How to sell a damaged MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by banannieannie123, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. banannieannie123 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2017
    I have the following machine that's been warped somehow - one of the bottom screws fell out somehow and it's been sitting in a closet for about a year (I got a newer laptop for work and personal use and forgot about it). Since then, it's warped as show in the pictures.

    Any recommendations on how much to sell it for on eBay (or somewhere else)? Apple's recycling program valued it at $125, but I did a search for the value of the 500GB SSD alone (used) and it's worth about $150 as far as I can tell.

    The computer powers on and the OS loads, it just looks bad. No screen damage, just warped bottom case and track pad does not work.

    As a graphic designer, I am a computer savvy person, but not when it comes to parts! Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    - 2010 MacBook Pro 15.4"
    - 2.4Ghz core i-5
    - 8GB Ram
    - Upgraded to 500GB SSD
    - Serial No: W80156HMAGU

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  2. KGB7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD

    Take the ssd out and sell it. Than recycle the rest and move on.
  3. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    looks like the battery has swollen. be careful handling the thing.
  4. banannieannie123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2017
    Yikes, never would have known that - thank you!
  5. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    If the battery is swollen,and it looks that ugly,scavenge the parts you can,and leave the rest to nearest garbage recycling station.
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Erm, a new 512GB SSD can be bought for under $200. Why would anyone pay that kind of money for a 6 year old used SSD?
  7. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The bulging bottom plate and pushed-out trackpad indicate that the battery is swelling.

    YOU NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS RIGHT AWAY (shouting intentional).
    A bulging battery could suddenly short out and catch fire.

    At the very least, open the back and then carefully remove the battery and either take it to a brick-n-mortar Apple store for disposal, or perhaps your town has a recycling center that will take it.
    You DO NOT want to keep this inside the house.

    Go to to see what's involved in removing it (use the right tools).

    You can salvage the internal SSD and put it into an external USB3 case, then use it with any other Mac for additional storage or a "backup booter".

    The MacBook -might- need a new trackpad (sometimes just getting the battery out resolves the problem with the existing one). Trackpads are relatively cheap and easily replaceable.

    With a replaced battery and trackpad, the MacBook might remain quite usable.
    Or... could be sold for parts.
  9. banannieannie123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2017
    Hi there. Thanks for your input. I did a Google search and that's what came up. I don't know a lot about parts, so that's why I posted here asking for help.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 23, 2017 ---
    Thank you! Someone else posted about the danger of the battery being swollen (I had no idea that was what was going on) but I didn't realize it could catch fire. I will take care of it today. I appreciate you taking the time to warn me about this!
  10. windows4ever macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2011
    The logic board and display are worth money for parts. Lots of 2010 logic boards fail due to graphics issues so there is demand for them.

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