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#61 itsvince725

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 01:20 AM

My 180 works and only cost me $20, but I got really lucky and I wouldn't bet on those kinds of results.


Macs I Own: Power Mac G3 B&W (350MHz), Power Mac G5 2.3DP, Performa 630CD, PowerBook 180, SE/30, 2x iMac G3 (Bondi Blue Rev B, Graphite 700MHz SE), SE dual-floppy, IIsi, Performa 6116CD, Quadra 950, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz (12in), 9600/300, 2010 MacBook, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (933MHz)


#62 NickNick

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 02:47 PM

Goodness are these machines fetching a price these days. The LC pizza boxes have all gone up in price....Those are my favs.



#63 Unknown_K

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:26 PM

I think more new people are entering the hobby and snatching machines up which is driving up the price (supply isn't getting any bigger).
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.

#64 ArmorAlley

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 07:26 AM

My guess is that the supply of Macs in the wild has just become very low and that most of them are in captivity from the likes of us.


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


#65 NickNick

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:47 PM

Both make a great point. But at least these machines have been fixed up and kept VS going into a landfill. They are cool machines.



#66 Unknown_K

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:52 PM

There will always be more computers then collectors so most machines will end up recycled when their useful life is over. Less and less electronics make it to the landfill anymore.
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.

#67 itsvince725

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:22 AM

I just wish more recyclers sold machines and parts instead of shredding things or tearing components down to the bare metals...

Macs I Own: Power Mac G3 B&W (350MHz), Power Mac G5 2.3DP, Performa 630CD, PowerBook 180, SE/30, 2x iMac G3 (Bondi Blue Rev B, Graphite 700MHz SE), SE dual-floppy, IIsi, Performa 6116CD, Quadra 950, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz (12in), 9600/300, 2010 MacBook, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (933MHz)


#68 Unknown_K

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:41 AM

I just wish more recyclers sold machines and parts instead of shredding things or tearing components down to the bare metals...


I don't. Specialists with a clue can get away with selling parts, scrapping is a barely profitable business as it is so trying to sell retail will be too much of a burden with too little to show in return. Get to know a local recycler and you can probably get a ton of collectables for cheap, depending on the company size and management.

I frequent a recycling website and there was a collector who would take items from recyclers and split the profits after a sale until one day they got in some decent equipment and were not heard from again. You will always have the issue of the collector wanting to tie up the recyclers time looking for a needle in a haystack and giving them very little in return while the recycler thinks you are getting $$$$$ for items you pay him nothing for. We are both better served by ebay.
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.

#69 itsvince725

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:49 AM

I know, I just can't stand eBay Madness™. I can't imagine how much my newly acquired free Bondi keyboard and mouse would be on eBay.

Macs I Own: Power Mac G3 B&W (350MHz), Power Mac G5 2.3DP, Performa 630CD, PowerBook 180, SE/30, 2x iMac G3 (Bondi Blue Rev B, Graphite 700MHz SE), SE dual-floppy, IIsi, Performa 6116CD, Quadra 950, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz (12in), 9600/300, 2010 MacBook, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (933MHz)


#70 Unknown_K

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:01 AM

Yea it wouldn't be free (since there is shipping involved), but it would also keep you from snagging everything in sight. When I visited the local recycler I would snag something every weekend (maybe just a few cards, chips, laptop, or some drives but sometimes whole machines). All that stuff takes up space. Since I am not really big on selling duplicates over the years I have too much stuff. And even with ebay deals are there to be found if you like the hunt and have a variety of platforms to look for. When one source dries up another shows up.

This week I have a T400 Thinkpad coming in and tomorrow an iBook G3 of some kind (late model 700-900 MHz I think) both purchased on ebay for an amount too low to disclose. I also buy quite a few supplies from ebay cheaper then I could get it anywhere else (rolls of Kapton tape used in Powerbooks, liquid solder for fixing broken memory sockets in laptops, RAM for older machines, etc).
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.

#71 agent_js03

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 09:24 PM

Craigsist is the way to go if you have a lot of patience and little money.

 

My best finds have been on craigslist.

 

An LC III for 15 dollars,

A Macintosh SE for 10,

A Color Classic for 60 dollars,

A color stylewriter for 20 bucks,

An apple iie complete system with software for 60,

A pristine iMac G3 for 50 dollars,

the list goes on...

 

A lot of my finds have one or two issues, but I can usually find a way around them, either cheap parts on ebay or even stuff I have in my junk bin in the garage.

 

The only problem is that you have to be on craigslist watching for stuff to show up. Right now there are ZERO vintage mac finds on craigslist in my area. When they do show up, even if they aren't dirt cheap I can often talk people down because to be honest there simply aren't that many people out there who want these things. Some of the people I talk to have had the listings up for months with no biters. At this point I have basically every old computer I could ever want, so I have no problem walking away. I have made an offer of 25 percent of what the seller is asking for and gotten turned down, and then just left it alone for a few days only to get another email from the seller saying "alright, alright I'll sell it to you for your price." Then it's just a thirty minute drive and I have one more addition to my collection.

 

Craigslist is amazing...


Edited by agent_js03, 05 March 2017 - 09:26 PM.


#72 BadGoldEagle

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 10:53 PM

Go local. 

SE/30** for $10 !

 

**with ruined face and dead hard drive.


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!


#73 jsarchibald

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:30 PM

Yep, there's always bargains to be had.

 

I just snagged a white MacBook, an Apple TV 2 and an iPad 2 for $150, should be able to easily make my money back and have an old iPad for my 2 year old.

 

Recently, I've also scored a Lombard for $40, a Wallstreet for $60 (which sold for close to $200), and the Drexel Mac for $199.  So there are deals to be had.


Boxed: 128K, SE, LC, LCII, Colour Classic, Q700, PM6100, PB3400, G4 Cube, AppleCD 300e, Newtons *** Unboxed: //e, IIGS, Drexel 128K, 512K, Beige and Platinum ED, Plus, SE FDHD, SE/30, Portable, II, IIx, IIfx, Performa 250, Q605, Macintosh TV, TAM, TechStep


#74 itsvince725

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 01:06 AM

Depending on the white MacBook you could make a few bucks off me...

Macs I Own: Power Mac G3 B&W (350MHz), Power Mac G5 2.3DP, Performa 630CD, PowerBook 180, SE/30, 2x iMac G3 (Bondi Blue Rev B, Graphite 700MHz SE), SE dual-floppy, IIsi, Performa 6116CD, Quadra 950, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz (12in), 9600/300, 2010 MacBook, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (933MHz)


#75 jsarchibald

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 01:54 AM

Depending on the white MacBook you could make a few bucks off me...

Shipping from Australia would be a killer!

 

Plus it looks like it has that charging issue (ie. it doesn't), but runs off mains.


Boxed: 128K, SE, LC, LCII, Colour Classic, Q700, PM6100, PB3400, G4 Cube, AppleCD 300e, Newtons *** Unboxed: //e, IIGS, Drexel 128K, 512K, Beige and Platinum ED, Plus, SE FDHD, SE/30, Portable, II, IIx, IIfx, Performa 250, Q605, Macintosh TV, TAM, TechStep


#76 itsvince725

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 01:56 AM

Oh right, you're in Australia. Damn.

Was hoping for a cheap deal on a unibody white MacBook...

Edited by itsvince725, 06 March 2017 - 01:56 AM.

Macs I Own: Power Mac G3 B&W (350MHz), Power Mac G5 2.3DP, Performa 630CD, PowerBook 180, SE/30, 2x iMac G3 (Bondi Blue Rev B, Graphite 700MHz SE), SE dual-floppy, IIsi, Performa 6116CD, Quadra 950, PowerBook G4 1.5GHz (12in), 9600/300, 2010 MacBook, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (933MHz)


#77 techknight

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:47 AM

I have had a few good things from craigslist. 

 

I think I paid $50 or $75 bucks for 3 Classics and a color classic. 

 

$75 for a Portable and Q700. 

 

This was in 2013/2014ish. So not too long ago.

 

Then there was the Dayton Hamvention. Which sadly will end up becoming no more since the announcement of the closure and teardown of the Hara Arena. 


Edited by techknight, 22 March 2017 - 01:48 AM.

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PB: tibook G4, ibook G4, ibook g3x2, Lombard, 160, 165, 180, 180c Duo 2300x2, Duo 270c x2, 520cPPC, 3400c, 1400c
Desktop: G3AIO, SE, SE/30, 512k, plus, LCIII, iMac G4, iMac intel, 6400/225

#78 spaceinvader12

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:16 AM

Craigslist is where I got a good amount of things. Just last week got an SE (now living), a classic (bad caps), two keyboards and mice, a tan carrying bag, two printers, and a IIGS monitor all from a guy moving house. Got a PowerBook 190 and an N64 for $20, and before that I picked up an SE (now gifted to a friend) for $3 a few months ago off Craigslist too.

It's mostly patience and waiting for good prices, but there's a bit of luck involved too. As long as you check sites reasonably often, you'll hit good finds eventually, it seems like.

#79 Unknown_K

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 04:49 AM

Then there was the Dayton Hamvention. Which sadly will end up becoming no more since the announcement of the closure and teardown of the Hara Arena.


I went there once in the 90's (way before I cared about anything retro and a 3.5hr drive 1 way) since they had a large amount of people selling new PC gear at the time. I only barely looked around the tents outside with old equipment sold for next to nothing.
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.




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