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How much is a psimo 500 worth??

post #1 of 13
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I have 2 and Im not sure how much they are worth at the moment?? And im selling them.

500mhz
128
12 gig?
DVD

Any advise?

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post #2 of 13
Well with the old Powerbooks, just sell them at the same price as the equivalent modern 'book.

The Pismo 500 has a 500 MHz G3 chip.
The entry-level iBook has a 500 MHz G3 chip.
The second-level iBook has a 600 MHz G3 chip.

The Pismo 500 has a 100 MHz bus.
The entry-level iBook has a 66 MHz bus.
The second-level iBook has a 100 MHz bus.

DVD
CD-ROM
DVD

I would suggest selling the Pismo as if it were a second-level iBook, since it has the DVD drive and the fast system bus. If you've been using it frequently, let the price fall to entry-level iBook price.

So, ask for $1500, settle for $1300 if pressed.
post #3 of 13
I think it's probably worth $1399 now that the $1499 iBooks have a 600MHz G3 and 100MHz bus.
post #4 of 13
Other things to factor in are the swappable bays, PC card slot, and 14 inch screen of the Pismo.
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post #5 of 13
[quote]Originally posted by MacAddict:
<strong>Other things to factor in are the swappable bays, PC card slot, and 14 inch screen of the Pismo.</strong><hr></blockquote>

That's true. I forgot about those things.
post #6 of 13
Also, are the 2 Pismos new or used?
post #7 of 13
Assuming it is used and in good shape it is worth about $1100-1300.

I have the same model but with 384 RAM (256 added).
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post #8 of 13
Another thing is do you have the original box and documents and everything?
post #9 of 13
I bought a Pismo 400/320/10GB with box, all manuals, all other OEM packaging and SW and cables for $900. It was on a deal, the original price was $1400.

From a dealer $1200-1400 is the going rate for 400MHz ones, the 500MHz ones are $200 more generally. From people you get more reasonable prices.
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post #10 of 13
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Just bought them as liqidated stock from a bust london firm. £300 each! Bargin.

Havnt opend them up yet but im told they are the top spec ones ie. 500mtz, 128, 20 gig DVD 14.1tft.

I thought about £1000 was close, i want to sell one and keep the other! they are sexy little gems!
post #11 of 13
[quote]Originally posted by Bogie:
<strong>I bought a Pismo 400/320/10GB with box, all manuals, all other OEM packaging and SW and cables for $900. It was on a deal, the original price was $1400.

From a dealer $1200-1400 is the going rate for 400MHz ones, the 500MHz ones are $200 more generally. From people you get more reasonable prices.</strong><hr></blockquote>

From a dealer...exactly. If he is looking to sell them himself they are worth much less. $1,100 to $1,300 at best. The dealers mark them up.

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post #12 of 13
You could always install your apps on it, then get drunk while you are packing it up for the buyer, forgetting to wipe the hard drive clean. I have heard of people doing that...
post #13 of 13
Here's my usual advice for buying and selling anything that depreciates as quickly as a computer. It's worth more if you're selling and less if you're buying. What does this mean, beyond the fact that everyone is trying to get the best possible deal?

It's worth more if you're selling because, supposedly you'll need to replace it with something. That may (or in your case probably) may not represent an improvement in line with the cost of upgrading to a new machine.

To the buyer, it is worth less because there are new machines that are better, and waranteed available at similar cost. And since everything is depreciating anyway, good deals come to those who wait. If the buyer really needs a machine now, unless that Pismo can be had under 1000, I suggest an iBook. It's new, it's faster, it has more disc space, and a warantee. Unless you can get it very cheap, go for a new machine instead.

To the seller, Why do you want to get rid of your machine anyway? The new machines really don't do anything that your machine can't, or at least they can't do it so much better that it justifies the cost -- Not for someone who already has a perfectly capable machine. Unless you can get a really nice chunk of change for it, just keep it, it's quite good.

'Catch 22' anyone? Pismo: it isn't worth buying used, but it also isn't worth selling for any of the current machines. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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