Why throw away your old laptop when you can sell your old laptop for cash? Whether you’re upgrading or just need to clear out a laptop that’s of no use to you anymore, it’s a nice way to make a little cash and help somebody out. Here’s the Gizmogo team’s expert advice on how to sell a used laptop
How to Prepare to Sell Your Laptop
Laptops, more than any other device you might sell, can carry a lot of your personal information. The idea is to sell the device, not your data! So before you even think of how to sell a laptop, let’s get real about data safety. Make sure you remove any non-original or external drives, and check ports for flash drives, USB hubs, Bluetooth devices, optical/CD drives, and anything else. Then it’s time to remove all data you want to keep and wipe the machine. A factory reset is the very least you can do on a laptop. You should also format the drive to make sure files don’t remain. Take the time to check you haven’t left an important folder or file anywhere. Then clean the laptop up nicely ready for sale.
Find How Much Your Laptop is Worth
Before you sell a used laptop, it’s good to know what it’s worth. Remember that I.T, in particular, gets ‘old’ fast. While many people want (and need) a serviceable laptop and don’t care about the age or specs, you’re not going to get the same price as the unit brand new. Make sure you understand the specs of your laptop, too. Many models in the same range or with the same name can have different internal specs, like an added independent graphics card, a different chip-set, or different soft features. Compare like-with-like, and make sure you know what you have.
Find Everything The Laptop Came With
Laptops ship with a range of accessories. Your bag or sleeve probably didn’t come with the unit. It will have shipped in a box. But there would have been a charger and a battery. There may have been additional items in the deal, too, including items like external caddies or spare equipment. The more of this you can find to sell with it, the better the price will be. After all, people like the convenience of receiving everything altogether.
Where to Sell Your Laptop
You can sell your laptop online if you wish, or through a service. Both have pros and cons, so make sure you do the best for your personality, cash expectation, and personal style.
Sell Directly Person-to-Person
When we think of where to sell a laptop, this is likely what comes to mind. You’re thinking of places like Craigslist, eBay, etc. These are peer-to-peer sites, and can be an effective way to sell if you have the time to wait and don’t mind the accompanying factors.
What are those factors? Firstly, you’ve probably seen funny sales responses on meme sites, and there’s a reason for that. Some people will do anything to get a deal- be that insulting you, or making up a sob story about their sick kid. Other people ask questions you’ve clearly answered, or do ridiculous things like chat to you for days than ghost you.
Even once you get a buyer, you have to consider your safety. Meet somewhere public, preferably a police station or similar, and don’t let them walk off with the item at any point before you’re both happy. Take a friend if you can. And we’d advise you to sell your laptop for cash only- checks and money transfers can and have been spoofed.
Sell Through a Marketplace
If you’re looking for a quicker, safer way to sell, consider using a marketplace that will buy your laptop instead. While you will receive the lower end of the cash value- but never lowballed, not if you use a reputable vendor- you can get it over and done with quickly and move on. No need to deal with other people or put up with time wasters. Simple hand over the device, get your cash, and go.
Introduction to Gizmogo
Gizmogo is proud to buy your laptops and other used electronics in a safe, secure setting that gets the job done fast. We help you get the item to us with free UPS or USPS shipping, and we will perform a professional-grade data wipe on the device, too, for your added peace of mind. If you're happy with our offer, the cash will be yours within three to five business days, hassle-free.