Recycling Your Old Mac (#1079)

Recycling Your Old Mac (#1079)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On today’s
episode let’s talk about recycling your old Mac or other Apple equipment. So whether you are trying to get rid of an
old Mac, or iPad, or any Apple product one of the first place you can consider is simply
going to Craig’s List to sell it to somebody locally. This might be the best chance you’ve
got for getting the device into the hands of somebody that will actually use it. But, of course, a lot of people are uncomfortable
using Craig’s List. I like it because you don’t have to ship anything. You don’t have
to package stuff up like that. But then it also can be a little risky and sometimes hard
if you haven’t used Craig’s List to go and use it for the first time to sell a computer.
But a lot of people are familiar with it and it is a decent way to get rid of an old Mac. Now if you are looking for getting top dollar
on selling your old equipment then probably eBay is the best bet because people will be
bidding on it. So there will be competition for the product. At the very least you should
search eBay before you go to Craig’s List to see what prices your products are going
for. You probably won’t make as much off of Craig’s List because of the limited market
that is just local to you but it gives you a good idea and of course it is a little bit
safer because eBay is going to handle the money for you and there is ratings and things
like that. So eBay is probably your best best if you
want to get every penny out of your old equipment or maybe sell an even older piece that you
can’t even recycle or can’t seem to get anybody to buy on Craig’s List. Somebody might pay
you a few bucks for it on eBay. Now if you want less hassle you may just want
to go to an electronics recycler. For instance you can go to a company like Gazelle which
I have talked about before. They will walk you through it on their website and give you
a price for what it is you are going to send in and then you can send it off to them. You
are just dealing with a company rather than having to deal with an individual. You certainly
won’t make as much money and older products, much older products, you won’t get anything
for. But it is a lot less hassle. You can also go directly to Apple. They have
a recycling program. You go to Apple.com/recycling. You can go and fill out their information
here. So let’s get started here with a Mac, for instance. You are going to get an Apple
Store gift card for your old device. The advantage of getting something like a gift card, as
opposed to cash from another company, is you may get a little bit more because there is
incentive from the company to keep your money there and have you buy a new product. If you
are buying a new Mac anyway or a new iPad or some other device you might as well get
it in a form that you can very quickly use and turnaround. So you can go through their program here and
enter in all the information about your Mac and the condition and things like that and
it will give you a price. You don’t just have to stick with Apple for
it. For instance you can go to Amazon’s trade-in program. You search for their trade-in program.
They have this site here and you can select what it is you are trading in. You basically
find a matching product or you have to enter in all of your data. So you can go and do
just about any Apple product, any recent one anyway, will be in their trade-in program
and then you can trade it in and get an Amazon gift card. If you spend a lot of money at
Amazon then it is pretty much the same as cash but you are going to get a little more
than cash again, just like the Apple program. Now if you have a really old Mac product you
might find that nobody will give you any money for it. It just doesn’t have any resale value.
You can go to a lot of local stores. For instance Staples if you go to their website, they will
accept computers and monitors and things like that for free recycling in their stores. I
have also had a lot of luck with Best Buy, as well, to be able to walk in and go to their
customer service desk and drop off old machines and equipment there. A lot less hassle than
having to ship if off somewhere. If you go to an official, real recycling place, a lot
of times they are going to charge you just a little bit, $5 or $10, to recycle a computer
or a monitor. Those aren’t the only options. There are other
recycling sites. There are other shops both online and locally that will take your old
Mac. I’d love to hear from you about how you’ve
recycled or resold your old Apple equipment. Leave a comment at this post at MacMost.com.

Dereck Turner

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