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Can anyone point me to a resource that would help me properly set a value for a used mac I am selling?

 

I've got a 4 month old Rev B 17" iMac g5 2.0 (SuperDrive), 1.5gb Ram, + a full copy of Office 2004 (not the trial). + 3 years of apple care. Everything else is stock.

 

The reason I am considering putting it on eBay or CraigsList is that I am thinking about switching back. How do I determine what to sell this thing for? By by calculation, the machine new would cost

 

Machine - 1499

Apple Care - 150 (I think)

Memory Upgrade - 100

Office 2004 - 249 (From Amazon)

Total Value New: about $2000 (not including tax)

 

So how quickly do these things depreciate. What would be a fair selling price or reserve to put on the auction?

 

Thanks

 

Dan

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The reason I am considering putting it on eBay or CraigsList is that I am thinking about switching back.

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

 

 

why? just curious...

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Um... I've got fifty bucks. And I'll even come get it all from you so you don't have to pay shipping.

 

-NK

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go to www.compub.ie and they'll give you a number for rough trade in to a sore. Add about 200 to the price and your about right. Also the price is in euro so convert...

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The reason I am considering putting it on eBay or CraigsList is that I am thinking about switching back.

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

 

 

why? just curious...

 

I have not decided to do it yet, but there are several reasons I am considering it.

 

1, I'm a victim of the imac loud fan issue, and apple says it's normal. there is a buzzing noise coming from that fan that just drives me crazy. Probably because the computer is behind the screen, right in front of my face.

 

2. Compatibility. I keep running into web sites that are not compatible with Safari or firefox on the mac. normally I would not care, but they are my health care site, and my banking site. Very disappointing.

 

3. Office 2004. It's just strange on the mac. I have to zoom into 150% to see a 8 point font (which is not a problem on the pc), toolbars are weird, etc. I guess it's just what I am used to.

 

4. IPhoto. It just cannot adequately handle 12000 photos. We take a lot of photos, and iPhoto keeps locking up, going slow, or crashing. Tried creating libraries from scratch, tried breaking it up into multiple libraries, same problem. I've got a 4 month old mac, and I do my photos in Picasa on my windows box in the house. I tried every alternative out there, and just cannot find anything that works as well or as fast as Picasa.

 

5. Quicken. It just stinks on the mac, not compatible with Quicken Bill Pay. Even if it was, the app is just bizarre.

 

Things I will miss

 

iDVD - Just awesome. No idea if there is anything like that on the pc or not.

Spotlight - Man, I will miss that.

Mail - Call me silly, but I love that app.

Garage Band - Nothing like it.

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Mail - Call me silly, but I love that app

 

You are silly.

 

haha.. JK... so what are you going to switch to? Dell?

 

Well, like I said, I have not made the decision. I've already got 2 dells in the house, one old desktop, one newer laptop. This iMac was for the living room as a family computer. If I replaced it, it would need to be a very quiet PC.

 

I was looking at the new Dell 5100c, which is a small form factor, btx style case, supposedly quiet. Of course, Apple advertised the iMac as whisper quiet too.

 

Not sure. If I sell it, I may take a little time and think about what to do next. we are not hurting for computers while I decide.

 

I'm really torn. I love OSX, but hate the issues I've been fighting. My wife is frustrated, I'm frustrated.

 

Dan

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I'm really torn.  I love OSX, but hate the issues I've been fighting.  My wife is frustrated, I'm frustrated.

 

Yeah, from reading all the issues you've been having, I would be really frustrated too. Fortunately, I got lucky and the Wells Fargo banking site that I use works just fine on Macs and PCs. Oh, and I also understand the iPhoto issue. I have a ton (not as many as you, though) pictures, and as my library grows, iPhoto becomes less and less reliable. It's a problem that many people are starting to have.

 

Well, I'm really glad you gave it an honest shot, but I think you're right in switching back. Oh, and don't worry, I love Mail too...

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I'm really torn. I love OSX, but hate the issues I've been fighting. My wife is frustrated, I'm frustrated.

 

Yeah, from reading all the issues you've been having, I would be really frustrated too. Fortunately, I got lucky and the Wells Fargo banking site that I use works just fine on Macs and PCs. Oh, and I also understand the iPhoto issue. I have a ton (not as many as you, though) pictures, and as my library grows, iPhoto becomes less and less reliable. It's a problem that many people are starting to have.

 

Well, I'm really glad you gave it an honest shot, but I think you're right in switching back. Oh, and don't worry, I love Mail too...

 

So then, here is the most important question. If I switch back, what do I replace iDVD with.? I'm looking for a very good DVD program that creates professional looking DVD's. Most important is a large collection of professionally designed themes, flexibility, etc. The animation and drop zones of iDVD really make for some nice looking DVD's, but I am not aware of such software for the pc.

 

Any help (as much as it would kill some of you) is appreciated.

 

Dan

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4. IPhoto. It just cannot adequately handle 12000 photos. We take a lot of photos, and iPhoto keeps locking up, going slow, or crashing. Tried creating libraries from scratch, tried breaking it up into multiple libraries, same problem. I've got a 4 month old mac, and I do my photos in Picasa on my windows box in the house. I tried every alternative out there, and just cannot find anything that works as well or as fast as Picasa.

 

iPhoto certainly does have scalability issues. Check out Picture Arena for a viable substitute. Likeses it.

 

 

Office is perhaps a huge bloated pig of an office suite? Or am I just being accurate? There is a version of Open Office that is wrapped up inside a Java UI called NeoOfficeJ, this might address your font size issues. Personally, I find

Apple's diminutive little iWork pairing of Pages and Keynote to be very pleasant.

 

I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.

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4. IPhoto. It just cannot adequately handle 12000 photos. We take a lot of photos, and iPhoto keeps locking up, going slow, or crashing. Tried creating libraries from scratch, tried breaking it up into multiple libraries, same problem. I've got a 4 month old mac, and I do my photos in Picasa on my windows box in the house. I tried every alternative out there, and just cannot find anything that works as well or as fast as Picasa.

 

iPhoto certainly does have scalability issues. Check out Picture Arena for a viable substitute. Likeses it.

 

 

Office is perhaps a huge bloated pig of an office suite? Or am I just being accurate? There is a version of Open Office that is wrapped up inside a Java UI called NeoOfficeJ, this might address your font size issues. Personally, I find

Apple's diminutive little iWork pairing of Pages and Keynote to be very pleasant.

 

I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.

 

Picture Arena.....hmmm......I thought I'd tried em all (Shoe Box, iVew Media, Kodak, Nikon, etc). this one never came up in my googling. I shall give it a try.

 

As for office. 100% compatibility is a must. I live, and work, and pay my mortgage in a windows world. (I'm a .NET developer).

 

Like I said, no decision made yet, but I am considering it. I'll look at that app tonight.

 

Dan

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4. IPhoto. It just cannot adequately handle 12000 photos. We take a lot of photos, and iPhoto keeps locking up, going slow, or crashing. Tried creating libraries from scratch, tried breaking it up into multiple libraries, same problem. I've got a 4 month old mac, and I do my photos in Picasa on my windows box in the house. I tried every alternative out there, and just cannot find anything that works as well or as fast as Picasa.

 

iPhoto certainly does have scalability issues. Check out Picture Arena for a viable substitute. Likeses it.

 

 

Office is perhaps a huge bloated pig of an office suite? Or am I just being accurate? There is a version of Open Office that is wrapped up inside a Java UI called NeoOfficeJ, this might address your font size issues. Personally, I find

Apple's diminutive little iWork pairing of Pages and Keynote to be very pleasant.

 

I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.

Wow, that Picture Arena REALLY looks awesome. I will try it tonight. If it is as good as the marketing stuff makes it sounds, it's what iPhoto should be. it might just be enough to keep me. :)

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Wow, that Picture Arena REALLY looks awesome. I will try it tonight. If it is as good as the marketing stuff makes it sounds, it's what iPhoto should be. it might just be enough to keep me. :)

 

 

Likeses it.

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I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.

 

Oh, I don't know about "forever". i can always install OSX on my dell should I need specific apps. ;)

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iPhoto certainly does have scalability issues. Check out Picture Arena for a viable substitute. Likeses it.

 

 

Office is perhaps a huge bloated pig of an office suite? Or am I just being accurate? There is a version of Open Office that is wrapped up inside a Java UI called NeoOfficeJ, this might address your font size issues. Personally, I find

Apple's diminutive little iWork pairing of Pages and Keynote to be very pleasant.

 

I suggest you cancel all this silly talk about switching back to the defiient OS, you know you'd regret it forever.

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sporn there was no point in bring this topic back. let it sleep in the archives.

 

 

 

 

*to the mods* you can delete this, it was just in reply to sporns post on bring back the over a year old topic.

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Benefit of the doubt has been given to an honest mistake. Nothing will be gained from deleting the thread however and for now the thread will stand. If any more comments are added then I will delete all comments from 2006 on here.

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