: ibook G4


_tone
Dec 6th, 2007, 11:28 PM
can anyone here recommend someplace where i could buy an ibook g4 for my kid for christmas. he wants to try the mac experience, and he'll need a laptop for school next year anyway, so i'd like to pick one up for him. the classifieds here are out of order, and i live in a small town in the bc interior with limited choices and resources. is ebay a risky option? in the interest of complete disclosure i currently have an ibook which i like, but i'm kind of useless with computers. any suggestions? anyone?

fyrefly
Dec 6th, 2007, 11:53 PM
eBay with paypal and Credit Card insurance is always an option. Be wary of customs/duty/brokerage at the border if ordering from the US.

There's also always craigslist. Find someone nearby who you can meet up with and do the deal in person - that's always preferable.

Also... if you already have an iBook, why not give him that one for xMas? Or do you want that one for yourself?

legendz
Dec 7th, 2007, 01:11 AM
Yea, ebay is where i got my ibook g4 from. If your going to go the ebay route, always look for a good seller feedback rate. Mine came surprisingly quickly and was everything the dealer said it was. Depending on the pricing range, would it be a better idea to get him a mac mini, unless your son travels a lot with it. I am always wary of meeting up with strangers for a deal but some of my friends have tried it and have been successful. Hope all goes well and you get an ibook!!

gadgetguy
Dec 7th, 2007, 01:50 AM
I bought both of my TiBooks (400 & 667) off eBay, both arrived as described. PayPal... eh, I'd go with CC through PayPal as they don't always get your money back to you. I've done over 120 transactions on eBay and only a few have been bad.

Oh, and don't ship with UPS. Here's why: My Story (http://www.cyberguy.ca/upssucks)...

Eric0
Dec 7th, 2007, 02:07 AM
I definitely agree DO NOT GO UPS if you buy off of Ebay. I have had very inconsistent service with them even when they ship within Canada.

If you have doubts about Ebay you could try these guys MostlyDigital.ca
I have had good experiences with them in the past. Everything is above board.

There is a potential iBook here that you may wish to consider.
Mostly Digital : USED - iBook G4 1GHz 12” CD-ROM (http://www.mostlydigital.ca/detail.php?recordID=H69612)

Alternatively, I agree with Fyrefly that you should consider giving your son your iBook and purchasing yourself a new Macbook.

gadgetguy
Dec 7th, 2007, 02:16 AM
Good call on that website although I don't think $500 can be justified for 1GHz/256/CD-ROM. And a 12" at that. I paid about $400 for my PowerBook G4 667 MHz, 1 GB RAM, Combo, 20 GB, 15" screen. I guess it's the speed you're paying for.

Eric0
Dec 7th, 2007, 03:01 AM
Wow that is a little overpriced compared to the Powerbook you have. I guess its retailer markup more than anything else.

Personally, tone if your buying for your kid, I would see if I could get a used Core Duo or Core 2 Duo Macbook. You can find Core 2 Duo's around 850 so I'm sure you could get a Core Duo for even less.

I don't like to push people beyond their budgets but going a model up to the Macbook gives you a few more years of "current" technology. Meaning your child could easily get 3-4 years of use without frustration from lagging applications or hardware incompatibility.

Doesn't look like they have any in stock but I'm sure you could call and ask.

Mostly Digital : USED - MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White (http://www.mostlydigital.ca/detail.php?recordID=H69531&p_combined_search_field=macbook&sort_and_order=price_desc&currentRecord=16)

chas_m
Dec 7th, 2007, 05:23 AM
can anyone here recommend someplace where i could buy an ibook g4 for my kid for christmas. ... in the interest of complete disclosure i currently have an ibook which i like, but i'm kind of useless with computers. any suggestions? anyone?

Since the kid is only "trying" the Mac experience, I would strongly suggest you give him your iBook and get yourself a new(er) model. Prep the iBook as though it was completely new (ie get out the DVD/CDs that came with it, erase and install).

By the time he outgrows the iBook, you'll have a new "hand-me-down" to give him in the form of your MacBook! ;)

johnnydee
Dec 7th, 2007, 07:28 AM
You could also try Index of /deals (http://www.lowendmac.com/deals) and see what they have!
John

Eric0
Dec 7th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Cool site.

wcg
Dec 7th, 2007, 01:39 PM
I bought an iBook G4 from Ebay for my wife. It's a 1.2 GHz with 512 MB RAM, 30 GB disk. It was $417 from zmi-notebooks (http://myworld.ebay.ca/zmi-notebooks/) an eBay store in Toronto. It was shipped within a week using Canada Post. I'm fairly happy with it - it looks used but everything works great on it. This seller has good feedback and has a few other iBooks for sale. I had to replace the rubber feet which I bought on ebay as well.