so I got this laptop at a garage sale...big score or paperweight?

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  1. dave22r macrumors member

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    My wife's mom is a garage sale regular, and i tell her as a rule to buy anything that says apple on it if she thinks the price is right. So my wife calls me at work telling me her mom got a black laptop about the same size as out whitebook. I'm thinking she scored a blackbook and got pretty excited. Turns out it's an ancient 1997 running OS8 and my excitement level dropped through the floor... Sweet, i have an expensive doorstop!

    So i do a little research and it turns out this Powerbook 2400C/180 has a bit of a market... I have the external floppy and a couple of ccords to go with it and it looks like it lived in the case since new.

    What is this thing worth? I can't find one on ebay or anywhere else that lists a value. I searched around and see of people desperately looking for one but not much mention about recent prices.



    sorry if this may be in the wrong thread, i'm a bit of a noob ant this is the closest i can find:)
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    You should be able to find a rough price on http://www.everymac.com/ .

    Doh. I just looked up the Mac and they don't have an est. price for the 2400C/180.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    That model has little value today. Lucky to get $25 for it.
     
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    To most people that laptop is worthless. However, to the right buyer, it's a wonderful little machine. If you want to get a good price for it, try somewhere where older Macintosh enthusiasts tend to hang out.

    Personally, I would suggest trying the 68k Macintosh Liberation Army, an online forum dedicated to the preservation and use of ancient Macs. Just sign up for an account, and post in the Trading Post. We're a friendly lot over there, and they'll be overjoyed that somebody found a 2400c and wants to make it go away :)
     
  5. dave22r thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool, thanks for the lead MF17. I'll register when i get off work. Looks like a cool site. Somebody thought it would be fun to bring the whole shop in on Sunday. My yahoo email is blocked at work:(

    Any ballpark on how much it would be worth? I did a search there and I found very little pricing info.
     
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  8. dave22r thread starter macrumors member

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    Twenty five of my hard earned american dollars.
     
  9. HLdan macrumors 603

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    HA, for $25 I would keep it. Even though browsing the web will be limited in terms of today's web standards it could be useful for very basic web surfing and email. If it runs it's not really a loss for that price.
     
  10. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    sweet! that's a great price for a cool doorstop! :D
     
  11. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

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    plus, you said it is in mint condition.
    i would just keep it as a collectors item thing or something.
    put it in your car for a backup thing.
    if you need directions to somewhere, bam.


    i don't know. i've kind of wanted to do that with a netbook.

    i think it would just be kind of cool.
     
  12. dave22r thread starter macrumors member

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    one went for $250-something on ebay... i might test the waters.
     

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