Should I buy this iMac G4?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by appleman99, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. appleman99 macrumors newbie

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    I really love iMac G4's and I found one for really cheap on eBay. It's $24.00 but the shipping is like $20. I was planning on upgrading the ram and other things. Here are the tech specs:

    15" Screen
    700MHz PowerPC G4 Processor
    512MB Ram
    40 GB Hard Drive
    DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
    Ethernet
    Mac OSX 10.3 Panther

    Thanks!
     
  2. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    FOr email Internet etc these are great I still use a G3 I would get tiger 10.4.11 and maybe upgrade the ram if you use multiple apps at a time don't use leopard it would be too slow!
     
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  4. macrlz9 macrumors 6502

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    For that price especially if it works, go for it! It's a beautiful machine. I just picked one up to use as a digital photo frame, it's gorgeous!
     
  5. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Oh hell yes. Those things are beautiful! Plus you could always buy a mini and swap the guts into it once the PPC is completely obsolete (i.e. unusable, save the arguments Intel fanboys ;) ).
     
  6. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    Totally buy it. They normally sell for $200-$400.
     
  7. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Uhh no. My friend picked up a 1.25Ghz 17" model with built in airport extreme for $150 last year. The 700mhz model certainly isn't worth up to $400!!
     
  8. opeter macrumors 65816

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    No way! Are there really dumb people, who pay so much for old things?
     
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  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Seriously. Check ebay. The cheapest I've found one for is $180.
     
  12. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    I would! However, I collect Macs :D!

    Habitus :apple:
     
  13. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    Check ebay. These things sell upwards now to $300.00. I wounder if people think not to factor shipping. Shipping is anywhere from $50-$150. That counts towards the end users price. Unless of course you know someone locally selling one.
     
  14. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    $44 is a great price, let us know how well it performs once you get it. I sold a 15" 800Mhz imac G4 for $800 back in 2005. That price was impressive considering the machine was about 3 years old at the time. I also sold a 17" imac G4 1Ghz in 2007 for $250 with broken Superdrive, no mouse, and no keyboard, the machine was also almost 5 years old at the time. People seem to forget how well Macs hold their value. Power PC macs held their value even better than todays Intel Macs which fair pretty good compared to intel Windows Machines.

    I used to use the resale value argument a lot during the PowerPC days to justify Apple's premium for Macs. No other brand of PC could hold 50% of its cost 2-3 years after purchase. I use to spend $1500-$2500 for a mac and get half my money back after 3 years, it used to be great!! Even at 5 years the mac holds its value well. Most PCs are either worthless or worth less than 5% of their original cost 5 years down the road, a 5 year old mac can still be worth 20-30% of purchase price depending on condition and model.
     
  15. dellar macrumors newbie

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    iMac G4

    I use to own a 800Mhz iMac G4 and I really never liked it. The screen seemed too small for such a large base. Maybe its just me, but it was my least favourite iMac form-factor.
     

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