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M.Brane
01-15-2003, 09:08 PM
Well, I just can't put it off any longer. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I'm putting together an 8600 for myself and giving my 8500 to a friend to use as a budget DAW.

I'd prefer that the Gurus got my $ but I need stuff now so I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on good vendors for upgrades and parts for PCI Macs.

I just ordered some mounting hardware from Proline (http://store.yahoo.com/buyproline/index.html). They are discontinuing their Mac parts business and have some great prices right now but didn't have everything I need.

Any help is appreciated!

ricks
01-15-2003, 10:13 PM
?I search almost anywhere these days. CNET, MacWorld, PriceMac, Yahoo, and so on. I figure which specific part that I need and I start comparing. If it is important to save then I even run the shipping+taxes on likely vendors.

Rick

M.Brane
01-15-2003, 11:41 PM
Thanks Rick. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yeah, I've been doing quite a bit of searching the last few days. That's a good point on the shipping charges. You can really get hosed on that if your not careful!

While price is important, I'd rather spend a bit more for good customer service and no-hassle returns. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

rwm
01-16-2003, 12:02 AM
A few more.. just in case

Price Grabber (http://www.pricegrabber.com/index.php/ut=d1cee87f77aa22fb) Check MacWarehouse, MacMall, Mac Connection, Mac Zone, search Google, Amazon.com

Randy

[This message has been edited by rwm2 (edited 16 January 2003).]

TZ
01-16-2003, 01:14 PM
Apple's Specials section yesterday had DP867 for $1499.

M.Brane
01-17-2003, 12:31 AM
Thanks Randy & Gregory. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

A new(er) machine would certainly be nice, but it just ain't gonna happen anytime soon. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Maybe I should elaborate.

I was looking for some feedback on vendors that the experts here could recommend for stuff that the Gurus sold like RAM, processors, drives, cables etc. or any that should be avoided. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif This old 8600 is gonna be my main machine until at least next fall, so I need to make the best of it. Yeah, I could buy a newer machine like a B&W but that would leave me without any decent storage or audio in/out. I plan on keeping the 8600 as a dedicated DAW after I get something newer to run Jag.. It should work well for that for quite some time. I don't need to run all the latest wiz-bang plug-ins or virtual instruments.

<end ramble> http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Suggestions?

ricks
01-17-2003, 01:13 AM
M.B,

?I know what you're lookin for, I don't know how to answer it.

?I have bought from so many folks in the last year, it's depressing. Let's see:

RamJet did a great job replacing the bad ram in my QS.

I picked up a LG Combo drive from J&R Electronics, they were cheapest that week.
Couple of cards from OWC (oooh, that'll get me no brownie points)
Monitor from MacWharehouse
Drives from Compuvest, Seagate, and so on.

?I have been just doing searches and reading the reviews for vendors at CNET and Yahoo et al. I don't think you will find a MacGurus again. It was a different place for different folks. I also don't believe that we'll ever see Gurus open again. Just a feeling but if there is nothing happening there ain't nothin happening. Such is life.

?I think you're back to searching for deals like everyone else.

Rick

angela
01-17-2003, 08:08 AM
Looking for deals will be difficult since the days of one-stop Mac shopping is probably gone forever. I applaud you for trying to keep your 8600 shaking and baking for a little while longer. I agree with Ricks that you will have to buy from a lot of places to get everything that you need. Try searching dealmac.com to see if anyone posted a particular item that you need. My favorite spot for vintage Mac stuff is ebay for ultra bargains depending on the bidding. Perhaps buying online might turn you off because of the shipping but sometimes when this is factored in, the price is still better than purchasing from a local store. Other times the part that you need cant be found in local stores either so you just try to find the best price wherever you can. The next thing to consider is buying from used Mac dealers--check out this list http://www.lowendmac.com/dealers/index.shtml I have had good experiences with nexcomp and found them from this list. I liked the fact that there was a 800 number and they were patient in answering questions and the turn around time and quality of item was excellent. Some of the vendors also sell on ebay and you can read the feedback to get an idea of how they treat there customers. Pehaps if you go through the list you can post questions here about any particular vendor to get a feel for customer service. Just remember to always to ask a lot of questions before buying anything. Places that take forever to send items, dont have a 800 number or concealed contact information probably isnt worth your time. Also, stay away from places that charge heavy shipping or enforce hefty restocking fees or the return policy sucks especially if a site doesnt allow returns at all. Peak at the websites to see if there are any items that you need to determine if doing any further research is needed. If a website is bizrate.com certified or supported by online BBB, you can check that sites rating too. Some sites do have lots of Mac stuff but the prices arent good--so just skip these blood suckers. You can always post here on the site to see if anyone has the part(s) that you seek and barter for a good price or you can go to a local Mac users group garage sale to get things cheaper and avoid the cost of shipping. Garage sales are another wonderful opportunity to network with Mac folks and look for bargains because you can barter there too and get business cards for future reference. Hope some of my advice helps since there is no one easy answer to help you with your research, but rather to help avoid the pitfuls of a bad transaction. Hang in there... Best wishes.

M.Brane
01-17-2003, 09:30 PM
Rick:

Looks like the end of an era. Sad to see it go, but I guess all good things must pass. I'm thankful that people like you still hang out here though to help out hacks like me! http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks for the vendor tips. There's a few there I didn't find yet. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Angela:

That has to be one of the longest paragraphs I've ever seen! http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks for the tips as well. I know from reading some of your threads that your in the same boat as me as far as the budget goes. I really don't have a problem with buying stuff from on-line vendors (hey, that's what credit cards are best at) but haven't done the auction thing. I try to buy stuff locally if I can, but the local indy Mac store doesn't have much for older machines and I haven't found much with the local user groups. Funny, you'd think being this close to LA there would be a lot more second-hand hardware floating around. Maybe when the local studios start upgrading to PT6 there'll be a glut of 9600's hitting the market. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The search continues......


[This message has been edited by M.Brane (edited 17 January 2003).]

angela
01-17-2003, 10:32 PM
Yep both of us are in the budget crunch which makes things difficult in locating decent prices for vintage stuff. I also have found that going to thrift stores has helped too. Its was so bad that after one garage sale I even went dumpster searching when vendors were haphazardly getting rid of stuff that was still functional. I started to feel bad until I saw others doing the same thing. Monitors were being thrown out left and right as well as memory and cpus. I was amazed. One man's trash is another man's treasure--I guess. I love to recycle and hate to see good ole Mac stuff trashed for no good reason. If there is any particular part that you are looking for I would like to help look for bargains on ebay. Let me know.

P.S. I have to admit that was a pretty long paragragh.

M.Brane
01-18-2003, 10:57 PM
Thank you, angela, for your gracious offer of assistance. I made some progress today. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Went to the local Mac shop again today and managed to get the floppy bezel I needed. Guess the guy I talked to last time didn't know about the "secret stash".

Bit the bullet and drove down to Fry's in the valley. Picked up a Tempo Trio and 2 WD Caviar 80GB 8MB buffer HDD's. The Trio was full price, but the drives each have a $40 rebate and they're already in the machine. http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/cool.gif

BTW I'm typing this on my stock 7100 (the one that the M on the keyboard only works every 3rd or fourth hit) as the 8500 is burning backup disks.

So now all I need for the 8500 is 4MB of VRAM and a narrow SCSI drive. That will at least make it functional with PTF 3.4. If I can find a G3 card cheap enough it would run v.5.0.1. but my credit card is getting quite warm now. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

the_anarch
01-23-2003, 09:47 AM
In my quest to find vendors selling Mac stuff, my search led me back to someone I'd already been doing business with: Data Memory Systems. I've been buying RAM from them for years (when I wasn't getting the good stuff from the Gurus), and recently when I was searching for the new Sonnet G4/800 upgrade for PCI Macs, I found they had it for $20 less than MacWarehouse!

They aren't exclusively Mac vendors, but they know Macs pretty well and I think they still favor the Apple market- I bet they started out years ago just selling Mac memory and went from there. They have a good return policy: 30 days money back on everything, RAM warrantied against defects for life, restocking fee only if you've damaged the box or left items out of the return. Everytime I've had to return something, they gave me the RMA on the phone with a smile. Good people, I enjoy buying from them.
http://www.datamem.com

I've also bought stuff from a place called MCPriceBreakers, they sell odd components like cables and adaptors that I've found hard to get elsewhere, and they have good prices. I recently found an HVD terminator there for $20, about half what anywhere else would charge. I also bought some Apple monitor and ADB cables from them when I was hooking up two of my Macs to a KVM switch. Finding those cables with plugs on both ends (as opposed to a plug and a jack, in other words an extension cable) isn't as easy as one would think.
http://www.mcpb.com

And I guess while I'm at it, I'll mention that you can still get a lot of wacky old stuff for Macs at MacWarehouse. I just got a black ink cartridge for a friend's old StyleWriter II from them. At $20 it wasn't cheap, but I couldn't find it cheaper from anyone else I was willing to do business with.

M.Brane
01-23-2003, 10:08 PM
Thanks for the tips! http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have a few stock Apple keyboards and mice, and some ADB cables. I read once here that they are the same as S-video. Never investigated that. You might want to look into it. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

morgantruce
01-27-2003, 11:15 AM
Before I place an order with a vendor I am unfamiliar with, I check http://www.resellerratings.com/ for their ratings. They list customer feedback for hundreds of parts suppliers and vendors. While not always totally accurate or fair, by reading several postings about a vendor you can make an informed judgement about whether dealing with them is a good risk.

The ONE time I forgot to check out http://www.resellerratings.com/ turned out to be the ONLY time I ever got ripped off on an online purchase!

M.Brane
01-27-2003, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the heads-up! That site looks pretty cool. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif