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#1 2017-12-23 15:10:05

Colin the Illustrator
Registered: 2017-12-23
Posts: 1

Newbie Enquiry

Hi folks,

Newbie from the UK here.

I hope I won't be berated for asking this, but I don't seem to be able to find much help for my enquiry here:-

I recently uncovered my boxed and stored Applemac Quadra 650. I maxed it out with 32 Mb RAM and it runs operating system 7.1. It partners an Apple colour display, keyboard and mouse.

As a former graphic designer, I put Quark Xpress, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programmes on an Iomega 250 external hard drive rather than clog its own hard drive and this is still functioning perfectly, too! big_smile

Of course, the casing has 'yellowed', but hey . . .

I'm aware most of the posts here seem to be from folk in the USA, but if there were any UK forum members, I'm trying to get a handle as to its value; I am unlikely to continue to use it but would be loathe to part with it for little or nothing at all, or worse, scrap it!

Any thoughts gratefully received.

However, before anyone says "put it on e-bay", I should say I am not an e-bay lover - they always seem to want to charge me for goods I've advertised before I've actually sold them!

Thanks, fellow enthusiasts...



#2 2017-12-28 02:59:50

From: Bermuda Triangle, NC USA
Registered: 2014-05-21
Posts: 1,470

Re: Newbie Enquiry

Welcome aboard. There are a few folks in the UK over at the 68kMLA.


#3 2018-01-09 21:18:01

From: UK
Registered: 2017-10-30
Posts: 2

Re: Newbie Enquiry

I think it will be difficult to find someone willing to pay for it unless it has unusual cards or something.
You'll do well to find someone just to take it away. Postage costs are usually more than the machine value, and finding a local buyer is obviously harder.

If I saw one in a skip I'd probably grab it but wouldn't go out of my way for it. I've seen (and rescued) much more modern machines than this just thrown away.

You need an ethusiast with a Q650 that's just gone wrong, or someone who used one in their youth and is feeling nostalgic!


#4 2018-01-20 09:59:15

From: UK
Registered: 2015-03-07
Posts: 72

Re: Newbie Enquiry

Hello and welcome! Another UK user here. You wouldn’t be limited to eBay for something like this. There are other sites that may be suitable for selling without the hassle of eBay. Have you considered Gumtree? I’ve bought a few Macs on that site and met a few nice people in the process.

I think it’s definitely worth selling rather than donating (just don’t bin it!). You’ll just want to acknowledge that the value you can expect will be nominal. Even £100 in the grand scheme is not much, but you can feel good that it’s going to someone who is passionate about the hobby. I have no real idea how much that setup is worth. You could always list it and see what people are willing to pay. Maybe view similar listings on various sites to get an idea. The computer looks great and as a collector myself, it would be tempting.

Geography matters a bit, I suppose. Is it reasonable to expect people would be able to collect it from you? That would remove the complication presented by something like eBay, though you can have a ‘collection only’ listing. Incidentally, whereabouts in the UK are you? Anyway, that’s a fun machine and it’s nice to see it up and running.


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