local computer repair man its gonna cost me upwards of £500/$750 to repair my broken 2011 imac. Seems the main board has gone?

    Really gutted as it was 2 weeks out of pc worlds one year guarantee and of couse i didnt take out Applecare when i bought the thing last year.

    Anyhoo. Just wondering if there is any resell value in a base 2011 21" imac which has a problem staying on for more than 15 minutes at a time? This was my first foray into Mac world so no idea if bits and bobs can be canibilsed in these machines or do i just bin the thing and start again?

    Commiserations welcome and any advice appreciated :)

    Cheers
    Hib
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It is still viable for other parts so you will probably fetch a few hundred + just for that. I would try eBay or local craigslist type place (don't know what they have where you are). Have you considered calling Apple to see if they'll extend some awesome customer service since it is only 2 weeks out?
     
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    As a £1000 plus computer should last more than a year, shouldn't you be covered by the European sale of goods act?
     
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    how far over the 12 months are you? you might call and talk to apple as they might treat you right and fix it. Sure you can sell a broken iMac how much will you get is another question...
     
  5. Seamaster macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. Throw yourself on Apple's mercy. They're usually pretty good about this stuff. Next time: APPLECARE.
     
  6. Hibernia thread starter macrumors member

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    I never really thought of trying Apple direct as i didnt buy from them in the first place but its certainly worth a phone call right enough , thanks for that advice guys and yes next time Applecare!
     
  7. Seamaster macrumors 65816

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    If all else fails — take it back to PC World and quote the Sale of Goods Act at them. A computer shouldn't crap out after a year.
     
  8. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Contact your local council trading standards section for their advice. As others said a £1000 computer should be reasonably expected to last a good few years.
     
  9. DigitalJunior macrumors member

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    Agree with posts above - quote Sales of Goods act and not of satisfactory quality. Even is warranty is only 12months your statatory rights are much greater.

    Go back to PC World and state the above.
     
  10. aarond12 macrumors 65816

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    Overheating?

    On a completely different vector, the computer stays on for a short while then turns off? Have you considered that the computer is simply overheating?

    My wife's iMac went wonky a couple of months ago, with the display showing strange colors and images. I went to touch the computer and it was very hot. I immediately powered it down and took it apart. The internal fans and vents were clogged with dust and cat hair. I cleaned that out and the iMac is working fine again.
     
  11. Hibernia thread starter macrumors member

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    lol i'm not the most confident when it comes to argueing in store with people but i will sure give it a try.

    Do you think my local wee computer repair shop haveing had my imac in pieces will now cause me problems with PC World or Apple? Am i likely to get told as the machines been opened im breaking rules and regs etc?

    They've told me they'll out it all back together as it was for me to collect in a couple of days but i guess people can tell if the machines been taken apart already?
     
  12. Hibernia thread starter macrumors member

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    Another update. The repair shop tell me they think the problem is the "board" has gone and very expnsive to replace.

    Do you think the imac can be used as a dispaly panel via thunderbolt? I've no ideas about the insides of these machines and just how much this "board" controls but my brother has a macbook pro with a thunderbolt port and could maybe utilise my machine rather than me just ditching it.

    Cheers.
     
  13. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Google about Target Display mode. It might work, it might not.
     
  14. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Not sure, probably doesn't help. Best get them to reassemble it and take it back to PCworld - you could try Apple first to see if they are going to be nice - however the liability for the supply of the faulty product is with PC World.
     
  15. Hibernia thread starter macrumors member

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    did speak to a really nice chap in Apple last night. In hindsight i really should have called them first and not last.

    He was willing to sell me Applecare even though i was past the year limit till he found out the repair shop in trying to fix the imac may have gone a bit far and voided any Applecare repairs so back to square one.
     

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