How Pawnbrokers Evaluate Laptops

February 09, 2020 - Electronics

When it comes to selling or pawning items, especially laptops, it can be difficult to gauge what the offer price should be.

Laptops are generally expensive when new and after a couple of years, their value price decreases. So when deciding to pawn or sell a laptop, the brand, condition, and age of a laptop is very important because it will determine the offer price. This is my guide to help you understand what pawn shops look at when deciding how much to offer you for your laptop.

Thanks to Brian the Pawn Nerd for his original report on selling and pawning laptops, which inspired this post. You can read it here: How to Pawn a Laptop: Prices And More


Brands convey a uniform quality, credibility and experience. After a number of years, based on the laptop brand, there is an expected reputation of performance, technology, and reliability. So for example Apple Macbooks are expected to perform better than a Toshiba after a few years of use. Here is a rough order of laptop brand quality:











To stay in business, pawnbrokers have to carefully judge books by their cover. So any visible damages to that Macbook Pro you want to sell or pawn would discourage any pawnbroker from giving you an offer. Brands promise a certain level of performance, technology, and reliability when a laptop is used carefully. If it’s been dropped, suffered water damaged or has other visible damages than the promised quality the brand offers has been compromised which could result to a minimum to no offer price at all.

It’s very hard to give you an idea of what your offer price could be if you’re selling or pawning a laptop because it depends on the brand and the condition of your laptop. Generally if your laptop is a fairly new Alienware laptop, you could get $500+. If it’s a high-end laptop like an Apple Macbook pro, expect around $750. If it’s an average computer you can buy at Wal-Mart, you should be able to get between $20-$200.


If you’re trying to pawn or sell a laptop that is more than 5 years old, expect to get around $80 or below depending on the brand and condition. If your laptop has a floppy disk port, then expect to get maybe $20 if you’re lucky. Laptops that are too old are hard to fix because their parts may not be available or software that they need is no longer available in stores no matter where you look.

If you’ve decided that the brand and condition of your laptop can get you a cash offer that you’re happy with, please read my previous post 5 Tips To Pawn & Sell Your Laptop.

If you have any questions or need advice on selling or pawning your laptop (or anything else!), shoot me a message at We’re always eager to help!

Jordan Birnholtz
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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Russell J Durkee

July 18, 2017, 8:44 PM

What would I get for a chrome Acer laptop

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July 29, 2017, 7:57 PM

How much for 7 month old barely used maybe 10 times toshiba intel core 13 touch screen with Cortana

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Altha Felker

October 30, 2019, 3:18 AM

I read about the Apple announcement. From what I understand, we should see a new Airpod Pro. I love my current Airpods with my iPhone.

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