Will Trade Computers for Cash!
By Jeff Sayre
The Computers Have Long Been Sold. Comments Are Now Turned Off.
We’ve recently upgraded our work computers to the latest, greatest offerings from Apple. With two new iMacs and a MacBook Pro to boot (yes, pun intended), we no longer need some of our older Macs.
As selling old computers–or anything else for that matter–on eBay is too much of a pain these days, I thought I would try to find a good home for these good-condition, older machines via this post.
Whereas these are older computers they still work fine and can offer the right person good utility for a great price. The MacBook Pro is still current enough to use as a primary computer or keep around as a backup. The PowerMac is still sufficiently powerful for most graphics work, basic animation, etcetera, but of course requires older software.
MacBook Pro Intel Core Duo
Offering Price: $325 (shipping extra; will be actual cost to ship to destination)
This is one of Apple’s first-generation, Intel-powered MacBook Pros. Here are the specs:
- Circa Late 2006 model
- Intel 2.0 GHz Core Duo CPU
- 15-inch widescreen
- 1 GB RAM (an upgrade from the standard 512k)
- 80 GB Disk
- SuperDrive (DVD + and – RW / CD-RW )
- Airport Extreme card for WiFi (802.11 a/b/g)
- Built-in iSight video camera
- Two USB 2.0, one FireWire 400, and one Ethernet ports
- Original box, install disks, and all accessories minus the Apple Remote (I’m keeping that for my iMac)
- Also included is an OS X 10.5 Leopard upgrade disk
- Original battery that still maintains good charge (although at some point you may want to get a new one)
Note: This MacBook Pro comes with the Core Duo chip, not Core 2 Duo. It only runs 32-bit applications. That means it cannot run 64-bit applications. It also means that Snow Leopard is the last OS that can be installed as OS X 10.7 Lion requires a 64-bit chip architecture. But, most current applications are 32-bit or at least still offer 32-bit applications (including open source binaries), so that is currently not a big issue.
Note 2: Although this MacBook Pro shipped with OS X 10.4 Tiger install disks, I purchased a separate OS X 10.5 Leopard upgrade disk. The Leopard upgrade disk will come with the machine. Of course, if you want, you can purchase OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and install it on this machine.
Note 3: I’ve performed a full security erase of the disk and reinstalled the OS, upgrading it to Leopard. It is ready to go out of the box. You will just want/need to create a new user account with a password as I’ve created an initial user account without a password.
Condition: Good to very good. The screen has one bad pixel. Well, two thirds of a bad pixel as the pixel is constantly red. It was this way from day one. I looked into returning it because of this extremely minor defect but learned that back when this computer was manufactured, Apple apparently let notebook monitors with up to two bad pixels pass as okay. So, I just decided to use it as is and quickly forgot about it. The aluminum case has normal wear and tear.
There are no guarantees and no warranties. When purchasing this MacBook Pro computer you acknowledge and agree to the fact that you are purchasing this computer as is.
PowerMac G5 Tower with 23-inch Apple Cinema Display
Offering Price: $275 (shipping extra; will be actual cost to ship to destination)
This was one beast of a powerful graphics computer in its heyday. It still works fine. Here are the specs:
- Circa early 2004 model
- PowerPC Dual 2.0 GHz CPUs
- 4 GB RAM (an upgrade from the standard 1 GB)
- Radeon 9800XT video card (the best upgrade available back then)
- Two disk drives with the primary offering 148 GB of storage and the secondary offering 250 GB of storage
- SuperDrive (DVD + and – RW / CD-RW )
- Airport Extreme card for WiFi (802.11 a/b)
- Three USB 2.0, three FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, and one Ethernet ports
- 23-inch Apple Cinema Display Aluminum enclosure (originally a $1999 monitor)
- The Apple Cinema Display has two USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports
- All original items including install disks, accessories, and manual
- Also included is a OS X 10.5 Leopard Family Pack boxset
- Finally, I’m also including Family Pack versions of both iLife ’08 and iWork ’08. They are each compatible with both PowerPC-based and Intel-based CPUs. Family Packs allow you to install the software on up to five machines. If you want, you can upgrade iWork to the latest, current version—iWork ’09. However, the latest version of iLife–iLife ‘11–requires an intel-based computer.
Note: This is not an Intel-based computer. It has the PowerPC chipset manufactured by Motorola—the chip architecture that all Apple computers used before switching to Intel chips.
Note 2: Although this PowerMac shipped with OS X 10.3 Jaguar install disks, I upgraded it to OS X 10.4 Tiger, then finally OS X 10.5 Leopard. The computer comes with a full family-pack version of OS X 10.5 Leopard that I purchased separately. That means you can install Leopard on up to five machines if you want. As both OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and the upcoming OS X 10.7 Lion require the Intel-based chipset, this computer cannot run any OS past Leopard.
Note 3: I’ve performed a full security erase of the disks and reinstalled the OS, upgrading it to Leopard. It is ready to go out of the box. You will just want/need to create a new user account with a password as I’ve created an initial user account without a password.
Note 4: The Apple Cinema Display comes in its original box but I do not have the original shipping box for the Tower. Not a big issue as the tower is a block that can easily and securely be packaged in a different box.
Condition: Good to very good. The tower’s aluminum enclosure is in very good condition, a few minor scrapes here and there. The inside is very clean—I performed periodic maintenance on it throughout the years, vacuuming out dust and cleaning the fans. The video card went bad 6-months ago and I managed to find a newly-reconditioned one from Blue Raven. Therefore, I would expect, but of course cannot guarantee, that the video card will work for many more years. The 23-inch Apple Cinema Display works fine but it is not as bright as the newer Apple displays. This monitor uses an active-matrix LCD display whereas the newer Apple displays are LED based.
There are no guarantees and no warranties. When purchasing this PowerMac G5 computer and monitor you acknowledge and agree to the fact that you are purchasing this computer and monitor as is.
I also have a first-generation iPad that I still use but might be willing to part with for the right price. It is a 32 GB iPad (version 1) 3G + WiFi. It’s in great shape (well, it has a minor scratch on the aluminum back and a small dent on one of the aluminum corners). Neither affect the performance of the iPad. I have the original box.
If you’re interested in having a first-gen iPad, make me a good offer and I might be willing to selling it as well.
There are no guarantees and no warranties. When purchasing this iPad you acknowledge and agree to the fact that you are purchasing this iPad as is.