What should I do with all these old Macs?

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  1. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    My university apparently has a lot of old Macs that it is getting rid of over time.

    I am not exaggerating when I said "a lot".

    So far, in the junk pile this year, I saw: iMac G3, iMac G4, iMac G5, Power Mac G4 Cube, PowerBook 100 (no joke!), Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, etc.

    Anyway, this would be great for someone who is an Apple collector, but I am not an Apple collector.

    I live in a University dorm and already have a lot of computer parts in my room. eg. boxes of hard drive cables for cMBP, keyboards for MacBook Air, etc.

    My roommate hasn't complained because she knows that I make money repairing Apple stuff, but I think I would have a hard time justifying to her about having a lot of random old Macs in our room.

    They are nice curiosity items, but I can't really keep them.

    So, what should I do with all these old Macs, if anything?
     
  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Why is this your problem - or, why has it become your problem - and not the university's - that is, if the university owns them?
     
  3. D.T. macrumors 603

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    Assuming you can legitimately take what you want, there's decent interest in "classic" Apple equipment.

    You could make them available to collectors as just a "pay it forward" sort of thing.

    Or, if you had the time and interest in generating a little cashflow, you could probably sell them. This option, of course, would be time consuming: you'd have to deal with photos, descriptions, confirming operation, payments, packaging, shipping (or depending on your location, making them "local pickup only"). Is hours and hours of hassle worth a profit of a few hundred dollars? Not to me, but then again, I'm not a 20 year old in college :D
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    The answer you seek is here

    I got rid of an old ACD there. The old acrylic one.
     
  5. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Where are you located?

    There are Apple collectors, and I know one in particular who would jump at a PB100 :)
     
  6. pixelatedscraps macrumors regular

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    Send me a message!
     
  7. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    a museum/collectable of Apple gizmos ? Give to to gazelle.... At least u won't get cash, but u'll get rid of them. If the uni doesn't wanna do it, the u do it.
     
  8. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    In very interested in the G4 Cube!
     
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  10. pixelatedscraps macrumors regular

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    That's the $5,000 question everyone is waiting for...
     
  11. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Unfortunately, HK is a bit far on shipping and I've found one since you made your post.

    Thanks, though.
     
  12. pixelatedscraps macrumors regular

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    Eh, Hong Kong isn't that far. I had a behemoth of a 2010 cMP shipped from the USA last month for roughly $95. Worth every cent!
     
  13. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Wow-it cost me more than that to ship a IIgs to NJ!
     

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