Pawn or Sell Computers: How to Stay Safe

January 23, 2020 - Electronics

No matter what you choose, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure you keep your information safe.

Every 39 seconds, there’s a hacker attack. One in three Americans is affected each year, so protecting your data is paramount.

To ensure you make the right decision and get the most money, keep reading. We’re sharing the best way to sell an old computer while staying safe.

Here’s What to Do before Selling Your Computer

Keep yourself safe by backing up your data somewhere else. You’ll need that information when you purchase a new computer. Also, you don’t want hackers to access it.

After that, you can wipe your computer clean. Your goal is to put it back to the factory settings it had when you first got it. That way, it’s ready for someone else to use and contains none of your information.

Next, you should clean your computer. A dirty computer is a red flag to a pawnbroker. They’ll assume your device riddled with viruses.

Also, locate every part that came with your computer, including the charger and its original packaging. The more components you have, the more money you’ll receive.

Facts You Need to Know before You Sell Old Computers

Selling old desktop computers is a little different than selling an old laptop. For one, desktops aren’t worth as much money as a laptop.

One reason is that laptops are more easily transportable. The second reason is that they’re proprietary – you won’t find a custom-made laptop because they don’t exist. As a result, they’re easier to resell.

How much money you can get depends on several factors, such as its brand, model, condition, and memory. Other factors include the location and current inventory of the pawn shop you want to sell your computer to.

To determine how much money you can expect to receive, do some research first. You’ll want to know the name of the manufacturer, model number, processor type, screen size, hard drive size, and the amount of RAM memory.

If you find that your computer isn’t worth anything, don’t just toss it out in the trash. Some of the parts may still have value, and our landfills are already overwhelmed with e-trash.

Instead, look for ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle your computer.

Selling vs. Pawning a Computer

Whether you should sell or pawn your computer largely depends on your personal circumstances. If you plan to buy a new computer, then selling yours is a great way to earn money towards your purchase.

However, if you need money quickly, you may want to consider pawning your computer. You’ll get more money because the pawn shop won’t have to try to sell your computer. Also, if you can’t afford a new one, this gives you money immediately and the opportunity to get your old one back.

Get Offers on Your Laptop Now

Choosing between pawning and selling your computer doesn’t have to be difficult now that you know exactly what to do. And we can help.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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