What's this iBook worth?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tech4all, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Thinking of getting this used 12" iBook G4 that was purchased in June of 2004. Just wondering what you all thought it might be worth.

    Here are the specs of the iBook (purchased for $1099 according to Apple-History.com):

    • iBook G4 1.0Ghz (12" screen)
    • 256MB RAM
    • 30GB hard drive
    • OS X Panther
    • Millc cables that came with it (mini VGA to regular VGA cable, power adapter, etc)

    Other items that may be included:

    • Carrying bag (purchased for $80)
    • Logitech optical mouse with scroll wheel (purchased for $30)
    • JBL speakers, no subwoofer (purchased for $75)

    It was very lightly used and is in practically new condition. There is no Bluetooth or Airport included. If I did get it I will be upgrading the RAM to at least 512MB and may get an Airport card for it.

    Thanks for any info :)
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

    400-500ish i would imagine

    just a little bit more than an ipod..... sad isnt it
  3. tech4all thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Alright thanks guys. The common price here seems to be ~$500. This is roughly the range I was thinking. The price could change if I decide not to get some of those extra items (not sure about the speakers).

    If anyone else has any other estimates feel free to post.

    Thanks again! :)
  4. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    If you really want it, offer 425, then add a new superdrive, new hard drive (I have a new Seagate 80gb 5400 for 85 bucks - but wasn't writing to tell you that, already in MrktPlace) and 1gb of ram. I did that to this same machine and man, the difference was astounding. Having a superdrive in an iBook kills, btw, makes it into a powerbook! Then sell the combo & 30gb hd on Craigslist.
  5. tech4all thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Advice on upgrading RAM

    As mentioned, the iBook has 256MB of RAM. I would like to upgrade the RAM to at least 512MB. But would 768MB be that much better?

    Here's a summary of what I will do with the iBook:

    • Internet
    • Email (probably just web-based)
    • iChat
    • iTunes
    • MS Office 2004

    I may uninstall most of the other iLife apps, including:

    • iDVD (iBook doesn't have SuperDrive)
    • iMovie (Never used it)
    • Garageband (Rarely use it)
    • iPhoto (Use it a lot, but I use PM G5 for that)
    • I may look into uninstalling other stuff like languages and drivers that I don't need to converse HD space.

    However that's not including Tiger. I still have licenses for Tiger to use (Family pack). So if I did install Tiger, is 512MB RAM enough for what I will do with it? I guess my basic question when considering everything here, will 768MB be that much better than 512MB? Would it even be worth the extra money?

    Thanks for reading all that! :)
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    $400-$500 seems like a decent value for the iBook G4 in question.

    512MB of RAM would be okay for your stated tasks, but 768MB would be marginally better. :)
  7. tech4all thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Thanks for the info. Sorta leaning towards 512MB if 768MB will only be marginally better. Especially since it's going to be my main machine. Maybe I can put the extra savings towards more RAM for my Power Mac G5. :D

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