5 Tips To Pawn & Sell Your Laptop for Top Dollar

March 07, 2020 - Electronics

Thinking of selling your old laptop or tablet? 

pawn a laptop

Pawnbroker’s may carry an array of quality used computers at bargain prices as well. If you need to purchase a new computer that’s faster, more mobile friendly, or more optimal for newer software, a pawn shop might have the most affordable options.

Read the following tips before you visit a pawn shop near you. They will prepare you and your item to get the best cash offer at the right pawn shop.

1) Backup and remove all personal data.

Before you head to a nearby pawn shop remove all your computer’s data. You can also perform a factory reset; depending on your item you may have to search online how to do this. Your item should be ready to be sold and used by the next owner. So, backup your photos, videos, documents, and passwords/usernames on a separate computer or portable hard drive.

2) Properly clean your Laptop and Tablet.

A dirty laptop or tablet computer is a huge red flag for pawnbrokers. If a customer brings in a product that looks neglected, it’s assumable that the device will have issues. Use a dry rag or cloth to wipe away dust, debris, and crumbs from food. Check the screen for smudges and fingerprints, and check each external port for dust and debris. Click here to learn how to clean your laptop from CNET.com.

3) Learn the details of your Laptop and Tablet before you pawn.

Knowing the specifications of your laptop or tablet will help you negotiate for the best cash price. By researching your item, you will get to know its resale potential.


  • The Brand/Manufacturer’s name.
  • Series or Model number.
  • Processor type.
  • Screen size.
  • Hard drive size.
  • Amount of RAM memory.


4) What kinds of Laptops and Tablets get the most cash?

For laptops, Apple, Dell, Sony, and Toshiba, are great manufacturers and will therefore have better luck. For tablets, it’s best if it’s made by Apple, Samsung, Google or Amazon. Computers made for gamers, like by Alienware, MSI, and Origin, will also be considered more valuable and therefore have better luck as well.

Laptops & Tablets That Got Multiple Cash Offers on PawnGuru:

Macbook Pro: → Received 8 cash offers, best offer: $1200.

15.4″ MacBook with Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz. Has a 250 GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM.

ipad mini

iPad Mini 3: → Received 8 Cash offers, best offer: $400.

128 GB of memory capacity, 10-hour battery life, and 5MP HD camera. Also, has a finger sensor. Screen size is 7.9-Inch with Retina display.

asus tablet

Asus Transformer Tablet: → Received 7 Cash offers, best offer: $650.

10.1-Inch HD screen 16 GB Storage and expandable microSD card slot. Comes with built-in Windows 8 and has a 1 GB of RAM.


Toshiba: → Received 5 Cash offers, best offer: $300.

10.1-inch screen Intel Atom processor with 160 GB hard drive and 1 GB of RAM.


5) Make sure the pawn shop buys Laptops and Tablets.

It won’t matter if you have a Apple MacBook Air or Samsung Galaxy Tab in mint condition – not every shop deals with these electronic. (Some prefer not to deal with used electronics altogether.) Reasons for this include assumable concern for small dents and scratches from heavy usage and possible viruses. Also, the battery strength might have decreased – making the laptop less mobile friendly – which reduces its value. You can avoid this problem by submitting your item on PawnGuru. Only shops that are interested will send you cash offers!

Pawn Tidbits:

Why do some pawn shops buy computers and others do not?

There are several reasons for this. Firstly, a pawnbroker’s inventory will vary by local demand in their city. Meaning most pawn shops will only deal with items they think their local clientele will buy. For the many that do deal with electronics, it will really depend on your item. Is it very old? Does it work? Will a future customer want to buy it?

Can I trade in my old Laptop or Tablet for a new one?

Answer: Yes! Once inside, ask to see their inventory of laptops and tablets. If you see a computer you like, ask if you could trade in your old one, or get a substantial discount. You will definitely find awesome deals on laptops and tablet.

Jordan Birnholtz

Jordan Birnholtz is the cofounder of PawnGuru. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Jordan started PawnGuru in 2015 with Jon Polter, David Stiebel, and Jessica Zahnd. When he's not working at PawnGuru, Jordan volunteers his time to support undergraduates in building socially-responsible businesses and organizations through Optimize, a program at the University of Michigan.

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