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WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 08, 2022 02:04PM
Trying to do some spring cleaning -- and I have a stack of iMacs I haven't used in years. They all run as far as I know.

If I were to sell, I prob need to go thru and erase drives, which means booting and checking each one. pfft. Or I could just e-waste. (Does anyone know if apple or BB will take them?)

iLamp 15", white 2006 20", AL 2007 24", 2008 20", and 2010 27".

None have USB 3, so that's a negative. The 2010 has a SSD, but power supply runs really hot, so also a negative. Of course no modern OS.

thoughts?





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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: January 08, 2022 02:32PM
You trust some random Best Buy worker to not root through them? You should wipe them regardless.

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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 08, 2022 02:46PM
I suppose for peace of mind you could take the time to remove the hard drives and then e-waste the remains. Then you could just de-mag, destroy or erase the drives at your leisure.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: January 08, 2022 02:56PM
Sell. There’s still a demand.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 08, 2022 03:40PM
Offer to donate to some kid or family center (after wiping the drives and reinstalling an OS). I they won't take them, then e-waste.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 08, 2022 03:47PM
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Ombligo
Offer to donate to some kid or family center (after wiping the drives and reinstalling an OS). I they won't take them, then e-waste.

yeah, tried years ago -- due to them being Macs, and not being to run latest OS / Security (pffft), I kinda found this a no-go. They didn't want them.

I mean they "work" just not as good a modern iron. even a Chromebook might be speedier for basic tasks.





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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 08, 2022 03:53PM
Where are you located?



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 08, 2022 04:12PM
Ever thought of loading one of those up with photos and let it run the photo screensaver? I find that it adds to the atmosphere of a room.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: ArtP
Date: January 08, 2022 04:14PM
Not sure how Reddit works but I've seen some guys go GAGA over some plain "trash" Macs like I have sitting in my basement in the Reddit Vintage Apple area.

Not sure if you can buy or sell there, but guys get excited over a fruit variety iMac that was sitting out on a roof in the rain like an occasional Thrift Store Score here.

There is also the Low End Mac Swap list It's a google group so I can't remember how to join or opt in

Anyway, If either of these work - report back and let us know, i have some things to sell rather than going to the curb on bulk day.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 08, 2022 04:21PM
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pRICE cUBE
Ever thought of loading one of those up with photos and let it run the photo screensaver? I find that it adds to the atmosphere of a room.

Wife would never go for it =)

The iLamp would be great... lost the special power cord Ken SP gave me. =(

Just realized there might be a 2012 21.5" somewhere. Drive is dead. But has USB 3.







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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: pdq
Date: January 08, 2022 04:27PM
With a wife and a small gaggle of kids, all Mac folks, I got used to getting ‘em sold while there was still some interest on eBay. Don’t know how many we went thru.

A couple got survived for various reasons. My IIci, for sentimentality; the lime lollipop iMac DV, probably the same reason.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: ArtP
Date: January 08, 2022 04:31PM
From that Reddit Vintage Apple ...



Guy with a Porsche happy about scoring a Bondi Blue iMac?

Edit: Also a PowerMacG4 in a Tesla - YMMV





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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 08, 2022 04:41PM
I need a 27" mid-2010 LCD panel. Mine has dark steaks in it. I've posted about a few times. Any chance you have a good one or do want to leave them together? I would be interested either way.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: January 08, 2022 04:53PM
If all else fails an Apple Store will take Apple products in for recycling. I dropped off an old mini, an old MBA, and various cables just a few weeks ago. no appointment necessary.

You might check online for Apple's recycling program and see if they will ship you boxes and prepaid labeling.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: pdq
Date: January 08, 2022 04:57PM
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ArtP
Edit: Also a PowerMacG4 in a Tesla - YMMV


Dang. I always thought that was the best looking Mac Pro.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: DavidS
Date: January 08, 2022 07:30PM
I had a 2009 iMac collecting dust for the last year. I tried to sell it on Craigslist but no takers. I dropped it off last week with a bunch of other stuff for an end of the year thrift store donation.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: jonny
Date: January 08, 2022 07:35PM
Facebook 'Buy Nothing' group in your area.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: January 08, 2022 07:38PM
I just reloaded OS on an iMac (CRT), eMac, and white iMac (2007) plus a bunch of old laptops (MacBooks, powerbook) and dropped them off at the local thrift shop.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: January 08, 2022 07:41PM
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S. Pupp
Sell. There’s still a demand.

This. Working iLamps are easily going for $150+ on eBay.




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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: January 08, 2022 07:45PM
I have a 17” iLamp and a 2006 24” that are both used as digital picture frames, they both get lots of comments and complements from visitors to my home. Next time I have a free day to goof around I’m setting up one of my cubes with an ACD for the same duty.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: rz
Date: January 08, 2022 08:02PM
My wife still uses her 27" 2010 iMac. She's hoping the new iMacs are at least 27". She doesn't want to go down to 24". If/when she gets a new one, the old one will go in her sewing room to watch videos.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 08, 2022 08:55PM
Me too rz -- went from my 2.93 i7 2010 to a 3.5 i5 2014 and it seemed like barely a blip. 2014 had the 5K screen and USB 3, but in the grand scheme of things, meh. I prob should have saved my $ and kept using the 2010. No way I would go the 24 either, really hoping the 27" is 30". =) And I need more power than the M1 for the adobe suite.

thanks all.

someone took one (thanks!) -- wasnt really my intent to try and sell, was mostly curious if anyone thought there was value...

Im hesitant on selling the ilamp, since I don't have a power cord... I dunno whats on it. Was my moms mac.... maybe I will bust the bottom off and pull the drive.





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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 08, 2022 11:02PM
I think this may be the power cord you need:

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jdc
Me too rz -- went from my 2.93 i7 2010 to a 3.5 i5 2014 and it seemed like barely a blip. 2014 had the 5K screen and USB 3, but in the grand scheme of things, meh. I prob should have saved my $ and kept using the 2010. No way I would go the 24 either, really hoping the 27" is 30". =) And I need more power than the M1 for the adobe suite.

thanks all.

someone took one (thanks!) -- wasnt really my intent to try and sell, was mostly curious if anyone thought there was value...

Im hesitant on selling the ilamp, since I don't have a power cord... I dunno whats on it. Was my moms mac.... maybe I will bust the bottom off and pull the drive.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 09, 2022 08:58AM
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DavidS
I had a 2009 iMac collecting dust for the last year. I tried to sell it on Craigslist but no takers. I dropped it off last week with a bunch of other stuff for an end of the year thrift store donation.

Selling on Craigslist is one thing but giving away is another. Usually someone will take a freebie.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: January 09, 2022 09:19AM
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pRICE cUBE
Ever thought of loading one of those up with photos and let it run the photo screensaver? I find that it adds to the atmosphere of a room.

I do this, runs 24/7 in our basement. You see it on the way to the Laundry room and beer fridge.
Lots of older photos, that wouldn't easily been seen otherwise.

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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: chopper
Date: January 09, 2022 10:53AM
Typically I borrow my son's handgun, shoot through the hard drive then recycle the computer.
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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 09, 2022 12:03PM
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chopper
Typically I borrow my son's handgun, shoot through the hard drive then recycle the computer.

A similar effect can be achieved with a screwdriver, but I really don’t understand destroying the drive. Erasing it is sufficient.



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Re: WWYD -- old iMacs, try to sell, or e-waste?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 09, 2022 01:30PM
Fwiw, the alu iMacs use a hefty amount of electricity, when on, so I'd think twice about just using it as a photo frame (although it does have a gorgeous screen).
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