Sep 30, 2020

Where to sell a MacBook - Find out everything you need to know

If you are thinking of selling your old MacBook, it might be because you are looking to purchase a newer model, or maybe you already have, or your old MacBook is broken. Regardless of your situation, there are many different ways that you can sell it.

There is more to selling your Mac than simply picking where to sell it, but obviously, you want to go for the option that will give you the largest money return and least hassle. In order to ensure you do not accept less for your Mac than you should, there are a few things to consider.

How Much is My MacBook Worth?

Wondering how much money you can get for your old MacBook? This is a common question. There are many different aspects that you need to consider to get an idea of what your MacBook might be worth.

  1. Look at what the price of your MacBook is going for on sites such as eBay or Amazon. Be aware you will likely get less than what it is being sold on these sites.
  2. Find out what a MacBook with similar specs will cost brand new.
  3. Truly consider the shape that your MacBook is in. Be honest with yourself, and understand that the price will depreciate if it is not in great shape.
  4. Do you have a broken MacBook? This will make a huge difference as only certain places and individuals will accept broken MacBooks.
  5. Or make it simple, head to GoRoostr, and get a free quote.

Unfortunately, MacBooks are like cars, the moment you take them home, the price decreases. Try to be realistic about the return you might receive for a device you paid over $1,000 for new.

Which MacBook Do I Have?

To find out which MacBook you have you can go to the Apple menu on your MacBook (click the little apple in the top left corner).

Next, click “About This Mac.” Here you should be able to view all of your specs, as well as your Mac’s serial number. For further help on finding your MacBooks specifications click here.

Where Can I Sell My MacBook?


Although Craigslist might be good for finding housing to rent, it is not as reliable for selling or purchasing technology. Many buyers head to Craigslist in order to offer lowball offers, in hopes to find desperate sellers (especially for broken devices).

There is absolutely no tracking or guarantee on Craigslist. It is, unfortunately, known for shady people, and you also always have the potential to get stood up, or worse, robbed.


If you choose to go the eBay route then you should expect to pay BIG fees. These fees are on anything that you earn and start at 10%. You must also then factor in PayPal and payment fees, shipping fees, and the actual act and cost of shipping your MacBook.

Another issue with eBay is there is the risk of your buyer being fraudulent, or the buyer returning their item. This would put you back at square one. Additionally, if you have a buyer claim false damage after the item arrives, you might be liable for the damages and lose out on a huge amount of profit.


Although at one time Amazon did allow individuals to list their Apple products for sale, this is no longer the case. Amazon has their own refurbishing program, Amazon Renewed, which is only available to select large IT Resellers. So you will unfortunately not be able to list and sell your old MacBook on Amazon.

Apple Trade-in

The Apple Reuse and Recycling program will buy your Mac from you, but can often encourage you to recycle it “at no cost”. If you do end up receiving any monetary value for your MacBook, you will not get cash, but instead, a gift card. This can only be used to purchase another Apple product.

It is important to note that not all Macs qualify, and your device will only be accepted if it is from 2007 or newer. And if your device is broken, you will receive nothing for it.

Apple is also known for offering less than favorable rates, and you might actually be shocked to find out how much they believe your MacBook is worth. Find out more about Apple’s buyback program and its potential pitfalls.

Pawn Shop

Do not waste your time heading to a pawn shop. It is a known fact that pawn shops will pay the lowest amount, and especially won't pay anything if it is broken.


If you are looking for a simple solution to sell your MacBook, then GoRoostr is the best answer. Not only do you have an easy quoting process with GoRoostr, but you will also receive a fair price, if not the highest price on the market.

You never need to worry about when you will receive your payment with GoRoostr. Payments are lightning-fast and sent within 1 business day of a device being received. GoRoostr also offers more payment options than any other Apple buy back company - PayPal, Venmo, Zelle or check, your choice.

Regardless of if your device is working, the screen is damaged or cracked, or your MacBook is completely broken, devices are purchased in any condition. You will always receive great customer service at GoRoostr, and you are even given a free prepaid FedEx label to ship your device with.

What to Do Before you Sell Your Old MacBook

Selling your used MacBook is completely safe, but it is a good idea to take a few precautions before placing it into the hands of someone else. Not only is it respectful to clean the outside, but you should also clean the inside.

Steps to take before sending off your MacBook.

  1. Clean it
  2. Backup your information
  3. Sign out of every Apple application (iTunes, iCloud, iMessage)
  4. Format the hard drive
  5. Erase and then reinstall macOS

Another tip is to check your closet to see if you have the original box and charger. If you do find these, you might be able to get more money for your device.

But if you use a company like GoRoostr, then you can forego the cleaning, formatting, and reinstalling of MacOS, as GoRoostr will do this all for you! They make it as easy as possible to trade-in your MacBook.

Ready to Sell Your MacBook?

If you have made the decision to sell your MacBook, find out how much it is worth now. Go to for a free quote, and get the most for your MacBook!

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