10

December

Selling Your PC Online

Its easier than you’d think to sell your PC online these days. Wherever you have an old business style desktop or a super modern gaming tower, you’ll find a range of different options to get rid of it.

Here at Cash in Your Gadgets we offer the simplest and most straightforward way to sell or recycle an old PC. We eliminate as much of hassle associated with eBay or Gumtree and just leave you with a safe and secure way to get cashback for your old computer.  You’ll only need to provide the most basic information on your computer and we’ll give you an instant offer to buy it. Our offers include free collection any day of the week with packaging provided by us, along with complete data wiping and fast payment.

Selling your PC online with us goes like this:

  • 1 – lets us know the make of your PC
  • 2 – Tell us what processor is found inside
  • 3 – Describe its condition and if it has any faults
  • 4 – Get an offer
  • 5 – Select your courier date
  • 6 – Your PC is collected and bought back to us
  • 7 – We test it & wipe the data
  • 8 – You get paid!

Your PCs Make

Identifying your PCs make or brand is super easy in most cases. The manufacturer will likely have put their name right on the front of the PC itself. You can then match this to the list of popular brands on our website.

If you can’t see your brand in the first list, you can click the link to our full list.

If you have a custom build or home build PC, you can select “custom build” from the full list of brands.

Your PCs Processor (CPU)

Finding the processor or CPU in your PC can be done a number of ways. Firstly, we need to establish the rough age of the PC in order to narrow down the list of processor options. This is done by identifying the original Windows operating system. This can be found by looking for the Windows logo or Windows COA (certificate of Authenticity) on the PC’s case.

The processor is also often found on a label stuck to the outer case of the PC. If you can see this, you can match it to the list of processors found on our website.

Your PC’s Condition

Once you’ve selected the processor found inside your PC, we’ll just need to know about its condition and functionality. Just look over the PC for any major damage. A few small scratches or even a dent here or there wont make a difference, but anything significant will.

If there are no major issues and the PC turns on and works normally, you should select “Working – Normal wear and tear”

If you find significant damage or your PC doesn’t work normally (for example it failts to turn on at all or has a faulty part), you’ll need to select “non-working / heavily damaged). If your PC is non-working or damaged it is likely we will not be able to offer to recycle it.

Getting an Offer for your Computer

You should now have an offer for your old PC! Don’t forget, the offer includes free collection any day of the week, with packaging provided. It also includes complete data wiping of the hard drive with a certificate of data destruction sent to you as soon as this has been completed. The offer is also protected by our price guarantee, this means we promise to pay the amount quoted. If we are forced to revise the offer for any reason (for example you entered the wrong specification or condition), you be given the option to have the PC returned completely free of charge.

If you have multiple PCs with the same specifications, you can easily add these at the basket. Just click the quantity drop down to the right hand side of the basket and let us know how many of that type of PC you have, we’ll buy any amount.

Courier Collection

One of the last stages of the process is to select the date you want the courier to collect your computer.  We collect items 7 days a week using DPD.

If you have 10 or more PCs we’ll likely arrange for a dedicated courier to collect these. This type of collection only happens Monday – Friday and therefore your courier date options will be restricted to just week days.

You’ll receive a text message on the morning of the collection with the 1hr time window in which the collection will take place.

The driver will arrive with a large padded box for you to place the PC inside.

If you need to re-arrange the collection you can do this by logging in to our account, contacting our customer service team or by replying to the messages from DPD.

Testing and Data Wiping

Your PC will arrive back with us the next working day after your collection. We’ll fully test the computer within 2 working days of it being with us. We be checking all its components and its cosmetic condition.

We’ll then complete data wipe the PC’s hard drive using a multiple overwrite method to US Department of Défense standards. Thus rendering any data on the hard drive complete unrecoverable. You’ll be sent your data destruction certificate within 3 days of this being completed.

If everything matches what you’ve told us, we’ll issue your payment that day.

If anything about your PC doesn’t match your original offer, for example you stated “my PC has a Core i5 6th generation processor” but it actually has a Core i5 3rd generation processor, we’ll send you an email detailing this. In the revised offer email we’ll provide details of the issue and the revised price based on the PC’s actual specification and condition. You’ll then have the choice to accept the price and be paid, or to reject it have your PC returned free of charge.

Your Payment

Wherever your PC was approved for the original amount or you’ve accept a revised offer, we’ll make the payment to you that day. Payments are made by your chosen method, either Paypal or bank transfer. Our payments are made at around 5:30pm each weekday and should arrive with you instantly.

Visit Cash in Your Gadgets today to sell your old PC online now.

10

December

Selling Your iMac Online

Selling your iMac online with Cash in Your Gadgets is convenient and hassle free. Wherever you have an old iMac from 2012 or a super modern 2019 model, you can get an instant price to sell it with us. What’s more, you’ll only need the iMacs serial number to get a quote! Our service provides free collection with packaging provided, complete data wiping with a certificate provided and fast payment by bank transfer or Paypal.

Selling your iMac online with us goes like this:

  • 1 – Identify the model and specification
  • 2 – Describe the condition and functionality
  • 3-  Get an offer
  • 4 – Have your iMac collected
  • 5 – We’ll test it & wipe the data
  • 6 – You’ll be paid

Your iMacs Model and Specification

The quickest and easiest way to work out the model and specification of your iMac is to enter its serial number in to our website. The serial number can be found in two places.

1 – In the “About my Mac” section of the operating system: accessed by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen.

2- By looking on the underside of the iMacs stand.

Once you have the serial number, you can enter to our website

In most cases the model and specification will be identified from this information. In some cases, you may be asked for further information, such as the processor/CPU found in your iMac. This information can be found in the “About my Mac” section described above.

Your iMacs Condition

Now we know the model and specification of your iMac, we’ll ask you to assess its overall condition. If the iMac works normally and is in good condition, with no marks to its screen, you should select “Working – normal wear and tear”.

If the iMac has faults or any issue with its screen, you’ll need to class it as “heavily damaged or Non-working”. In many cases we can still pay you cash to recycle an iMac in this condition, but this will depend on the iMacs model and specification.

Getting an Offer for your iMac

You’ll now have our offer to buy your iMac. Remember, our offer includes free collection any day of the week, with packaging provided. It also includes complete data wiping of the hard drive with a GDPR compliant certificate provided.

If you are happy with our offer, simply click “Accept” to continue

Courier Collection

Finally, we need to arrange the collection of your iMac. We send a large padded box for you to place the iMac inside. However, we would encourage you to protect the screen if possible. This can be done with bubble wrap, scrunched up newspaper, old towels or couple sheets of cardboard.

Our courier, DPD, will send you a text message and email on the morning of the collection to confirm the one hour time window in which the collection will take place.

If this time is convenient for you, you can re-arrange the date of the collection by replying to the text message or email, or by contacting us. It is not possible to re-arrange the 1hr time window, only the date of the collection.

Testing and Data Wiping

Your iMac will be with us on the next working day. Our technical team will fully test the iMacs functionality and assess its cosmetic condition. These tests will be completed within 2 working days of the item’s arrival with us.

As part of this process we’ll complete data wipe the hard drive to US Department of Defense standards. This data wiping process involves the information on the hard drive being overwritten with random information multiple times. The process is then verified and a data wipe certificate is issued to you. You should expect to receive your certificate within 3 days of the items arrival with us.

Your Payment

Once we’ve agreed the offer, your payment will be issued by your chosen method: either bank transfer or Paypal. We make payments at 5:30pm Monday – Friday and once completed, the funds should be in your account instantly.

Visit Cash in Your Gadgets now to get an instant price for your iMac or check out our other Selling Guides

18

March

How To Sell Your Laptop

how to sell laptops

Getting a new laptop is exciting. It’s a chance to start anew and play around with some new and improved specs.

But, what do you do with your old laptop?

Whether it’s in great shape or barely chugging along, getting rid of your computer can be something of a challenge. Do you sell it? Give it away? Send it to a recycling centre? Even if your laptop has some mileage on it, you may still be able to turn it in for some cash.

Before you sell your laptop online, there are some things to keep in mind before listing your device.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to properly prepare your laptop for sale, as well as some ideas for where you might offload your old computer.

How Do I Sell My Laptop? Preparing for Sale

An accurate assessment of your laptop’s value, as well as a clean hard drive, and some good photos are all you need to sell your device. But you will need to do a few things before you can put your item up for sale.

Back Up Your Device

The first thing you should do before you sell your computer is back up everything you need. We recommend moving files to an external storage device and double checking that the transfer was successful before wiping the hard drive.  

Assess the Condition

It’s important to gauge the condition of any product before putting it up for sale. But, if you’re not a tech pro, it might be challenging to come up with an accurate assessment of the device.

To get a sense of your laptop’s condition, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the laptop turn on?
  • Are there scratches or dead pixels?
  • Is the chassis damaged—cracks, dents, or scratches?
  • How long does the battery last?
  • Are all keys present, and do they work?

Write down any instances of damage or wear and tear and use your judgement to determine whether your laptop is in excellent, good, or fair condition. If it barely turns on or has significant damage, recycling might be your best option.

ID the Specs

Do you know what kind of graphics card you have? What about processing power? It’s okay if you don’t. The average consumer won’t pay much attention to every laptop spec when weighing their options. Though, if you plan on selling your computer, you’ll need to provide as much information as possible.

If you have a PC, you’ll want to open up the System panel. Windows 8 even shows you a screen that says, “view basic information about your computer.”

In Windows 10, all you need to do is right-click on the start button and hit Device Manager. Here, you’ll find key details about your device from RAM and OS Build, to Processor and serial number. 

If you have a Mac, click the Apple icon in the top left corner and select About This Mac in the drop-down menu. From there, you’ll see your serial number, graphics, processor and more.

Wipe Your Data

After you’ve backed up your important documents, photos, more, it’s time to wipe your data. Failure to erase sensitive information can have serious consequences, especially if the laptop was used in a business capacity. In this era of security breaches and data misuse, you don’t want to take any chances.

Here’s how to wipe Windows and Mac laptops ahead of the big sale:

Windows 10

On Windows 10, erasing your data is as simple as using the system’s reset this PC feature. From there, you can securely delete all data on your PC, including your system preferences, installation files, and sensitive data.

How to reset in four steps:

* Open Settings.

* Then click “Update & Security.”

* Click “Recovery.”

* There, you’ll see the prompt, “Reset this PC.” Click the get started button.

* Choose the “Remove Everything” option

* Then remove files and clean the drive.

* Click reset and that’s it.

From there, Windows resets to the default settings, and your laptop is ready to sell.

Windows 8

To wipe a Windows 8 device:

Access by going into your settings and selecting Change PC Settings

Click through to the General category and run the Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows tool and select the Fully Clean the Drive option.

Mac

Apple Support recommends taking the following steps before wiping your data:

  • Backup any important information
  • Sign out of iTunes
  • Sign out of iCloud
  • Sign out of iMessage
  • Unpair Bluetooth

To erase, you’ll open Disk Utility, then select the disk you’d like to delete, such as Macintosh HD. Click Erase, then quit disk utility. Install Mac OS to restore your laptop to factory settings.

Alternatively, you can download an app like Freeraser, which permanently erases your data with minimal effort on your end.

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Choosing the Method of Sale

eBay

Online auction site eBay is a popular place to offload all kinds of unwanted items from the clothes that don’t fit to your gently used laptop. eBay is home to 168 million members, meaning, you’re able to sell on a global scale. The platform is relatively straightforward. You’ll start by selecting a model like the one you’re selling, plug in the condition, specs, and add a few photos. From there, you can fill in the details and choose the selling format; auction-style or buy-it-now. While the site doesn’t charge any listing fees, you will need to make sure you add in shipping costs and return options, so you don’t lose money post-sale.

Amazon

Amazon isn’t just for buying electronics (and, let’s face it, everything else) you can also sell used products on Amazon, as well. The benefit of selling through Amazon is the sheer size of the platform. Chances are, lots of potential buyers will click on your listing.

However, keep in mind, there are some fees involved with selling through Amazon Marketplace. There’s also the possibility you have to handle returns. So, do make sure you review the terms and conditions before you put your laptop on the market.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace has the unique benefit of feeling like both a community and a platform for amplifying your message. Buyers can submit their payments through Facebook Messenger, or they can pay by PayPal or however you prefer to handle the transaction.

There are no fees for selling through Facebook Marketplace. However, because it’s less formal than something like Amazon or eBay, there are fewer protections for both parties. Additionally, you can’t rate buyers or sellers, so there’s little recourse for bad actors.

Craigslist

Craigslist is one option for selling well, just about anything, computers included. There are few barriers in place to put up an ad and no fees involved. That said, there are a few risks associated with the platform. For one, Craigslist involves meeting people in person. So, make sure you’re meeting in a public space and don’t go alone.

There are zero protections for buyers or sellers—if someone scams you, you’re on your own. And, because you’re coordinating an in-person sale, you’ll need to account for all of the logistics involved. You’re working around someone else’s schedule and dealing with last minute cancellations. The benefit of using Craigslist is, you don’t have to deal with shipping or returns.

Schpock

Schpock is a boot sale app available on iOS and Android. The platform aims to provide buyers and sellers with a straightforward platform that allows for on-the-go transactions. There are no listing fees, but users do have the option to pay for promotional features if you’d like to make a quick sale. Additionally, sellers can meet in person to complete the sale or deliver the item and get paid via PayPal.

letgo

letgo is an online app for local sales and an appealing interface that feels like a Pinterest board. Similar to OfferUp, letgo targets a local audience. You can also create ads for your items and there are no fees for listing an item for sale.  

On letgo, buyers and sellers can send messages directly ahead of the sale, making the process much more straightforward than eBay’s inbox system.

Cash in Your Gadgets

Cash in Your Gadgets presents a different solution than Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon. The service offers cash in exchange for your old gadgets and pays for courier collection. Once they receive your laptop, they’ll test it and transfer money via PayPal or bank transfer.

Additionally, the process is quite convenient. Unlike apps where you’re running a photo shoot or fielding calls from people who want to come by to see the computer, Cash in Your Gadgets provides a quote when you enter your device’s serial number. From there, you can send in the item as is. They’ll wipe the device and either recycle your laptop or resell it.

Gumtree

Gumtree is a lot like Craigslist, it’s free and you can find jobs, get rid of an old bike, or sell your laptop. The benefit of using Gumtree is, it’s the largest classified site in the UK, so you’re casting a wider net than you might on Craigslist or letgo.

While Gumtree is owned by eBay, there are few rules to consider and no listing fees. Unlike eBay, most of the transactions are local and face-to-face, so do keep safety in mind as you arrange to meet potential buyers.

Additional Tips for Selling Your Laptop

Before selecting one of the online sellers above, you should be prepared to write a concise, yet detailed description of your product. The more information the customer has, the more likely they are to buy.

When creating a listing, you should also upload a series of high-quality images that show the device — think USB ports, HDMI, DVD or CD trays. It should also reflect the condition of the item as accurately as possible.

Anything you make a note of while assessing the quality should show up in the photos so that customers can make an informed decision.

Sell Your Laptop with Cash in Your Gadgets

Cash in Your Gadgets presents a done-for-you approach to selling your laptop. You only need the most basic of information so no need to take pictures, field questions, or even wipe your device. It’s safe, easy, and you get paid right away.