If you’ve owned your Mac for multiple years, then you may have decided that it’s time for an update. One of the best ways to get rid of your old Mac is by trading it in for cash. Selling your Mac will allow you to put some of the money toward buying your new laptop or desktop.
Follow a few of the tips below to guarantee yourself that you’re selling your Mac for the highest possible dollar.
Conduct Research On Multiple Websites That Purchase Macs
As you begin the process of selling your used Mac, you’ll want to take a look at numerous websites that buy used Macs. There are two main reasons for this. The first reason is that you’ll have a better idea of what your MacBook Pro is truly worth from conducting the research on numerous sites that offer different dollar amounts. The second reason is that you’ll be able to see which websites are willing to offer you the most for your Mac. Through price comparison, you can check to make sure that you get the most money available on the market.
If your Mac has any damages to it, you might find that the websites can vary greatly in the amount of money that they’re willing to offer based upon how damaged your Mac is. This is because some websites that are willing to buy used Macs want to turn around and sell them for a higher profit while other websites that buy used Macs want to sell them for parts. Knowing which kind of website you’re looking for will help you find the best bargain for your damaged Mac.
If your Mac is damaged, you’ll also want to look very closely at the condition descriptions that each website provides. Some companies will be more lenient in the amount of minor scratches that they’ll allow while others are much more strict. This is important because the condition that you list your Mac has can greatly affect the amount of money that a company is willing to offer you. Furthermore, if you list the condition of your Mac as “Excellent” but the company only perceives it as being in a “Good” condition when it arrives, they can ship it back to you or offer you a much lower price than the original offer. To avoid this hassle, consider reaching out to a representative from the company and sending them pictures of your Mac.
Check Out The Company’s Reviews
This is a step that I can’t stress enough! Oftentimes customers let other customers know if they had a good experience or not with the “cash-offer” business.This can be extremely helpful to you in determining if a specific website can be trusted or not. Unfortunately some websites are frauds and will accept your used Mac, but then they will never send you the money that they promised.
The best way to protect yourself from a fraud website is through looking at the reviews that are present on the site. If the website doesn’t have any reviews present then it is not a trustworthy site. You’ll also want to look at some third-party websites that might have reviews on the company. These will also help you to determine if the company is trustworthy or not because you’ll know that the company didn’t fake the reviews.
Past customers will also tell you if this site paid the amount that they promised or not. Some technology sites that will buy your used materials are notorious for offering a certain amount for your technology, but once they receive the shipment, they’ll say that you didn’t disclose specific “damages” and will then make you a lower offer than they originally promised. If a website does this enough times, it will be reflected in their customer reviews.
You’ll also want to look at the reviews to see how long it typically takes a company to pay you. Some companies issue a payment as soon as they receive your device and have had a chance to evaluate it, but other companies can take a week or two to issue a payment to you. If you need the money quickly from your sell, then you’ll want to look for a website with reviews saying that the company has paid past customers quickly.
As you look at the reviews, be sure that you don’t only read the 5-star reviews. Oftentimes, the 3 – star reviews are the most accurate because they’ll share some positive and negative experiences from working with the company.
“Wipe” Your Used MacBook Pro Before You Ship It
One of the main things you’ll want to take care of before you ship your used Mac is wiping it down and resetting it to the factory settings and deleting all of your private information.
The simplest way to do this is through going into your main settings and resetting your used Mac back to the factory setting. This will ensure that your information has been deleted completely. Even if you were to go through and delete all of your individual files, you’d still have a “trace” of information on your device (such as financial information or personal passwords). Even some traces of your search history might remain.
You never know who your old Mac is going to be sold to, so taking this step is an imperative way to protect your identity.
If you’ve followed the above tips, you’re now ready to sell your used Mac! The last step is shipping it to the business.
Most businesses will provide you with a pre-paid shipping label that you can easily print off. Then, you’ll just want to make sure that you’re safely shipping your Mac. Get a box that is larger than the Mac and be generous with the amount of bubble wrap you use. It might even be a good idea to tape some of the bubble wrap to the Mac itself to ensure that it’ll constantly be protected. Nothing would be worse than your Mac getting damaged in transit!