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#21 Scott Baret

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:48 AM

I guess that gives me hope that I can unload a Mac or two for a good amount of money if I ever need some quick cash. I wonder if someone would pay $2400 (original MSRP) for a boxed 128K.
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#22 Quadraman

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

I am SO glad I bought my 128k while Steve Jobs was still living. It needs a little work, but I wouldn't be able to afford it if I was buying it today.
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#23 CC_333

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:25 PM

Yeah, same here.

Except I only got mine a few months ago, and I was fortunate to have gotten it for a reasonable price from a reasonable person who wasn't affected by this strange "illness" that everybody on eBay seems to have come down with these days.

c

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#24 uniserver

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:31 PM

lol

well that was because of 2 reasonable people, Zack and I.



#25 CC_333

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:10 AM

Indeed.

I thank both of you for being, well, reasonable!

c


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#26 Scott Baret

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:01 AM

There was a guy asking $2300 at the VCF East for an Apple II. This was an original model with manuals and the like. The monitor wasn't an official Apple display, but matched pretty well. Apparently this is a fairly normal price for such a machine now.

If anything has gone up, it's Mac Plus keyboards! Sure wish I had gotten that box of them at the warehouse a few years back--could have paid a whole month's rent with them!!
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#27 Quadraman

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:36 AM

 Most items seem to receive a few low bids early on, but the real action doesn't take place until the final hours.

Or in the final seconds when the snipers show up. I've seen particularly desirable items literally jump from 99 cents to thousands of dollars in the closing seconds of a listing. 


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#28 volvo242gt

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:34 AM

Yup.  Anyway, most 68K Macs can be had cheaply, if you're willing to wait.  IIsi's seem to go for cheap as long as someone who doesn't know what they're doing gets on ePrey and starts bidding things up without realizing that they could wait a month or two and get the same thing off CL for $35-$40.  Bought a C650 for $25 in March from RE-PC.  Needed a case screw and was the bottom rung machine with 4MB of RAM, no ethernet, and a 68LC040 chip, but it did come with 36MB of RAM preinstalled and a CD-ROM drive.  Did need a hard drive.  My current C650 was one I bought off CL for $100.  Got the complete system.  Keyboard, mouse, M1212 monitor, and a 230MB hard drive.  It, too, had upgraded RAM (24MB, which I combined with some of the RAM from the previous 650, upgrading it to its current 48MB - also replaced the 230 with a 1.2GB drive I got with an LC from JRL).

 

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#29 Quadraman

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:25 PM

LC models seem to be going cheap these days, even on ebay. I may have to pick one up. 


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#30 techknight

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 12:17 AM

Well I do know even in the early 2000s, those machines were available by the pallet loads. That could be why the LCs are so cheap? That and they are low-specced for what they are. LCIII was pretty good though. 


Edited by techknight, 26 May 2014 - 12:17 AM.

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#31 Scott Baret

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:07 AM

The main reason for this has to do with the schools. In the early 90s, they were dirt cheap and most schools picked up massive quantities of them between 1990-1993. This was when they had the 12" monitor paired with them, which was also quite inexpensive.

 

They were popular for quite a few reasons:

 

1. They were inexpensive to begin with.

2. If a school already had Apple II equipment and software, they could buy the IIe cards and use those titles more effectively.

3. This was a time when schools typically didn't have a ton of computers.

4. If schools already had Apple IIs, older Macs, or anything else in their labs, they could buy new labs of LCs and put the rest in classrooms.

5. The LC was the first affordable color-capable Mac. For the primary grades, this is more than just a luxury.

6. These computers were rather small and could fit nicely on older counters, whether or not they were designed for computers.

 

Once the 520 came out, many schools started buying the AIOs instead. This is why you see fewer 475s.

 

Typically, the original LCs got moved out of labs in the late 90s. Some hung around classrooms for years while others made their way into closets. My school had some of these as late as 2005.

 

It's possible to still find these in surplus today, but the caps have gone bad in 95% of them.


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#32 TheWhiteFalcon

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:12 AM

My school had LC's when I was a kid. The teachers had G3 AIO's when they came out. Then the labs were upgraded to Bondi Blue iMacs.

 

Classrooms typically had a compact Mac or two. Later the AIO's became the student classroom computers, and all the LC's were auctioned off for a pittance. Eventually they started migrating away from Macs and they just used Dells like every other school in AZ (well, most). Gateway was in there for a while. I think the last thing they had that was Apple related was PowerSchool. 


Edited by TheWhiteFalcon, 09 June 2014 - 04:12 AM.

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#33 HoneyDoe

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 05:23 AM

I got a macintosh Se for 20 bucks  with French extended keyboard, brick mouse, power cord, printer wire and assnetnet phone net and a 33.6k  fax & dialup modem
With the bag. I scene it and I had to take it.
This is my oldest mac I own and it was a 40mb hdd and 1.44mb fdd. with 2mb of ram,

It knew it was 2014, and The Quebec government owned it,

Oh yes, and I have the caring bag,


Edited by HoneyDoe, 09 June 2014 - 05:24 AM.

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#34 Elfen

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:05 PM

I find old Macs in Used Computer Shows, Ham Radio Fests, and at Thrift Stores, but the average price is 4x or more than what you posted up. Occasionally I'll rescue one from the trash but that is rare in either there are no more to put in the trash or owners are now hoarding them in storage closets and attics.

 

I have a fair collection of Macs until my place got broken into and 1/2 my stuff was stolen, at the worst time ever - while I was out burying my mom after her funeral. At least they did not touch my PowerBook Duo Collection, which I have most but 3 in that little pile :^)

 

It's a matter of looking and asking, going to places where one could find an old Mac but they are out there.

 

Happy hunting everyone.


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#35 chromedome45

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Posted 22 November 2015 - 12:14 AM

Greetings all. newbie here name is Frank BTW. 

 

Ok well let's see Mac Plus $35.00 Mac SE $30.00 Mac IIci $20.00 but needed a re-cap. Mac Classic $25.00 and best of all a Lisa 2/5 with 5 MB Profile drive

FREE!  Just needed to get it working. Which was an easy fix. Buffer RAM for the disk controller on I/O board and a power supply re-cap.

 

Oh and 2 years ago a 128k Mac complete $150.00 unfortunately sold it.



#36 Elfen

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:51 PM

In rereading this I have been thinking.

 

With many Home Owner's insurance, they de-value things at a drop rate of 10% per year; thus if you bought that Mac 128K in 1984 for $1200, it's value will drop $120 a year until 1994 when it will considered valueless - being worth $0..

 

But the trick is finding a "replacement value" for it. It you lost your Mac (lets say to a flood and it drowned in the basement), you need to state that the cost of replacing that Mac is what ever is going for in the open market. But things can get stupid with collector's values and fair market values, so you need to pay attention to what you are paying for.

 

Also, what is the cost of fixing it compared to a fair market value? Like a car, if repairing the Mac is less then the fair market value, then its a viable repair cost. But if it costs more to repair the machine than its fair market value, then it's "totaled" and the insurance company would rather have you replace it than fix it.

 

This is why I do not go by these prices, I go by what is worth for me. That Classic II I found in the trash last year - though a great find, is not what worth $400 or more as I seen on ebay. It maybe worth half that or less, depending on what it has inside (RAM, hard drive, parts replaced/repaired/upgraded/etc.).

 

Or in the case of an Apple IIc I have - they are about $100 - $250 on ebay. Are they worth it? Depends on what it has. But here's the rub - is an Apple IIc worth $800? I'm asking that because of what is inside. Inside one of my 2 Apple IIc's is a Rocket Chip - 5MHz 6502 Accelerator. For some reason they (and other Apple II accelerators) alone go for $400 - $800 on ebay. Why?!! Don't answer that. Thus if I were to sell that Apple IIc with the Rocket Chip accelerator, would $800 be a fair price to sell it for? It is a working Apple IIc, and the Rocket Accelerator works great on it as well.


Edited by Elfen, 23 November 2015 - 05:53 PM.

Amassed a collection of various Macs and PCs that friends are calling my place a Mac museum: 512Ke, Plus, SE/30, IIcx, IIci, Q950, Q800, Q8100, 7100, Biege G3, PB 5300ce,190, 190c, 150, 180, (4) Duo 210, Duo 230, (2) 250, 280, 280c, 2300c, (3) G3 Wallstreet, iBook G3 (Orange), (3) iBook G3 (White), (3) iBook G4, PB G4 (all 12in)

 


#37 olePigeon

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:52 AM

There was a guy asking $2300 at the VCF East for an Apple II. This was an original model with manuals and the like. The monitor wasn't an official Apple display, but matched pretty well. Apparently this is a fairly normal price for such a machine now.

I don't think Apple had a display when the first Apple ][ was released.  It was often sold with a studio monitor of that era.



#38 CC_333

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:11 AM

I want to be nitpicky and clarify what "studio" means here:

 

"Studio," in this context, means those professional TV monitors used in broadcasting, not the later Apple "Studio" Displays, which were released MUCH later, and are completely unrelated.

 

Though most would agree that given that early Apple ][ was explicitly mentioned here, the context is obvious.

 

As I said, I'm nitpicking.

 

Thanks for bearing with me!

 

</end nitpick mode>

 

Now, for some useful input!

 

As I understand it, Apple did not seem to have their own branded monitor until perhaps the ][+ and /// (with the Monitors ][ and ///, respectively), which was, what? 1980??

 

<goes to look at wikipedia>

 

OK, A simple search at Wikipedia seems to suggest that the Monitor /// was Apple's first monitor, released in 1980 with the Apple ///, and that the Monitor ][ was released about 4 years later, in 1984, for the ][+, although it was subsequently used on pretty much all Apple ]['s (especially the ][e).

 

c


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#39 Unknown_K

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 07:17 AM

Older thread. The only cheap stuff you are going to find now would be LC2/3 machines or 7500 machines (stuff made in the millions few people like then or now).


Favorites: big box Mac IIs, 950, 800's
Wanted: Anything Nubus, Video capture and editing hardware and software for 68k mac. Original software including A/UX.
Looking for 9150, Mac II, Color classic, 840av motherboard, and Nubus cards.

#40 tanaquil

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 09:14 PM

Makes me grateful I collected so many in about 2000 when people were literally throwing them at me. (Well, OK, carrying them VERY QUICKLY out of their basements.) Guess I wish I had picked up even more then! Back then, the shipping was usually far more than the asking price on ebay (and I was happy to pay it).

 

These days, I find much better deals on craigslist than on ebay. The hard part is being patient and waiting for something I want to come along.


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