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19-09-2008, 00:20   #1
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Buy a second hand Mac, any recommendations?

My (second hand) Cube is just a tad too slow and though I have been looking for a processor upgrade, those upgrades are in the 200 euro league = too much.

So I have my eye on 'newer' Apple product.

First on the list was the Mac Mini, but it seems they are too expensive, even second hand. Most Apples are quite expensive so I was hoping for an Imac G4 17 inch or more lamp model.

Problem is that they rarely show up on Ebay nowadays and if it comes from the UK you pay ridiculous shipping costs (Germany is a lot cheaper).
On Ebay USA, a lot of people don't ship to Europe and even there Imacs are not common.

So to make a long story short: is there any shop in Germany or USA that sells and ships second hand Imacs to Europe for a decent price. USA and Germany because it seems they are cheaper?

Thanks for any tips.
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19-09-2008, 00:38   #2
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I'm in the same boat. As a general rule I'd go with Germany over the States - no customs duty. Other than that I can't be of much use I'm afraid.
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19-09-2008, 16:04   #3
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Adverts.ie often has cheap second-hand apple stuff, such as Mac Minis.
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Adverts.ie often has cheap second-hand apple stuff, such as Mac Minis.
There hasn't been a Mac Mini on Adverts for a long time, I've had my eye out
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19-09-2008, 20:27   #5
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What do you want to pay, and roughly what kind of a Mac do you want? Laptop or desktop, for instance.
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20-09-2008, 13:34   #6
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Preferably an Imac G4 20 inch lamp model (5 years old?)
Willing to pay up to 350 euro depending on specs
17inch. Up to 300

Or a mac mini G4, up to 200 euro
Or a mac mini intel, up to 270 or so
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20-09-2008, 15:17   #7
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i don;t think you'll get a 20" for 350 euro, they were about 2500 when they came out, and people just won't reduce a price that much
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20-09-2008, 16:22   #8
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Hmm. Maybe if you asked in places that mend Macs, like Typetec in Dublin and... what's the name of that nice place in Galway? They probably know of people who might be upgrading.
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20-09-2008, 18:25   #9
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The usual rule that I apply to PC's is that the price (almost) halves every year.
This seems to be true for 'normal' PC's. So a PC that you bought 2 years ago for a 1000 is now only 250-300 euro.

Even if the price for the Apples was 2000 euro 5 years ago. it should now be below the 200 euro region. So apparently Apple has something magical and people are hanging on to them or are prepared to pay a premium price for it.

The Apple Cube cost me 200 euro 2 years ago. so it *is* possible

Examples of shops in the States that do not seem to ship internationally:
Gain Saver 17 inch iMac

Powermax preowned_macs

You are right about 350 not being enough, it seems to cost around 450.
But they don't ship to Europe AFAIK
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Isn't there a website that will give you guide prices for how much your mac is worth?
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22-09-2008, 12:41   #11
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Isn't there a website that will give you guide prices for how much your mac is worth?
Yes, there is:

http://www.mac2sell.net/

I think their estimates are a bit generous though - they tend to over-value some older systems, at least IMO.
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There hasn't been a Mac Mini on Adverts for a long time, I've had my eye out
I've one for sale on adverts
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OP, did you check buy and sell? I sold a mac mini a couple of years back with them
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22-09-2008, 20:46   #14
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I've one for sale on adverts
Hmm, thanks for the heads up, but I don't need that high a spec and can't afford what you're asking. You should get a buyer though, it's a decent reduction.
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22-09-2008, 21:25   #15
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Just looked, there are some G5's it seems. First time I have ever looked at Buy and Sell. Thanks for the tip. Will be following this site a bit more.
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