Where do you sell your old Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LeeNH, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. LeeNH macrumors regular

    LeeNH

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    hi everyone,

    I've upgraded to a new Mac, and want to sell my old one. can you recommend a safe place to do this? I have tried my local Craigslist, but not getting much in the way of interest.
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    What Macbook are you trying to sell? Did you clean up the exterior, post pictures, and exact specs? Is it priced similarly to other Macbooks for sale?

    I don't use eBay any more for selling because you wind up with these buyer from h*ll.
     
  3. jrichards1408 macrumors member

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    So where do you sell then
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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  5. LxHunter, Aug 3, 2017
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    I no longer sell anything of value on eBay
    Too many buyer scams and stupid buyers
    And transaction costs too high.

    I sell all my Apple stuff locally on KIJIJI (Toronto)
    That way I get to choose who I deal with
    Rather sell to a good guy for a few bucks less than a fool on eBay

    1. Price correctly
    Lots of sellers think their gadget is worth nearly same price as Apple refurb.
    Sensible asking price helps to select out the low ballers
    Negotiate a discount to your asking price
    Natural human nature to want discount regardless of the starting price
    2. Describe accurately with good pictures - your own pics not stock photos
    This step helps select out the dunces who ask dumb questions
    3. Have all the original packaging
    My buyers get everything but the shrinkwrap
    4. Restore to factory config
    5. Make sure buyer has Apple/iTunes account to sign in
    6. Meet in public place - edit - with free Wi-F like said below.
    7. When buyer sets up as new device be sure to use generic password before they pay you
    8. Make sure buyer tests device and is satisfied. Avoids any after sale drama

    Never had a problem
    All my Apple devices sold within 48 hours for a fair price
     
  6. KUKitch macrumors 6502

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    I'd definitely do Craigslist over eBay I think, just from a hassle perspective... I'd also recommend Facebook - that's where I sold mine and it went quickly, especially if you've got student groups you can access or local buy/sell groups as mentioned. I was selling a 2011 MBP 13" and got what I was asking within a couple days via Facebook.
     
  7. LeeNH thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm selling a MBP late 2013, 2.0 GHz, 8 mg RAM, 256 GB in exc condition. It's my first Mac, so I wasn't sure what the resale would be. I've only sold my iphones and usually get a great return. I tried Facebook Marketplace and gotten a few inquiries. I've gotten a few offers from $600-800. I also checked quotes from Best Buy (ridiculous) and Apple (low).

    Ebay tends to side with buyers for any little complaint upon purchase, so I'm Ebay-shy too. Don't want a chargeback and out the Mac too.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 3, 2017 ---
    Great info - thanks so much.
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    How did you know what price to ask?
     
  8. KUKitch macrumors 6502

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    For my part, I'd generally look at eBay and Craigslist and similar sites and base my price off of those, maybe list it toward the high end of what I saw with an idea toward what I'd be willing to accept if it wasn't specifically that price.
     
  9. LeeNH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good advice - thanks.
     
  10. PBz macrumors 68020

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    I normally use CL. I agree eBay is a hassle. I have had buyers REFUSE to acknowledge what they received is what was listed.. apparently retaining the right to dispute for quite a while.

    For CL I just make sure I communicate a god bit before meeting. Always meet in a public place like Starbucks. Also, people who are quickly OK with your starting price are suspect IMO. I don't trust the person who doesn't haggle. IMO, there is risk that person is just trying to get me to a location for possible robbery.
     
  11. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    When I buy a used item, I don't haggle if the price is fair.

    I always meet at a place that has free wi-fi so the person can get out the machine.

    I also icloud-lock devices until after the deal closes and I reset it in front of the buyer and let them log in to their icloud account.
     
  12. LeeNH thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good advice. So are you saying to leave my Mac as is, let someone "play" and when the deal closes, then I wipe everything?
     
  13. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    I erase and install a clean os and then lock it.
     
  14. McRumour macrumors member

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    Just sold a mid-2010 15" MBP.
    Did a ton of research, comparing prices offered at many online sites
    Mac Me An Offer (aka: Mac of All Trades) was highly recommended on various threads in this forum
    Based on those recommendations, their BBB A+ rating, reviews elsewhere as well (Reddit,etc.) and the price they offered for my unit (higher by far than anywhere else), I accepted their offer.
    It was a quick and seamless transaction. Very pleased

    good luck....
     
  15. Rocko99991 macrumors 6502a

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    Many people have good luck with Swappa. Wherever you sell it online, mandate insurance or included it in your selling price. I have had insurance save me from two cases.
     
  16. McRumour macrumors member

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    ^ ^

    YES!
    I'd stumbled on that site as well. Looks to be great. Was unable to use them because my Mac was ouside the cut-off date (2011 and later) of what they accepted for re-sale.

    But for the OP - it might be a better choice than Mac Me An Offer - which I recommended in my prior post.
     
  17. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    Sell eh? I thought that was having kids were for - somehow they always need what I have just replaced.:)
     
  18. LxHunter macrumors 6502

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    The offers sounds about right.
    I assume MacBook depreciation about 25%-30%/Year
    On the declining balance eg 2,000 1,500 1,125 850
    iPhones same experience holding more value.
    Check the eBay prices for completed sales to get an idea of value
    Many of the Craigs List, KIJIJI asking prices are unrealistically high.
    Also, should have asked if you live in a big city
    I live in downtown Toronto so many buyers close by.
    Maybe not the case for you.
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    Mine are launched.
    No longer swiping my stuff.
     
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    I sold mine to Phobio. Apple Authorized Trade In company.

    I didnt look at the price because I used my old mac for 7 years and it served me well.

    I wanted to have an ease of mind of shipping ( paid both ways from them) fair price, not too low or not too high which I could have gotten from any other place and the last; cash payment or visa payment.

    I also like their 24 hours live chat to be honest. Thats the reason I sold to them where I can get 50-100$ more on anyother place.
     

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