What do you do with your old Computer when you buy a new one?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lofight, Dec 12, 2007.


What do you do with your "old" computer when you buy a new one?

  1. Keep it, and still use it alot

  2. Keep it, leave it somewhere as decoration

  3. Keep it, put it somewhere where nobody can see it

  4. Sell it on auction sites (Ebay.com, 2dehands.be, ...)

  5. Give it away free to relatives, friend, family

  6. Give it away for a small price

  7. Throw away!

  1. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    What did you do, or do you do with your "old" computer, when you buy a new one?

    I'm busy with my first :p my previous one, that was very "young", went to my grandfather and i got a new one, but that doesn't really count.

    I guess i would keep it, for other tasks or as design because apple computers are quite an art.
  2. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    When I bought my new MBP, I gave my old powerbook pismo to my grandma, who had never had a computer before. She has gone crazy with it, and loves it.

    For christmas this year, I bought her a new white macbook. I can't wait to give it to her! :)
  3. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I sell to finance the new one. I always seem to have both a laptop and desktop though, both come in handy.
  4. lofight thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    She'll probably be very happy with it..

    How much percent approximately of your profit of the old one, can finance the new one?
  5. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Hm..not too sure about percentage, but I normally manage to sell the old for £350-£400. Bearing in mind they're rather out of date by the time I do upgrade.
  6. luffx macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    Usually I'd give it to a family member if they 'needed' it.

    Otherwise, my favorite thing to do is turn them into FTP/Web servers.

    Having your own remote storage is very useful.
  7. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    You didn't have these options:

    For Apple Stuff: carefully put it back in the original box and all the stuff it came with to be added to my collection. :D

    For PC's: give to the local PC recycler/disposal company...
  8. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    For the last 5 years, I have traded in my old computers towards reducing the cost of a new one. PowerMax has been very good with trade ins.
  9. jhkingsr macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2007
  10. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Where is the "Will it Float?" option for old PCs?:D
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    it largely depends. i gave my ibook g3 away to my sister, but i kept my ibook g4 when i got my g5. recently, i've sold my computers to upgrade to the next model, so i'm currently a one-machine guy.
  12. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    i haven been through so many computers in past year. yesterday I suddenly found my first laptop (compaq n610C) still runs beautifully (except the DVD-rom can only be used as CD rom now, and battery only holds 18% of its max capacity) with PCLinuxOS.
  13. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    We always keep it, in our loft we have a Pentium 233mhz machine and enough spairs from my old PC to actually build, another PC :p

    Once this thing (iMac) becomes a product of yesteryear I plan on putting in a 4ghz C2Q and adding on new fans to compensate for the heat. should give it a bit of extra life :p
  14. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    My mom's getting my old 12" Powerbook this Christmas (not FOR Christmas, but I'm giving it to her when I go visit her at Christmas).
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Power Mac G3 makes a great night stand. It is also now being used as a music server.
  16. macidiot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    I keep it, telling myself I'm going to use it as a server or something. Then it ends up unused, usually in a closet.

    However, in the past, I've sold an old Mac (6100) and given one (SE, my very first) to a family member.
  17. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    I've bought 3 Gateways this year, and I've given them all to family members. They pay my tuition, so it's the least I can do. I'm going to sell my iBook though, because everyone in my family already has a computer, and the money I use toward it will help pay end of term bills. My MB's coming tomorrow.
  18. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I've always just thrown my PCs away, but I'll keep my Mac for a very long time before possibly selling it or recycling it.
  19. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I have 2 6 year old iMac G3s. Unfortunately one of them lost it's power supply... but the other one lives on, and keeps it's friend's memory alive. Perhaps one day iMac2 will be resurrected... but until that day comes, it will keep it's place here in the house only as a memory.... and as an iMac that won't power on, but still looks nice.

    I WON'T GIVE UP ON YOU IMAC2! I won't.... never....

    We lost great comrades along the way... Let us bow our heads and remember them...
    Mac SE1, Mac SE2, LCIII, PowerMac 6100AV.

    But we've gained new ones. Like MacBook Pro15 and MacBook Pro17.

    Ahem... yes, well... moving on.

    At some point in the future, I plan to combine all of my old Macs into what I like to call a "SuperMac". What is this, you ask? Why, each Mac will perform a task for the whole. They will also learn to take care of each other and one day learn to build themselves a vessel in which they can live together and go forth into the world as a new life form.

    That... that is what I do with my old Macs.
  20. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I would either give it away for free or for a small price. People tend to respect things better when they have to pay for it. If I were to sell my G5 Tower when the Mac Pro becomes available i would let it go for $500 or so, even with the 250GB HDD and extra RAM. It's kinda outdated beyond charging $1000 for it.

    There are plenty of college students out there that are hungrier than most professionals, and putting a machine of any respectable power in their hands would give them the ability to do great things, or so it seems. :rolleyes:
  21. smee macrumors member


    Oct 17, 2007
  22. lofight thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    That's still quite a nice price. How old approximately is your computer you're selling?

    I personally like that one :p
    intresting, do you then also let it stream music wireless to speakers? or maybe an apple tv?
  23. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    My old computers always go to my parents. As they don't understand much about tech they are always delighted by the upgrade as I was several years earlier. They "switched" just under a year ago when my old old sony laptop was replaced by my old iMac and they absolutely love it. I like it that my old machines get so much use rather than sitting in a cupboard. They're getting leopard for christmas :)
  24. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I keep 'em.

    My old iBook G4 is my backup machine in case something horrible should happen to my MacBook (again), it was very good to have when the HD dies</understatement>.

    Our two old, non-functioning Pismos are in a closet downstairs, still waiting for me to have time to make one working Pismo from the parts of both (which should be doable, since it's different things that seems to have gone wrong with them).

    All our older Macs, which all are in working order, a Power Mac 7500, Performa 630 and Performa 425 are also tucked away downstairs... I have a vague dream of making setting them up with OS 9, OS 8 and System 7, respectively, just for fun. But for now they're collecting dust... :eek:
  25. lofight thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    that's kind of you, but in my case, i understand more about tech, but my parent's have a better computer :( :p

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