Whether you’re planning to purchase a brand new Mac otherwise you obtained one for the vacations, your present Mac doesn’t want to finish up in a closet. So what do you do with it? If you aren’t planning to present it to a fortunate good friend or member of the family, you possibly can commerce or promote it to assist pay for that new Mac. Here’s find out how to get each final little bit of worth out of your previous Mac.
Apple has a help doc that has good directions on what it’s best to do earlier than you promote, give away, or commerce in your Mac. But we’ve some expertise in that division that may enable you get probably the most out of your trade-in or sale.
Treat your Mac effectively
Your Mac’s bodily situation performs a key position in what you may get in return throughout a trade-in sale. If you may have a Mac that you simply plan to maintain for some time however know that you simply’re going to ultimately commerce or promote it while you improve, do what you possibly can to take excellent care of it.
Desktop Macs just like the Mac mini and that iMac are simple to keep up since they received’t transfer from their location very a lot, if in any respect. Wipe off the mud that accumulates over time—inside and outside. Dust build-up can really make your Mac work more durable to maintain itself cool, so common dusting additionally makes positive your Mac runs effectively. If you may have an iMac, be certain your show stays pristine by cleansing your display with a tender material each few weeks. Screen protectors are additionally accessible, however they require a substantial amount of persistence and a superb quantity of talent to placed on correctly.
Laptop Macs are extra inclined to break since they’re meant to be introduced with you to work remotely. Use a superb high quality laptop computer bag, and all the time remember the fact that you’re utilizing a dear funding—we’ve all seen loads of individuals at our native espresso store deal with their laptops carelessly. Don’t be that individual. Speaking of espresso outlets, attempt to hold drinks and meals away out of your MacE-book in case a spill occurs.
Be cautious with how you utilize it. For instance, for those who’re connecting a USB system, attempt to not blindly plug it right into a port. Feeling across the Mac’s port with a connector can scratch up the case, leaving an ugly look of wear and tear that may depart a foul impression on somebody evaluating your laptop.
Keep the unique field (you don’t want the transport field) and documentation. If you may have the unique cables and adapters, save these, too. People typically improve to quicker chargers or longer cables, so hold the originals with the field. If you don’t have this stuff, that’s okay, you’ll nonetheless be capable of commerce or promote your Mac. But you’ll most likely get extra with them, particularly for those who promote it privately.
Wipe your information
Save your information
When you’re able to commerce or promote your previous Mac, be sure to again up the information that’s on it. If you haven’t backed up your Mac beforehand, we advocate getting an exterior storage system.
The best method to again up is Apple’s built-in Time Machine. Using Time Machine is good as a result of you need to use it to carry out an information restore in your new Mac, which then pulls over your whole previous settings, recordsdata, and apps, so your new Mac might be configured identical to your previous one. You may also use a third-party backup service or cloud storage like iCloud or Dropbox to avoid wasting essential recordsdata, akin to your Documents folder, photographs, and media recordsdata. You’ll be capable of restore these file to your new Mac, however any apps will have to be downloaded from the App Store or the developer’s web site. You’ll additionally must redo your settings in your new Mac.
Deauthorize your Mac out of your Apple ID
This is a vital step. Apple tracks what gadgets you utilize, and for those who don’t signal out, the brand new proprietor of your previous Mac might not be capable of set it up. To signal out, use your iPhone, iPad, or one other Mac and go to your Apple ID account at appleid.apple.com, then log in along with your username and password. Go to the Devices part of the webpage, the place you’ll see an inventory of gadgets related along with your Apple ID. Click on the Mac you wish to deauthorize and a pop-up seems. Click the Remove from account button. A affirmation dialog will seem, and also you’ll want to substantiate that you simply wish to carry out this motion.
Once that’s achieved, on the previous Mac, be certain it’s logged out of iCloud by checking system preferences. You’ll additionally wish to be certain it it logged out of Messages, which you’ll be able to examine within the Messages app.
Reset the NVRAM on Intel Macs
Intel Macs use NVRAM to rapidly entry sure settings. To reset the NVRAM, flip off your Mac. Then maintain down the Option, Command, P, and R keys on the keyboard and energy on the Mac. Keep holding down these keys as your Mac boots after which boots once more. If you hear the boot sound a second time otherwise you see the Apple brand seem, disappear, after which reappear, you possibly can let go of the keys. This isn’t vital on M1 Macs.
Erase the storage system and reinstall macOS
Make positive your information is saved and also you’re linked to Wi-Fi earlier than you proceed with erasing the storage and reinstalling macOS utilizing macOS Recovery. Here’s find out how to begin the method:
On an Intel Mac, maintain down the Command+R keys whereas turning on the pc.
On an M1 Mac, press and maintain down the facility button whereas turning it on.
The macOS Recovery menu will seem. You can then use Disk Utility to wipe your Mac’s drive. (Apple has detailed directions on how to do that for Intel and M1 Macs.) When Disk Utility is completed, give up the app, after which click on on Reinstall macOS within the Recovery menu to put in the working system.
Sell your Mac
Okay, now that your previous Mac is actually able to go, that you must resolve the place you’re going to promote it. There are a number of third-party websites which you could go to, although you might not get as a lot as you may from promoting on to somebody by means of eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist. But promoting to a reseller may be preferrred if you wish to keep away from the trouble of coping with different individuals. Here are a few of the extra well-liked buyback websites and what they provide.
With Decluttr you get a proposal to your Mac that’s locked in for 28 days. They cowl the transport prices, and can examine your merchandise to substantiate that it’s in good situation. If Decluttr modifications the supply primarily based on their analysis, you possibly can request that they return the pc to you, and they’re going to cowl the transport value. If you settle for, you’ll obtain fee by means of PayPal or direct deposit. [Disclaimer: Decluttr is a past sponsor of the Macworld Podcast.]
Note that whereas Decluttr’s web site has a bit labeled Sell your MacE-book, that part additionally has areas the place you possibly can promote Mac minis, iMacs, and Mac Pros.
Gazelle buys (and sells) MacBooks solely—its web site doesn’t seem to permit you to promote them a desktop Mac. After letting them know the situation of your merchandise, they supply a quote that’s good for 30 days and so they cowl transport. After receiving your Mac, they’ll study it and should make you a brand new supply if the Mac doesn’t match the preliminary analysis. If you flip down the brand new supply, you may get your Mac again however you need to pay for transport. They pay you with a examine, by means of PayPal, or an Amazon present card.
Swappa is a market the place you promote on to different individuals. To be certain transactions are safe, Swappa verifies listings, handles the PayPal-only funds, and organizes transport. The charges Swappa fees are included within the posted costs. If you’re hesitant about posting on eBay or Craigslist, Swappa is an effective various.
Trade in your Mac
You might not get as a lot as you may by promoting your Mac to an individual or third-party service, however trade-ins are virtually hassle-free and handy. Trade-ins are additionally typically accessible when a Mac isn’t in sellable however working situation. You often get compensated with a present card, retailer credit score, or credit score in direction of your buy.
The trade-in course of with Apple is fast and straightforward. Apple asks just a few questions on your machine’s situation (that you must present the serial quantity), after which the supply may be utilized to a brand new buy. Apple will contact you if it must revise its supply after inspecting your Mac.
Amazon has a Trade-In program, however as of this writing, it doesn’t appear to be open to Macs of any variety. You can submit iPads, iPhones, or different non-Apple gadgets, and so they pay you with an Amazon present card. It takes some time to course of your trade-in, and you may get extra at different websites, however for those who store at Amazon regularly, it’s a gorgeous service.
Best Buy has a trade-in program, however you’ll want to search out your actual mannequin earlier than you can begin the method. Some older iMacs and Mac minis can be found, however for probably the most half it’s restricted to MacBooks. You get a Best Buy present card.
Walmart has a program in partnership with CExchange, however it’s just for Mac laptops. You get a Walmart eGift card.