How to trade with your MacBook (macOS desktop or iPad)
What to do with your MacBook, macOS desktop, iPhone, or iPad when it’s time to turn it in
You can get a decent return if you trade in your Apple goods, whether it’s a MacBook, iMac, Mac desktop, iPhone, or iPad. Apple’s products have a reputation for holding their worth long after they’ve been released. This speaks to the build quality of Apple’s older products, but it also speaks to the company’s long-term software support. The trend is favorable for purchasers, who will get a product that will last for years, and for sellers, who will recoup a significant portion of their original investment.
You may get cash for your old Apple gadgets in a variety of ways. If you take care of your gear, you can easily make an extra $50 to $100 on a sale, as customers will pay more for things that appear to be in a new shape. As a result, it is worthwhile to ensure that your hardware is in good working order.
Make sure your equipment is clean.
Depending on what you’re selling, how you clean your Apple goods will differ. Before you put your iPhone, MacBook, iMac, or iPad up for sale, you should clean the screen. Take note of any scratches or other faults in the display or body while doing so, and make sure to accurately mention them during the selling process, otherwise, you’ll likely end up with a disgruntled buyer and no sale.
Remove any stickers from your device, then wipe out any ports and grilles with compressed air if you have one. There’s no more immediate indication that your gadget has been used than failing to wipe out port gunk.
If you’re selling a macOS desktop, such as a Mac Pro or Mac mini, open it up and gently clear any dust that has accumulated inside. This is also the time to add additional RAM to sweeten the deal for customers. If you have a Mac Pro from 2013 or a Mac mini from before late 2012, it’s a simple job. Making changes to my colleague Nick Statt’s late 2014 Mac mini, however, proved to be a lot more difficult.
Reset the device to factory settings.
Both the buyer and the seller benefit from ensuring that your tablet or PC is properly wiped. What good is hardware if you can’t use it because you don’t know the passcode? The technique for performing a factory reset varies depending on the product, but it’s usually simple.
How to wipe your Mac’s or OS X’s desktop
Make sure you’ve backed up all of your files to your cloud storage provider of choice or an external hard drive via Time Machine on your MacBook or macOS desktop. You can wipe the computer once you’ve double-checked that everything is replicated and safe somewhere other than your hard drive.
Click the Apple logo at the top of the screen and select “Restart.”
Hold down the Command + R keys until the Apple logo shows on your screen after you hear the starting chime. This will boot you into your hard drive’s recovery partition, allowing you to permanently erase your data.
Open Disk Utility from the list of apps, then select the first option under your hard drive’s name. If you haven’t given it another name, it will most likely be called “Macintosh HD.”
Select “Erase” and confirm your decision. If you opt to safely wipe your computer, the process will take a few hours to write over your hard disk multiple times.
You’re now ready to reinstall the operating system after completing this step. You’ll be taken back to the recovery menu if you click the red “x.” Make sure your computer is connected to the internet before selecting “Reinstall macOS” to restore factory settings.
What is the best way to delete an iPhone or iPad?
Switch on iCloud before wiping your phone or tablet to sync all of the information you want to save. Then:
Navigate to the “General” section of the Settings app.
Once there, scroll down to “Reset,” then select “Erase all material and settings” from the drop-down menu.
Enter your passcode or Apple ID password if prompted, and the process will proceed.
It’s significantly quicker and faster to restore factory settings on an iPhone or iPad than it is to restore factory settings on an Apple Mac.
Apple gear can be traded or sold.
In exchange for your computer, iPhone, or iPad, Apple’s GiveBack trade program will pay you Apple Store credit. You can find out how much your machine is worth on Apple’s website. To get the value, all you’ll need is your serial number and access to its specifications. Previously, the only way to return your gadget was to mail it in, but now you can also trade it in at Apple Stores in the United States and Canada. Apple won’t pay you as much as it would on the open market for your device, but it’s a nice choice if you just want to get rid of your electronics quickly.
If Apple isn’t willing to pay enough for your device, you can sell it and use the proceeds to purchase a new MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPad Pro, or something else entirely. If your stuff is priced well and in decent shape (and even if it isn’t, as long as it’s priced appropriately), you’ll discover passionate people from all around who will likely be interested in it. Swappa.com and Craigslist are still the greatest places to sell your tech, but for different reasons.
Swappa is the way to go if you’re selling a tablet, phone, or laptop. (At the moment, desktops aren’t included.) Swappa, like Craigslist, does not charge a fee to list items on its marketplace of buyers. Swappa has an advantage over the competition in that it supports PayPal, which protects both buyers and sellers during the transaction.
Craigslist, on the other hand, does not impose any restrictions on what you can sell or charge you for selling your products. It doesn’t hold your hand at all, for better or worse. You will be responsible for arranging the meeting location, negotiating a price, and deciding how the money will be handled. This might be a stressful situation, but it can also be very simple and quick. I’ve had a lot of positive experiences selling on Craigslist, though you should always meet in public settings and avoid falling for a deal that looks too good to be true.
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