How much is my vintage Apple Computer / Macintosh worth?
A Retromatti Blog Series
Not every vintage computer is a jackpot. Some models happen to sell better than others. A Mac 128k, for example, can fetch well over $2,000 on eBay while its newer cousin the 512k will fetch only $500. Sentimental value is not the same as resale value. Dozens of listings go unsold because of a ridiculous price of say $10,000 for an old, unremarkable machine that has no accessories or desirables.
There are several factors to take into account when listing your vintage Mac:
- First is condition: Does it work? Naturally, a working computer will sell for more than a broken one.
- Secondly, what you include with it will also help determine its value. A listing that includes a keyboard, mouse, original install disks, and software will attract a better price than a listing for a computer body by itself.
- There is absolutely no guarantee you will hit a high selling bid. Like all auctions, it is risky and can be as big of a disappointment as it could be a jackpot. Sellers beware!