pre paring a laptop for selling

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sossity, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I recently upgraded my laptop, and would like to sell my old one on ebay, how do I set it up with a blank user account? right now it has a guest account and my account with my name. I want to set it up so the new owner can get their own account and not have to log into mine with my password.

    I could wipe the hard drive clean, but I have software that I would like to include, MS Office for mac, and I have used one of its 1 time use software codes on the laptop, and would lose this with a hard drive wipe clean off.
  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Forget for a moment that it's a violation of Office's TOS Agreement - do you really want to give a stranger almost unfettered access to anything on your laptop, even if you "erased" it?

    If you want to play it safe the wipe the drive w/ multiple passes and set it up as new. The extra $10 you'll get for include Office isn't worth the long term damage and potential identity theft that could occur if you don't. I've sold many Macs on eBay, never once did I include non-Apple bundled s/w and always get a respectable price. Also if you sell shady you'll attract shady and that just leads to headaches on eBay.

    What gets you great price on eBay is lots of pictures and a clean machine. If you still have the original box that's a bonus. Make it look as new and well kept as possible. That will get you legit bids.
  3. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    thanks for the advice, so should I do a reinstallation of osx on the computer?

    I did not have any personal documents on the computer, I just used usb drives with it, the hard drive has just apps and a few downloads.

    what would be a good starting bid price for me to set for it? and should I offer a buy it now?

    the computer in question is a 13 inch 2012 macbook air, running maveriks with a 256 solid state drive, and 8 gb of ram, this was upgraded from the stock 4 gb of ram. It also has a purple cover plastic case that I have kept it in, and I also have the original box.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    Just follow the steps at these links to wipe it for sale.

    I would look at recent eBay sales of similar machine and start your listing a hundred or so below that. I'm not a fan of buy it now for more expensive items like this. I have better luck getting top prices with the auction.

    IMO ditch the case and clean it up nice in the box so it looks as close to stock/new as possible.

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