It’s always great when you have a chance to upgrade to a new MacBook Air, but it can be costly. One way to alleviate the cost is to sell your old one for top dollar. There is a vast market for used MacBooks, and you should try to get the most cash you can.
If you want the most cash out of your MacBook Air, using an online marketplace is probably the best way. Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace are the best places to start. Any of these will allow you to sell your MacBook Air for the amount you want.
My name is Eric, and as a Software Engineer and computer enthusiast, I have gone through many computer systems. I have bought and sold computers and other tech devices on platforms such as those listed above, and they are an excellent way to get cash back from your used items.
Keep reading below if you want to learn more about how to get the most cash for your MacBook Air. I will give you more details about using online marketplaces, the pros and cons of the three I have listed, and provide other options for getting cash for your system.
1. Selling Online
In today’s technological environment, selling your used devices online is not only common, but it is also reasonably easy to do. If you have a quality item functioning well and post it for a fair market value, you have a good chance of selling it.
I have sold many items online, and from my experience, the key is to first make sure your item is cleaned up, looks nice, and is in good working condition. When posting the item, ensure you have a detailed description to give prospective buyers as much information as possible.
Photos of the item can be a real difference maker. I have seen this numerous times. If you have good quality photos, with good lighting and shots from different angles and sides, it can really help to attract buyers.
There are many online platforms to sell your MacBook Air, and there is no way I can cover all of them, so I will discuss three of the most popular. As I look at the pros and cons of each of these, you can use the information to evaluate other platforms if you wish.
Craigslist is one of the original online platforms where you can list items for sale. It’s a reliable, easy-to-use marketplace where you can list and sell almost anything. I have used it for years to sell various used items from around my house.
Selling a computer on Craigslist can be just as easy as selling other items, and you can get top dollar for your MacBook Air if you find the right buyer. You can list the item for free and list it at any price you want. There are no fees or commissions to worry about, so all the cash goes to you.
Craigslist also lets you enter a large amount of information about your item and plenty of pictures to go with it. All you need to do is list it and wait for the customers to contact you.
There are some drawbacks to using Craigslist. No online payments are available for your customer, and transactions through Craigslist usually need to occur in person. This means that you’re limited to customers in your local city or area.
It can also be risky to meet up with a stranger to sell them a high-ticket item like a MacBook. The last thing you want is to be robbed or harmed in any way. While there are safeguards you can take for this, it is something to consider.
In any case, using Craigslist, you can sell your used MacBook Air and get the price that it is worth or even more if you’re willing to meet someone face to face to make the sale.
You probably already know that eBay is one of the most popular places where you can sell used items, and it is a great place to use if you want to sell your used MacBook Air. As good as it is, there are some drawbacks to it as well.
First, eBay charges fees and a commission or final value fee. You will pay about 10% of the item’s final value to eBay and a few other small fees, so you will want to factor that into your listing price along with shipping, tax, and other things.
Another factor to consider with eBay is that eBay is so large and has so many users and viewers that you will have a lot of competition. If you search for MacBook Airs for sale on eBay, you will find hundreds or even thousands of them.
But eBay is not all bad. With its popularity and large user base, your item also gets some great exposure. Your MacBook Air will likely show up when someone searches for MacBook Airs for sale.
One of the most essential features that will help you get top dollar for your machine is that eBay allows you to list your item for sale auction style, where potential buyers can bid on your system. If you have a nice system, you can see a bidding war where your item may sell for even more than you expected.
In any case, even with its fees and commissions, eBay is an excellent place to sell your MacBook Air if you want to get a decent price and sell it quickly.
This is another excellent option for selling a used item, such as a MacBook. I have never used Facebook Marketplace, but I have heard good and bad about it. It allows you to sell your item locally in person or through online payment and shipping.
Facebook provides a huge customer base with all of its members, so your item will get good exposure to potential customers. As with any other selling platform, you must be cautious whether you meet the customer in person or ship it to them.
2. Selling in Person
Another way to get the price you want is to sell your MacBook Air in person. The problem with selling in person is that you need a way for potential buyers to find you and your product. This can be more difficult but often work well if you have the time and opportunity.
Garage or yard sales are a great place to sell your system. I have sold numerous tech devices and old computers at garage sales I have had in the past. If you don’t have enough items for your sale, find a friend or family member who has one and ask them if you can sell your MacBook at their sale.
Flea markets are another great place to sell used items and a place where you can sell your MacBook Air and get the price you want for it. Another method is finding a friend or family member who may want to purchase it from you.
Selling in person is a great way to get the money you want for your computer. Working with the potential buyer face-to-face allows you to haggle or make deals and find a price that works well for both parties.
I only mention trade-ins here because it is one way to get cash back for your system and get it quickly and easily. That said, you will not get top dollar for your MacBook Air.
Apple and other stores have programs that make it easy to get something back for your system and use it towards your new one. This is a safe and no-hassle way to recoup some of your money.
It will not get you the most cash, but it is an excellent option for those who don’t want to mess around with trying to sell their computer. If you are uncomfortable trying to sell your system, then this could be the option that works for you.
There are many ways that you can sell a used MacBook Air. If you want to get the most cash from it, online selling platforms such as Craigslist, eBay, and FaceBook Marketplace provide a great way. Selling in person at garage/yard sales or flea markets is another way to get a reasonable price for your system.
While trading your system in for cash towards a new system is very convenient, it won’t get you top dollar for your system, but It is something to consider if you don’t want the inconvenience of selling it yourself.
I hope the information above can help you get the cash you want for your MacBook Air. As usual, let me know if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you.