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Buying second hand programs for a mac?

Asked by talhoffer (1points) March 11th, 2009

I found a guy on craigslist who wants to sell the following items: OSX 10.5 original apple restore disks for intel macs which include brand new full version of iLife 09 sealed not used. I have an imac mini 1.66 core duo. My question is can I use these disks to load the programs on my mac or are they configured specifically for his machine? He wants $50 for them which is considerable cheaper than buying them new… but can I use them?

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StellarAirman's avatar

Restore discs are tied to the machine they were designed for. They can not be used on other models.

talhoffer's avatar

so they would only be usable if I have the same model as the seller?

StellarAirman's avatar

Yes, the exact same model. Not just “an iMac”, it has to be exactly the same model.

talhoffer's avatar

so not just an imac mini but the imac mini T2300?

talhoffer's avatar

Ok so I have a mac mini 1.66 intel core duo and the guy I’m talking to has a mac mini 1.83ghz core2 duo. Will his disks work on my mac? Sorry for asking soo many questions I’m not too computer savy ;)

bluedoggiant's avatar

When he says “restore disks” what does he mean?

Does he mean the grey CD’s?

Also ask him what mac he got them from, and how he purchased them.

You can use the iLife ‘09 just fine, but from what I’m gathering, that the iLife ‘09 is compiled onto the grey disk. Which means, he recently bought this computer.

Also, even if its the actual install disk for leopard. Ask him if he bought it separately or if it came with the mac. Some macs that were sold from November 2007 to about January 2008 came with Tiger installed, but had upgrade CD’s to leopard that ONLY WORK ON THE COMPUTER IT WAS GIVEN WITH

In theory, I am asking, have you seen these CD’s (or sealed boxes) in person yet? and how do they look like?

talhoffer's avatar

He posted a pic with the listing. check it out here

thanks dude

bluedoggiant's avatar


Ok the iLife disk looks legit, but the leopard disks… I am quite skeptical about. Listen, I’ll make a post about it on my forums at Macrumors.

as a matter of fact, I am posting it right now

bluedoggiant's avatar


Unfortunately, no. But as far as the iLife disk, might wanna ask if you can buy that only, it seems alright. As long as its sealed.

talhoffer's avatar

so even if it’s the copy that came with his mac mini it should work with mine? Well even for $50 that’s a great deal for a copy of ilife 09.

Thanks for all your help bluedoggiant.

bluedoggiant's avatar

No problem.

And yes it should work.

Unless he ripped it open, scratched the disk, then resealed it :P

talhoffer's avatar

More info, apparently this guy has two macs so he is selling the extra disks that came with one of them they are opened and have never been used.

bluedoggiant's avatar

Well, its his problem he’s selling them, he may need them haha

simpleD's avatar

You haven’t addressed the issue of whether it’s legal for him to sell you those disks. I don’t have the EULA in front of me, so I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing he has no legal right to sell you the disks that came with his new Mac. He purchased the license to use that software (including the OS and iLife) on his Mac, not the disks themselves. The disks themselves have no value, and you would not be getting the license to use the software. You shouldn’t be paying to use unlicensed software.

bluedoggiant's avatar


Wow, good observation. I mean personally I would never do what @talhoffer is considering. But he seemed to know what he was talking about, just wanted to know if it was possible.

StellarAirman's avatar

The system restore disks will not work for your machine, as previously stated. The iLife disks will work, but you may as well just pirate it from Bittorrent because Apple isn’t getting any money either way, so you may as well save yourself the $50. If you want to purchase a completely legal copy then you’d have to buy it from Apple. The $50 is just saving you some download time.

bluedoggiant's avatar


As i have said before :) lol

I don’t think fluther would like you promoting illegal acts :P.

StellarAirman's avatar

I’m not promoting it, I’m saying it’s the same thing, the copyright holder receives no money either way, and by buying a disc you’re actually allowing a third-party to profit from another company’s material, so you may as well just download it, or buy the real thing from the real company. That was a really long sentence.

talhoffer's avatar

that is a good point, I did not even think about the licensing of it. Thank you for your perspectives gentlemen.

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