Want a new laptop but don’t have enough money for it?
Then why keep your old one when you can sell it, get extra cash, and buy that laptop you’ve been wanting to get?
It’s not new to see a broken or hardly used laptop lying around people’s apartments these days. Probably because most people don’t think of selling their laptops when they want to buy a new one. Previous laptops are usually left at one corner of the room or put in a box and kept in the basement.
That/those old laptops you’ve put away could fetch you hundreds of dollars, and you’re just letting it collect dust.
You might be asking yourself, “who will wanna buy this old junky?”
Well, today, I’m going to show you where you can sell your old laptop for quick cash. But before I do that, let’s find out how much your laptop is worth and things you should do before selling.
Finding out how much your laptop is worth
Before you sell your laptop, you might be wondering how much it’s actually worth in the market. Finding out your laptop’s value will help you set a reasonable price for it and save you from getting ripped off.
You can check how much your laptop is worth on selllaptopback.com by typing in the model of your computer.
You can also use eBay to check the value of your laptop. They have a price list for a vast number of laptops based on demand and market value.
Things to do before selling your laptop
Backup your files
This is the first thing you should do before considering selling your laptop. You don’t want any important file of yours getting lost.
Backup all your important files on the cloud or use a flash drive or hard drive.
Permanently erase all your files
For your safety, before you sell your laptop make sure you’ve completely erased everything on your computer. You don’t want anyone snooping around your business, and cybercrime has never been higher than it is today.
Install a new OS
This makes everything easy for you and the buyer. Installing a new OS makes your laptop look clean and gets rids of any personalization you’d have done.
Unless your laptop is broken, make sure you clean it thoroughly.
Take a towel, put some methylated spirit on it, and clean your laptop.
A clean laptop will increase the value of your computer.
Check for damages and do small fixes
Check for any damages and list them down. You’ll need to describe your laptop when you are listing it or filling a trade-in form. Trade-in websites will reject your laptop if they find any damages you didn’t list.
If there are small fixes you can do to make it look better, then do it.
However, you should leave big fixes like the screen or any major hardware fault.
Things like a few missing keys on the keyboard or one faulty port won’t cost you much, you can fix those.
Find and pack all accessories
If you still have all the accessories that came with your laptop, clean them, and pack them in a plastic bag. This can also increase the value of your laptop.
Now that you are prepared to sell your laptop let’s take a look at the best places you can sell it online.
If you are looking for the fastest way to sell your laptop without having to go through the stress of listing it or paying series of fees before and selling it, then sellbroke.com is the website for you.
You can sell your laptop on sellbroke by visiting their website and sending in a description of the laptop you want to sell. After you’re done filling up the forms, they’ll make you an offer and send you a free pre-paid shipping label, which removes the extra cost of shipping for you.
Once your laptop arrives, they will check it to see if it matches the description you gave. If it does, they will erase all the data on your laptop for you, and you’ll get paid instantly via PayPal or check.
I like sellbroke because they make it super easy to sell your laptop without you having to have any special marketing skills whatsoever. However, if your laptop does not match, they will revise the offer they made, and you either have the choice of accepting or declining it.
If you aren’t satisfied with their revised offer, your laptop will be sent back to you for free.
Selling on eBay is a little bit different.
You can sell your laptop by either auctioning it or listing it. You’ll need to describe your laptop correctly, upload high-quality photos, and set a price for it.
eBay has several fees you’ll need to pay for listing a product (unless you have a store) and for selling it on their platform. Always make sure you include your shipping cost in your price because you are going to be handling shipping the product to the buyer yourself.
Also, when you find a buyer for your laptop, make sure you meet in a public place, and you take a friend along for safety.
Never give anyone you meet on eBay your home address or any personal info about yourself.
One good thing about eBay is that you will likely get the highest bid for your laptop here than other sites, but there are downsides.
You can never predict how fast your laptop will sell, and eBay has several fees you’ll have to pay, and you’ll still need to cater for shipping yourself.
You can also trade-in your laptop on amazon. You will have to check if your laptop model is on their list of laptops in demand.
You can’t trade-in upgraded or refurbished laptops on amazon, so if you have that kind of laptop you should list on amazon’s store or consider other options on this list.
You’ll need to submit a detailed description of your laptop. After this, amazon will make you an offer and send you’re a free shipping label. Once they receive your laptop, they will check it to see if it matches your description. If it checks out, you’ll be paid instantly via amazon gift card.
The downside of using amazon trade-in is that you can only get paid in Amazon gift card.
This is the best option for those who are looking to purchase a new Apple laptop or product.
You can trade your old MacBook to Apple, you’ll get a credit percentage that you can add some money to and buy a new laptop. As I said, it only pays Apple laptop users that are looking for an upgrade at the best rate.
One downside of Apple’s trade-in is that if you don’t take it to their nearest store, the process can take up to 3 weeks before you get paid.
Craigslist is meant for those who are looking to sell their laptops locally. It’s basically a local online marketplace where buyers and sellers meet to trade things.
All you need to do is post an ad and describe the laptop you’re selling and wait till a buyer contact you.
It’s totally free.
Once you have agreed with the buyer on the price, you should meet up in a public place for safety reasons to make the sale.
Again, do not give out your private info to any stranger you meet on craigslist.
I’ll call the Facebook marketplace a more secure version of craigslist.
There are no fees here, and you get to list your laptop and see who wants to buy it around you. It’s simple, list your laptop and wait, that’s all.
Just like other person-to-person trades, there’s a high chance you’ll get the best price for your laptop using the Facebook marketplace.
One thing I love about it is buyers and sellers are all checked and must submit a means of identification. This helps curb the issue of scammers and criminals looking to take advantage of people they meet on the platform.
Even with that, it’s still advisable to meet in a public place to make the exchange. Always take someone along just in case.
Local store near you
If all the options above don’t work for you, then you can walk into any local gadget store around you to trade your laptop.
It’s another fast way to convert your old laptop into cash, and there are no added fees for shipping, listing, or stuff like that.
Make sure your laptop is well cleaned and packaged before walking to any laptop store.