Safest/Best Place to Sell Laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by groove-agent, May 31, 2018.

  1. groove-agent macrumors 6502a

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    Hey all,

    I want to sell my MacBook but I have reservations about selling it online. Do you have any suggestions of what service to use? I'd rather not deal with Craigslist. I was thinking eBay but I heard that they hold your funds for days until the other side acknowledges that they received it and then they can just claim it wasn't what was advertised and send it back to you in any kind of condition.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. slam5 macrumors member

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    I don’t think you will get money if you are willing to take some risk. You could sell it at a pawn shop. The problem is they will pay you 35 cent on the dollar for what your MacBook Pro is worth. Craigslist isn’t that dangerous as long as you meet in public and make sure they give you bogus $$. As for eBay, if you are xworried about the other side returning it, that is a chance you have to take. I had buy and sell on eBay for 15 years and yet to have problem. You can readthe Feedback of a bidder and see if they are problematic. You can also stipulate only people you approve of can bid.
     
  3. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816

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    Put an ad in the macrumors marketplace - I've done more than a few transactions with our fellow macrumors members and never had a problem. Most deal through PayPal or Apple Pay.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I would also suggest Swappa. More tech orientated, other have had positive experiences. Post lots of pictures and be descriptive in your listing.
     
  5. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    I’ve used Facebook marketplace to sell my stuff and never had any issues . Yeah it’s like Craigslist but you can see there profile and etc
     
  6. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    I never had any issues with eBay it Craigslist . Prefer not to use eBay because to make it appealing you’ll need to pay for shipping and then there are the fees
     
  7. groove-agent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for everyone's input. I'm thinking of listing the laptop this week on eBay. If I may also ask about the method you used to ship it. Did you require a signature for when it arrived? I'm concerned someone will receive it but claim they never got it.

    Thanks again.
     
  8. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    With low cost items I wouldn't care if I lost in the end I don't bother with Sig because it does end up eating more into your cost. With a MacBook I probably would require a Sig and use UPS or FedEX and get the insurance. Costs more but will be better covering you should something happen IMHO better then USPS.

    I would see how much Gazelle would give you for it. IF you like the price they do have the option to write a check to you, deposit into your account or 3% bonus into an Amazon Gift card.
     
  9. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Whether to use something like LetGo or Craigslist depends on where you are. Some areas are more prone to thievery than others. Don't do stupid **** like meeting in a mall food court (thief runs away thru crowd and passed laptop to an accomplice once out of sight) or meeting in a strange apartment complex parking lot (two guys get in the iphone seller's car a few days ago and beat the **** out of him, then third guy tries to shoot the seller but misses, all before they run off into the woods). Do something smart like meet in the lobby of a local police station or something. In daylight.

    I've sold a couple devices to MacMeAnOffer and had a good experience. I also didn't get as much money as I could have if I'd posted to CL and spent a lot of time on lookie-loo's and lowballers. Been there done that.
     
  10. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    Meet at a bank.
    Quiet and loads of cameras that scare off any potential criminals right from the get go.

    I do all my high value meet ups at local banks.
     
  11. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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  12. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    I look up the address on google street view. If it looks like a rough area and if it's an address with an apartment number I always require delivery signature. I use USPS Priority Mail.
     

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