Will the Powerbook hold its value?

Aaon

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Perhaps this is a difficult question to answer, being as we seem to be a long way from a G5/dual core G4 Powerbook, but how do people think the resale value of the current Powerbooks will hold up? If I were to get the next 15" Powerbook, with the G4, would its value significantly fall with the introduction of the G5? Could I recover a good portion of my investment? I see people selling their powerbooks on ebay for not much less than the original purchase price, especially when you compare the mac devaluation to the devaluation in the IBM-compatible world. Thoughts?

Aaron
 

carpet

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Aaon said:
Perhaps this is a difficult question to answer, being as we seem to be a long way from a G5/dual core G4 Powerbook, but how do people think the resale value of the current Powerbooks will hold up? If I were to get the next 15" Powerbook, with the G4, would its value significantly fall with the introduction of the G5? Could I recover a good portion of my investment? I see people selling their powerbooks on ebay for not much less than the original purchase price, especially when you compare the mac devaluation to the devaluation in the IBM-compatible world. Thoughts?

Aaron
Ive never had any luck selling second hand computers even high performance ones.
 
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blackpeter

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I've owned my 17" Powerbook for about a year now and the value is around $2200. The original purchase price was somewhere near $3000. That should give you some idea.
 
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Lancetx

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Macs hold their value unlike any other computers out there. I just sold a 17" PowerBook and my friend just sold her 12" PowerBook (both were sold on eBay). We each got within $200 of what we originally paid for them brand new. YMMV of course, but just like selling a used car, it depends on the time and place you're selling it. If you keep it for 3 years, of course you won't get as high a resale value as you would if you only kept it 8 months and then sold it.
 
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