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How to Sell Your Old MacBook



If you finally bit the bullet and upgraded to a newer MacBook, here are a few ways to sell your old MacBook for big bucks.

There are multiple ways that you can sell an old MacBook, some of which will get you the best return. However, there are not as many avenues that you can take compared to selling an old iPhone or iPad. This can make it bit difficult to find ways to sell your old laptop.

Nonetheless, there are still a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to getting rid of your old MacBook in exchange for cash. We’ll go over some of the best options that you can try out.

Obviously, some of these options won’t be for everyone. I know that Craigslist can be a shady place to buy and sell goods, and a lot of people stay away from it, but if you can separate the bad apples from the good ones, you’ll most likely have a good experience selling your old MacBook.

So without any further delay, here are some ways that you can sell your old MacBook for bug bucks.


eBay can be a great place to quickly get rid of your old stuff since there are millions of users who use eBay daily, so you’re bound to get a lot of bids on your MacBook if you list it.

However, one thing to be aware of is that you’ll get hit with fees left and right. The biggest ding is a “Final Value Fee” that takes 10% of the selling price of the item (including shipping), so you only get 90% of the money you sold it for.


This means that if you sold your old MacBook for $800 on eBay, you’d only get $720. This means that you’re paying eBay a whopping $80 for a single listing. For some users, paying $80 just for the privilege of posting a MacBook for sale on eBay isn’t worth it at all.


An online market that doesn’t charge any fees is Craigslist.

The best way to sell anything is to sell it locally, that way you don’t have to deal with annoying selling fees and hassle with shipping the device across the country. You always risk losing the package if you don’t have insurance for it, and buyers can always try to rip you off and say they never received it.


Then again, selling locally can be kind of a crapshoot as well, but it’s a lot easier than selling online for a lot of people, and you can get paid in cash straight up without having to pay any fees.

Arguably, the most popular local selling option is Craigslist, but you usually have to be careful of buyers that attempt to rip you off, either by low-balling an offer or deliberately try to scam you. As aforementioned, if you can separate the bad apples from the good ones, you shouldn’t have a hard time coming across a truthful buyer who just wants to buy a used MacBook.

Social Media

If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, that just might be the perfect place to sell your old MacBook. You can use Facebook and other social media platforms to get the word out that you’re selling a MacBook.


This can invoke the domino effect, where your friends themselves might not be interested in buying your old MacBook, but they might know someone who does. It’s a great way to spread the word whenever you’re selling anything, and it’s a way that you can limit your audience to just your friends and folks that you would trust.

Avoid Trade-In Programs

There are many businesses dedicated to allowing users to trade in their used MacBook for quick cash, and even a lot of retailers are getting in on the action as well. If you don’t want to hassle with selling your old MacBook yourself, trade-in programs can save the day and make it easy to get rid of it. However, trading in your old MacBook is a big mistake, and you’re missing out on a lot of cash.

Both Amazon and MacMall offer you to trade in your old MacBook, but you won’t get nearly as much cash for it as you would selling it on eBay or Craigslist.


First of all, the idea behind trade-in programs is that they offer you cash for an old MacBook and then turn around and sell it to someone else. They need to make a profit from doing this, so they usually give you way less than what your old MacBook is truly worth, that way they can make money when they sell it used to someone else for a decent price.

As sketchy as this sounds just from reading that, it’s not illegal or anything, and the benefit of using trade-in programs is that it allows users to just quickly get rid of their old MacBook without any hassle, and getting some cold hard cash in return is something that’s quite fulfilling in the short term.

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