Resale value of iMac?
June 7, 2012 10:39 AM   Subscribe

What's the best way to determine the value of a used iMac?

I have a 27" iMac, 2.93 ghz quadcore with 16 gb of Crucial RAM that I co-own with a business partner. What is the best way to determine the current value of this asset, for purposes of one of us buying the other one out of it?
posted by meadowlark lime to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Price similar machines on ebay an craigslist.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 10:40 AM on June 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

Or check out prices at some of the used mac resellers, like smalldog. (Note that smalldog doesn't have that model used right now.)
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:49 AM on June 7, 2012

Completed eBay listings.
posted by jeffch at 10:50 AM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Or try this site to search all national listings on Craigslist.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:50 AM on June 7, 2012

There are sites that try to answer this question for you. One is
posted by jjwiseman at 11:32 AM on June 7, 2012

I'll nth eBay of craigslist. It's sort of like the Blue Book for everything else in life.
posted by SNWidget at 11:44 AM on June 7, 2012

nthing Completed eBay listings as well. The problem with looking at open eBay listings and CL is that many times the sellers are asking for more than the item will sell for, so you will get an inflated notion of the "value" of the item.
posted by puritycontrol at 12:06 PM on June 7, 2012

Here is a close match to what you are selling from Pricenomics: Modal value $1,274 in a range from about $1,000 to €1,500.
posted by rongorongo at 12:16 PM on June 7, 2012

You could also check Gazelle which will give you a very bad price, but a dead-easy sale. Note that price is probably going to drop significantly in a couple of days. New iMacs are a near certainty at WWDC.
posted by The Bellman at 12:51 PM on June 7, 2012

Nthing the people who note the important distinction between current and completed eBay auctions.

Also, if the RAM is the only upgrade, it might make more sense to price the stock computer and the RAM separately.
posted by box at 5:26 PM on June 7, 2012

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