Imac’s and Ebay

So i’ve been looking for a used Imac for the last 2 months on Ebay. My wife really wants one for christmas for her ScrapBook room and with the new baby on the way it will be a good computer for her to mess with photos, printouts and page layouts w…

So i’ve been looking for a used Imac for the last 2 months on Ebay. My wife really wants one for christmas for her ScrapBook room and with the new baby on the way it will be a good computer for her to mess with photos, printouts and page layouts while being in close to the baby. I’m pretty familiar with Mac’s as my first computer was a Mac SE when I was a kid and my family had Mac’s until they did away with the powercomputing clones.A new shiny Imac is a bit tight for the budget these days with the economy and so i’m looking for a used unit. On ebay I see apple products going all the way back to Apple G4 units which are Preintel days. I’ve already decided it has to be intel, as it allows me to dual boot into windows, just in case my wife hates it. I’ve had great success on ebay buying used items for what I considered a fair market price. However, i’m just amazed at the price used Apple equipment goes for on Ebay.For instance this lovely 24″ imac with 3.0ghz intel chip:http://cgi.ebay.com/iMac-24-3-06-GHz-Core-2-Duo_W0QQitemZ280279277990QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item280279277990On ebay, current bid is $1,975 dollars, an equally configured unit on the apple store is $2200 dollars!! Why buy used? I almost wonder if Apple is scowering ebay and making sure they jack the prices up on these things, and then buy them and sell them on their refurb store which is overpriced as well.A more suitable unit for us would be the 17″ imac with a 1.75ghz processor, but i’m even seeing these units go for $900 dollars, and this unit is easily 2 years old. Try to sell your used Dell computer for that price on Ebay! Its not going to happen. I’m not giving up on ebay yet and i might get this 17″ imac for a price less than $600 bucks, but i’m not holding my breath at this point!Or maybe Pystar won’t get sued into oblivion by apple and will continue to sell a very reasonable configuration for about $600 bucks…. which would be way better than paying $2000+ for an official unit from apple for the same specs. But i’m not holding my breath for Pystar to win their case against apple.