Nowadays, the best way to get rid of an old device is by selling it to someone else, especially for the possibility of earning extra money instead of simply discarding the device. In the case of Apple products, this can be even more cost-effective considering that they do not lose as much value even after use. Of course, there are some important steps to take before putting your Macbook on the market, for example. So we’ve separated some of the top tips from what you should do if you’re thinking of selling your Apple computer. Check it out below!
1. Back up
First of all, make a backup of all your old Macbook files. This may seem kind of obvious, but it’s something that a lot of people forget before formatting a PC to sell it or give it to someone else. Even if you think you already have everything you need to be copied in some HD, it is always good to carry out the procedure so that you do not have regrets afterward.
As Mac users already know very well, you can use the “Time Machine” feature to back up the device. Simply connect an external hard drive to the computer and choose the “Use the disk as a backup” option.
2. Log out of your iTunes account
You also can not forget to leave your iTunes account on the MacBook in question and disallow use of it on your device. The procedure is very simple and ensures that no one can use your Apple ID on that computer at other times. You can check how to do this in our more detailed tutorial through this link.
3. Log out of iMessage account
This also applies to your iMessage account, if you are using the application on your Mac as well. Even though you have to format your computer anyway, it’s never a bad thing to take extra care. Just open the “Preferences” options in the app and disable their number in the “Accounts” tab.
You will still be able to receive and send messages over the iPhone (or iPad) normally, but they will no longer reach the Mac.
4. Restore to factory settings
With these precautions, you should consider formatting the hard drive of your MacBook to its original factory settings. To do this, you’ll need the latest version of macOS that is compatible with your Mac to put it on some media, such as a Pen Drive.
With this, just insert the media with the macOS to the computer and restart it by pressing the “alt/option” screen. In this way, you can install the operating system with the option “Repair or erase the disk using Disk Utility”, which will begin formatting.
5. Clean the Macbook
After performing these more technical steps, we suggest that you give a general handle on your Mac in order to make it as new to attract a buyer more easily. Since you probably will not charge so cheaply for your used Macbook, the least you can do is make it look good and presentable.
Do a general cleaning of the device, especially on the keyboard and the screen, which tend to get dirtier and more worn over time. There are products fit for this, so remember to use a non-alcohol cleanser and a microfiber cloth to make it easier to work.
6. Selling to an acquaintance
Before considering selling the Mac to strangers, it’s good to see if your friends, acquaintances or members of your family have an interest in the computer. In addition, it means a faster purchase, also turns out to be more secure in terms of payment, since you already know the person who is buying.
The transition itself should also be calmer, after all, the buyer can test the Mac and take any questions personally, not needing you to record videos showing their operation, as is the case for the next tip.
7. Use internet selling sites
If you do not know anyone who is interested, the best option is to advertise the computer over the internet. Fortunately, there are many websites on which you can put your products on sales, such as OLX, for example.
The possible buyers will be able to ask your questions and the payment is made in a safe way. The only problem is someone can try to take advantage by giving you a negative rating, which makes selling to friends be much safer.
Also, if you are going to sell on Internet sites, consider recording a video showing the whole procedure of turning on the notebook, as well as its physical structure, usability with or without the trackpad, check all USB ports, optical CD / DVD drive, show that the battery runs and that the MacBook stays powered even off of a power source.
All this helps to increase your chances of selling, in addition to avoiding you have to do this procedure whenever an interested person asks to verify the product.
If you need help, have doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to leave a comment in the comment box below and we will try to help you as soon as possible!