Macs are expensive, but they have a higher secondhand value than PCs. Here’s how to sell your Mac hardware, whether you’re upgrading to a new Mac or you just want some cash for old MacBooks you have lying around.
Back Up and Delete Your Old Data
It’s obviously not a great idea to sell a device with all of your personal information stored on it. The first thing you’ll need to do is get rid of all of that data and reset your Mac back to factory settings, to protect yourself and also make it easier to set up as a new computer.
You’ll probably want to keep a copy of your data somehow. If you’ve just bought a new Mac, you can migrate your data from your old one to the new one. If you want to start fresh, or are switching to a Windows machine, you can keep a backup of your files in case you need them in the future.
Next, you’ll want to wipe your Mac’s hard drive. You can read our guide on how to do this from Recovery Mode, which shouldn’t take more than an hour or so depending on how much data you have and how securely you want to wipe your hard drive. Afterward, you’ll probably want to reinstall macOS, or else it won’t be usable to whoever you sell it to.
Find Your Specs
Apple releases new Macbooks nearly every year and usually has a dozen models for each launch. You’ll want to find out exactly which one you have to make an accurate listing.
If you know the year your laptop was made (not purchased), you can look it up on Apple’s tech specs database to get a full listing that you can link to. Otherwise, you can click on the Apple logo in the top menu bar and select “About this Mac.”
This will open up a dialog which will list out all of your computer’s specifications.
The main things you’ll want to note are the model name (e.g., “MacBook Pro”), the year it was made, the screen size, and the amount of RAM your system has. If you paid for a processor upgrade in your Mac, be sure to list that as well.
Option 1: Sell it Yourself for More Money
If you like money and have time to spare, selling it yourself is the way to go. In general, you won’t get close to retail price for your Mac, even if it’s in mint condition. Buying used comes with a discount, and it has to be significant enough for people to consider. You should look up how much your particular device is selling for on these websites and list yours at or below that price point.
Make sure your Mac is clean, and take good pictures of it for your listing. Make sure to include all relevant information in the listing. You should also include a link to the product’s retail page so buyers can both see how much of a discount they’re getting and view more specs of the machine.
Note: there are plenty of electronic scrap businesses out there claiming to buy your devices for top dollar only to offer you well below market value. You’ll have to wade your way through a sea of scams and stick to trusted sources.
Selling Online vs. Selling Locally
You have two options: sell it online (and ship it to the buyer) or sell it locally. If you’re selling online, you’ll be competing with resellers, official vendors, and thousands of other people looking to make a quick buck. It can be much easier but also leaves you prone to return scams when the service takes the side of the buyer.
Selling locally gets a bad reputation, but it’s quite safe if you know what you’re doing. The basic rules to avoid being scammed are:
- Meet in a busy public place, so you don’t get mugged or robbed. You can even meet at a police station if you’re paranoid.
- Do not ship the item. This is a scam—you’re selling locally for a reason. Always meet in person.
- Cash only. Anything else is likely a scam. Scammers can commit check fraud, writing you a check that appears to deposit correctly at first only to bounce.
- You’ll likely get a few responses that sound like robots repeating your full post title. Don’t bother responding to these; they’re scams.
Use some common sense, and don’t trust people asking more than they should of you. There are plenty of scammers out there, but once you get past those meeting someone in person is the only way to ensure everything goes down smoothly.
Craigslist is a very good site for selling your old electronics to interested buyers. Despite it being a local marketplace, as long as you don’t live in the middle of nowhere, you’ll find people looking to get a deal on used devices or prospective resellers looking to take it off your hands.
Facebook Marketplace is like Craigslist, except a bit less underground and sketchy. If you’re afraid of Craigslist, post your listing here.
LetGo and Offerup are two honorable mentions.
eBay is the go-to option for selling used goods online.
Amazon, generally used by more permanent vendors, also allows you to list your own products much like eBay
Swappa: like eBay, easier to use, smaller user base.
Option 2: Trade it in For Quick Cash
If you can’t be bothered creating a listing or selling your machine, you can trade it in for store credit (and sometimes cash). Apple has its own trade-in program that’s much faster and easier than selling it yourself. Of course, they’ll only give you gift cards to buy new Apple products, but if you’re looking to upgrade, you can sell your old devices to finance your new ones.
This process is only really worth it if your computer is in good shape. Apple offered us $490 for a 2015 13″ MacBook Pro, which is below the $800 or so that you may get selling it on a site like Craigslist. However, if your device has a lot of scratches, or is generally damaged, you won’t get close to that amount. Apple would only give us $160 for a scratched up MacBook—an abysmally small sum—limiting us to the accessory bin at the Apple Store.
You can sell it to other trade-in programs, like Best Buy, but in our testing, they offered less than Apple did. Gazelle offers similar amounts, but at least pays in cash. You could try your luck at a local pawn shop if you’re seriously strapped for cash, but however you trade it in, you’ll always get less money than if you were to sell it yourself.
We recommend putting a listing up on Craigslist or Facebook for a few weeks, and then resorting to a trade-in if it doesn’t sell. The best use case of these trade-in programs is if you’re the kind of person who buys a new iPhone every year, but in that case, you can just use the iPhone Upgrade Program.
Looking to trade up to a newer model? Here’s how to maximize what you get for your old one.
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Whenever Apple trots out new hardware — as it did most recently with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro earlier this month — 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 sank 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. This story is updated periodically to keep it current.
Know your hardware
Before you can figure out how much your MacBook is worth, you need to know exactly 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 name.
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 solid-state drive. 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 selling it.
Option 1: Sell it yourself
As with selling your car, you’ll most likely get the most money if you sell your used MacBook yourself. And there are three effective ways to do that:
Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace
The venerable free want-ad site Craigslist makes it pretty easy to create a listing — just write up the details, add some photos and you’re done.
Now for the downside: A MacBook is a big-ticket item, and that greatly increases your risk of getting ripped off or mugged or worse . Think about it: Do you really want to meet a stranger in a parking lot and hand over your MacBook in exchange for a big wad of cash? The current coronavirus pandemic only complicates such an in-person transaction .
If you do decide to try this option, at least make sure to meet your buyer in a well-lit, public place. (Some police departments offer their parking lots as transaction sites .) Make sure to be completely honest about the condition of your hardware so the buyer doesn’t feel surprised or taken advantage of.
Then there’s Facebook Marketplace , which operates very similarly to Craigslist, with one key difference: It’s linked to your Facebook account, so there’s less anonymity. (It also has a snazzier interface, if that matters.)
Selling an old MacBook is one way to pocket some extra cash.
It takes more work, but eBay is definitely the safer way to sell a used MacBook than Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. It also exposes you to a much wider audience of potential buyers, meaning you might fetch a higher price — though you also have a lot more competing sellers as well.
The cost of creating an eBay listing is quite low, but the company takes a hefty 10% of the final selling price. And if you accept payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional fee of 2.9% (3.9% if sold internationally) of the final value.
You’ll need to decide whether to auction off your MacBook or set a Buy It Now price. The latter can help you make the sale more quickly, and it also gives you greater control over what you’ll make. Best bet: Check the Buy It Now prices that others have set for your same model, then undercut them by a few bucks.
Just be sure to take note of eBay’s buyer and seller protection policies, which tend to favor the buyer in the event that, say, your MacBook won’t boot or arrives with a cracked screen. In other words, sellers need to do their homework, too.
Option 2: Trade it in
Apple has a trade-in program for many of its products, including MacBooks. Plug in the details of your machine and you can get money for it in the form of an Apple Store Gift Card or a credit toward your next purchase. To give you an example, my MacBook Pro with a 13-inch display and Touch Bar from 2016 that’s in fine working order would fetch me $520. If Apple determines your ancient MacBook holds no value, it’ll let you recycle it for free.
Trading in your MacBook to a store or to Apple itself could let you recoup some money from an older laptop.
You can mail in your MacBook or bring it to an Apple Store to trade in or recycle it, but it’s unclear how in-person trade-ins will work as Apple begins to reopen its retail stores . You can stay home and use Apple’s online service to get a quote and complete the trade-in, however, or call your local Apple Store for more details.
Apple’s not the only trade-in option. Best Buy accepts used MacBooks in its trade-in program, although you’ll need to mail in your machine because Best Buy has temporarily suspended in-store trade-ins due to the coronavirus outbreak. I entered the details for my 4-year-old MacBook Pro on Best Buy’s site and was told it’s worth $461 — not a small sum but still $59 less than Apple’s quote.
If you prefer cash as opposed to credit, check out sites like BuyBackWorld, Gazelle and ItsWorthMore — they will pay for your MacBook via check, PayPal or Zelle. But the process can be a little time-consuming, because you have to ship your system and wait for it to be evaluated. And if the company finds any problems with it, you may get less money than you were originally quoted.
Have you ever sold a used MacBook? What method did you use, and how did it turn out? Share your stories in the comments!
Select your MacBook model to sell
It’s important to get your MacBook model correct prior to selling it as prices between different MacBook models can very significantly.
Your MacBook model information can be found by doing the following:
- Choose About This Mac from the Apple () menu in the upper-left of your screen.
- Click on “More Info. “
- You should now see some information about your laptop, including the model year.
If you couldn’t find your model information by following the above steps, we recommend following the steps above again and noting down your serial number. As an alternative, the serial number can be found on the back of the MacBook or on the original packaging. You can then visit the Apple Check Coverage website, log in with your Apple ID and input your serial number. The model information should appear on the page.
Another alternative is to paste the serial number on the EveryMac.com’s Ultimate Mac Lookup page.
It depends. There’s no one right answer. However, MacBooks hold their value very well and if you’re an experienced seller on eBay or Craigslist, you will likely get the highest value for your MacBook on those platforms. However, they do require more effort from the seller, charge fees, and come with risk of fraud that novice sellers may not know how to protect themselves from.
For those customers, we recommend using a trade-in site such as ItsWorthMore. Trade-in websites leverage their volume discounts and industry know-how to provide a smooth streamlined experience; for a slightly lower payout.
Another alternative is to trade-in your MacBook directly with your big-box retailers or with Apple. These typically offer lowest payouts and often come in a form of a gift card.
Some older MacBooks especially non-functional ones, do not have much of a resale value and you can choose to recycle them. Recycling in an environmentally friendly manner helps keep toxic pollutants, such as lead, out of the environment. Keeping us all healthier and happier!
The best time to sell your MacBook is usually as soon as you can. Trade-in prices for MacBooks rarely trend up so it’s best to prepare your MacBook for sale as soon as you’ve received your replacement and transferred over all your data.
If you’re looking to get the latest MacBook right when it’s released, the best time to trade-in or lock-in an offer would be right before the announcement.
Apple has a very handy step-by-step guide on What to do to before you sell or trade-in your Mac you can reference to ensure you’ve taken all the necessary steps to prepare your MacBook.
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Selling you old MacBook is a great way to get some extra cash in your pocket and also offload an older device you’re no longer using. But first you have to wipe every last bit and byte of your personal data.
Are you sure you wiped all your personal data off that Mac before you sell it off? Better double check.
Tempted by the new MacBook Pro ? Or maybe it’s just time to say goodbye to the desktop collecting dust in the corner. You might be able to get some money by selling your old Mac . But before you do, you’ll need to migrate its data to your new Mac and wipe it clean.
Even if you are giving your Mac to a friend, recycling it or donating it to an organization, you’ll want to erase your personal information and files before parting with it. That’s a security measure you don’t want to skip. Your Mac’s hard drive is bursting with sensitive information that you wouldn’t want to be accessible, even if you trust your laptop’s next owner. There’s always a chance that some malware could snake its way in and uncover your personal details.
Here, I’ll show you how to remove all traces of your data and return your old Mac to its default factory settings. This story updates periodically.
Sign out of your accounts
After migrating your data to your new Mac or making one last backup to preserve your data, it’s time to remove all traces of yourself from the machine. First, you’ll need to sign out of all of your accounts. Previously, this was done using iTunes, but with iTunes meeting its end last year , you now can use the Music, TV or Books app to sign out. Open up any of those apps and go to Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. You’ll need to enter your Apple ID and password and then hit the Deauthorize button.
Next, you’ll need to turn off Find My Mac and sign out of iCloud. Go to System Preferences > Apple ID, click iCloud in the left panel and then uncheck Find My Mac. Next, click Overview from the left panel and then click the Sign Out button.
Lastly, you’ll need to sign out of Messages. Open the Messages app, go to Messages > Preferences, click the iMessage tab and then click Sign Out.
If you’re handing down your old Mac to your kid or someone else in your house, then it’s a good idea to unpair any Bluetooth devices from it so your mouse or keyboard controls your new Mac and doesn’t interfere with your old one. Go to System Preferences > Bluetooth, mouse over the device you want to unpair, click the X button to the right of its name, then click Remove.
You need to put your MacBook ($850 at Best Buy) into recovery mode in order to erase all of your data and reinstall MacOS. To enter recovery mode, restart your Mac and immediately press and hold Command-R. You can release the keys when you see the Apple logo.
Next, you’ll see the MacOS Utilities window. Choose Disk Utility, click Continue and select your startup disk — unless you renamed it, odds are it’s labeled Macintosh HD or something similar. Next, click the Erase button at the top of the Disk Utility window and fill out these three fields:
- Name: Choose a name for the fresh, new volume. Why not go with the tried-and-true Macintosh HD?
- Format: Choose either APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The newer APFS is best for solid-state drives, and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is best for older, mechanical hard drives.
- Scheme: Choose GUID Partition Map.
Next, click Erase and after Disk Utility does its thing, quit Disk Utility.
You should return to the MacOS Utilities window. (If not, restart your Mac again, holding down Command-R while it reboots.) From the MacOS Utilities window, select Reinstall MacOS and follow the instructions to install the operating system. After MacOS has been reinstalled, you’ll be greeted by the Setup Assistant, which you can quit out of and shut down your Mac. It’s now ready for a fresh start with its next owner.
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A History of MacBook Air
MacBook Air is a line of laptops from Apple that was the thinnest one released at the time of its release in 2008. It was a higher-end system from Apple that included a full-size keyboard as well as a full size 13.3-inch screen when it was first released. It is a step down from the MacBook Pro as far as performance goes, yet it is a step above the MacBook.
- 3-inch backlit TFT
- Maximimum RAM: 2 GB
- Hard drive: 80 GB
Apple introduced a redesign in 2010, that had an improved enclosure, screen resolution, flash storage, and battery. In addition to the original 13.3-inch model, there was an 11.6-inch model introduced. This model costed less, weighed less, and had a lesser performance capability than the 13.3-inch Air.
- 6 inch or 13.3-inch LED backlit TFT
- Maximimum RAM: 2 GB
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In July, 2011, Apple released updates to both the 11.6-inch model and the 13.3-inch model. Because MacBook was discontinued, the Air became Apple’s entry-level laptop.
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- Maximimum RAM: 2 GB
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In June of 2012, Apple released an update on the Air that was powered by the Ivy Bridge dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processor. The RAM on these models were doubled, and the models featured USB 3 ports instead of USB 2 ports.
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- Maximimum RAM: 4 GB
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In June 2013, another update was released in the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops. They have a standard 4 GB Ram with a maximum capacity of 8 GB. Both models have a standard 128 GB SSD which is upgradeable to 256 GB and 512 GB of SSD. The battery life of these MacBook Air iterations is significantly improved over earlier versions.
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In early 2015, MacBook Air saw its latest updates. The latest offering in the MacBook Air line features a Thunderbolt 2 port, which was not available in previous models.
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Do you find that you no longer use your MacBook Air as much? It’s not exactly an uncommon occurrence, with the way technology continues to rapidly advance. Maybe you simply no longer need a laptop or rely more on your iPhone these days. Whichever the case may be, you may want to consider selling your device instead of just getting rid of it outright.
If you want to sell your used MacBook Air, there are a few important points to consider however. The selling process can either be easy or a headache depending on the route you take, and if you want the best possible results, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
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At first glance, you might notice that there are hundreds, if not thousands of potential “buyers” online for items like laptops and other consumer electronics. This should not come as a surprise, as these items are incredibly valuable and there’s certainly no harm in looking for a good deal, as many people are.
The problem is that for you, as a seller, are now faced with quite the conundrum. How do you go about selling your used MacBook Air properly so that you don’t wind up in a difficult situation? There are any number of different methods of selling, that provide varying levels of success.
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While such things aren’t always the gold standard, as there are plenty of brand new products and services online that are worth your time yet haven’t been established yet, this is not an area you want to take chances with. You don’t want to send your thousand-dollar laptop to a scammer.
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Back up your data, then restore your device to its factory settings by turning off certain features and services, erasing your Mac and reinstalling macOS.
Moving to a new Mac? Before taking these steps, you can use Migration Assistant to move your files from the old Mac to your new Mac.
Create a backup
Make sure you have a current backup of your important files. Find out how to back up your Mac.
Sign out of iTunes in macOS Mojave or earlier
If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of the screen or iTunes window, choose Account > Authorisations > Deauthorise This Computer. Then enter your Apple ID and password and click Deauthorise.
Find out more about deauthorising computers that use your iTunes account.
Sign out of iCloud
If you’re using macOS Catalina or later, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Apple ID. Select Overview in the sidebar, then click Sign Out.
If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then click Sign Out.
You will be asked whether you want to keep a copy of your iCloud data on this Mac. You can click Keep a Copy, because you will be erasing your Mac later. Your iCloud data remains in iCloud and on any other devices that are signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
Sign out of iMessage
If you’re using OS X Mountain Lion or later, open the Messages app, then choose Messages > Preferences from the menu bar. Click iMessage, then click Sign Out.
Shut down your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold these four keys together: Option, Command, P and R. Release the keys after about 20 seconds. This will clear user settings from the memory and restore certain security features that may have been altered previously.
Optional: Unpair Bluetooth devices that you’re planning to keep
If your Mac has been paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, trackpad or other Bluetooth device that you plan to keep, you can unpair it. This optional step prevents any accidental input or device connection when the Mac and Bluetooth device have separate owners but remain within Bluetooth range of each other.
If you’re unpairing Bluetooth input devices from a desktop computer, such as an iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro, you must plug in a USB keyboard and mouse to complete the remaining steps in this article.
To unpair a Bluetooth device, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Move your pointer over the device you want to unpair, then click the remove (x) button next to the device name.
Erase your hard drive and reinstall macOS
The best way to restore your Mac to its factory settings is to erase your hard drive and reinstall macOS.
After macOS installation has been completed, the Mac will restart and display a setup assistant asking you to choose a country or region. To leave the Mac in an out-of-box state, don’t continue the setup process. Instead, press Command-Q to shut down the Mac. When the new owner turns on the Mac, the setup assistant will guide them through the setup process.
Irrespective of the model or condition of your device, we can turn it into something good for you and good for the planet: Find out how to trade in or recycle your Mac with Apple Trade In.