Today we feature a Guest Post by John Vincents, who shares his secrets on how to effectively and easily unload an old laptop for cash.

It surprises a lot of people to find out how easy it is to unload your used laptop. These devices, since they were released, have been popular buys, both new and used, and the trend looks as though it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In order to sell your laptop, you may want to take a few moments and think about the hows and whys of putting your computer on the market.


First Things To Do


Research, research, research!

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The first thing you want to do is make sure that you research all that you can about your laptop before placing it up for sale. Depending on your specific make and model, there could be quite a bit of information that you don’t know. For the purpose of getting a good deal out of your used device, you may want to prepare yourself for some of the tough questions that can arise as you sell your laptop. Make sure you have all the specifications handy, know the memory capabilities, Wi-Fi features, and speed, so that you can give as accurate an account of all the functions when confronted with a sale. It may be time to dust off the users manual, or download a spec sheet from the manufacturer’s website. It’s important to know what your notebook can do, otherwise, you will have a difficult time selling it.

Wipe data off your hard drive!

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Most importantly before letting the computer leave your hands is to make sure that all personal and vital data are transferred or removed. You do not want to have valuable information that can accessed by the new user, or anyone else. The best way to protect yourself from identity theft and credit fraud is to protect yourself by not leaving your vulnerable information available for others to use. If you have any doubts about whether you properly eliminated the data, check with a professional or the customer care service of the manufacturer.


Valuation of your laptop.

Make sure that you have an educated value assessed to your used laptop. Under and overcharging can bring about problems that you don’t need when going through the process to sell laptop. If you sell it for under the value, you are merely short changing yourself on your investment. If you overcharge, educated consumers will see right through it, and you will lose the current, and possibly future, sales. Utilize tools such as eBay to find the value based on the make, model, age, capabilities, and condition, and stick with this estimate. Either way, buyers will attempt to talk you into less than you originally asked for. Be prepared to negotiate, if necessary.


Getting the Laptop to the Market

So, now that you know your device by the back of your hand and you have assessed a fair market price, it may be time to get the laptop out there on the open market. Online posting are often the best bet when attempting to unload your used laptop. People from all walks of life are looking to buy used electronics, and this could be due to influx of new releases – people are selling their used gadgets in an attempt to trade up to the latest technology updates.

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You can either post and ad, or you may find someone who posted searching for exactly what you have. The best thing about it could be the fact that they want to pay what you are asking. Only if it was that easy; although in some cases, it is. Friends and family can be great resources as you sell your laptop. If they themselves are not currently in the market for your device, they may know of someone who will. Word-of-mouth is not a dead art yet, so let your inner circle know that you have a laptop for sale, and you may be surprised at how fast the process evolves.

Trade Shows and Swap Meets

If you haven’t been to a trade show or convention, you should definitely check one out. Here, you may have some luck unloading your used notebook, or you may get some insight to how and why, which could change your approach as you sell laptop. People gather for lively discussion about the past, present and future of modern technology and electronics, with demonstrations as well. Chances to trade or buy in are also available at most swap meets and expos as well.


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