Selling Old Apple Products Online in 2020

    Where do you take your old Mac computer or iPhone after an upgrade, if you are planning an upgrade, or if you need to dispose of the old product for a quick cash fix? How do you ensure that you get a good bargain for the used products?

    Are there places that will guarantee the sale of your old Apple product, besides putting up an ad on social media?

    This article has answers to all these questions, but first, let’s look at some of the things you should do before selling Apple products.

    What to do before you unload your old Apple device

    Clean It Up

    If you have an old Mac that needs to go, the first thing you should do is cleaning it up physically. Your Mac is not ready to sell until it’s clean. So, clean its case, the screen, keyboard, and its trackpad. For cleaning, get a microfiber cloth plus an alcohol-free cleanser.

    Data Backup

    If you are migrating to a new and better Mac or any other device, now is the best time for you to secure your data. Create a copy of everything you need from the old device. To secure your information, you could either clone your Mac hard drive or use the Time Machine.

    Sign out of iMessage


    You don’t want anyone else to have access to your messages. There are humans with malicious intent, and when they come across your messages, they may use the information they find against you.

    So, while you have to Factory Reset your Mac before selling it, you can never be too careful. Therefore, you should sign out of your Messages in advance.

    • From Finder or the Dock, Launch Messages.
    • Click on Messages on the menu bar at the top-left corner of your screen and then select Preferences.
    • Next, click on iMessage and then go to Account on the left, then click Sign Out. You will receive a prompt, Sign Out again.

    Sign out of your Apple Music account

    It’s never a good idea to leave your Apple ID signed in to your Mac (or any other device) during its sale. We won’t go into the bad and ugly here, though, but we believe that by now, you know that your Apple ID is the most important key when it comes to Apple devices. So, just do it.


    • From the Finder or Dock, launch Music.
    • On the menu bar now on the top-left of the screen, click on Account, go to Authorizations, then click Deauthorize This Computer.
    • Next up, enter your Apple ID and the password.
    • Then click on Deauthorize.

    Factory Reset

    Once you’ve backed up your data and signed out of Apple Music and iMessage, it’s time to factory reset your Mac.

    Beware, however, that depending on the age of your Mac, you may have a boot disk (or not). The boot disk of often regarded as a bonus by some buyers, and you should keep this disk safe. Alternatively, you could boot off the boot disk, reformat the hard drive, then reinstall.

    Note: these steps apply to all other Apple products (iPhones and iPads, etc.).

    Where to Sell Your Old Apple Product

    Here are ideas of places you could sell your old Mac, iPhone, or iPad:

    1. Sell it to your relative or friend
    2. Trade the device for an Apple gift card
    3. Trade it at your local Mac Reseller store
    4. Consider Big Box retailers
    5. Find services and platforms that buy old Apple products.


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