When it comes to computers, there are nearly constant upgrades being created. More powerful and smaller parts are always being designed and offered. Whether you’re using a computer simply for work, or have a high end gaming or video rig, it’s important to know when it’s time to move on.
However, many people just trash their old computers! That’s a waste of money and a waste to the environment. There are many people out there looking for used computers or parts which will spend plenty of money in order to get what they need. Using the internet, it’s very easy to sell your old computer and help finance a new one or something else for yourself. It’s good to remember as well that if you can’t sell a used computer, it should be recycled instead of just thrown out.
How to Sell Your Computer
When it’s time to move on from your old computer, there are going to be several options for selling. When it comes to something like a desktop computer, you may want to sell it part by part in an effort to maximize the potential return. Otherwise, the entire computer should be sold.
From there, erase all data from the computer hard drive through a format. All of the specifications and parts of the computer should be known or discovered before selling, so that a proper advertisement can be created for it. Setting a price depends on condition and the components. Checking around online for similar used computers can help find a good price point.
From there, create your ad. You can choose to sell on one of the dozens of popular online classified websites. Be succinct and be accurate with information. Also determine if you are willing to ship the computer for a larger sale, or if you’ll only take a local purchase.
Selling Desktop Computers
As mentioned, selling a desktop computer is often different because of how easy it is to take apart and sell piece by piece. This is also why many desktop computers last for so long. As one part ages, it can be replaced with another. Video cards are prime parts for resale. Cards like the NVidia GeForce 980Ti and 1070 still perform really well, despite being from an earlier generation. This means that they can still be sold for hundreds of dollars. Items like RAM or hard drives do not age as well as video cards.
Selling Tablet Computers
Tablets are one of the fastest growing segments. However, one of the issues in selling a used tablet is that many people only want the latest technology. While a laptop or desktop computer functions in essentially the same way, new tech is being added to tablets constantly.
When selling a tablet, make sure that the screen is in good condition. This is the thing that most people consider when they see a tablet. Anything with scratches is going to be greatly devalued.
There’s two main brands of laptops that can be sold. The first is Apple products. When selling something like the MacBook Pro, resale value is usually pretty good. This is important because MacBooks tend to be more expensive during the initial sale. Getting a good return on resale makes buying a MacBook more palatable on the front end. Apple users love to have the newest item however. This can sometimes reduce the available buyers. Don’t want too long with Apple Laptops.
Selling a non-gaming Windows laptop can be more difficult. The parts inside make all the difference. Gaming laptops are great, but can become out of date very quickly. Do your research to find out just what yours may be worth.