As the manufacturers of durable electronic products keep modifying their goods to offer better features and facilities to consumers, many electronic items become obsolete a bit too fast, making disposal of older models a bit difficult.
You don’t need your old laptop anymore because you got a new one. You don’t like throwing it away either. So, what do you do?…
We do the same thing we do with our old and unused books; we sell it for cash! (Check out this post if you have some books to sell)
Thankfully, there have appeared quite a few websites allowing consumers to get cash for old electronic gadgets like laptops, phones, and TVs that they don’t require anymore.
Here are a couple of websites where you can exchange your used or obsolete models of electronic gadgets for gift cards or hard cash.
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Nextworth accepts wide ranging electronic gadgets and provides a long list of those on its website, enabling you to check if you can dispose off any of your items. You are required to answer a couple of questions relating to your gadget before being offered any price for the same.
After you have computed your items and accepted the offer made to you, it is time for you to choose mode of payment.
You can ask to be paid via PayPal, banker’s check or a gift card issued by Target. It may be added here that such option are not available while dealing with Amazon or Best Buy.
You have the option of dispatching your items to Nextworth at their expense, or visit a Target store in your neighborhood and get immediate credit in the form of Target gift card.
One limitation with Nextworth for consumers opting to dispatch their items is that it may take ten working days for them to complete their inspection and start the process of making you payment. Please take note of this, ten days is not the time during which to expect payment, but for completion of inspection of your items, necessarily needed for evaluating the worth of your items.
For paying consumers against their old electronic devices, Gazelle too follows the same system as Nextworth, meaning you need to provide truthful description of your items enabling them to make their offer to you.
Here again you may choose to get paid by a check, PayPal or Amazon gift card. Normally, they take about a week from the date of receipt of your item for assessing its worth and sending your payment.
Well, I tried trading my iPad 2 and found their prices lightly lower than the others providing similar services.
You can also get cash for old cell phones on Gazelle.
What separates Amazon Trade-In from the rest of the sites mentioned here is the fact that apart from electronic goods, it also accepts other used items including books, movies and video games. So, in case you still have some old textbooks lying around, you can trade those along with all other electronic items (or if you prefer cash, read this post for a list of places where you can get cash for old books).
You get started after opening an account with Amazon and give an accurate description and condition of items you wish to dispose off.
After you submit the required details, you are informed of its price. If you accept that price, you need to dispatch your item to Amazon at their expense.
On inspecting and verifying that the product you sent them is as per description provided by you, Amazon remits Amazon Gift card to your account for the amount already announced. You can even expect more than what they promised earlier if they find the condition of your item better than what you described.
You can expect to receive the gift card within two working days after Amazon obtains your item.
The hitch in this case is that your cash is locked in your Amazon account.
Best Buy Trade-In offers to compensate you for electronic items only. You can get their offer on providing them the name of the manufacturer of your item, its model and existing condition. If you accept their offer, you get compensated only by way of Best Buy gift cards.
Best Buy offers you prepaid label for shipping your device to them. You may dispatch the item or find out their authorized trade-in store in your local area.
Quite like Amazon, in their case too your funds are locked with them, meaning you are permitted to spend that money for your dealing with Best Buy.
Moreover, the time they take for issuing your gift card is slightly more than Amazon. It may take about ten days before they review and assess your items for sending your gift card.
As you know Craigslist is among the most poplar websites for placing your ads when you want to sell items that are in good demand, including a new tablet or iPhone.
Though there is no fee, and compared to other available ways for disposing such items, you may be able to get a slightly better amount, you should be prepared to negotiate price with prospective buyers who like to haggle and may ask you some odd questions. Nonetheless, it is a good site for getting a better value for your item from a local buyer, provided you have the patience and time.
Other Sites for Selling Used Laptops
There are also smaller and less-known sites that you can try. Some of these sites actually specialize in only buying and selling used laptops, so you may even be able to get a better deal.
How Much Is My Laptop Worth?
It depends on many factors, mainly the age of it. Electronics age very fast because companies constantly introduce newer versions. So, the older your laptop is, the less money you are going to get for it, and vice versa.
Fore example, I just did a quick test for Acer Aspire 5253, and I got a quote for $51.91. I also got a $98.06 quote for an Apple MacBook 13-inch (Early 2008).
So, depending on how old it is and the condition it is in, you could expect anywhere from $20-$30 to $600-$800 or more. The beauty of using sites mentioned above is that with most of them you can get an instant quote, then you can decide whether or not you want to sell it for that price.
So, Where Is the Best Place to Sell My Old Laptop?
Obviously, the best will be the one that allows you to get the most cash for your laptop without too many hassles. So, you’ll need to compare the convenience versus the price offered by various sites.
Personally, I am used to patronizing Amazon and find it easy to use. Nevertheless, Gazelle and NextWorth are equally suitable. In case you are looking to selling an item which is much in demand or even an old gadget, you should surely try eBay and Craigslist.