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07 No really, how much is my system worth? (Macintosh for sale)




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This article is from the Macintosh for sale FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

07 No really, how much is my system worth? (Macintosh for sale)

I'll give a few numbers I consider current as of Fall, 1995.
Unlike the completely ridiculous prices you'll find in the AmCo
index these values shouldn't leave the buyer feeling ripped off.
As a seller you can often get higher prices than these, but as a
buyer these represent what you should be able to bargain somebody
down to. Asking prices and configurations vary WILDLY so haggle
and don't be afraid to wait for a better deal if you don't like
what someone is offering.

When trying to determine reasonable prices for discontinued
equipment I consider several factors. First I set a floor for a
given model based on what used equipment dealers like Sun Remarketing
are willing to pay for inventory and by what repair shops will pay
for parts. Then I set a ceiling based on two thirds of typical
prices for a model at used computer dealers. Used computer dealers
can charge more than individuals because they do offer warranties
that provide some protection against buying a lemon. Nonetheless the
Macintosh market moves so fast that dealers of used equipment
sometimes aren't able to unload inventory before the price of
equivalent new models drops below what they paid for inventory. The
existence of many of these dealers is marginal and depends heavily on
customers who assume that new equipment is more expensive than old
and that mail order is cheaper than buying from the local dealer,
neither of which is necessarily true. Thus I also considered the
prices of equivalent and better new machines as well.

The real kicker here is the LC 475 (a.k.a. Quadra 605), a 25 MHz
68LC040 (no FPU), 4 megs RAM, 80 megabyte hard disk, keyboard,
several useful applications and a twelve month warranty for about
$499 new. Very few used Macs currently being offered for sale have
as much horsepower as this machine though some may have additional
features such as a monitor or more slots. However very few people
buying used equipment need more than one expansion slot. Thus as a
buyer or a seller ask yourself what a machine is worth compared to
an LC 475. Within this range I try to set the suggested price
in the ballpark of the lowest asking price I've seen on Usenet or
elsewhere. Finally I adjust the prices a little between models to
make sure that equivalently capable used Macs cost about the same
amount. My ultimate goal is to ensure that a buyer who pays the
price listed here does not feel cheated in a transaction, either
because they see the Mac they just bought for $1000 advertised for
$500 two weeks later or because they realize they could have bought
a better Mac new for the same money. Both of these happen far
too frequently.

These prices are mainly for discontinued models. For models
that are still available new, see the list in question 3.8. Figure
the same system used is worth about 70% of that price plus an
extra half percent for every month of warranty coverage left. For
compact Macs all prices include a keyboard and mouse. Take $100
off the price if there's no keyboard or mouse or both. Otherwise
the prices are just for the base CPU with internal hard drive and
RAM. Most offers to sell do include a monitor, keyboard and mouse
and some room for haggling so asking prices will typically be
somewhat higher. RAM and hard drive configurations can vary
greatly. I've tried to include the high and low ends as well as
the configurations you're most likely to run across. Use your best
judgment when interpolating and extrapolating to other models.

          Mac 128                     $50
          Mac 512                     $50
          Mac 512ke                   $50
          Mac Plus 1/0                $50
          Mac Plus 4/0                $100
          SE 1/0                      $75
          SE 1/20                     $100
          SE 4/0                      $100
          SE 4/40                     $125
          SE/30 1/0                   $150
          SE/30 4/40                  $350
          SE/30 5/80                  $400
          SE/30 8/80                  $450
          Classic 4/40                $140
          Classic 4/80                $165
          Classic II 2/40             $265
          Classic II 4/80             $370
          Color Classic 4/80          $410
  
          LC 4/40                     $175
          LC 4/80                     $225
          LC 10/80                    $300
          LC II 4/40                  $175
          LC II 4/80                  $200
          LC II 8/80                  $250
          LC III 4/80                 $300
          LC III 4/160                $350
          LC 520 4/80                 $650
          LC 520 5/80/2CD             $800
          LC 520 8/160/2CD            $900
          LC 550 4/160                $895
          LC 575 5/160/2CD            $940
          LC 575 8/160/2CD            $995
  
          Mac II 0/0                  $200 
          Mac II 0/0/FDHD             $225
          Mac II 8/40                 $300
          Mac II 4/105/FDHD           $400
          Mac IIx 0/0                 $300
          Mac IIx 8/80                $525
          Mac IIci 0/0                $400
          Mac IIci 8/80               $600
          Mac IIcx 0/0                $250      
          Mac IIsi 2/0                $325
          Mac IIsi 3/40               $420
          Mac IIsi 5/80               $475
          Mac IIsi 5/120/FPU          $500
          Mac IIfx 0/0                $700
          Mac IIfx 4/270              $900
          Mac IIvx 4/80               $400
          Mac IIvx 5/80/2CD           $550
          Mac IIvx 4/230              $450
          Mac IIvx 4/230/2CD          $600
  
          Centris 610 4/80            $500
          Centris 610 8/80            $575
          Centris 610 8/230           $675
          Centris 610 8/230/2CD       $800
          Centris 650 8/230           $800
          Centris 650 8/230/2CD       $950 
  
          Mac Portable 1/40           $200
          Mac Portable 4/40           $250
          Mac Portable 4/80/Backlit   $300
  
          Quadra 605 4/80 (LC 475)    $400
          Quadra 605 4/160 (LC 475)   $469
          Quadra 605 8/160            $579
          Quadra 605 8/250            $599
          Quadra 610 8/160            $700
          Quadra 610 8/160/DOS        $990
          Quadra 610 8/230            $800
          Quadra 610 8/230/2CD        $900
          Quadra 650 8/230            $1100
          Quadra 650 8/500            $1400                    
          Quadra 650 16/230           $1500          
          Quadra 650   8/230/2CD      $1280          
          Quadra 650   8/500/2CD      $1600          
          Quadra 660av 8/80           $1050
          Quadra 660av 8/230          $1095
          Quadra 660av 8/230/2CD      $1200
          Quadra 660av 8/500          $1320
          Quadra 660av 8/500/2CD      $1560
          Quadra 800   8/230          $1400
          Quadra 800   8/500          $1500
          Quadra 800   8/500/2CD      $1600
          Quadra 800   8/1000         $1900          
          Quadra 840av 8/230          $1660
          Quadra 840av 8/230/2CD      $1895
          Quadra 840av 8/500          $2050
          Quadra 840av 16/500         $2200
          Quadra 840av 16/500/2CD     $2450
          Quadra 840av 16/1000/2CD    $3900
          Quadra 950   8/0            $1960
          Quadra 950   8/230          $2100
          Quadra 950   8/400          $2250
          Quadra 950   8/500          $2500
          Quadra 950   16/1000        $2900
          Quadra 700 4/0              $600
          Quadra 700 4/80             $700
          Quadra 700 8/105            $800
          Quadra 900 4/0              $1200
          Quadra 900 4/160            $1500
  
          PowerMac 6100/60   8/160    $905
          PowerMac 6100/60   8/250    $1000
          PowerMac 6100/60   8/250/2CD$1205
          PowerMac 6100/60   16/250   $1300
  
          PowerBook 100  2/20         $300
          PowerBook 100  4/40         $375
          PowerBook 140  2/20         $400
          PowerBook 140  4/40         $475
          PowerBook 140  4/120        $650
          PowerBook 145  4/40         $650
          PowerBook 145b 4/40         $595
          PowerBook 145b 4/80         $695
          PowerBook 145b 4/120        $795
          PowerBook 160  2/20         $600
          PowerBook 160  4/40         $700
          PowerBook 165  4/80         $1095
          PowerBook 165  4/160        $1195
          PowerBook 165  4/160/Modem  $1295
          PowerBook 165c 4/80         $1295
          PowerBook 165c 4/120        $1395
          PowerBook 165c 4/120/Modem  $1495
          PowerBook 170  4/40         $900
          PowerBook 170  4/80         $975
          PowerBook 170  8/40/modem   $995
          PowerBook 170  4/120        $965
          PowerBook 180  4/80         $1350
          PowerBook 180  4/120        $1460
          PowerBook 180  4/120/Modem  $1570
          PowerBook 180c 4/80         $1550
          PowerBook 180c 4/160        $1660
          PowerBook 180c 4/160/Modem  $1770
          PowerBook 540  4/240        $2195
          PowerBook 540  12/240/Modem $2595
  
          Duo 210 4/80                $605
          Duo 230 4/80                $695
          Duo 230 4/120               $795
          Duo 230 4/120/Modem         $895
          Duo 250 4/200               $1150
          Duo 250 12/200/Modem        $1350
          Duo 270c 4/240              $1500
          Duo 270c 12/240/Modem       $1895
  
          ImageWriter                 $50
          ImageWriter II              $75
          ImageWriter LQ              $100
          StyleWriter                 $135
          Personal Laserwriter SC     $200
          Personal Laserwriter LS     $235
          Personal Laserwriter NT     $285
          Personal Laserwriter NTR    $335
          LaserWriter IISC            $300
          LaserWriter IINT            $500
          LaserWriter IINTX           $600
          LaserWriter IIf             $735
          LaserWriter IIg             $995          
  
          Apple CDSC                  $50
          Apple CD-150                $75
          Apple CD-300                $125
          Apple Standard Keyboard     $50
          Apple Extended Keyboard     $85
          Apple 12" B/W Monitor       $115
          Apple 13" HiRes Color       $300
          Apple Portrait Display      $265

 

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