What's the deal with the Mac IIsi?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by PowerMac G4 MDD, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    I notice that IIsi Macs are listed everywhere for such high prices. Has this Mac become a larger collector's item now? (and why?). I realize that this Mac was more or less high-end at the time, and maybe it was cherished for being great, but I'm wondering why the heck the lowest price I see it on eBay for is $100.

    It's saddening... Someone I know was going to give me his IIsi, complete with monitor, keyboard, and mouse. (original owner). I never got around to being able to pick it up :( He has three of them.
  2. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2005
    I'm not sure about the ][SI but the ][GS came in a limited edition with the case signed by Steve Wozniak.
  3. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
    That was never the high end, slower then the Iici with only one NuBus slot.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    It was the one of the new "low-cost trio" of machines Apple introduced to compete with the quickly dropping prices of PC clone machines...

    Maybe collectors are trying to secure all three?

  5. PowerMac G4 MDD thread starter macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    Good point. Well, I have a Classic II, and may be getting an LC from someone soon. If only I could get this IIsi!
  6. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    IIGS is an Apple II, the IIsi is a Mac. They are barely related products.
  7. tdiaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    I attended a day long introduction of the Classic, LC and IIsi. Still have several of the "press kits" from that day. The biggest deal about that was that at the end of the next year, it was determined that if the marketing budget were divided by the machines sold when those three were introduced, it was about $850 for each Mac sold.

    They blew a ton of loot on marketing in that era.

    Part of the deal was how some small town was one of the seeding sites, where school, business and home use was part of the feedback testing with units distributed in all these areas.

    This kind of thing would not work in this era at all, as pretty much the first thing someone does with a computer is head to a web site, and they'd likely post a picture of this thing .. 'what is this that I'm using' .. ;-)
  8. MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Or leave it at a bar somewhere. ;)
  9. lauragibs macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2014
    yep that is a well thing that i hvae actually seen here
  10. TOMIMOT macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2011
    if so cheap then best opportunity for purchase :)
  11. QuickDraw macrumors regular

    May 29, 2009
    The IIsi was a great little work horse for typing. I paired it back then with a 15inch portrait BW monitor. I don't think the LC was able to handle the portrait resolution. It was not nearly as fast as the sexy IIci though... sorry for rambling, memory lane... thanks for the post :)
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I feel like collectible Mac prices are a bit inflated, but maybe that's because I remember how cheap they were in the 90s. Most Mac II series machines on ebay start at over $100 anymore. The compact Macs are the ones accelerating in value the most though. The IIsi was a pretty middle of the road machine at best, so it's a bit surprising that prices are quite so high.

    The problem is, most of these machines' logic boards will start failing due to leaking electrolytic capacitors, so even if you buy a working vintage Mac on ebay its only a matter of time before it needs to be recapped. Maybe once that realization sinks in prices will drop a bit. Old computers are more fragile than many people realize.

    Vintage computers are really starting to gain in value in general. Look at what PC XTs and ATs are going for these days, not to mention Apple II-series computers - those used to be almost worthless and not a decent working system can cost hundreds by the time you get a computer, display, a couple floppy drives, software and maybe a peripheral or two.

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