If you or your family have been buying Apple products for decades, you could end up getting paid for it. Apple products aren’t known for being cheap, but they hold their value well. And that’s even more true when it comes to vintage Apple products.
Some classic Apple devices can even sell for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here are seven vintage Apple products that could end up making you money. Maybe it’s not a bad time to clean out that attic.
7. iMac G3: $300
The iMac has a long history, and that story began with the iMac G3. First released in 1998, the iMac quickly captured many people’s hearts and minds. At a time when the word “computer” immediately conjured up images of bland, beige desktop towers, the iMac G3 had a unique, funky shape and shipped in 13 different colors.
Although the iMac G3 was a huge success at the time, technology moves quickly, and a lot of people ended up throwing their old iMacs away. However, a recent wave of nostalgia for classic Apple products is pushing these little computers up in value. iMac G3s routinely go for $300 or more on eBay, and prices are only expected to go up from here.
6. Apple Macintosh: $500
Released in 1984, the original Macintosh was one of Apple’s most important products ever. Without the first Macintosh, there would be no MacBook, no iMac, and no macOS. There might not be an Apple at all.
When developing the Macintosh, Apple didn’t make the same mistakes it did with the Apple Lisa, which we’ll get to shortly. When compared to the Lisa, the Macintosh was more compact, easier to use, and, maybe most importantly, cheaper. That made the Macintosh a huge success, and it’s why modern Apple computers are still dubbed “Macs.”
The legend of the original Macintosh lives on, and these vintage computers can go for a lot of money on the vintage and used market. A working Apple Macintosh 128k in good condition net you back $500 or more on eBay.
5. iBook G3: $2,500
What the iMac did for computers, the iBook did for laptops. Released in 1999, the iBook G3 turned heads in a way few laptops could. Affectionately known as the “clamshell,” it doesn’t look like any other laptop, then and now. With its bright plastic accents and rounded shape, it screams late 90s or early 2000s. It’s so ugly that it’s beautiful.
You can find tons of iBook G3s selling on eBay for a few hundred dollars, with models in less common colors going for more. But, if you’ve got an unopened model, or one in the rare “POP ART II” colorway, you could end up parting ways with it for more than $2,500.
4. The Original iPod: $20,000
When the first-generation iPod hit store shelves in 2001, it changed the way we listened to music, and the way we looked at technology as a whole. The iPod wasn’t just a music player, it was a cultural phenomenon. The iPod’s run lasted over two decades, until Apple finally discontinued the iPod in 2022. Although that meant no more new iPods, it sent vintage iPod prices skyrocketing.
If you’ve got an original iPod in good condition, expect to be able to part ways with it for more than $100. If you’re a collector, though, factory-sealed first-generation iPods can end up selling on eBay for more than $20,000.
3. The Original iPhone: $20,000
Released in 2007, the original iPhone changed the world when it combined a music player, a web browser, and a phone into one simple and easy to use package. Although at launch you could pick one up for just $499 with a two-year contract, these days, if you want a new brand-new iPhone 2G, expect to pay a lot more.
You can find a mint-condition, unopened original iPhone selling on eBay for over $20,000. But if you’re dying to get your hands on an original iPhone and don’t have a spare $20,000 lying around, don’t worry. You can easily find working used models under $100. They might not be in perfect condition, but it’s your chance to own a piece of history.
2. Apple Lisa: $36,000
You might be surprised to learn that not all of Apple’s products have been huge successes. The Apple Lisa is a prime example of that. The Lisa debuted in 1983, and quickly made a name for itself as a huge commercial failure for Apple.
At a time when you needed to know basic coding to operate a computer, the Apple Lisa was one of the very first personal computers to ship with a mouse and a graphical user interface. That was a big feat for 1983. That being said, the Lisa’s huge price tag of $9,995 put it firmly outside most people’s price range. It was just way too expensive.
Even though the Apple Lisa’s sales numbers crashed and burned, for many people, that just adds to its allure. Because the Lisa didn’t sell well, Apple didn’t make very many of them, making it a very rare and collectable product. According to Live Auctioneers, in 2013, an Apple Lisa sold at auction for $36,356.
1. Apple 1: $900,000
When it comes to vintage Apple products, the Apple 1 is the cream of the crop. The Apple 1 is more much than just a piece of retro tech. It’s a piece of history. The first batch of Apple 1 computers were actually hand-assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak himself. The Apple 1 was never cheap, it originally went on sale in 1976 for $666.66. That would be about $3,200 today. That being said, prices for them now can get absolutely insane.
In 2014, one of the very earliest Apple 1 units was sold by auction house Bonhams for a whopping $905,000. Only about 200 Apple 1 units were ever built, but if you’re lucky enough to have one lying around, it could mean the payday of a lifetime.
Could Your iPhone Be a Future Classic?
Although some vintage Apple products can sell for a huge amount of money, remember, the value of anything depends on condition, rarity, and demand. The most valuable collectables—Apple products or not—will almost always be those that are unused and unopened. If you’re like most people and bought your Apple products to use, not as an investment for future generations’ nostalgia, don’t expect to get rich from them.
Even if you don’t own some of the decades-old, ultra-rare Apple products that can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, your current iPhone or MacBook might be worth something in the future. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure.