Selling Your Old PC
by Elizabeth Harper for Techlicious
Planning to upgrade to the latest and greatest PC? Check out this comprehensive guide to selling you old PC online for top dollar.–PC Pitstop.
We may be tempted to write off our old gadgets when we upgrade to the latest version, but don’t think your old tech toys aren’t valuable just because they’re not the newest thing on the market. You may be surprised how much money a high-tech closet cleaning can yield if you sell your old gadgets.
You can can take your goods into a store to trade-in, use an online trade-in program or auction them off on a site like eBay. Which every way you choose, the process you’ll go through is similar. You’ll take your item in or mail it in—some online services will even send you packaging and postage. Once the retailer has it, your item will be inspected and an appropriate value determined. Then, once the item is officially sold—either for a pre-determined price or as an auction—you’ll get cash or store credit for it.
Before you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Gadgets in good condition—not battered or broken—sell for the most cash, but some stores will even take broken items. If your gadget no longer works, check the store’s policy before you try to sell.
2. Many retailers will want accessories that were originally included with your gadget, like charging cables. If you don’t have them, expect to get less cash.
3. Be sure you enter the exact model number and product information if you’re trading in online—a mistake could have a big impact on your item’s retail value. Sometimes even insignificant details, like the color, can have a big impact on price.
4. Make sure you know what the retailer’s policy is on items that are valued less than expected. Some will return the item, but with others, you’re stuck with what they evaluate your item at, even if it’s lower than the initial estimate.
5. If you take your item to a store to trade in, you’ll usually get cash or credit for it immediately—but if you sell online, it could take days or weeks to get your money. If you need cash quickly, in-store trade-ins are your best bet.
6. Some retailers may seem to offer great prices, but take fees out of the final purchase cost before sending it on to you—most notably auction sites like eBay. These can still give you a great value, but be sure to read the fine print so you know what you’re getting paid.
7. Before you send an item in, be sure to delete any data you have stored on it—though many resellers will do this yourself, you’d hate to risk having your information stolen.
8. You will generally get more in store credit than in cash at stores that offer both options.
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