Selling a laptop for parts can sometimes be a good idea, particularly if the device is broken but still has various working components. Maybe you have a working laptop that you want to get rid of, and you’re selling its individual parts to make more money.
Selling a laptop for parts is also a better alternative than simply throwing it away, as this is good for your pocket and the environment. Below, we explore how to tell if your laptop parts are suitable for sale and how much you stand to get for the components.
How to tell if components are fit to be sold
Basically, if they aren’t broken, you can sell them. The first step is to disassemble your laptop and check the components for damage. Because all models are different, there isn’t one way to disassemble a laptop, but it typically involves using a specialised screwdriver to remove the casing and access the parts.
The best thing to do is to Google a tutorial for your model of laptop, for example: ‘How to disassemble a Macbook Pro 2013.’
Thankfully, there is a wealth of tech-related tutorials online and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one for your model.
Once disassembled, carefully remove the components and line them up so that you can inspect them.
TOP TIP: Wear a grounding strap on your wrist to avoid causing electrostatic charge damage to electrical components.
Here are the parts that you can typically sell:
- The power supply
- Battery packs
- Optical drive
- HDD and SDD
- CMOS battery
How much are components worth?
How much components are worth depends on a range of factors, such as the model of the device that the components belong to, and their condition. For the sake of simplicity, here’s a general idea of what you might earn for each part, assuming they belong to a Macbook Pro 2013 and are in mint condition:
- The power supply: Between approximately £20 and £40.
- Displays: Between approximately £50 and £100.
- CPU: Between approximately £20 and £30.
- Battery packs: Between approximately £45 and £60.
- RAM: Between approximately £20 and £30.
- Optical drive: Between approximately £5 and £20.
- HDD and SDD: Between approximately £5 and £15.
- CMOS battery: Between approximately £20 and £50.
As you can see from these rough figures that have been gathered from various Ebay listings, laptops sold in individual parts can get you a decent amount of money. Considering you can buy an entire MacBook Pro 2013 for about £250, and the individual components listed are worth up to £345, you could get an extra £95 for your laptop.
If you’re interested in finding out how much your device is worth, or if you’re interested in receiving a competitive offer for the full device or its components, reach out to us today.
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