where do you get your classic macs from

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by mrkramer, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I thought that there was a thread about this before but I couldn't find it with a search. I am trying to start a collection of classic macs and I want to know where people find them, do you use ebay, or something else?
     
  2. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    eBay. Not exactly the best prices*, but a really good selection.

    * Although that was probably just me buying at the wrong time. (Like a stock iMac G3 233 MHz, 32 MB RAM for $120 :eek: :eek: )
     
  3. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    The main reason that I don't really want to use ebay is that usually it seems like you have to pay more for shipping than you do for the computer.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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  5. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have been watching both of those, but so far nothing has come up that I have been very interested in but I only have been watching them for a week. I was looking at your site and I am interested in getting a Mac that can run system 7 which one do you think would be the best for that?
     
  6. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Yeah, a lot of people dont pay attenton to the shipping prices, and that's where they'll get you. I see a lot of computers with a buy it now price of $9.00, but the shipping is something like $50
    Pretty much any mac from '94 to early '98. check what macs are in these dates here.
     
  7. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    My personal recommendation list:

    http://forums.system7today.com/viewtopic.php?t=337

    Of my 70 or so System 7 compatible systems, my single Power Mac 8600 is just about the best I've ever had. I specifically prefer it over the 9600 because the 8600 has the A/V ports.

    Note the avoid list at the bottom.
     
  8. Spock macrumors 68000

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    I got most of my Macs at the Salvation Army, I also got a few at garage sales and I found a Apple 2c at a church that was going to throw it way!
     
  9. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Every model in the PB 100 series? What about the 180 (not C)? My family had one and it was a very capable machine in its day.
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Both of my 180s (one of which is a C) are not among my favorite systems.
     
  11. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Precious school auctions. Go and visit one today (or Saturday)!
     
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    Where do they post those school auctions. It seems around here everything is done through the back door.
     
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    I wish I could find a school auction around here..... the local school district just takes older equpiment and stores it in warehouses for 20 years! I'd be cool to get a whole pallet of g4s or something for cheap!
     
  14. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    I would love to but I don't know how you find out where and when they are.
     
  15. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    They post auctions in my newspaper's classifieds.
     
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    I agree about the PowerBook 100 series. Especially the original 100 itself. I have one and the display is broken. It won't display anything, no matter how long I leave it on, heat the bottom, etc.

    With its age (10+ years) there's no fixing it so it's just junk :rolleyes:
     
  17. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    But curiously, all of my other 10+ year old laptops (Duos, 500 series, etc...) all seem to work fine. It's only the 100s that are all dead on me.
     
  18. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    My PB140 still works (I think it has System 7.6.1 on it), but the display has a small rectangle blacked out just over the where the HD icon sits. It's been a while since I've booted it, but I do have some ClarisWorks files, mailing lists and a video catalog directory still stored on its massive 20MB HD. :D
     
  19. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I have a 165c and a 180 -- both still function fine. I also have a 520c with a flickering screen.

    Lesson? There are broken examples of every model ever made. :rolleyes:
     
  20. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

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    So is your only thing against the powerbook 100 that yours have died? I have a friend that has one and a few other classic Macs that I found out about sitting unused at his house, that I may be able to get.
     
  21. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    All four of them died (including my 190cs, which actually exploded with smoke and everything, and one 150). I usually find it reasonable for some parts of old systems to fail, especially hard drives and batteries, but these 100s are ridiculous. They just stop working, and nothing I do can bring them back to life. And now that I'm thinking about them, they're butt ugly anyway (except the 190cs, that was attractive), and were excessively slow when they did work (except the 190cs, that was pretty fast). In fact, the 190cs would have been perfect if it weren't for that horrible power adapter (and the fact that it exploded).

    If you're going to try and find a classic Mac laptop, a 100 series is a complete waste of whatever low amount of money you're going to spend to buy one. You are much better off with a PowerBook 520, 540, 1400, 2400, 3400, Duo 280, or Duo 2300... in other words, everything that is not a 100 or 5300 series, and does not have a 68030 (a 33mhz 68LC040 like those found in PowerBook 540s, Duo 280s, and PowerBook 190s would be equivalent to a 66mhz 68030, which never existed).
     
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    yeah, I love the powerbook duo 2300c... nice and small, and somewhat easy to upgrade! Powerbook 3400 is also nice...
     
  23. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Odd...I have 3 100-series machines and they all work fine, though I had a hard drive die in my PowerBook 180c a few years ago and their batteries are garbage.
     
  24. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    As for the 1xx powerbooks, I've had mixed results. I have a working powerbook 180c, and a working pb 160.

    I also have a dead 140, a 145 that only works sometimes, and a 160 that doesn't find any hard drive, even if a known good one is installed.
     

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