I have been an Apple fan since 2006 when I got my first computer. Since that I have mainly collected iPods but as of recently, I have turned my attention more to collecting old Macs. At the moment I have only 2 Macs, my original 2006 Macbook and my new 2011 MacBook Air.
Could anyone give me some advice on Macintosh Collecting? Any advice or recommendations would be appreciate so that maybe I can start my collection soon.
Collect what you love, or want to get to know more about. It'll grow naturally from there. I got to play with a neighbor's 128k M0001 when he brought it home in 1984. That experience led me to an interest in the earliest Mac OS design work (see http://folklore.org) and the early Macs in general, even though I didn't start again until 18 years later. This isn't really a way to invest/make a lot of money at, so there needs to be that element of love or interest in order to sustain you.
What kind of advice are you looking for? Places to find machines (eBay if you're rich and/or impatient, Craigslist if you're not, neighbors' attics if you're lucky)? Or what to collect (see above)? Or...?
You can always fasttrack your collection this way:
These are great replies. I will definitely start checking my schools and neighbors. I am really interested in older Macintosh machines and never really thought of anything other than eBay. Craigslist sounds like a good idea too, although I'm a college student without a car.
Does anybody have a good idea of a "first machine" I can look for. I was thinking maybe Performa.
Thanks for the replies.
Well, if you are near Newport News or Hampton VA I know several thrift shops that usually have older Macs lying around. I usually hit them when I have a job down there. Oh, did anyone mention checking thrift shops? Usually they don't have a clue what to do with a Mac. One shop was selling a Bondi Imac as TV with a DVD player... just saying.
I have always liked the G4 Cube because it looks so cool.
Ebay prices for a good one are aprox. $150 I think.
Just not if you live in Australia. One sold last week for $510!