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How to Sell Your Old Computer for its Maximum Value

If you've made it here, you're probably trying to sell your old computer. Maybe you got a new one and upgraded, it doesn't mean you can't get some money back from your old one!

Remember when youfirst bought your old computer? It probably ran like a champion, there's no reason it can't do it again. Re-imaging is the process of reformatting your hard drive, erasing all of the data including personal records you might not want being seen by anyone but you. Making a computer run like new is great for potential buyers.

  • Re-imaging is not as hard as many people think, the computer will guide you through the entire process. To re-image your computer, insert the software disc that came with the computer, or an operating system disc you may have upgraded to. Install a clean version of Windows, or Mac OS, and don't set any passwords. Now, the computer is back to its factory settings.

  • Upgrading the hardware in it probably isn't necessary, and if you go out and buy parts, it probably won't give you a significant payback. Let the buyer worry about that.

  • List your computer online on your local craigslist or classifieds page; post a phone number so people can contact you right away about your computer. Be detailed in your ad, tell the buyer what it's good for, such as word processing or surfing the web, maybe even graphic design. Load up some software you have lying around that could increase the value, maybe Photoshop or Microsoft Office. Make the computer look good, clean up the vents and get the dust out.

  • That's it! Don't just leave your computer in a corner to collect dust and eventually be thrown out, put the money from it towards a new computer or back in your pocket!

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