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#1 2016-08-05 01:15:29

spaceinvader12
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Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

Hi everyone, new to the forums here but I've been reading various classic mac websites for a while. I've thinking about purchasing my first machine, with the options as follows.

Local Goodwill has 2 Macs, one SE Superdrive, one regular SE. Both are $60. They're probably dead with bad caps and drives. They also don't let you power them on to see if they turn on. Something about liability.

Ebay has lots of models, but a lot of them are untested  and the working ones are in the hundreds of dollars. I'd like to stay a good way under that price.

Craigslist has infrequent vintage macs, haven't seen any in a while.

Bottom line is, I'm looking for either an SE or an SE/30. Any idea where to get one for a reasonable price with the least risk of a nuked computer that would cost more to get running after purchase?

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#2 2016-08-05 12:13:56

EvilCapitalist
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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

Welcome!

Personally, I'd go with the SE Superdrive since it will be easier to transfer things back and forth from a newer machine.  With the standard SEs you shouldn't have to worry about caps, except for perhaps the analog board, not like the SE/30s that you'd need to recap immediately if they're on original caps.  That being said, the liability thing is a crock.  I have a Goodwill computer outlet nearby (well, 90 miles away) and they specifically have a station set up so you can power up machines, you just can't crack open the cases.

Are they firm on price?  If it's just the machine with no keyboard/mouse/etc that might be a little strong price-wise.


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#3 2016-08-05 15:12:13

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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

Another vote for the SE SuperDrive. The only real difference between the two is the ROMs and the drive, therefore there's really not enough of a difference between them to make one less likely to die than the other.

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#4 2016-08-05 21:34:30

spaceinvader12
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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

I was going to get the Superdrive if I end up getting a computer from goodwill. No, it doesn't come with any keyboards or mice, but they have some others to purchase. This is a computer outlet for goodwill, they just won't let you power up any vintage stuff, which seems a bit odd but I can't change store rules.

Also, I recently found a listing on craigslist for a Classic ii with keyboard and mouse. Advertised as working. Should I drop the SE idea and try to go for the classic ii? I know it hasn't got an expansion slot, which is why I originally was looking for the SE (/30) but getting a guaranteed working mac would be nice. He hasn't set a price, and is asking for a "reasonable offer" What would be fair for it?

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#5 2016-08-08 12:14:42

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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

It looks like from the ad like he may have more than just a Classic II since he said computers.  At least in the picture you can see the Classic II, an undetermined motherboard, the cable for a IIe compatibility card, and perhaps the IIe compatibility card itself (sitting on top of the Classic II).  Given that he wants to trade for cash plus a phone that goes for ~$150 I would hope he's offering more than just what's pictured.

Worth a shot to contact him and see what he's got and how much he's looking to get.  Even if the machine is working when/if you get it, get the caps replaced immediately.  Classics (all four of them) are notorious for needing caps and when they fail they can cause some nasty damage.


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#6 2016-09-04 01:39:46

spaceinvader12
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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

Thanks for all your help guys

Craigslist never worked out (he wanted $150 for the classic) and someone grabbed all the apple stuff at goodwill, including two SE's a g3, an Apple ][ monitor, and some other assorted stuff.

Craigslist has very infrequent compact mac listings, but I still check ever ynow and then. Ebay is still mostly selling overpriced non-tested SEs (of the 800k variant.) Anyone know other options for grabbing a compact Mac? Shipping can be brutal across the states but I'm still looking for a decent first machine to get. Any ideas?

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#7 2016-09-06 02:04:51

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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

Cover shipping and I'll give you a working Plus or SE, your choice. I should have enough spares around to make it work. I haven't shipped one in a while but I'd imagine you're looking at $40 or so from 97333.


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#8 2016-09-10 02:01:26

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Re: Mac SE - Buy or Pass?

When it comes to thrift stores, you cant meddle around, ive learned that over the years. Goes with flea markets or anything else like that. If you run into something and you feel wishy washy about it, By the time you come back around itll be gone. Always think of that!

Back in 09, the Dayton Hamvention flea market, had a rack full of compacts and random apple stuff, Good prices from $5 to $15. Luckily i got a dealer ticket and got in on dealer day to get what I wanted which was an LC575 for $15, a HD20 that worked for $5, and some other stuff I cant remember.

The next day it was open to the public, and within the hour of opening someone bought the ENTIRE rack! Matter of fact, they were walking out and loading up right as we got in. So I learned in those situations, its sh** or get off the pot, because there is always someone in line behind you that needs to sh** (do his business, pun intended)

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