Value of CC - hacked or virginal?

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So there's a CC sitting on the shelf, waiting waiting to feel the bite of the Dremel. On the other hand, there are bills to pay.

How would the resale value of a working, virgin CC compare with even a perfect mod?

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condition, condition, condition

The only way a CC is worth more 'virginal' is if it is in pristine condition. Otherwise, Dremel(tm) away!

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Re: condition, condition, condition

dankephoto wrote:

The only way a CC is worth more 'virginal' is if it is in pristine condition. Otherwise, Dremel(tm) away!

dan k

and it would need to be boxed with manuals to be worth a premium price un-modded.

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Well depends how uppity you a

Well depends how uppity you are about pristine. If it's white with no markings then don't do it - this really is one of the 3 or 4 really classic models of mac. That said, they aren't worth a whole lot now ($50 or so) - but could be later (esp if people continue to destroy perfectly good ones by hacking them).

If it's scuffed, broken, etc beyond repair.. mod away. But if it is ugly I don't see the value in modding something that'll never look perfect.

For me - any destructive mod reduces the value. Even a perfect one.

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Depends on the culture.

See, in some cultures, the untouched virgin state is the absolute most important factor, whereas in other cultures, the more experience that is available, the more valuable.

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today's lesson: supply and demand

Hold still while I swat your hand with this virtual ruler . . . ahh, that's better. Now listen up. ;D

If there are lots of non-pristine CCs about and few 'perfect' examples, then the perfect examples are gonna fetch a premium price.

Fact is, most CCs were acquired relatively cheaply and used the way they were meant to be used, therefore those well-worn examples are common and cheap. The very few examples that have had very little use of course are worth more. Those that have had no visible use are worth alot more. Those that are unused and complete with all packaging and original materials are worth a whole lot more.

There are buyers who will pay any amount for as-new examples of any item. There are buyers who will pay something less for nearly perfect examples of the same item. Prices rise to the extent supply allows.

As time goes by this dynamic will not change, only the diminishing available quantity of pristine examples will push their prices to what may seem completely unreasonable heights.

So the only real question is: what is the condition of DrBunsen's example?

That is all, class dismissed. Tongue

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Demand is also variable!

dankephoto wrote:

As time goes by this dynamic will not change, only the diminishing available quantity of pristine examples will push their prices to what may seem completely unreasonable heights.

Apart from diminishing supply, the other factor, which you ignore, is variability of demand. For example, there are necessarily fewer mint CCs available now than there were seven years ago. However, demand has fallen, so prices are actually lower than they were seven years ago. The same applies to mint 128KB Macs.

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Condition

Practically unused, no markings, no yellowing, screen perfect. Not booting at the moment, but it seems to be a software problem rather than hardware from memory - maybe the PRAM battery. I haven't put the time into fixing it yet. And i should be able to come up with a nice, white collectable keyboard and mouse from the stack.

Still as others have said, they're not pulling in the big bucks on ebay.com.au that they were a year or two ago.

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