Jason Ponic works in the exciting world of Hollywood film and television by day and writes by night.
Since the passing of Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, in 2011, vintage Macintosh computers are finally seeing a resurgence in popularity. For those of you who decided to keep your old Macs, this is good news for you! Now these charming old machines are fetching a decent penny on eBay and Craigslist.
Below, we’ll compare the 1980s sticker price with what it’s currently going for. All prices are suggestive.
The original Apple Computer, the Apple I, is considered one of the most valuable and collectible computers in the world. Only approximately 200 units were ever made, making it the rarest and most valuable Apple computer around. As of 2013, there are 61 currently confirmed to exist, only six of which are functional.
Apple 1 Replica
These often surface on eBay. These are either the ‘Replica 1’ from Briel Computer or the Newton NTI clone. The value for an unassembled replica hovers around $1,000 for the kit.
Apple II Series
One of the first successful home computer systems, the Apple II, sold from 1977 to 1993. It was their first mass-produced personal computer and was released in a number of models, each improving on its predecessor. In total, six million were sold, many going to schools and companies, making it the very first computer available for use in public schools.
A2S1 Complete System
Apple II Plus A2S1048 Complete System
Apple IIe Complete System
Apple IIc Complete System
Apple IIGS Complete System
Released in 1980, the Apple III attempted to improve on the highly successful Apple II; instead, it was a flop. When it was first released, it was very unstable, couldn’t function, and ultimately had to be recalled and released as the Apple III Revised.
Aimed as a business computer, the Apple III came with a then industry-standard typewriter keyboard layout. While a stable version was eventually released, the Apple III Plus, its already tainted reputation and the release of IBM’s DOS PC ultimately killed the Apple III.
Complete System (Original/Revised)
Complete System (Plus)
Apple Lisa / Macintosh XL
Named after Steve Jobs’ daughter, Lisa, this was one of the final models released before the introduction of Macintosh in 1984. Aimed at corporations, the computer’s hefty price tag of $10,000 in 1984 was considered too great a risk to take, and sales were poor. In 1986, the Lisa was renamed the Macintosh XL and fitted with an emulator to run Mac OS.
Complete System (Lisa)
Complete System (Macintosh XL)
Part Out Value
Mac 128 K All-in-One Computer
Released in January 1984 as the very first Macintosh, the 128k was the first personal computer to feature a Graphic User Interface, a basic feature that would define home computing for decades to come. The 128k was also the first to feature a 3.5″ floppy disk drive.
Adding to its collector’s value is the travel case that came with every 128k. Complete, non-upgraded systems, with original packaging, manuals, software disks, and travel case, will easily fetch $2,000+ on eBay.
M0001 Complete Unit
Part Out Value
*The grease originally used to lubricate the internal floppy drive may solidify after 30 years of non-use, rendering the drive useless. Soaking the drive in an acetone bath overnight will restore the drive to working order!
Macintosh 512k All-in-One Computer
Identical to the 128k with the exception of its expanded memory, the 512k ‘Fat Mac’ was discontinued in 1986 when it was replaced by the 512ke.
Today, a functioning external floppy drive is highly collectible, with an average selling price of $200.
512k Complete Unit
512ke Complete Unit
Apple’s first expandable Macintosh, the Plus, introduced the SCSI port to allow for a multitude of external additions. It was sold to academia as the Mac ED.
Apple Macintosh SE
Released alongside the Mac II, expansion was the primary capability of the SE series. Its new, updated case came with an expansion slot for either a second internal floppy or hard drive.
Part Out Value
Apple Macintosh SE/30
Part Out Value
Ethernet Network Card Information
*The card was a third-party upgrade package sold between 1990 and 1992. It will still allow an SE/30 to communicate with most modern networks.
Macintosh Classic II
Built to replace the SE/30, the Classic II was the last of the Black & White Compact Macs. Whopping fast at 16 MHz with an 80 Mb hard drive and 10 Mb of RAM. It was also the last model to include an external drive port.
Apple officially discontinued support for the Classic II in 2001, ten years after its introduction.
Apple’s very first battery-powered computer, the portable was a total failure when it was released in 1989. It was heavy, slow, expensive, and had no expansion capabilities. While voted one of the worst tech gadgets of all time, the Portable holds the title as the first computer to ever send an email from space.
Its overall collector’s value lies in its batteries. The original lead-based batteries are no longer made, and like a car battery, permanently fail if depleted completely due to inactivity or neglect. Units that still function today often have rebuilt batteries or have been modified to use lithium-ion batteries of the same voltage.
Complete System (w/Rebuilt Batteries)
Apple Powerbook 100
Apple’s bottom-rung inaugural Powerbook, released in 1991, would become the foundation of all Macbooks over the next 20 years. This particular model lacked CPU, RAM, and expansions that its two running mates had including a floppy drive. It has since been named the 10th greatest personal computer of all time.
Apple JLPGA PowerBook 170
A multi-colored edition Powerbook 170, the JLPGA was built as a commemorative for the 1992 JLPGA Golf Tournament in Japan. Underneath the flashy facade were the workings of a basic Powerbook 170. It was never intended to be a powerful machine but what makes it valuable is that only 500 were ever produced.
To date, the JLPGA is the only PowerBook 170 worth some serious coin. The typical value of a standard dark grey model is less than $250.
Macintosh Color Classic
Apple’s first color compact Macintosh, the Color Classic ultimately set the stage for the iMac. Essentially a Performa platform computer inside a retro Mac body, even today the Classic has a cult following not seen since the original Macintosh. Some Color Classics have been modified to include an ethernet card that can still connect to broadband networks.
20th Anniversary Macintosh
Intended as a collector’s edition computer to celebrate Apple’s 20th anniversary, this system sold for $10,000 new.
Released as a limited edition in 1993, the Macintosh TV was one of the few desktops ever released in black and Apple’s first attempt at computer-television integration. Equipped with a cable TV ready tuner card and a television monitor, the TV could switch from a computer to a television set in a matter of seconds and even came with a remote control. Yet it was incapable of recording live video, only still frames. Its poor processor speed and other limitations made the unit a failure and ultimately only 10,000 were sold.
Macintosh Quadra 840av
Released in 1993, the 840av stood apart from the rest of the 800 series because it included RCA composite video/audio ports and an S-Video port. The 840av was also the first to come with an internal CD drive, stereo output, and video recording capabilities.
Macintosh Quadra 900 and 950 Series
One of many early ’90s era computers prior to Steve Jobs’ return to the company in 1997. Values include 900 and 950 models.
Macintosh G4 Cube
Before the Mac Mini, there was the G4 Cube, Apple’s first attempt to build a small profile desktop computer. Unfortunately, it was a flop. Its limited capabilities and uncomfortably high price tag forced the Cube into the grave after just one year. The model was unofficially replaced by the Mac Mini. Despite its failure, the Cube did gain a cult following similar to that of ’80s Macs.
Apple QuickTake Digital Camera
Developed in 1994, the QuickTake series was one of the very first product lines of digital cameras. Considered a marketing failure at the time, its rarity makes this device highly prized by collectors.
Apple PowerBook G3 Series
Made famous by Sex and the City, the black G3 series laptops were the fastest available when they were launched in 1997. They were the first of Apple’s laptops to feature the G3 processor.
Complete System (Kanga)
Complete System (Wallstreet I & II)
Complete System (Bronze Keyboard)
Complete System (Pismo)
Apple Newton MessagePad
Being twenty years ahead of its time made the Newton a flop at its initial release. It was capable of nearly everything the iPad would later do, including word processing, phone calls, internet browsing, games, and more. The most valuable variant was a special clear case edition.
Original MessagePad Complete System
MessagePad 100 Complete System
*The price of Newton MessagePads tends to roller-coaster on eBay. As of 2015, values are considerably less than they were in 2011.
Apple iPhone 2G — 1st Generation
In 2007, Apple released the original iPhone and changed the way we looked at cell phones. The 1st generation iPhone, now obsolete, can fetch a staggering amount on eBay, depending on condition. Factory-sealed units with original gift bags and receipts can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
Valuable or Worthless?
Remember, not every Macintosh is a jackpot. Many unremarkable models exist today worth just a few hundred dollars or less, for a multitude of reasons:
Systems Worth $150 or Less
The following systems are currently worth $150 or less, regardless of condition, in the current eBay market:
Apple iPad – 1st Generation
2010, yet another milestone year for Apple with the release of the iPad. Against all predictions of certain failure, the iPad’s success ushered in the beginning of the tablet era of computing. The 1st generation iPad established screen sizing and control placement that would make up every generation since. Factory sealed units with early serials numbers can fetch a decent amount if the timing is right.
16 GB Unit
32 GB Unit
64 GB Unit
What You Need to Know Before You Sell
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:
Part Out vs. Complete System
Some computer models are actually worth more in parts. A Mac SE/30 may only fetch $100 as a complete unit but could fetch nearly $400 in parts. Certain parts are highly prized (like the internal floppy drive, the ram, etc.).
Upgrade kits are very valuable today. Different economics applied to computers in those days. The thought of buying a new computer every two years was unheard of, so the idea was that you bought it, made repairs as needed, and kept it until it completely wore out. Macs were originally designed to be upgraded rather than replaced. By the late ’80s, it became apparent that hardware limitations impeded upgrades and by the early ’90s, Apple abolished upgrading altogether.
Research what your computer has, and it will help determine whether it is worth more as a complete unit or as a parts box. The prices contained on this page are based on successful eBay listings, not unsold listings. In other words, anyone can ask for $10,000 for a Mac Plus, but nobody’s going to pay that much for it.
How to Format Your Listing
The type of auction you choose greatly improves or reduces your chances for a successful sale. When setting up your listing, use the following:
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
i can’t seem to see anything about the apple mac 64k with steve jobs signature
I have a Macintosh Classic Computer in working condition. It includes a keyboard, mouse, original install disks and software. Is it worth anything?
I have a PowerMacintosh 5260/100. Is it worth anything? It works.
Apple II plus 48K 570019 never used. In original box with original packaging and books. No drive or monitor. Extra what I believe are memory cards never used. Original invoice $695.00
Quick question, i have a Mac Performa 580 and a stylewriter 1200, still in their original box unopened, any idea what it would be worth?
I gave an apple macintosh lc iii. New still in original box unopened. Does anyone know the value.
I have an old Macintosh Classic, Model #MO420, manufactured December, 1990. It comes with a keyboard & mouse.
It is in working condition except the mouse needs a battery to allow me to move the cursor around (unless there is another way)
I have a Performa LC 575 with the box and manuals. Is it worth anything?
How do you know if my MAC computer is authentic. or a replica
I have an Apple laptop Macintosh PowerBook 160 in great condition with the owners manual, dial up modem, system discs carrying shoulder bag everything.
I have the 128k with all the packaging accessories etc, and the 512k with all of the packaging/boxes, carrying case, even the styrofoam that came with each, everything but the receipts pretty much. Should I sell them individually? I listed them together, have lowered price several times, and even offered free shipping. This is my first, or second post on here so I’m not too sure of the etiquette & what not, but you seem very much versed in Apple products, so could you be so kind as to pass me on some knowledge, on how to go about selling them, or which site you’d recommend.. thanks
I have a 128k, and a 512k both with original carry case and boxes for every single part (i.e keyboard/mouse etc).. I bought them working from a nasa engineer a few months back, and have had them listed both on eBay under 1 listing, is that hurting my potential sale or is it the fact I only have 100 some odd reviews? I have them both together listed for 1600, and one recently sold for 1700 that isn’t near as complete or in good condition like mine, I even have an early model, without the 128k, and serial # starting with F.. any advice?
I have a Mac IIci with the optional 240k ram (CPU only). Would it be worth anything? Thanks.
Have an Apple Macintosh Power PC 8100/80AV with serial # dated 9/20/94. I am willing to donate it if someone would want it. What do you think ? ? ? In very good condition and in working order.
The 512k can fetch up to $500 on eBay in 2019.
I have an Apple Macintosh 512K M0001W Serial Number: F5415AUM0001W with external floppy drive, all original software and manuals, and working Apple ImageWriter II printer.
Condition: Overall excellent, like-new condition. Computer, mouse, external floppy drive, and printer all work well. Has none of the characteristic yellowing of the cases for the computer, mouse, keyboard, or printer seen with most Macs that are 35+ years old. Also have original boxes, though the one for the Mac is a little ragged, the one for ImageWriter II is in excellent shape.
I have an eMac computer and an Apple Macintosh computer bag which is in good condition. I am wondering what they are worth and how to sell them. The computer is too big to fit in this computer bag. I am not sure if the computer is working at this stage. They belonged to my partner who died recently. He loved all things Apple.
I have a working apple IIe, disk II, keyboard, printer, and all original disks. how much can I get and where can I sell?
I have some NeXt computers monitors and a printer. Any idea who would be interested in this ?? and how much its worth?
How much would an Apple Laser writer II go for that powers on and has the red paper feed light on?
I have an apple computer with cover and all accessories. Model # A2S4000. How much is it woth?
The G5 sells for $150 or less. It’s not a highly prized model.
I have an eMac (all white) in essentially mint condition. It still works but does not have original packaging, keyboard or mouse. Any ideas on the value? I have seen them on eBay for $100-$300 but due to weight I wonder if shipping from Vancouver Island in Canada would be prohibitive. Any comments?
My dad has a Macintosh Performa 475 with a mouse and keyboard with a style writer II printer in good condition.
It is worth, just like anything else, whatever someone will pay you for it.
Have an IMac DV 400 MHZ SPECIAL ADDITION STILL in original box. Good condition on box. Not perfect on box. Looking for help on value and selling this. Thx. [email protected]
I have a mackintosh lcll complete with monitor and printer all mackintosh brand new in original packaging what is the value of it
Interesting piece, though you overlooked the Apple-1 (sold by myself) at Bonhams in 2015 for $905,000 – still the world record for an Apple-1
I have an a Radio Shack TRS-80 color computer. What is it worth?
I have an Apple Macintosh Classic in mint condition. What is a value of this computer? Thanks!!
This is a great article. What do you envisage for computers built during and after the 90’s? Do you see a resurgence of people collecting working Apple computers as long term investments, for instance an eMac 2004 model A1002? I imagine the lower the number of units produced the higher the value appreciation. Would these be equally as valuable for parts?
I’m curious what will happen with technology capabilities in the future. At present processing power seems the great driver of IT, though I wonder whether new ideas will decrease the need for processing power and allow for tech to evolve to allow interopability with old tech.
HI Jason – i have a Mac II Si…is this the model that you reference int eh article as A2S1?
Author, you said that the se value is in the article but I can only find the se/30 which is significantly different.
I have an Apple 1 previously owned by an Apple developer. It is not functional. Will I have better luck selling it on ebay or contacting an auction house? If auction house, can you recommend the best for this type of product?
Besides eBay, are there other websites where I can sell my Macintosh computers?
I have a PowerBook g4 laptop but it has a problem with the screen. At times everything will be covered in purplish blueish pixelated boxes that covers the screen. When I tried hooking up an external monitor, the same problem happened. Do you know a way to fix this?
What’s the cheapest way to get a Macintosh 128K that works
I have a Macintosh signed by John Sculley. How do I find a value on this piece?
Research the model on eBay to get an idea what you can sell it for.
I have a Macintosh SE double disk but I don’t have keyboard or cords and not sure if it works as I found it in my uncles garage when he passed away so I wanted to know how much or if it’s worth anything it’s dated at 1986 model number M5010 with 1Mbyte Ram,Two 800k Drives
The iMac G3s are not worth anything. You may get $100 for it but they average $50.
The Quadra 800 fetches $100-$200 on eBay currently. Any brands other than Apple will not increase value much.
How about if it is bundled with a NEC monitor and a Syquest drive…all working.
Thanks, is it worth holding on to it to get more later?
I have a Performa 5200 I can’t see it listed, it is in excellent condition (I just checked it’s still working) has an old Quark and an old Photoshop app on it. What can I expect to get for it? Thanks
Hi, I’m trying to find out how much a black Macintosh power PC 275 is worth. Can any one help or point me in the right direction for advice. All in working order with box
Did you know that if you open the 1st edition Macintosh (1984), All of the original designers have their signatures on the inside of the cover including Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
Thanks, Jason! I enjoyed reading the article and appreciate the quick answer.
The Powerbook 140 is only fetching at best $150 on eBay currently regardless of condition.
I have an old Tel it series 5000. Do you know how much it is worth?
hi, i am cleaning house and shipping somethings back to the US from France where I was living. I have an old iBook, still works, date on back is 1999. Mac OS 9.0.4
built in memory 160MB, unused 127.8. it says in about part 36.5MB
I don’t know if I should ship it back to San Francisco, or throw it away. Its so pretty, blue clam shell I think. I hate to do that. seems to work ok. I know nothing about computers, does it have any value? shall I keep it a few more years? Thank. you, nora
You need the actual model number, A11276 is just a serial number.
Hi! I have a 17″ MacBook Pro (Mosel No: A1297). Great condition. Works great! Still have the box. Just read that it will be discontinued and going into the Apple Vintage files this year. If it goes into the vintage category, how much do you think it would be worth?
Where did you get your figures on the Apple 1–in particular 575 sold? According to Jobs, he told me that there were only 200 built of which 175 were actually sold. Jobs gave the others away to some of the early Apple employees. Woz verified these figures also. I think the most paid for one so far was about $910,000 by the Henry Ford Museum. I have owned 3 Apple 1 computers myself of which 2 of them were still functional. One of those sold at Breker’s in Germany a few years ago for $645,000 and another is now in a museum in Turin, Italy.
I have a working 1986 Apple Macintosh Plus Computer with Apple Image Writer ll Printer, Keyboard, Mouse & External Drive. I am the original Owner. Excellent condition. Exact production date: October 11, 1986.
Original packaging (box has is faded/worn/discoloring, styrofoam packing is perfect. Includes original power chords, interfact chords, 2 System Tools Discs, Hypercard floppy discs. Original box for manuals (1 flawless, 1 extra used/faded), literature, Guided Tour cassette tape(never played), plastic yellow shipping discs. Any thoughts here?
I have Mac Performa 600 unopened and sealed in box. How much is it worth? Thank you for your help!!!
This article is for information about vintage computers only. Your computer needs to have been manufactured before 2000 in order to place a value on it.
In 1982, I purchased a 128K Mac with 20Mb Internal Drive with extra 3.5 inch drive and an Imagewriter printer. I could have downloaded a 12Mb? song, only. My current iMac with 1 Terabyte internal drive can download 129,720 songs, some Classical ones @ 44Mb. I sold it to a friend for $2,000 Aussie dollars because I had paid $5,200 for it in mid-1982. What’s it’s value, working.
I am looking to sell all my old Apple computers with peripherals.
I have a Color Classic running OS 8.6 that has a motheroard with a powerPC 603.
I was wondering if this would add to the value or lower it.
I think it my be out of a Power Mac 5200, not positive though.
Also, my mouse does not work. do you know how I can get to System Information with the keyboard?
I have a Color Classic that has a motherboard with a power PC 603 in it, maybe from a power Mac 5200. I was wondering if that would increase the value and what you think I should ask for it. Also I don’t have a working mouse for it, is there anyway to open system information with the keyboard?
I really don’t know what kind of imac it is but I am pretty sure its a imac G3. How much do you think it’s worth? It works and it has the og keyboard.
Oh, and I have an Apple Lisa non-upgraded with the original manual and one floppy disk. How much is that worth? Thanks
I really like your guide, it’s the one-stop place for all my apple computer values as I have many.
I have a Macintosh SE FDHD w/ original box, manual, etc that actually works. How much would it be worth?
I have an IMAC Flower Power computer. Is it worth anything?
I am looking to sell Perfect Condition Macintosh IIVX 8/230 w/512k, Extended Keyboard, Personal Laserwriter NTR and 21″ Precision Color Display. All purchased 8/93. Used 10 times. Stored since.
I have a MacPlus, keyboard, mouse, external HD w/floppies. ReadySetGo. Bought new, still runs, what is it worth?
Sorry, it was Mac SE, no such thing as Mac SE20!
Hi Jason, I have a working, near mint condition Mac SE20 (I believe it is SE20, purchased in a college book store in 1988ish) in the original box (very clean and great condition but some clear packing tapes on and address written on 1 or 2 sides) with an unopened and an opened sets of manuals (happen to have 2 sets of same manuals) in mint conditions, plus a mouse cover shaped like a mouse which was sold in Apple ‘Company Store’ in 1988 (no tag). Could you give me quotes for these?
I have a NeXt computer system to sell and a few newtons ( a clear and black). Any idea how much this stuff is worth? Monitors, cube, printer, manuals
The value of the Apple II system is in this article.
I have a working Performa and a G4 (quicksilver) plus 80’s mac software…what do you think they’re worth? And does anyone know who buys old software like this? Thnaks
I found in my attic an Apple II A2S1048 – CPU only- probably 28 years old. I don’t know if it works. Is it worth anything? Thanks
i have a complete LCIII system, including keyboard, mouse, monitor, stylewriter II printer and installation diskettes for the system and microsoft word, all working fine and in great condition. also all of the user manuals.
you haven’t mentioned the LCIII, is this an interesting model for collectors?
Unfortunately the LaserWriter isn’t worth anything. It can fetch $100 on a good day, regardless of condition.
My father has a complete system, Macintosh 1mb with external floppy (I believe, but will check) and a LaserWriter printer. I haven’t seen any posts that mention the LaserWriter. Is the LaserWriter of any value? Is the system worth anything?
I have a Apple Multiple Scan 17” Display Family ID: AK8M2494, Manufactured July 1995 (S15300Y91XX) and aPower Macintosh 7500/100.
What will a iMac bond I blue 1998 G3 233mhz sell for?
Also what would a summer 2001 indigo iMac G3 500mhz sell for
@Davaoda If its still in the box, never opened, it would be considered mint condition. With the right timing it could probably fetch $1,000 or more.
I have an Apple IIc that is in the original box and never opened. The box has been in the original shipping box and is mint. Any idea of a value ? Thanks.