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#41 Unknown_K

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 05:07 AM

I look back and think of all the cool upgrades I was too cheap to buy at the going rate and now kick myself.


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.

#42 CC_333

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 05:52 AM

Yes! I remember looking at the Sonnet HARMONi upgrade for my tray loading iMac back in 2004-2005 (Our Lombard PowerBook's hard drive was faltering, and we didn't want to buy a new Mac at the time), but decided against it because it seemed too expensive (we bought a PC laptop instead). In retrospect, it probably would've been fun to have, and I probably would've kept using that iMac much longer than I did, but that doesn't mean I can't still do it.

 

Maybe I will. Don't know.

 

EDIT: if I can fine one!

 

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Edited by CC_333, 12 December 2015 - 06:06 AM.

Main Macs: Early '09 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 13" --- Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
Playthings: Mac SE/30, 3.0 GHz Mavericks-based HackServe, Many others... --- Desired: Lisa, Kanga PowerBook G3, Apple IIc, Apple II, Spare parts, etc.


#43 zerobotman

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 07:37 PM

Well i paid about $40 for 100 vintage army bags on a government auction.

 

I traded 10 of those bags for a pile of 4 pentium 4 laptops with dead batteries making them each $1.

 

I traded one of those laptops for an apple 2c with a monitor but the monitor broke down and nearly caught fire. losing roughly half the investment.

 

I waited about 2 years to trade the apple 2c for my mac se. total cost between $0.50 and $1

 

The numbers may be skewed but it's basically right.



#44 Scott Baret

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 08:15 PM

Everything on Craigslist seems to be going up as of late. I haven't seen too many good Macs for $50 or less these days. My most recent find was an LCII, which I bought yesterday, for $100.


"Education is life."

#45 Elfen

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 02:58 AM

Though it is not a 68K but a PowerPC G4, I found a Mac Mini G4 in the trash yesterday (3/19/16). It's going to need a CD/DVD RW Combo Drive, but other than that - 3 hours of cleaning it out, 2 hours of putting in a 100GB HD and installing OSX 10.4 on it, and 10 minutes soldering back the wifi antenna wires back in... it works! So how much is that so far? $20 for the hard drive? Plus my time?

 

Which reminds me of end of summer of '14 where I found the Classic II in the trash, and all it needed was a clean up, logic board wash and recapping. And except for a low audio, it works just fine (its the audio chip fried by the cap goo, not a bad speaker, as it is low on my headphones as well). So what's that - a couple of hours for the wash and recapping job and $6 in caps?

 

Both not at all...


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)

 


#46 Unknown_K

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 03:44 AM

Repairs do soak up some time which is why working machines are so much more expensive then dead ones.


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.

#47 Scott Baret

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:34 AM

I actually saw a free SE on one of the "search all Craigslists" yesterday. I was going to put it here for anyone in Florida, but the post had already been deleted. It's too bad, especially since SEs usually don't require much in the way of work (MiniScribes excepted).


"Education is life."

#48 ArmorAlley

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 06:03 PM

The concept of 'value' is important here. You have to decide yourself how much something is worth. (CHF1 is roughly USD1)

 

I paid CHF50 for my SE/30 back in 2011. I was happy with that. I wouldn't have paid much more. I then paid another CHF50 (including shipping) for the ethernet card, 30 for the LapisColor PDS card, 20 for a IIsi adaptor card that I thought could use to get both PDS cards in and about 100 (including shipping) to uniserver to get the mobo recapped. All in all, CHF250. I hadn't expected the recap when I started out, but given the age of the beast, I can't complain. My SE/30 is still worth it, even if I don't use it half as often as I would like to (I neglected to send the analog board to uniserver too...).

 

I rarely recommend to buy SE/30s any more. Their celebrity has shot their price up. Usually an SE, a Classic or a IIcx will do the job just as well and these macs with the lesser celebrity status don't command as high a price as often as the SE/30. What used to be CHF50 is now CHF200 - CHF500. Although, with what I know now, I would understand a price of CHF200 for a recapped, working SE/30 with ethernet card, I just wouldn't be happy with it.

 

Much as I would like a Cube, or 128MB of IIfx RAM, or a Radius Thunder IV GX 1600 NuBus card, I can't ever justify to myself the prices I see. As a rule of thumb, I never pay more than a CHF100 on an item.

 

In short, buy what you consider to be worth the price and be content with what you paid, regardless if you see the same thing going for a lower price. 'Worth' is something that you can only decide yourself.


Macs in active-ish use: IIcx | IIfx | Performa 475 | B&W G4

Macs available for use: SE; SE/30; LCIII; Q950; PM7100; PM7300; PM8100; 2x once-working Wallstreets; once-working Pismo; spare B&W G3;


#49 aplmak

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 02:04 PM

MAC PLUS for sure the cheapest in my opinion...



#50 tanaquil

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 02:08 PM

Around here, at least on eBay, SE are going for much less than Plus.

Mac museum: Apple IIe, Mac 128K, 512K with HyperDrive, 512Ke, Mac Plus, IIsi (number: lost count), IIfx, SE (number: lost count), SE/30, Classic, Macintosh Portable (x2), Color Classic, LC III, Quadra 840AV, Performa 636CD, iMac G3/266 grape (tray), iMac G3 lime (tray), iMac G3 tangerine (tray), iMac G3 strawberry (tray), iMac G3/350 blueberry (slot and tray), iMac G3/400 indigo (slot), iMac G3/400 ruby (slot), G3 tower, iBook G3 (2001), Power Mac G4 MDD, iBook G4 (2005), 2011 MacBook Pro 13", 2013 iMac 21.5".

Macs: 1, Ability to Move Around House: 0


#51 BadGoldEagle

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 08:58 PM

I agree, people often ask more for a Plus than for an SE.

But around where I live (France), dead Mac Classics can go for as low as 30 euros.

 

But it doesn't mean you can't get a good deal. I bought an SE/30 with keyboard and mouse for 10 euros once! It had a ruined bezel that I still have to replace (I already have a spare one), Hard disk was shot, and it needs new caps but still that was one cheap SE/30!

Always look out for really cheap stuff! You never know what you're going to end up with  :)


COOL STUFF: Working original & nearly complete 1984 Macintosh w/ Picasso kit, still looking for a G440 mouse :p, NIB Newton MessagePad from 1993, iMac G3 400MHz DV Graphite

IN THE WORKS: The outstanding SE/30 (50MHz Powercache, Pivot Display Color Graphics) but also non-working 512K Hyperdrive w/ Manuals & Disks, Mac Portable M5126, SE Dual 800k, Classic II, HD40SC, Apple Djinn... I have a lot of restorations going on!


#52 Scott Baret

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 03:12 AM

Everything on Craigslist seems to be going up unless you get someone who doesn't look on eBay.

 

My recent conquests illustrate this...all are from the past year...

 

LC II on eBay with monitor: $65

SE SuperDrive on eBay: $55

LC II on Craigslist with monitor: $100

LC, SE, and dead 605 on Craigslist with a monitor in the lot: $100

iBook Clamshell on Craigslist: $25

Apple IIGS: Free (although it was from my dad)

LC Topper on eBay: $25 (figure I should include it)

 

Note the advantage to buying in bulk. Most of the time, lots are more economical. I know there's only one here, but it still was more cost effective than getting these individually on eBay.

 

Free machines are tough to come by outside of Dad. The last one I got that way was three years ago now from a buddy. Outside of friends, it's been seven years...old-timers will recall the "Ouch Free IIci" that was colored with a yellow highlighter (which I sold to JRL if memory serves me right--and he got it cleaned up!) I also got a pair of SEs for free around the same time.

 

Everything went up big time when Steve Jobs died and everyone started making these things into collectibles. 


Edited by Scott Baret, 11 June 2016 - 03:15 AM.

"Education is life."

#53 Scott Baret

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 03:24 AM

Also, there seems to be a surplus of Pluses on the Craigslists around here. They also seem to be in less demand, and I have some theories:

 

1. The keyboards often sell for more than the Pluses themselves. Pluses without keyboards are pretty much worthless since you can't just grab a random AppleDesign keyboard from a PPC Mac for them.

 

2. Pluses don't accommodate internal HDs. (Yes, you CAN put one in, but it kills the power supply and requires a little work) and only have 800K drives. The FloppyEmu has changed the game a little with both of those, but everyone still seems to recommend the SE SuperDrive as a first Mac (lots of reasons behind that).

 

3. Pluses don't have logic board failures like the Classics and SE/30s due to not having trash can caps, but the analog boards almost always need work. Some novices don't seem to want to mess with these.

 

4. More people used SEs and Classics in school if they used compact Macs. When the Plus was new, schools were generally buying Apple IIs instead. Once the SE was out for a while, the schools seemed to go with them since they were more future-proof. Classics and LCs, of course, were designed to be cheap with schools in mind. The nostalgia factor makes SEs and Classics more appealing to some.


"Education is life."

#54 tanaquil

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Posted 16 June 2016 - 12:13 PM

Your theories make sense, and I hope you're right, because I like the Plus and would like to pick up a few cheap Craigslist spares to back up my current Plus, which gets a lot of use.

Mac museum: Apple IIe, Mac 128K, 512K with HyperDrive, 512Ke, Mac Plus, IIsi (number: lost count), IIfx, SE (number: lost count), SE/30, Classic, Macintosh Portable (x2), Color Classic, LC III, Quadra 840AV, Performa 636CD, iMac G3/266 grape (tray), iMac G3 lime (tray), iMac G3 tangerine (tray), iMac G3 strawberry (tray), iMac G3/350 blueberry (slot and tray), iMac G3/400 indigo (slot), iMac G3/400 ruby (slot), G3 tower, iBook G3 (2001), Power Mac G4 MDD, iBook G4 (2005), 2011 MacBook Pro 13", 2013 iMac 21.5".

Macs: 1, Ability to Move Around House: 0


#55 goncalo

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 08:23 AM

You still find people that just don't give a damn on what they have and I noticed they usually don't use proper definitions for what they sell.

 

I recently bought some G3 slot-loading iMacs that were being sold as monitors - "Apple crt monitors" - for 10€ each.

They all worked and I had a lot of fun cleaning and restoring them.

 

I usually check for misspelled keywords like Aple and Machintosh on OLX and other times just make a generic search on "computers" and proceed to visually search for Macs - most of the times they are not tagged or have any reference to the maker or the model...  :p



#56 Scott Baret

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 01:20 PM

Speaking of typos...the worst I ever saw was "Aooke". No joke!!


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#57 Ultimategamer87

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 11:55 AM

I actually bought my macintosh se/30 for $15, and it works! The board just needs to be recapped but luckily none of the traces have been damaged! I also have a macintosh se with close to no yellowing that i bought for $80!

#58 Carboy7

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 04:59 PM

Most PowerBooks can be bought cheaply, like the 5300/190 series.


Blackbird, PDQ, Clamshell, FlowerPower, Blue Dalmatian, LCII, QuickSilver, and a Sun SPARCstation 5!


#59 Unknown_K

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 07:12 PM

Decent condition working Powerbooks are harder to find. Most of the laptops I get are "non working".
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.

#60 Ultimategamer87

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 08:08 PM

Decent condition working Powerbooks are harder to find. Most of the laptops I get are "non working".



I actually bought a working powerbook 150 off ebay for $50, and suprisingly the hinge is in great shape!




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