Where to buy a "cheap" used iMac?

koolmagicguy

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Original poster
Feb 19, 2012
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New York
I've tried looking on Amazon but the cheapest I could find was $800-900. I've always wanted an iMac but I don't understand how even the ancient (3+ years old) ones are so expensive. I can't wait for the next iMac update so that the older used ones will be forced to go down in price.

I'm not saying they're not worth that price. I just don't have that kind of money. If I had $$$ I'd probably just get a brand new 27" from Apple.

BTW, I don't care about screen size, just so long as it's a moderately recent version. Thanks in advance for helping me find a deal!!
 

Titanium81

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Jun 23, 2011
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Apple products demand a premium, even older models. I suggest you save up a little more cash and buy new.
 

Golfer00ksu

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Oct 13, 2008
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You should be able to find a 2008 iMac for around $500 on Craigslist. MicroCenter is also an option. They sell used Macs online for similar prices.
 

motrek

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Sep 14, 2012
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Apple products demand a premium, even older models. I suggest you save up a little more cash and buy new.
There's no real reason to buy a new iMac unless you need specific features that the newer ones have, like Thunderbolt or something. Otherwise iMacs typically just sit on a desk and don't get dropped, scratched, wet, etc. like a laptop.
 

motrek

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Sep 14, 2012
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How slow is it going to be ?
Man, no offense to you personally, but what is it with you people who think that if a computer is more than a couple years old then it'll be impossibly slow? Didn't you use a computer a few years ago, and wasn't it fast enough at the time? It's not like computers get slower with age. With the speed improvements in Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, it's possible that an old computer would be *faster* now than it was before.

Anyway, a 2008 iMac will have a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. Just as fast as the white MacBooks that Apple was selling through 2010, massively faster than the 2nd gen MacBook Airs that Apple released in late 2010, and just as fast as a mid-2010 Mac Mini.
 

Che Castro

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May 21, 2009
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Man, no offense to you personally, but what is it with you people who think that if a computer is more than a couple years old then it'll be impossibly slow? Didn't you use a computer a few years ago, and wasn't it fast enough at the time? It's not like computers get slower with age. With the speed improvements in Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, it's possible that an old computer would be *faster* now than it was before.

Anyway, a 2008 iMac will have a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. Just as fast as the white MacBooks that Apple was selling through 2010, massively faster than the 2nd gen MacBook Airs that Apple released in late 2010, and just as fast as a mid-2010 Mac Mini.
Alright calm down
 

peglegjack

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Jul 30, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY
Man, no offense to you personally, but what is it with you people who think that if a computer is more than a couple years old then it'll be impossibly slow? Didn't you use a computer a few years ago, and wasn't it fast enough at the time? It's not like computers get slower with age. With the speed improvements in Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, it's possible that an old computer would be *faster* now than it was before.

Anyway, a 2008 iMac will have a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. Just as fast as the white MacBooks that Apple was selling through 2010, massively faster than the 2nd gen MacBook Airs that Apple released in late 2010, and just as fast as a mid-2010 Mac Mini.
You are my hero.

Signed,

Proud owner of a 2007 iMac running Mountain Lion with a 128GB SSD and 6GB of RAM
 

flopticalcube

macrumors G4
Apple's support history is fairly well documented. Expect a maximum 6 years of support from new OS's for an older machine. If you buy a 2008 iMac, you could run the latest OS on it for at most 2 years after which you will have to stay with an older OS. This could cause an issue if you have critical software on it that conflicts with your OS version.
 
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