February 18, 2020 - Electronics
Pawning a laptop in St. Louis is no different than pawning a laptop somewhere else. You see, there are specific items pawnbrokers can’t refuse. And that includes electronics such as laptops.
Of course, if you want to pawn your laptop for top dollar, you have to prep it first. That means giving it a good cleaning, making sure it’s in good working condition, and taking precautionary steps not to pass on your data to a stranger.
That said, here’s how you can do all three to ensure your laptop is pawn-ready when you take it to a St. Louis pawn shop.
If you want to clean your laptop to get it ready for pawning, you’ll need to clean its case, screen, and keyboard. It doesn’t matter if you’re pawning a MacBook or another brand of laptop. You need to give it a good cleaning to make it easier to pawn.
To do that, first, switch off your laptop and use a duster to remove the particles stuck in the nooks and crannies of your keyboard. Alternatively, you can also turn your device upside down and shake it gently.
Next, take a cotton bud dipped into rubbing alcohol to clean your keyboard. Remember not to do it too vigorously, or you may end up wiping the letters on the keys. Finally, use a microfiber cloth or any soft, clean cloth to wipe away smears and fingerprints on the case and the screen.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “how much can I pawn my laptop for?” the short answer is a lot more if it’s in good working condition. So before you head to St. Louis pawn shops that take laptops, you have to check the screen for dead pixels, make sure every key in your keyboard is working, and have your HDD or SSD at 100% health.
You should also check the CPU and GPU, as well your laptop’s RAM. If you find any issues and can correct them before pawning, you can be sure to get more money for your computer.
Even if you think you’ll be getting back your laptop after pawning, you should still protect your data. That means backing up all your personal data either through an external hard drive or the cloud.
It also means wiping your hard drive clean. And by clean, we don’t just mean physically deleting your files. You should make sure that you leave no trace or make it possible for others to access your files.
Last but not the least, set your laptop to its default factory state. Then you can reinstall the OS on your laptop using the backup disk that came with your laptop when you first bought it.
If you follow the things we outlined above, you should have no trouble pawning a laptop in St. Louis.
Or, if you want an easier, guaranteed way to get offers from pawn shops near you, just list your item at PawnGuru for free. When you’ve picked the best offer for you, you can take your item to that pawn shop and get paid.
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.More Articles