Zen and the art of used iBook pricing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MrPembridge, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. MrPembridge macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2003
    Hey guys,

    First time poster long time lurker, as the saying goes. Great place, btw.

    Gotta get me one of the new 15" Pbooks, so I'm trying to put a price quote around an iBook I wanna sell.

    The specs are:

    Combo drive
    640mb Ram
    Airport inside.

    Bought on 7/6/2002. Out of Warrenty.

    Comes with:
    -1 extra battery.
    -s-video / rca connector.
    -extra apple pro keyboard (tonka truck design, not rounded old design)
    -some generic 2 button + scroll wheel mouse.
    -Altec Lansing 2 speakers + subwoofer systen (ALT 3 i think).
    -incase 14.1" neoprene bag
    -Griffin iCurve

    There are a few minor scrapes along the display casing, and a few dead pixels (2 that I can see right now). Also, the little nubbin' on one of the batterys is missing.

    I'm thinking of having a minimum purchase price of $1100 dollars.

    Any thoughts? Too high, too low?
    Thanks again,

  2. MrPembridge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2003
  3. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    I would check the iBook pricing page on www.lowendmac.com, see what refurb iBooks are selling for there, and then price yours accordingly given that its not backed by a refurb warranty but comes with a better bundle.
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    The system I usually use is to do a search on ebay for the same model and see what similar computers are selling for there. The conditions might not apply directly to you, but it usually gives you a pretty good idea of what things are selling for.
  5. drs33 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2003
    Just sold mine (Summer 2001 dual USB 500MHz iBook in perfect condition, combo drive, 256 MB RAM, Airport and the new power adapter...but a battery that's on its last legs) for $675--however, I realized I'd listed it for too little when I got something like 30 responses to the ad in 2 days. (Silly me....I priced it based on what I'd be willing to pay... :)

    So I'd say, price it on the high end and see what happens--I'm definitely wishing I'd started $100 higher (but didn't feel it was really fair to back out after listing it--sold it locally, so there wasn't any eBay, etc., stuff to worry about).

    Something else you might consider is pulling some of the "extras" out of the package, and then selling them separately. I'd originally listed mine with a printer, case, etc., but found people didn't really want them, and I ultimately ended up selling at the same price anyway. In theory I can now try to sell those to people looking specifically for them, instead.

    Good luck! My 15" PB arrives tomorrow...yippee! :)
  6. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    The list of extras is impressive, but the iBook's specs are a bit lacking (particularly the hard drive and video card). $1100 is definitely too much, considering the current iBook market.
  7. kylos macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2002
    Huh? How are the hd and vcard specs lacking? They're exactly what an ibook from summer 2002 has. How can they be lacking when they're what they should be? And anyway, $1100 is just about right considering that deflation for an ibook is extremely slow. You may realize that your value to price ratio is much better for a new ibook or pbook, but there are a lot of people who don't. It won't be hard to find someone at ebay willing to pay that. Clamshells are still going for 3 - 400.
  8. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    A 16 MB video card?! I'd say that's just a bit lacking. I'm not saying it's obsolete, but it's certainly not worth $1100. You can get a refurbished 12" Powerbook for $1200, and a new iBook for $1000. You can't expect somebody to pay more for a used iBook than the cost of a new iBook, even with extras.
  9. jcook793 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    And don't forget the value of being able to work out a non-eBay deal. eBay has to charge their 3%, then PayPal needs their 3%...

    I just sold a PC laptop on eBay and it went for $635. I offered free shipping because that seems to generate more interest and also I don't have to worry about figuring out how much it will cost.

    Anyway after eBay, PayPal and shipping fees, $635 became about $540.

    So yep. It takes money to make money.
  10. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
  11. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    That's a plus for some and a minus for others. ;)
  12. MrPembridge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2003
    More, perhaps?

    Hey guys, thanks for the awesome replys. It's been very helpful.

    I'm listing it on ebay as selling at $1059 and I'm throwing a 17" Samtron CRT 76V in with it.
    However I'm certainly not doing "Free shipping" as it'd kick me in the crotch to have to ship all the stuff.
    Again, thanks for the great replays. I've had people say I couldn't sell it for more than $800, and a few that said I should sell it all for $1400. Frankly, I'm lost...but, oh well.


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