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Are you looking to sell your Mac and upgrade to a newer model? Selling your Mac can seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can easily sell your Mac quickly and for the best price possible.
Before you sell
AppleCare plan holders have the choice to cancel or transfer their coverage for their Mac. Canceling your AppleCare plan is done through the Apple website. Once you’ve found your plan on the page, download and follow the steps to complete cancellation. You’ll need to enter a few details about yourself, such as name and address, before you can cancel your plan.
If you are selling or giving away your Mac computer and it has an AppleCare plan, then you should transfer this plan to its new owner. This can be done easily from the same web page that you used to cancel a plan – simply select ‘Transfer my Coverage’ under ‘Other Support Options’ on the main support page. This will give instructions on how to proceed with transferring your coverage to a new person and their Mac device. It may take up to 10 days for the new owner’s information to appear in Apple’s system before they can start using their extended warranty coverage.
Back up or transfer your files
Backing up your files is an important part of keeping your data safe and secure. To back up your files to an external storage device, a good option is to use cloud storage. Cloud storage makes it easy to access, share, and save your files without taking up physical space in the form of an external hard drive or USB. With cloud storage, you can also set automatic backup on a schedule so that all of your files are regularly backed up without manual intervention.
Transferring your files to a new Mac requires only a few simple steps while making sure that all of your important items make the move with you. The first step is to transfer from an old Mac by connecting them together with a Thunderbolt cable or an Ethernet cable and configuring the old computer’s settings so that it allows for file sharing over the network. Once connected, you can drag and drop or copy specific folders or individual files onto the new machine. To complete the transfer process make sure you delete any temporary download folder after creating it on the new Mac as it will take up extra space as well as slow down its performance.
What is the value of my Mac?
When it comes to determining the worth of your Mac, there are several factors that you need to consider such as the age and condition of the device. One way to get an idea of how much your Mac might be worth is by checking what other Macs of the same generation are being sold for on eBay or Gumtree. This will give you a baseline idea of how much people are willing to pay for similar devices. You can also find out what a Mac with a similar spec costs brand new and compare this to your own. Additionally, if Apple is still selling that particular model then this could improve its value as many buyers trusts Apple certified machines over second-hand mac. Lastly, if your Mac happens to be in the Apple Refurbished Store this will definitely increase its potential value since customers who go directly through Apple have access to warranties and quality assurance checks. With all these factors in mind, you should be able to determine an approximate worth for your Mac.
Be realistic about demand
The transition from Intel to Apple’s own chips has left a tricky situation for Mac users and resellers alike. People will either be falling over themselves trying to buy Intel-powered Macs before they are no longer stocked, or they will not be interested in purchasing them at all, focusing instead on the newer M1 and M2 generation of Macs. This is likely to have an effect on the resale price and demand for older models of Macs.
Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that Apple generally only offers support for three versions of macOS with updates and security fixes. That feature set might not always include the latest version of Safari or optimal performance using certain Apple Services like iCloud. Therefore, while considering their options in terms of Mac hardware, individuals should also look at what level of software support remains available going forward. Having a realistic assessment of one’s needs can go a long way toward making sure you purchase something that meets your needs and stays reliable and up-to-date into the future.
Know your hardware
It is essential to know the details of your MacBook before considering selling it. Firstly, locate the model number – this can be found on the bottom of the device or on the box it was purchased in. This will assist in disclosing essential specifications, including processor speed, RAM, storage, and even the name of the color.
Once you have acquired the information pertaining to your specific system, you can refer to Apple’s Tech Specs page for detailed information regarding that particular model. Additionally, there is an extensive list of all available MacBook Pro models which can assist you in determining its full specifications.
Now that you have established exactly what type of systems you have, you are left with two distinct options for selling your MacBook: either through a late-stage trade-in (by contacting a reliable merchant) or directly on a reputable online marketplace with appropriate pricing guidance from recent sales. By choosing either of these strategies and effectively listing all relevant details prior to sale promotion and purchase completion, you can ensure that both parties feel confident and satisfied with their decisions leading to a successful transaction.
Sell it yourself
When deciding what to do with your old MacBook, you may be considering whether to sell it yourself or turn to an external buyer. One of the greatest benefits of selling it yourself is that there’s a great chance you will make more money than if you go with a middleman. Selling on your own also ensures that you have more control and are able to communicate the details of the product more accurately. Depending on where you decide to list your MacBook, there are generally three effective options available when it comes to successfully selling your device:
The first option is online marketplaces such as eBay, Craigslist and Offer Up. These sites give you a platform from which to present your item for sale in an accessible way, perfect for people looking for deals in exchange for payment via PayPal or cash. If pricing your MacBook correctly and ensuring all advertisements are clear and accurate about their condition however, these sources can provide plenty of buyers searching specifically for good quality used laptops at reasonable prices.
Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace
Craigslist has been around for decades, and if you’re looking to sell a laptop – or any other item – it’s relatively easy to create a listing. However, it does have its drawbacks. If you decide to go this route, make sure you meet your buyer in a public place such as a police station parking lot, and be honest about the condition of your hardware in order to avoid unwanted surprises for both parties.
Alternatively, there is also Facebook Marketplace which works pretty much like Craigslist but with one key difference; it’s linked to your Facebook account which helps reduce anonymity. As well as the added security, many find the interface much more aesthetically pleasing and modern than Craigslist. Whichever option you ultimately choose, safety should always be taken into consideration and should prevail over convenience.
eBay is an excellent option for those who want to sell their used MacBook safely and easily. With eBay, you are exposed to a much larger pool of potential buyers, giving you the possibility of making more money than with other online marketplaces. A downside is that eBay charges 10%, as well as additional fees if you accept payment through PayPal. When selling your MacBook, it is important to consider whether to have an auction or set a fixed price for buyers. While setting a “Buy Now” price might ensure a quicker sale, it may not fetch as high of a price as an auction would.
Overall, selling your used MacBook on eBay does take some effort but it can be worthwhile when done properly. eBay’s low listing fee helps keep costs down and its safety features protect you from scammers and frauds. Projects like this may seem daunting at first but with patience and careful planning, anyone can use eBay to advantageously turn an old laptop into cash!
Apple Trade-in program
One option for getting rid of an old MacBook is to trade it in. Apple offers a trade-in program that allows users to exchange their devices for an Apple Store Gift Card or a credit toward their next purchase. The value of the device depends on the condition and the model, but as an example, my 13-inch display, 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro in good working order would get me £410 back. If Apple doesn’t think your device holds any value, you can recycle it for free.
If you decide to go through with the trade-in, you have two options: You can mail in your device, which is often faster but requires shipping costs; or you can bring it to an Apple Store if they’re open near you. More recently due to reduced store traffic, this option is less practical because most stores are still closed due to COVID-19 regulations. Nonetheless, trading in your machine might be beneficial if the resale price is higher than what Apple has offered.
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