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$25 PowerBook 190CS with 32MB RAM expansion

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Perhaps not as cool as some of the other conquests here, but I recently bought a PowerBook 190CS 'for parts' from eBay. (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Apple-Macintosh-PowerBook-190cs-Powers-on-Parts-or-Repair/263974755872)

 

Upon receipt of the laptop, I took it apart and what do you know?  A 32MB RAM upgrade card!  I was expecting none at all, or at most a 4MB one.  

 

I suspect that the floppy drive may be bad because it's not reading my boot disks.  Need to make another one and see what happens.  Anyone remember whether the 190 needs a system enabler?  If the floppy drive doesn't work, I'm not too worried.  Should be able to boot from PCMCIA or SD/CF to IDE.

 

Mostly I'm just excited about the RAM card.  Those things are expensive.

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Nice find, these things have absolutely rocketed in value lately. I almost had a heart attack seeing a PB 145 going for over £100 here in the UK, and mines in better shape and in an original bag!

 

Is it just me or are pretty much every Macintosh system going up alot lately? I can't even see the crappy early PPC models for peanuts anymore. Atleast here in Europe.

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I think it's mostly the 'eBay effect' where the seller has to charge more.  eBay takes 10% of the final sell price including shipping.  So people are incentivized to mega overcharge.

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3 hours ago, androda said:

I think it's mostly the 'eBay effect' where the seller has to charge more.  eBay takes 10% of the final sell price including shipping.  So people are incentivized to mega overcharge.

I hate that.

 

It's not just the cost of old Macs, though; EVERYTHING has skyrocketed in price over the last few years. And with some of the "stuff" going on lately, prices are set to go up even more over the next year or two.

 

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What sellers charge means nothing, it all boils down to what a buyer is willing to pay. Supply of decent machines has dried up, it only gets worse from here on out.

 

 

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