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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:57

I bought a vintage 1995 Macintosh PowerBook off of craigslist for $15. The Powerbook works flawlessly and the screen is very sharp. It came with 15 manuals/docs also. Are PowerBooks collectible or valuable, espcecially if it has all these docs/manuals with it?

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#2 PhilTheThrill

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:02

I'd say it's worth about $15...

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:07

I think you missed the 0 key!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:10

Does it have retina?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:13

I'd say it's worth about $15...


To whoever has to pick it up and dump it?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:16

This is actually my first Apple product lol! Its a nice vintage laptop and the screen is extremely sharp for its age. !

Does the Ipad have a floppy drive and a touch pad? :woot: This is also built in the USA, so therefore it is superior to the ipad!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:21

It's a nice machine. Would be a great writing-dedicated device.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:25

Why are most replies negative? Thats a great deal, working vintage machines for $15 and not getting shot from craigslist psychos, can't go wrong ;)

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:27

That is pretty neat, actually. Nice find :D

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:29

A great boat anchor if ever I saw one :D

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:56

It might be worth something to a collector (I'm actually looking for a PowerMac 9500 :shifty:), but otherwise it's just a 18 year old laptop.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:13

I think you missed the 0 key!


Errrrr $015?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:19

I'm a vintage Mac collector. My first computer was a Mac Plus, then we moved on to an LCII. My first laptop was PowerBook 165 (which I got for $25). I mastered System 7 at a young age.

For $15, you did well! Working PowerBooks in good condition tend to sell for much higher.

The number of vintage Mac collectors has increased slightly over the years. People are getting back into vintage hardware. Not for serious work, but for fun in their spare time. So, have some fun with it! System 7 was a unique platform. Learn all you can about it. There's a site called the Macintosh Garden where you can get a whole lot of "abandon-ware". Try out After Dark, Office, Claris applications, games (Crystal Crazy, Spectre Supreme, Hellcats). If you like playing around with old hardware, you'll love it. No OS is easier to network than System 7 - AppleTalk worked great.

The 5300c had a 10.4" 640x480 pixel active matrix color LCD display. From passive matrix to active, the price would have jumped about $1,000! The screen quality on early color (active matrix) PowerBooks is better than on some laptops today, and active matrix is what collectors want, because it lasts a lot longer.

Once again, well done. Unfortunately, my 5300c no longer boots. :(

I'm no longer a Mac person. As soon as I experienced Windows, I saw it's advantages over System 7/Mac OS (Start menu/taskbar/right-click mouse button menu-scroll wheel/pre-emptive multitasking/memory protection). I dislike Mac OS X, mainly because of it's poor window management, and also the fact that it's a hog on system resources.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:54

Awesome deal. I would buy it even if it's worth 50$. Yes I am an Atari diehard fan and if someone sells me old Atari PC (personal computer), I would buy it too.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:11

Good deal...Good collector item if your into Mac PC's...Don't listen to others negative comments. The value of the computer is all up to you..



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