Alternatives to ebay and craigs list to sell an apple laptop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sossity, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    I have been commenting on my difficulty selling my laptop on eBay right now, I am not even getting any views, I have lowered the price, have a good description, and photos, but nothing. All I have had in 4 days is a scammer trying to buy it. It is in good condition, and fairly new, a 2015 retina.

    I looked at one mac reseller site, and they only seem to take older macs, nothing newer.

    Are there other places I could sell it too, I am not doing craigs list, too many scammers there as well.

    Am frustrated, I have sold laptops with no problems before, but now nothing, maybe late march, early April is a bad time of year? is this an unpopular model?
     
  2. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    Do the following:

    State that you will only meet, in person for the exchange at a local bank where the buyer will withdraw cash in exchange for the laptop.

    Lower the price.
     
  3. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Don't know what you're asking for it, but the 2015 13" is now superseded by two newer models, with or without touch bar, and there are also refurbs of the 2015 available, so it is probably a hard time to get a good price. Though you'd think the variety of ports would be attractive to some.

    That said, you can also try Amazon Marketplace. But if you have feedback at eBay, that's probably your best place to sell. You could try an auction with a reserve instead of a fixed price.
     
  4. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    on eBay, you need to list it as an "auction" and not a "buy it now" item, and it will sell, guaranteed. Start it at $10 and sit back and watch the bids come in and the price creep up. People are highly competitive, especially when they think they can get a 2015 Macbook Pro for a bargain basement price. Of course, it won't come to that; you'll get a good price, I promise. you just have to be patient and have thick skin. I've always done my eBay sales this way, and have had great $$$ success with everything I've sold.
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    Forget the reserve price option. That really doesn't give anyone an incentive to bid. Just list it as an open-ended auction with no reserve and sit back and watch the bidding wars drive the price up. This is how I do every single one of my auctions, and I've always gotten what I wanted for whatever I'm selling.
     
  5. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    You sound like a buy it now sort. Set an auction starting at 99 cents then you'll get views.
     
  6. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    I always have a fear that someone will get my used laptop for like $5 if I do that hahaha
     
  7. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Not a very good time to sell right now. People seem to have already spent their tax returns.

    What model Macbook do you have and what price have you listed it at?

    Swappa is a good site to sell Macbooks. You get fair prices and the selling fees are half of ebay's or even better depending on the price.
     
  8. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It is an early 2015 13 inch retina macbook pro, with starting bid at $750.00, with about 2 days to go as of this response.
     
  9. archi_130w1 macrumors member

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    What's the other stats on it. Because that either sounds like a good deal or ... well... you know.
    "Good condition and fairly new"

    If I see someone trying to push a 128 or even a 256 gb with a base clock processor.... I giggle.

    Just passing thoughts from another eBay shopper.

    Best of luck!
     
  10. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    I'll chime in for Mac Of All Trades. Sold an iPad Pro to them and got more than I was hearing on Craigslist, quickly. Sort of hard to find reviews of those guys but I'm happy to vouch.
     
  11. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Lower your price. Too high of a price is number one reason for no views or action from buyers.
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    https://forums.macrumors.com/forums/marketplace.132/

    MacRumors has a MarketPlace forum you could use.

    For access you need to be a forum member six months and have 250 posts, so you qualify.
     
  13. Tazoawake2016 macrumors member

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    If your laptop sells for $750 on eBay, you'll receive only about $650 after eBay and Paypal fees. That seems somewhat low for a 2015 MBP. You could probably get a higher price on Craig's list as long as you live in or near a reasonably big town. Like the second poster recommended, meet the buyer at a bank or another public place.
     
  14. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    I personally will never sell an item on eBay again. The buyer protection is setup to benefit the buyer no matter what. Very little seller protections.

    About 2 years ago I sold a MacBook Air on eBay that was in phenomenal shape, including original retail packaging. Buyer opened a claim that stated item wasn't as described. They said the device had a big scratch on the display (liars) and claimed the original retail packaging wasn't included. This was 28 days into the 30 day buyer money back guarantee. I provided eBay with photographic proof, the whole nine yards. They still sided with the buyer...even given the amount of time that elapsed. I was peeved. Somehow eBay or myself screwed up the return process and a refund was issued. The buyer refused to ship the computer back and I ended up having to settle with no computer and 40% reduced off the cost of the computer. The whole thing was very ridiculous and infuriating.

    If you do sell on eBay, my extreme recommendation is to capture time stamped uncut video of the device/condition, sealing the device in it's shipping package, you driving to the carrier, surrendering the package and receiving the receipt. May never need it, but why risk it?
     
  15. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, eBay does have that drawback for sellers. That's one reason so many buyers shop there, though, which makes it a good place to sell if you don't get a bad buyer.
     
  16. rawweb, Mar 27, 2017
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    There's good justification to have it, like anything. Buyer protections are one thing, but I think seller protections would be just as significant. They fee the snot out of you anyway, why not assure the people/companies bringing them revenue some better protections? I got burned horribly by the system. There's always a bad egg somewhere. By necessity I've sold a couple of things after the fact, but doing extreme evidence logging as I mentioned earlier to better insure myself. I've pretty much moved to local only these days. I feel better being able to control the situation.
     
  17. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I second the suggestion for Mac of all Trades. I recently sold them my late 2011 MBP with upgraded 8GB RAM and 512 SSD. They emailed me an official offer of $415 and that is exactly what they sent to my PayPal 3 business days later. Good communication as well. Much better experience than Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist and the forum Marketplace.
     
  18. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    I'll have to try that someday. I've never even had so much as a nibble on the MR Marketplace.
     
  19. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    I am glad that they sent you exactly what they quoted. But doesn't $415 seem like a low-ball offer?
     
  20. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    For a late 2011 MBP 13" ? It is possible that I might could have gotten a little more on Ebay etc. However, I didn't want to deal with the hassle of someone possibly returning the Mac over a lie on their part, or damaging it in some way, and then crying to PayPal. I sell items on Ebay, but not the high dollar stuff I used to. PayPal sides with the buyers too much, in my opinion. I am fine with the price. I tried to sell it here for $375 and couldn't get a bite. I was shocked.
     
  21. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, just looking at prices for late 2011 MPB's on Powermax w/8GB too. $879.00. If I was in the market for a late 2011 13", I would have sent you $415 as well and done it faster than 3 days :)
     
  22. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Not the best place to sell your Macs. Here we only bite if the price is 30% below market value :D
     
  23. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well my laptop now has 2 bids, and now I got a message from someone in Chinese, I don't know how to respond, I can't read it.
     
  24. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't, if you can't read it, I am guessing you don't write it either. Trying crap translation software like Google translate, will only lead to miscommunication and a possible regrettable sale.
     

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