Getting rid of an old computer can be a difficult thing to do for a multitude of reasons. Not only did you likely spend a great deal on it, but it held your personal information for years. It’s definitely not something you’re going to part with lightly, which is why you want to get the best possible price for it when you do finally decide to sell.
On Monday, Lifehacker did a deep dive on the subject in an attempt to find the best places on the Internet to sell a laptop and get the most money in return. The results might surprise you!
With eleven laptops released between 2011 and 2014 in tow, Lifehacker’s Melanie Pinola got a quote for each from seven different locations. As it turns out, Gadget Salvation gives the best prices for Windows laptops, while Mac of All Trades offers the best prices for Macs. Only a single laptop (the Razer Blade) had a higher price on Amazon, and that was only by a few dollars.
There’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Gadget Salvation, as Pinola points out, but they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and have high ratings from customers on ResellerRatings and Trustpilot.
In order to sell your device to Gadget Salvation, you’ll have to request a prepaid shipping label and send your laptop in. If they decide to buy the device, they’ll send you back a check or transfer the money via PayPal.
Mac Me an Offer, a division of Mac of All Trades, works similarly. The major difference is that they only accept Macs, but they’re willing to pay far more than any other reseller.