July 3rd, 2015

marcus 2013

Today's Portobello Road bargain...

...was an iBook G4 14" for £12.

A few snags, of course, most notably no battery and only 512mb RAM. But it came with the charger and seems to work perfectly off the mains, and things like the screen, keyboard, WiFi etc. seem to be working fine. Condition is generally a bit horrible though, all of the rubber feet and stoppers are missing, and the casing has some minor cracks.

I've probably got RAM for it, and can get a compatible battery for about £20 but I'm not sure it's worth it, at the end of the day I'd have a slowish heavy laptop that if I replace the feet etc. will sell for about £40-50 quid, whereas I can probably dismantle it and sell the drives, keyboard, wifi and charger and make a decent profit.

Maybe I'll just hang on to it and see if a cheaper battery comes my way. Any thoughts?
marcus 2013

Not entirely surprised...

The guy who bought the keyboard and mouse for about three times what it was worth, plus BIG airmail costs since he isn't in the UK, still hasn't paid for it. I have a feeling that this one will not end well. I can't even entirely blame him, I suspect that he made a mistake with currency conversion or something and bid a lot more than he intended. I'll give it until after the weekend then start cancelling the sale if he doesn't pay up.