Really good deal on new Macs

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Let it be said that I hate CompUSA but they have a pretty good trade in deal



Trade in values:

Apple Desktops

? PowerPC G3 $100

? PowerPC G4 $500

? iMac (any processor) $250



Apple Notebooks

? 166Mhz to 266Mhz $200

? 300Mhz to 400Mhz $300

? 500Mhz and higher $600



you can read about it here:

<a href="http://www.insanely-great.com/news.php?id=787"; target="_blank">http://www.insanely-great.com/news.php?id=787</a>;



A dual 867 for $1200 is not bad at all. Much better than upgrading your old sawtooth.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I think you can do much better on eBay.
  • Reply 2 of 21
    onlookeronlooker Posts: 5,252member
    That may be a good for you, but I can do better than $500 for my 867 SP on ebay.



    Now that I think about it... What the H3ll is CompUSA thinking? We are not PC users. That is a fair trade for a PC with what they are worth, but Mac's don't loose as much value the second you buy one. Did they even bother to check and see what the resale value is on a PowerMac, PowerBook, iBook, or iMac?



    You would be an idiot to bring in anything Mac related for that price.



    [ 08-17-2002: Message edited by: onlooker ]</p>
  • Reply 3 of 21
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Wait a minute, is that $500 for *any* G4 tower? If so, that's pretty good for us folks with old towers. I mean, I'd strip mine back to its original configuration and sell it for $500. Why the hell not? Old drive, old Card, DVD-ROM...



    I'd say if you have anything below a 733 it's a pretty good deal. Also, the fine print from the reader comments on that sight seem to indicate two things: you get an immediate credit card voucher, and then you must use that money to purchase a new system (right then). No leaving and coming back, etc.



    I originally had no plans to upgrade to these things, but that Dual 867 for $1200 is pretty hard to pass up. Even the Dual Gig for around $2000 is pretty nice. Only question is, does CUSA have anything other than standard config machines? Can you get a dual gig without the SuperDrive for example?



    [ 08-17-2002: Message edited by: Moogs ]</p>
  • Reply 4 of 21
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I posted this about a week ago in General Discussion.



    at first I thought it was a good deal, but for the most part you can get a lot more money on eBay.
  • Reply 5 of 21
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Depends on what you're selling, doesn't it? I mean for older machines (anything 550MHz and under), I doubt you'll get more than $500 unless you have a lot of extras - true?
  • Reply 6 of 21
    dude, you can sell a G3 350 on ebay for more than a hundered dollars by far... CompUSA is raping you
  • Reply 7 of 21
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    what is compusa going to do with all the old machines that people send in?
  • Reply 8 of 21
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]Originally posted by Paul:

    <strong>what is compusa going to do with all the old machines that people send in?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Hmm... that's a good question.
  • Reply 9 of 21
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]Originally posted by Moogs:

    <strong>Depends on what you're selling, doesn't it? I mean for older machines (anything 550MHz and under), I doubt you'll get more than $500 unless you have a lot of extras - true?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    You think you can't get more than $500 for things under 550MHz? That's crazy. Not too long ago 550MHz G4s were great.
  • Reply 10 of 21
    [quote]Originally posted by Paul:

    <strong>what is compusa going to do with all the old machines that people send in?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    EBaying them, or otherwise resaleing for enormous profit. Those prices are absolutly terrible deals. Outright awfull.
  • Reply 11 of 21
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    [quote]Originally posted by digitalandres:

    <strong>



    EBaying them, or otherwise resaleing for enormous profit. Those prices are absolutly terrible deals. Outright awfull.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    corporations can sell stuff on ebay?
  • Reply 12 of 21
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    All I know is EBay requires my bank account and routing number for seller verification. That's horse shit. Credit card maybe, bank account - no FVCKING WAY. If it came to that, I'd strip my G4 down to the original parts at take my $500. I took a look at the selling prices for machines similar to mine - most are under $600. Hardly seems worth it.



    Like I said, a SP 667 (or any dual) - or faster - and it's clearly a better idea to go EBay. Otherwise CUSA's deal isn't that bad. Maybe you could squeeze an extra $80 or $100 out for a power Mac with certain specs, but by and large you wouldn't get much more money - just a lot more hassle (shipping, seller fees, etc.).
  • Reply 13 of 21
    qaziiqazii Posts: 305member
    Since the laptop rebates are defined by processor speed, if you put in a processor upgrade, could you get the higher rebate? If so, it could be a good deal.
  • Reply 14 of 21
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    I saw the ad. Just so you know, the rebates for PCs are less. The maximum amount, rather than $600, is only $400 or $450. And the lowest amount is $50, not $100.



    It would be a good idea for really old iMac owners. $250 for a 700 MHz iMac is no good, but $250 for a Bondi one is great.



    Do they check to make sure it boots up with what you've given them? Couldn't you theoretically put, say, a spare 500MB hard drive on it and install a basic OS, keeping the larger stock HD for yourself? *evil grin* or you could leave in only enough RAM to boot up, and not even include an optical drive <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> nevermind, I shouldn't be mean.



    [ 08-18-2002: Message edited by: Luca Rescigno ]</p>
  • Reply 15 of 21
    fishdocfishdoc Posts: 189member
    $250 for a rev a iMac is actually only okay - that is roughly what they are selling for on ebay (more, if you have added ram etc).





    Fish
  • Reply 16 of 21
    wwworkwwwork Posts: 140member
    that offer is a bit less hassle than selling on ebay. I don't think I would buy a computer on ebay or anything more than a few hundred dollars.
  • Reply 17 of 21
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Man is CUSA's web site worthless. Not only do they not have the current crop of Power Macs listed anywhere under their Apple pages, I still see no official sign of this rebate either. And of course there's the $82,000 OS X.2 upgrade CD.







    WhoTF is their webmaster and what is he/she smoking? It should be a banned substance - even reefer doesn't make you that dumb.







    [ 08-24-2002: Message edited by: Moogs ]</p>
  • Reply 18 of 21
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    [quote]Originally posted by fishdoc:

    <strong>$250 for a rev a iMac is actually only okay - that is roughly what they are selling for on ebay (more, if you have added ram etc).</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I haven't looked into it at all, but I thought I would be lucky to get $250 for my Rev.A iMac, even though I've boosted the RAM to 192MB, have installed a Griffin iPort (so that you can connect an ADB printer or other peripheral and an external monitor) and still have the original box and manuals.



    If only CompUSA took the trade-in on an LCD G4 iMac too. Then I'd be all over this trade-in offer. It's still worth considering if you'd rather not deal over eBay.



    Escher
  • Reply 19 of 21
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Only the offer doesn't seem to be listed anymore....



    I guess the only smart thing to do is call the store you'd go to, and see if they know what you're talking about. If they say "uhh, no - we haven't heard of that" the headaches required to get them to go along with it would be monumental.
  • Reply 20 of 21
    [quote]Originally posted by Moogs:

    <strong> And of course there's the $82,000 OS X.2 upgrade CD.





    [ 08-24-2002: Message edited by: Moogs ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

    hmm didn't see the 82,000 but they are charging 199.00 for it. that's insane



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