is it worth then?
On average you pay $10 for a Compact or 68030 machine,
but normally you'd get it for free, as these models
are not worth much to a company. Most private owners
refuse to sell their machines to a market price and
should be avoided. The size of the Hard Drive,
installed options and the amount of installed RAM might
influence the price.
A NuBus PowerMac or a 68040 machine might go for around $20 - 50. PCI based
PowerMacs with a 601 processor for $50 - 80. PowerMacs with 604 processor
might go for $75 - 150.
If you add a screen, you could add another $10 on top of the price. All of
the above prices are including mouse and keyboard and should be in a working
condition. If you want to buy or sell a broken vintage machine it is not
worth anything. But then again you might be able to buy or sell a broken
machine via eBay. Give it a try.
If you got or want a collectors item, now that is
different. Most Apple machines would not be considered
collector's items, but there are a few worth paying
extra for. Notably are of course: the Apple I, Apple
II (original), Mac 128k, Lisa, MacTV, Twentieth Century
Mac, Pippin, Set Top Boxes, eMate and some Workgroup
Servers. Perhaps we will also see the Newton series
and some developer machines worth a whole lot more.
Most western countries have a very short turnaround
time for computers and in Europe some countries even
exchange their total computer park every 3 years! For
tax purposes computers are usually considered worthless
in that time and can then be terminated without any
tax penalties. 3 years and your computer is worthless.
This is good for those of us who are collecting, but
if you think you are going to become rich from your
Apple collection . Think again - Think Different!™.
Remember that the computer you once bought for a specific purpose, might
still do the trick and if so, is it really worthless? Certainly not. You
can still operate it the same way and in many cases faster than most over
loaded computers of today. But then you might not get color, internet and
So what ever you do:
Don't pay too much!
isn't worth it..