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Old March 29th, 2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Where to buy a good clamshell iBook

Remember the first "clamshell" iBooks? They were over ordered in late 1999 but were very popular. I ended up buying a PowerBook because I couldn't get one. By May 2001, they came out with the spiffier ones that we know and love (even with the tasty G4 upgrade).

But, I want one of those clamshell/candy-looking iBooks for writing and websurfing/eBaying. But I don't want to spend $500 at Powermax.com.

So, where's a good, reliable place to buy a candy-colored, clamshell iBook?

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Old March 29th, 2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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Small Dog Electronics has used Macs from time to time. Have you looked at the online Apple Store? Last week they had refurbished G3 iBooks for about $600 and unopened ones for about $700. I don't see them there now unfortunately. But keep checking back if you're not in a big hurry.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 04:59 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've been buying from Small Dog for almost three years! But I'm looking for older than the ones they sell!

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Old March 29th, 2004, 05:06 PM   #4
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Sometimes you have to call them for the older equipment. Does your school qualify for the Apple Education Discounts? It only applies to new equipment though.

I've heard good things about PowerBook Guy from my students, but I have no personal experience with them.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 05:50 PM   #5
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I haven't, either, but their layout is strange on the site...

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Old March 29th, 2004, 05:58 PM   #6
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Just curious... have you actually used one of these recently? We got one at work back when they first came out and still have it. Seems painfully s-l-o-w by today's standards. I think ours is a G3/266. We also have some of the first batch of 12" iBooks which are G3/500's. They're not speed demons, but are a huge improvement.
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Ive got a Grey one. I can ask the love of my life if she will part with it.
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Let me know. Boyd, I just want to do screenwriting, regular writing and some eBay stuff. It'll be a back-up to my G5.

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Old March 29th, 2004, 08:49 PM   #9
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You might also want to look at the G3 PowerBooks from a little earlier in time, G3 Pismo and Lombard. The Pismo has FireWire and a DVD-ROM drive. The Lombard is a year older (1999) less ram, smaller drives, slower processor, heavier, slower buss, but still faster than an original iBook and lighter.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 10:09 PM   #10
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I also have a 500mzh G4 Powerbook Ti. It's almost 3 years old and well used but still works great. You can make an offer on that if you like. Still working on the clam shell.
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How much for the TiBook?
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Donno what its worth. What do you think?
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$660 on eBay. A bit out of my price range, though....

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Old March 31st, 2004, 06:17 AM   #14
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The Apple Store has refurbished iBooks again, newer models, but higher prices.
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Old March 31st, 2004, 08:43 AM   #15
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macmall.com has new 800 mhz machines for $699.

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