When it comes time to upgrade your Mac or iPod, selling your old device can help offset the cost of the new one. But where is the best place to sell?
Often the choice comes down to friends, eBay or Craigslist. While some sellers may be looking to get the most money for their old gadget, others are looking for a low hassle experience.
So let’s use some blanket generalizations and take a look at the pros and cons for each one.
Selling to your friends and family
Pros – You don’t need to do much legwork to advertise. You can trust the transaction. Low stress. Instant payment.
Cons – You’re less likely to ask for/get a high price. If anything happens to the device in the future (i.e. hard drive fails) you’ll know. You may end up becoming tech support.
Pros - You can usually get the highest price here (there are less competing items and a strong/friendly ad will work wonders.) Once the deal is done, its done. No transaction fees and you’ll usually get paid in cash.
Cons – Getting phone calls only to ask if you still have the item for sale, which of course you do. Having strangers come over to your house or public meetings that feel like ransom deals.
Pros – Transaction can be conducted in your PJs. Ads are easy to setup. Great if you live in a non metro area. Fun to watch the bidding. May get a good price.
Cons – Gotta deal with shipping. Paypal can be a pain to work with. Most expensive option. Sometimes buyers can be finicky upon receipt. May not get a good price.
Before you put your item up for sale, it’s always a good idea to see what other sellers are asking (and getting) for that item. If you do sell to a family member or friend, it’ll help if they already know something about the device. If you’re going to put on ad on Craigslist or eBay, include lots of pictures and try to provide as much detail as possible (original boxes and other materials will also add to the value.)