Two Dozen eMacs

Southern Dad

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Picked up 25 eMac. All but one work. Since I already have a dozen, that means that I know have 37 eMacs. Now, I have to figure out what to do with them. Any suggestions? Coupon printing is a given and I'll be doing that but surely there has to be an additional use for them. Several working flat screen monitors, too.

My DD11 will get to have a learning experience as she reloads the operating system and does all the updates.
 

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LOLZpersonok

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You could find all the ones that are in good working order, and those that aren't, try to fix them and you can sell them for $50 a piece, on Craigslist or Kijiji or eBay. If you sell them all, you could get $1,850.
 

jrsx

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You could find all the ones that are in good working order, and those that aren't, try to fix them and you can sell them for $50 a piece, on Craigslist or Kijiji or eBay. If you sell them all, you could get $1,850.
$50 a piece? They've got to be worth more than that... Maybe $75?
 

LOLZpersonok

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$50 a piece? They've got to be worth more than that... Maybe $75?
$50-100, I was making a suggestion. Now that I think about it, the condition of the machine, the internal hardware it has and its installed software should be taken into consideration.

It's just that the machines do look dated, with the large housing and the CRT monitors. I could be totally wrong about this, but people might not want to pay a relatively large amount of money for them.
 

mojolicious

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Do I see a studio display or am I insane?
You're quite sane.

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How about installing dodgy copies of Adobe CS, Final Cut, Logic Pro, MS Office etc on them and putting them on eBay for $200 each?

BARGAIN!!! COMES WITH A GAZILLION DOLLARS OF SOFTWARE!!!! (disks not included) etc etc etc...
 

556fmjoe

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You could get in touch with Johnny Long at Hackers For Charity. and see if they need any. H4C provides technological support for charities that can't afford it and they are always looking for usable hardware that charities can use. In many 3rd world countries, those eMacs would be top of the line equipment and would be appreciated.

edit: Defcon presentation about the program and about Johnny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILMRE29_dtE
 
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Southern Dad

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Heh. I'm not sure 'learning experience' is quite the term I'd use. Is that Darling Daughter #2, or Darling Daughter aged 11?
Darling Daughter aged 11, Learning Experience, Free Labor… What's the difference?

Do I see a studio display or am I insane?
Several cinema displays but they are ADC connector. I do have a few G5s around somewhere.

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Selling them isn't really in my plan. My DD11 has several friends who don't have computers. While I haven't checked the specs on all of them, they seem to have DVD drives. We are thinking about having a few of them over to help format the hard drives, reload the operating systems and do the updates. Then letting them each have one. They don't get to keep their school issued iPads in the summer.

I've got a couple dozen colored iMac G3s. Those I want to make into fish tanks. Maybe a eMac fish tank, too. Operating systems aren't a problem. I've got boxes of Tiger and Panther in a closet somewhere.
 
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$50 a piece? They've got to be worth more than that... Maybe $75?
Maybe......Craigslist might get you that if you wait for the right buyer. They go for a couple of dollars on Ebay because shipping is so expensive. I bought a working eMac on Ebay for $1.50 with shipping additional. The fact of the matter is that most of the eMac machines are worth less than PMG4, which can be bought for around $15 plus shipping on Ebay. And there is less demand for them than the iMac G3 as they are less collectable. Add that to the fact that PPC machine prices on Ebay have been trending down for about a year and you have a machines that shoud be worth more because of the specs and SW/HW, but in reality sells for less. Right now on Ebay (I just did a search) there are several eMac's with no bids ending under 10 hours and trying to sell for $42 or more. Then there is an eMac with 1 bid and 13 hours left and it is currently at $0.99 and no reserve.

I would turn them into a lab, donate them to a church/school that needs a lab.
 
I'm not even considering selling them. This isn't about the money. It's amazing how many of these things are still out there, working.
You are correct. A middle school near me still uses them in some of the classrooms for the teachers. They do not buy new desktop machines, only laptops, so a teacher wants a desktop that is what they have usually.

They really were good, solid, machines - they still are!:apple::apple:
 

Altemose

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Picked up 25 eMac. All but one work. Since I already have a dozen, that means that I know have 37 eMacs. Now, I have to figure out what to do with them. Any suggestions? Coupon printing is a given and I'll be doing that but surely there has to be an additional use for them. Several working flat screen monitors, too.

My DD11 will get to have a learning experience as she reloads the operating system and does all the updates.
Depending on the speeds, you get Leopard on there. If so you can sell them for a good price. There is no reason to have 37 eMacs, maybe 25 or 30, but not 37. That is a little bit excessive, but the power company will be perfectly happy to charge you as such.

Sell the displays. If you have a 20 or 23" PM me please!