Sell it, or move it 5000 miles?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MlleJules, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. MlleJules macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Hiya everyone,

    Within a few weeks I'll be moving from the UK to San Francisco. I have a rough plan for most of my belongings, but my iMac has me stumped.

    Having taken advice from people and another forum (, I've determined that I should either [a] FedEx my iMac in its original box (about £200 or more) or sell it here and buy a new machine in the US.

    My iMac is a 21.5" mid 2011 model, and was upgraded to the 2.7 GHz i5, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM. It runs beautifully still and is in great condition externally.

    In order to decide what to do, as I'm quite tight on money, I need to know what the resale value is of my iMac. Any ideas? If it's enough, then the sale price combined with the saving on shipping might make a new iMac feasible (especially considering how much cheaper they are in the US).

    I have done quite a lot of searching for typical resale prices but haven't reached a conclusion. It seems that 8GB + 2 TB isn't a very common combination and I don't know what value this adds per se.

    Thanks in advance for your help. :)
  2. Lucianrider macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    St. Lucia, West Indies
    Check Craigs List in your area and the area where you plan moving to and see what kind of prices similar machines are available for...
  3. minimalism macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    We had a similar situation only that mine was a 21.5 inch 2010 iMac. My recommendation is to sell it and upgrade to a new one, unless you'll just stay in SF for a few months.

    Despite iMac's reputation of longevity, it'll be tough to upgrade its hardware as time goes on. You'll be bogged down by lack of memory, hard disk failure and such.

    Transportation is another case. You also need to purchase insurance for any unexpected damage/lost that might occur during its transportation.

    For me, it boils down to the condition of the iMac. If it is slowing my work down, I'd rather get an entry level iMac as a replacement. No hassles, no worries if your iMac will be stolen, damaged, etc.
  4. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    You could also sell used and buy used. Any difference has to be cheaper than shipping costs.
  5. andycho7 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2013

    or after selling your unit, you could purchase a refurbished unit from Apple's website.
  6. minimalism macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Agree on this option as well.
  7. RVijay007 macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    Had this same issue about 6 months ago with a 27 inch iMac. We just checked it on the plane and it arrived in perfect condition. No extra shipping costs!
  8. minimalism macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Within the country or out? Because if you will transport it, you also need to pay import tax, not to mention, the risk of damaging it due to mishandling.
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I don't know if I am being a bit dense here, but why would you need to pay import tax?
  10. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    I don't think you need to pay an import tax if it isn't a brand new item.
  11. minimalism macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Apologies but in my country, they'll tax you on that.
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Sell it, no doubts about it. The prices in the UK are much higher, so you should easily be able to get a newer, better iMac in the US.
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Bubble wrap the iMac stuff it in a case and take it with you on the plane. Simple
  14. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010

    That was brave.
  15. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Having moved a lot in my life, and leaned the meaning of the term less is more, I went for a Mac Mini. It travels easily (to work for a day, or to a new location) and is about as quick to set up with a monitor or projector and other peripherals as a laptop.

    Don't get attached to your processions. Quit what you have where you are, and get what suits your needs when you get to where you are going.

    If you foresee more relocations, consider a Mini. Tricked out the Mini's specs and performance is not much below an iMac, and is probably all that many, if not most people need.

    Bear in mind that quoted UK prices are inclusive of VAT. Quoted Stateside prices are before tax.

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