DoubleFlyaway

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So... I’ve had my 12.9 inch iPad Pro for about a month now, and I’m seriously starting to think about selling my 2015 (I think) MBP. I’ve never sold any electronics before, but this computer has too much value to hang onto it if I’m not going to use it. It’s a very nice machine, just more machine than I need for work or play. I’ve read mentions of swappa, etc. What about trade-ins through Amazon or Best Buy? Advice on the best way to do it as painlessly as possilble?
 

TofSanity

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So... I’ve had my 12.9 inch iPad Pro for about a month now, and I’m seriously starting to think about selling my 2015 (I think) MBP. I’ve never sold any electronics before, but this computer has too much value to hang onto it if I’m not going to use it. It’s a very nice machine, just more machine than I need for work or play. I’ve read mentions of swappa, etc. What about trade-ins through Amazon or Best Buy? Advice on the best way to do it as painlessly as possilble?


I have sold on here before, in the market area, and have had good results with MacBook Pros. I am not sure exactly how you use your iPad Pro, but I went the way you were going with going only with the iPad Pro. I ended up needing to purchase a MacBook Pro in the end. Even after running iOs 11 for a bit. I mainly use mine for writing and found the iPad Pro lacking in areas. Anyways, try the marketing area in MacRumors.
 
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baypharm

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In order to view and sell in the marketplace area you need to have made more than 250 posts and have been a member of MacRumors for more than six months. The OP doesn’t meet these two requirements.
 
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DoubleFlyaway

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Thanks, guys. Yeah, I'm a little nervous about regretting selling the MBP, but I really am not sure when I would ever need it. I basically do a ton of video conferencing, whiteboarding, and the normal consumption stuff. I don't even use a word processor much anymore, though it's not out of the realm of possibility that I would start writing more again someday. I write occasional scholarly articles or amicus briefs, but I seem to be out of that business these days.
 

eddjedi

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Sell it on eBay, you will get the best return. I have no idea why in 2017 people still use trade in schemes or pawn shops etc, must be either laziness or ignorance. With 15 minutes effort, you can get the best price selling it yourself. Just take lots of photos (especially of damage) and add a detailed description including any faults/damage. The way I write a description is to try and cover anything people could complain about. If you list it as 'very good condition' but fail to mention a dent, people will try and get a partial refund. Make sure you list the exact spec too, perhaps a screenshot of the 'about this Mac' screen.
 
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lambertjohn

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Sell it on eBay, you will get the best return. I have no idea why in 2017 people still use trade in schemes or pawn shops etc, must be either laziness or ignorance. With 15 minutes effort, you can get the best price selling it yourself. Just take lots of photos (especially of damage) and add a detailed description including any faults/damage. The way I write a description is to try and cover anything people could complain about. If you list it as 'very good condition' but fail to mention a dent, people will try and get a partial refund. Make sure you list the exact spec too, perhaps a screenshot of the 'about this Mac' screen.

Agree with this. Sell it on eBay to a nationwide audience. Just be honest with your ad, show tons of pics, and describe everything that's wrong/right with it. People need to know with 100% certainty what they're buying. Personally, I always sell my items using an "auction" style ad because there's aways an audience out there that will start a bidding war over whatever it is you're selling. But you may want to do a "Buy it Now." It's your call. Good luck!!
 
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Abs_p

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Agree with this. Sell it on eBay to a nationwide audience. Just be honest with your ad, show tons of pics, and describe everything that's wrong/right with it. People need to know with 100% certainty what they're buying. Personally, I always sell my items using an "auction" style ad because there's aways an audience out there that will start a bidding war over whatever it is you're selling. But you may want to do a "Buy it Now." It's your call. Good luck!!

eBay = dealing with PayPal. I would never ever sell used electronics when PayPal goods/services is involved. 6 months of grace period is too much . If i sell a year old iPhone or a 2-3 year old MacBook that develops problem after 2-3 months or even 5 months, there is absolutely nothing that would stop the buyer from disputing the transaction on paypal and paypal being paypal would refund the money and you are ****ed.

Craigslist or Macrumors market place using PPG is the only place I would sell my used stuff on. Swappa has gone to ***** too.
 

lambertjohn

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eBay = dealing with PayPal. I would never ever sell used electronics when PayPal goods/services is involved. 6 months of grace period is too much . If i sell a year old iPhone or a 2-3 year old MacBook that develops problem after 2-3 months or even 5 months, there is absolutely nothing that would stop the buyer from disputing the transaction on paypal and paypal being paypal would refund the money and you are ****ed.

Craigslist or Macrumors market place using PPG is the only place I would sell my used stuff on. Swappa has gone to ***** too.

I've sold stuff on eBay for 12 years and never had one single item disputed via PayPal. Twelve years, 100% approval rating, not a single dispute. Why? Because I'm honest, and it looks like most of my buyers are too.
 

baypharm

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eBay = dealing with PayPal. I would never ever sell used electronics when PayPal goods/services is involved. 6 months of grace period is too much . If i sell a year old iPhone or a 2-3 year old MacBook that develops problem after 2-3 months or even 5 months, there is absolutely nothing that would stop the buyer from disputing the transaction on paypal and paypal being paypal would refund the money and you are ****ed.

Craigslist or Macrumors market place using PPG is the only place I would sell my used stuff on. Swappa has gone to ***** too.

I concur wholeheartedly with this. Fleabay forces most people to use PayPal. I learned my lesson with them the hard way back in 1999-2000 when they froze my account (with no explanation or warning) and I never got my money out. Since then I have had a hatred for anything PayPal related. In the beginning, Fleabay was a nice place to make bucks. You could ask for a check, cash, or anything else (other than PayPal) and people were honest back then. I would sell things on a regular basis and get mail everyday with cash or checks inside. Never got burned a single time. It was great while it lasted until PayPal took over as the only mechanism to complete transactions. I sold a camcorder and the guy claimed it was not as advertised. PayPal yanked the money out of my account gave it back to him and he got to keep the camcorder! Total b***s.
 

DoubleFlyaway

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I’m a little nervous about packing it up well... do you guys know if Kinkos or the UPS Store or anybody offer a service where they would do that for me? I just want it super well protected and don’t have the original packaging.
 

Abs_p

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I've sold stuff on eBay for 12 years and never had one single item disputed via PayPal. Twelve years, 100% approval rating, not a single dispute. Why? Because I'm honest, and it looks like most of my buyers are too.

The thing is it's not just you who needs to be honest. I have 91 5 star feedback 100% on eBay. 19x 5 star rating on Swappa. But I sitll wouldn't do it.
 
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