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Mc1gers

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Original poster
Jun 13, 2012
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Belfast, UK
Anyone heard of this site? I am wanting to buy a new mac, so am looking to sell my 2006 MacBook Pro and they offered me cash for this, and are wanting to arrange collection of it, but I am wanting to verify they are a legitimate company before I take the plunge.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Anyone heard of this site? I am wanting to buy a new mac, so am looking to sell my 2006 MacBook Pro and they offered me cash for this, and are wanting to arrange collection of it, but I am wanting to verify they are a legitimate company before I take the plunge.
I wouldn't trust them:
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owner-name: The BookYard
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phone: +44.1512916240
 

old-wiz

macrumors G3
Mar 26, 2008
8,331
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West Suburban Boston Ma
Places like that say your mac is worth maybe 500 pounds (dollars/euros), they get your machine, then say due to closer examination it is only worth 250 pounds. most people take the smaller number instead of telling them to send it back to you.
 

burningrave101

macrumors 6502
Mar 4, 2008
384
0
I would stick to selling used Macs on eBay or locally if you want to get the most money for it. Sites that offer to buy your phones, computers, ect from you are always going to undervalue in order for them to make a profit off reselling it.
 

Djhomefries

macrumors member
Jun 25, 2012
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Anyone heard of this site? I am wanting to buy a new mac, so am looking to sell my 2006 MacBook Pro and they offered me cash for this, and are wanting to arrange collection of it, but I am wanting to verify they are a legitimate company before I take the plunge.

Gazelle.com is absolutely reputable.
 

hankdu

macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
67
4
Mac2Cash by the BookYard

I am looking to sell my Core Duo MBP 2.0 as well for some cash.

Found two UK websites: mac2cash and mac4cash

I did some reserach and found that mac2cash is operated by the BookYard, which is a company specialised in mac spare parts. I bought a superdrive replacement from them previously and they are genuine sellers. They have been operating mac trade-in since 2010 but only via email (i received quotes from them but decided not to sell). I believe mac2cash is their new procedures for dealing with trade-ins.

mac4cash is somwhat questionable as I found conflicting information on who the parent company is. There was a review on moneysavingexpert that made me question about their legitimacy. Email communications with mac4cash contained no name, email, address or contact telephone number. The number on their website is a 0844 number.

The story is that I originally decided to trade in with mac2cash (bookyard) but cancellled because mac4cash gave me a better quote (£80 more). I then detected mac4cash could be a scam so I rang mac2cash and spoke to someone called Nick Gillard (his details, phone number, addresses were all in the trade-in cancellation email, like how a professional company should be) and explained to him what happened. He happily rearranged UPS to collect my parcel and admitted that their quote may not be the best but its a hassle free service if you want to sell quickly.

I shall update the story to confirm if mac2cash is indeed problem-free.
 

hankdu

macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
67
4
I am giving this site a go https://www.sell-your-laptop.co.uk as they offered me more than apple, cex and a host of other companies and they get glowing reviews.

They even send a courier to come and collect your laptop at a specified date which is very handy.

Just tried your site and it offered me £8 more than mac2cash. Please it would be interested to hear your experience if you do decide to trade.
 

daleski75

macrumors 68000
Dec 10, 2008
1,917
404
Northampton, UK
Just tried your site and it offered me £8 more than mac2cash. Please it would be interested to hear your experience if you do decide to trade.

Will do unfortunately I am not selling my MBA until the 1st of August as waiting for my rMBP to be delivered hopefully by then so if you don't mind waiting I will update this thread then.
 

hankdu

macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
67
4
Mac2Cash verified

Just reporting back about Mac2Cash

Here is a timeline of the whole process:

2 July - instant quote online
4 July - package picked up (UPS collection free of charge)
6 July - payment marked as cleared and sent
11 July - cheque received through post

I was kept informed about the whole trade-in process via its online system through email (collected, payment cleared, payment sent), which was very easy to use. Nick Gillard, who is the director of Mac2Cash, was very helpful on the email and on the phone. I was paid the original quoted value. All in all, a very professional service ran by a trust worthy company - the Bookyard.

Mac4Cash - appeared bogus to me as they never replied to any of my emails after initial contact. I would avoid them personally if you don't want to be scammed.

*Disclaimer* I am NOT affiliated with Mac2Cash or the Bookyard
 

nataliamck

macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2010
264
0
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Just reporting back about Mac2Cash

Here is a timeline of the whole process:

2 July - instant quote online
4 July - package picked up (UPS collection free of charge)
6 July - payment marked as cleared and sent
11 July - cheque received through post

I was kept informed about the whole trade-in process via its online system through email (collected, payment cleared, payment sent), which was very easy to use. Nick Gillard, who is the director of Mac2Cash, was very helpful on the email and on the phone. I was paid the original quoted value. All in all, a very professional service ran by a trust worthy company - the Bookyard.

Mac4Cash - appeared bogus to me as they never replied to any of my emails after initial contact. I would avoid them personally if you don't want to be scammed.

*Disclaimer* I am NOT affiliated with Mac2Cash or the Bookyard

Thank you for this info.

I originally got a quote from CashMyGadget but only for about £10 more than Cash2Mac. I don't know anyone who has used CashMyGadget

But hearing your story I think I'll go with Cash2Mac :)
 

hankdu

macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
67
4
Thank you for this info.

I originally got a quote from CashMyGadget but only for about £10 more than Cash2Mac. I don't know anyone who has used CashMyGadget

But hearing your story I think I'll go with Cash2Mac :)

Glad my story could help you decide - i am thinking of trading in my 17 MBP with them, i now want a smaller laptop :)
 

daleski75

macrumors 68000
Dec 10, 2008
1,917
404
Northampton, UK
Next Tuesday I am trading in my laptop with sell-your-laptop (given the guys a call to confirm they exist and done some other checks as well) and they seem legit and they gave the best price out of all of them for my MBA 13" 2011 so from a week today I will post my feedback on this thread.
 

hankdu

macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
67
4
second experience with Mac2Cash

I recently traded another macbook pro with mac2cash. Again, I would like to report my experience to help those who may be anxious about selling their laptop online.

I followed the instruction on their website, and completed all the paper work online including the postage label which was automatically generated. I had to contact mac2cash to confirm the quote as my MBP didn't have a stock drive and had a localised keyboard. I received a reply almost immediately and decided to trade.

The timeline for my 17" MBP i7 2.66 (mid-2010):

  • Online booking/quote: 20 July
  • UPS collection: 23 July (next working day collection was available)
  • Delivered: 24 July
  • Cleared for payment: 24 July
  • Payment sent: 25 July (Paypal)

On both occasions, payments were sent to me within 48h of collection and I praise mac2cash for that. Read the FAQ section on their website, it has many useful information.

Once again, I could not be happier about the service i received from mac2cash - they were efficient, friendly and reliable. Their quotes were also competitive compared to other similar mac trade-in sites. I personally think an unbelievably good quote should be treated with caution - I would much rather get paid less than being scammed. I heard some companies devalue your laptop once you posted it in and if you don't accept their ridiculously low quotes, they will charge you X amount labour cost before posting it back to you - so you've been warned.

All in all, mac2cash is strongly recommended and I have finally ran out of old machines to sell.

Disclaimer: I am NOT affiliated with Mac2Cash or the Bookyard in anyway
 

01mggt

macrumors 6502
Jun 23, 2010
309
11
I would honestly ebay it. I got almost 600 bucks for my 2008 umb non pro with 8gb ram. Most of those sites offered my around $350. No thanks :)
 

hdfields

macrumors newbie
Jul 31, 2012
1
0
Just reporting back about Mac2Cash

Here is a timeline of the whole process:

2 July - instant quote online
4 July - package picked up (UPS collection free of charge)
6 July - payment marked as cleared and sent
11 July - cheque received through post

I was kept informed about the whole trade-in process via its online system through email (collected, payment cleared, payment sent), which was very easy to use. Nick Gillard, who is the director of Mac2Cash, was very helpful on the email and on the phone. I was paid the original quoted value. All in all, a very professional service ran by a trust worthy company - the Bookyard.

Mac4Cash - appeared bogus to me as they never replied to any of my emails after initial contact. I would avoid them personally if you don't want to be scammed.

*Disclaimer* I am NOT affiliated with Mac2Cash or the Bookyard

Following this review I contacted Mac2cash and fully endorse the experience detailed.

My first contact was Saturday to generate my quote, on Sunday I received a follow up email and a telephone call first thing Monday morning as I had requested. Nick was excellent, really put my mind at ease and can assure you that they are genuine and professional.

UPS collected my MAC on Monday and the money was in my paypal account Tuesday afternoon.

The whole process was hassle free, quick and extremely professional and I can whole heartedly recommend them to anyone wanting to sell an Apple device.

I was not expecting the process to be so quick and really impressed me.

Thanks Hankdu for the heads up on this one!
 
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PhoenixMac

macrumors 65816
Mar 7, 2010
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Looking at a lot of these cash sites, their offers are so much lower than what eBay or craigslist, or even the marketplace would yield. Is is really not worth the hassle of trying to get more to sell for a crazy low price?
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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Looking at a lot of these cash sites, their offers are so much lower than what eBay or craigslist, or even the marketplace would yield. Is is really not worth the hassle of trying to get more to sell for a crazy low price?

Sometimes, no, it is just not worth the hassle. Another issue is the risk involved. eBay scammers seem to be more prevalent than ever, and with eBays propensity to default to siding with the buyer on a dispute, the risk of getting ripped off for your used Macbook is certainly there. I suppose everybody has to weigh the hassle and risk for themselves and decide if it is worth it. No right or wrong answer IMO.
 
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