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this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: clay
Date: February 04, 2009 04:55PM
Saw this on LEM. Seems like a decent deal, even though it's one of the first intels and just original ram. I've always kind of wanted a mini, but couldn't really find a reason to have one.

"Mac Mini 1.5Ghz Intel Core solo, 512mb ram, used but in
excellent working condition. Price is $365 + free shipping within USA
to be paid in full via personal check. It will be shipped in the
original Mac Mini box along with the Mac Mini install cds."
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: February 04, 2009 05:09PM
It doesn't suck, but that's not the best deal I've seen on a Mac mini.
I found a 2 GHz with 2 GB RAM on craigslist for $400.



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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: hal
Date: February 04, 2009 05:12PM
I got one of those off ebay for $299 with a few months of applecare, keyboard and BT mouse for mom a few weeks ago.

I would offer $300 and see what happens
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: tahoedrew
Date: February 04, 2009 06:24PM
Yeah, I wouldn't say that's a good deal until it's UNDER $300!

I'd offer $250 and see what happens, of course if the seller said no I'd have no problem walking away from it.

~A
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: February 04, 2009 10:10PM
That really isn't a very good deal. Those systems sell on ebay quite frequently at around the $300 mark.

Aside from that, a solo is a rather limited machine. It won't be able to playback 1080p video and would certainly be the first Intel Mac that Apple drops support on.

The Core Duo 1.66Ghz mini still fetches a lot more than that.. I would recommend finding a better deal on the solo, or buying a refurbished system from Apple. I don't recall what the latest "deal" system is, but I believe it was somewhere around a 1.83 Core Duo or Core 2 Duo for $450-ish. Either way, it will be significantly faster and have a 1 year warranty.
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: clay
Date: February 04, 2009 10:13PM
thanks, all. I wasn't seriously considering it unless it was truly a "steal". Sounds like it's not, so I'll keep waiting for now.
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: endymion
Date: February 04, 2009 10:16PM
Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL is having a sale this weekend; Mac Mini 1.83Ghz Core 2 Duo for $540. I'm not sure it will be available over the internet and you likely have to pay sales tax (9.5% or something ridiculous - in which case it's really not a deal.) But I also wouldn't pay anything over $250 for a 1.5Ghz Core Solo. The available processor upgrades out there are all $100 or more.. and there might be new Mac mini models any day now!
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Re: this a good deal for a (Mac) mini?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: February 04, 2009 10:43PM
Apple refurb 1.83Ghz C2D: $499
In stock right now
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