Where to sell your iMac in the UK

lucasfunkt

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Jun 11, 2012
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I'm trying to get a good price for my late 2012 27inch iMac but I don't want to give paypal and eBay a large chunk of the value, or deal with the bidding process and paying loads for shipping.

So the best option is to find one of the numerous websites that will buy your mac off you, send a courier to collect it and then give you some cash for it.

The problem is that this seems to be a bit of a minefield. I've had various valuations from £180-£500 but I don't know which ones I should trust.

One was so useless I set up a collection date with them and then when I checked on the day they were supposed to arrive if they were coming, they said: "no we're on holiday until 30th of June!"

So there must be some UK based people who have used these websites before, which ones can you recommend or which should be avoided, please?
 

lucasfunkt

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Jun 11, 2012
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No, I might if it comes to it but I'd rather take the hassle out of it of having to make an advert and hope somebody local wants it.

My options at the moment seem to be: go with someone relatively reliable like CEX or Music Magpie and take a hit in terms of how much I can get for it. Or take a little bit of a risk and go for a less well know website that offers me a better price. Don't know who to go with.
 

lifeisepic

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Mar 23, 2013
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No, I might if it comes to it but I'd rather take the hassle out of it of having to make an advert and hope somebody local wants it.

My options at the moment seem to be: go with someone relatively reliable like CEX or Music Magpie and take a hit in terms of how much I can get for it. Or take a little bit of a risk and go for a less well know website that offers me a better price. Don't know who to go with.
Personally I would go for the peace of mind / least hassle option.
 

Spudlicious

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I think I would first try the old-fashioned options of local paper small ad and/or card in newsagent/supermarket. Depends on where you live, but where I am there's a post-grad university with hopefully a good pool of potential buyers needing to hammer out research papers and suchlike.
 

Mike Boreham

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Aug 10, 2006
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No, I might if it comes to it but I'd rather take the hassle out of it of having to make an advert and hope somebody local wants it.

My options at the moment seem to be: go with someone relatively reliable like CEX or Music Magpie and take a hit in terms of how much I can get for it. Or take a little bit of a risk and go for a less well know website that offers me a better price. Don't know who to go with.
I offload all my Apple stuff through CEX and take a credit voucher for it, as you get quite a bit more than cash. You can take it into any store or post it to them. I always do the former. I also buy nearly all my stuff from CEX using the vouchers. Some of their prices are silly high but if you follow and watch closely there are some good buys to be had. They give two year warranty now and if you buy on line you have 14 days to really check it out and return no question asked.

A few years ago I got quotes from some places that buy for cash, but they weren't as good as the CEX voucher option.