How to exchange your MacBook, macOS desktop computer, iPhone or iPad

If you are looking to exchange your Apple product, whether it’s a MacBook, iMac, Mac desktop computer, iPhone or iPad, you can get a good performance. Apple technology has a reputation in the second-hand market for retaining value long after launch. This speaks of build quality, but mainly Apple’s durable software support for its older products. The trend is positive for both buyers who will end up with a product that could continue to function for years, as well as sellers, who will recover a good percentage of their original purchase price.

There are many ways to exchange your old Apple products for cash. You can easily get an additional $ 50 to $ 100 from a sale if you have taken care of your technology, as buyers will pay more for products that are more similar to the new condition. Therefore, it is worth making sure that your hardware is in good shape.

Clean your computer

The way you clean your Apple product will vary depending on what you are selling. You should apply some screen cleaner to your iPhone, MacBook, iMac or iPad before putting it on sale. While doing so, take note of any scratches or other defects on the screen or on the body, and be sure to report them accurately during the sale process, or you will probably find a dissatisfied and unsold buyer.

Remove the stickers from your technician and, if you have a can of compressed air, clean the ports and grilles. There is no more immediate reminder that your device is used than forgetting to clean the dirt in the port.

If you are selling a macOS desktop, such as a Mac Pro or Mac mini, open it and gently remove the dust that has accumulated inside, and if you want to add some RAM to sweeten the deal for buyers, this is your chance. It’s an easy task if you have the Mac Pro 2013 or a Mac mini made before the end of 2012. Unfortunately for my colleague Nick Statt, making improvements to your Mac mini at the end of 2014 turned out to be much more complicated.

Perform a factory reset

Making sure your tablet or computer is cleaned properly is mutually beneficial for both the buyer and the seller. What is the use of hardware that you cannot access due to an unknown access code? Depending on the product you are dealing with, the process to initiate a factory reset will be different, but it is generally easy.

How to erase your MacBook or macOS desktop

On your MacBook or macOS desktop, first make sure you have backed up all your personal files in the cloud storage service of your choice or on an external hard drive through Time Machine. Once you have ensured that everything is duplicated and secure in a location other than your hard drive, you can erase the computer.

  • Click on the Apple logo at the top and press “Restart”
  • Once you hear the start bell, press and hold the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears on your screen. This will load it into the recovery partition of your hard drive, allowing you to erase your personal information once and for all.
  • From the applications listed, open Disk Utility, then click on the first option that appears under the name of your hard drive. If you have not changed your name, it will probably be called “Macintosh HD”.
  • Navigate to “Delete” and confirm the selection. If you choose to clean your computer safely, the operation will take a few hours to overwrite your unit several times.
  • With this step completed, you are ready to reinstall the operating system. Click on the red “x” and you will return to the recovery menu. Make sure your machine is connected to the Internet, then press “Reinstall macOS” to return to factory settings.

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How to delete an iPhone or iPad

Before cleaning your phone or tablet, turn on iCloud to synchronize all the information you want to keep. Then:

  • Open the Settings application and navigate to “General”
  • Once you’re there, scroll down to “Reset”, then press “Clear all content and settings”
  • If prompted, enter your Apple ID password or password, then the operation will be executed.

Restoring the factory settings of your iPhone or iPad is much easier and faster than for one of Apple’s computers.

Change or sell your Apple hardware

Apple’s GiveBack commercial service will grant you Apple Store credit in exchange for your computer, iPhone or iPad. On the Apple site, you can find out how much you can get for your machine before sending it. You will only need your serial number and access its specifications to find the value. Apple will not pay you as much for your device as it would in the public market, but it is a good option if you just want to change your technology without problems.

If Apple doesn’t offer enough for its technology, you can sell it alternately to get some money you can use to buy a new MacBook Air, Mac mini, new iPad Pro or something completely different. You will find passionate people from all over the world who are likely to be interested in your team if it has a good price and is in good condition (and even if it is not, as long as it is priced accordingly). As for where you can sell your technology, Swappa.com and Craigslist are still the best options, but for different reasons.

If you are selling a tablet, phone or laptop, you will want to use Swappa (currently not including desktop computers). Like Craigslist, Swappa does not charge a fee to publish in its buyer market. One area in which Swappa is ahead is that it is compatible with PayPal, which protects both buyers and sellers during the transaction process.

Comparatively, Craigslist does not limit what you want to sell or charge you for including your items. In fact, for better or worse, it doesn’t hold your hand at all. It is up to you to organize the meeting point, negotiate a price and, finally, decide how the money will be exchanged. This can be stressful, but it can also be super easy and fast. I have had many good experiences selling on Craigslist, although you will always want to make sure you are in public places and do not fall for an offer that seems too good to be true.

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