Value of PowerMac G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oldmanmax, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. oldmanmax macrumors member

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    Have a old 2004 powermac G5 2.0, 7GB ram, two hard drive, 650 gb an 140 gb, an wireless installed. Runs great, but thinking of selling for $$'s to pick up new camera. Not sure what it's value is.
     
  2. Mikael H macrumors 6502

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    You might be able to get something for it, but really: it's a decade-old computer, so you won't get enough money to pay for a lot of camera equipment. Check eBay to get a feel for what people are trying to sell them for..
     
  3. Naimfan, Mar 25, 2015
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    The most recent PM G5s I've seen sell go for about $50.

    EDIT: eBay shows a range of $25 to $199; note that shipping one is expensive.

    There are Intel Mac Pros, which are MUCH faster, available starting in the $200 range.
     
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Original price $2500 current estimated value $350-450 USD. The issue isn't as much the value as finding a buyer.

    Everymac

    EDIT: PowerMax.com has them listed for $320.

    Dale
     
  5. Mikael H macrumors 6502

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    Isn't the estimated value what people actually are prepared to pay for one?
    If there's a bunch of them available for sale at a $50-200 price point (which there are), then that is the market value of the machine. You may sell one for more if you're lucky, but then you got more than the machine's actual worth, not the other way around.
     
  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Found one on Craig's List for $125 and a 2.5GHz model for $400. The difference from a private party and an established dealer is the warranty:

    PowerMax:

    "Our guarantee:

    Each used Mac comes with a 90-day warranty, plus these additional benefits:

    First, if it arrives and isn't working as it should, we'll send you a return shipping label and replace it at our expense (some conditions apply).

    Second, if at any time during the first 90 days after the purchase of a pre-owned Mac you wish to send it back, we'll credit you the current sale price for the item IN FULL toward the purchase of anything else we sell! (Less a $25 restore fee. Limit one exchange per customer.)

    We also offer extended warranty packages which will increase the warranty on your used Mac to either six months or one year!

    For more information on our used Macs, check out our Used Mac FAQ"

    It's insurance.

    Disclaimer: No, I don't work for them. But I am a customer.

    Dale
     
  7. Mikael H macrumors 6502

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    Sure, but as you say, then you're paying for a computer along with a warranty. OP was asking how much their computer was worth with the intention of selling the computer to help finance something else. And again, the answer is "as much as people are generally willing to pay for it under similar circumstances."
     
  8. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Check your local market for value.

    I would check your local market for prices. It's probably not going to be shipped anywhere at the price it's probably worth but you really don't know until you try. I have a dual 2.7 G5 LC and I have been offered $125; the buyer just wants the case. Understandable. I have another person in mind who wants the radiator because it has a high capacity. I was originally going to use the case for my build but I was getting anxious to complete it so I instead opted for a HAF922. The Powermac case is iconic to say the least. People who only used the MacPro like tout it about town but the MacPro is really just an evolutionary step from the PowerMac.
     

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