Ready to upgrade that old computer or laptop? Several sites will let you trade in your laptop for cash or gift cards, and even pay the shipping to send it to them. Looking to trade up to a newer model? Here’s how to maximize what you get for your old one.
Whenever Apple trots out new hardware – as it did today with the new MacBook – it’s only natural to look at your old hardware and think, “Time for an upgrade!”
Just one problem: You’re not made of money. And you already sunk a hefty chunk of it into your current MacBook. So what’s an upgrade-hungry user to do? Simple: Sell that old machine to help subsidize the new one.
Of course, when you do that, you’ll want to squeeze every last dollar out of it, to get the absolute best trade-in deal you possibly can. Here’s your handy guide to doing exactly that.
Know your hardware
Before you can figure out how much your MacBook is worth, you need to know which MacBook you have. You can find the model number on the bottom of the system or, if it’s handy, the box it came in. Either way, that number will reveal most of the key specs about the system: processor speed, RAM, storage and even color.
For example, if it’s a MacBook MJLQ2LL/A, you’ll know it has a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, 15.4-inch display and 256GB SSD. Head to Apple’s Tech Specs page to get the full details regarding your model, or just peruse this list of MacBook Pro models.
Now that you know exactly what you’re selling, you have two main options for actually selling it.