Laptop prices, trade in values & places to sell

Older laptops with i3 processors, 2GB RAM and 128-256GB storage capacities are generally worth $20 to $100. Laptops with i5 processors, 4GB RAM and 256GB storage capacities can net between $100 and $500. Upgrade to an i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage capacity and you can expect between $300 and $700. Laptops boasting i7 processors, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage capacities and SSD drives can go for anywhere between $700 and $1,200, while high-end gaming laptops can command $800 to $1,500 or more.

Laptop Price Factors

These prices represent general ranges, but values can vary significantly depending on brand, model and configuration. Expect to get about 20% to 30% more for higher storage capacity and processor speed.

If you have the AC adapter or accessories like a wireless keyboard or mouse, you might be able to get more money – typically around $10 or $20 for each accessory.

If you have the original packaging you may get an extra $10 or so for it.

The above prices are for good condition items. Expect to get 15-20% less for each downgrade in condition.

Where to sell your laptop

Brick-and-mortar stores Brick-and-mortar stores offer fast cash or store credit with no ads or selling fees. However, they pay 10 to 20 percent less than online buyback stores. Sales are not guaranteed and getting a fair price might require negotiation.

Online marketplaces Online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay tend to pay fair prices, but sales are not guaranteed and you are competing with prices of other people trying to sell their laptops. You’ll need to take time to create detailed ads, and selling fees typically apply: on eBay, that means 10 percent of the sale plus PayPal fees; on Amazon, it’s 99 cents per item plus a 6 percent referral fee.

Private market The private market typically pays more money (think Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace), but listings are not moderated. That means you might need to deal with hassles like scans and no-shows. There is no guarantee of sale; if your laptop does sell, you’ll likely need to meet the buyer in person.

Online buyback stores Quick and convenient, online buyback stores offer guaranteed sales with free shipping and no selling fees. You don’t need to post an ad or negotiate prices, and payouts are sent within one to three business days.

Where to sell your laptop

Flipsy Trust Verified Stores Buying Laptops

The following Trust Verified Stores provide cash quotes for your laptop. Let them know your serial number, condition and any included items. You’ll get a quote delivered to your inbox in about 24 hours. Be sure to describe your laptop’s condition to get the most accurate price. Some of the stores have winnowers or serial number look ups to find your value but many have incomplete serial number databases, so while they may buy your laptop they won’t show a price. By contacting them with your serial number they can do the look up to provide the most accurate quote.

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