Whether you use it for work or for play, a MacBook Pro is an investment. These are high-quality computers that are capable of creating and processing many different tasks at once. A MacBook Pro has a high price tag when you first purchase it and for many of us, the upfront cost is well worth it.
At some point after you have your MacBook Pro for a while, you might want to make an upgrade, trade it in, or sell it outright to someone else. While your computer might not be worth as much as you paid for it brand new, these laptops do hold value and can be sold or traded in for a decent amount.
But, how much is your MacBook Pro actually worth? Let’s take a look.
MacBook Pro Worth – Factors to Consider
If you are trying to figure out how much your MacBook Pro is worth, there are several different factors that come into play. Also, there are basically two different ways to go about selling or trading your computer – through Apple’s Buyback Program and through a private party. Apple’s system makes it easy to trade in your current computer to upgrade or get a new device. A private party is most likely to get you the highest dollar amount.
The physical condition of your MacBook Pro is one of the biggest factors in its overall value whether that means a trade-in or a deal with a private party. If your computer is scratched, dented, beat up or has any missing keys or a cracked screen, it is going to be worth less money. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything but, similar to a car or other used machine, if it’s a beater, it will be worth less.
If your MacBook Pro is in great condition and you’ve kept good care of it over the time you’ve owned it, it’s going to be worth more to trade in or sell. If you sell a good condition computer to a private party, you might be able to get close to what you originally paid but if you trade it in, it’s not quite going to pull in the same amount.
MacBook Pro Trade-In Value
To find out how much your MacBook Pro is worth at trade-in, you will first want to check Apple’s Buyback Program. The main menu on this webpage will look like this:
Once on this menu, click the Mac heading and a list of computers will come up. Click MacBook Pro and go on to the next screen to get started on the process of figuring how much your computer is worth.
Apple will ask you a few questions to determine the value. The first thing you’ll need to do is find the serial number of your MacBook Pro. This number is located in either the Apple menu in the About This Mac button or engraved on the outside (usually bottom) of the computer itself. Enter this number and you’ll move on to the next questions.
The program will ask you things such as:
- Does the computer turn on and the operating system load?
- Is the enclosure free from signs of warping and damage?
- Is you Mac in good physical shape?
- Will your power adapter be included in the trade-in?
Answer all of these questions to the best of your ability to get a quote for the trade-in value. Once this total is generated, you can either use that value towards the purchase of a new computer or other device or get an Apple gift card for that amount.
MacBook Pro Private Party Value
If you don’t want to trade in your MacBook Pro and are instead thinking of selling the computer directly to a private party, the process for finding out how much your computer is worth is a little different. You can usually sell your computer for more money than with Apple’s buyback program but keep in mind, you will need to take care of the entire process yourself including maybe shipping or meeting the potential buyer in person to make the sale.
First things first, you will need to know what model MacBook Pro you have and some other key features of the computer. Again, you’ll need to locate the serial number for the computer first. You can then run a search through Apple with that serial number and it will give you the exact year and model of the MacBook Pro. This is how you can describe the computer to potential buyers.
You next will want to figure out the key features of your computer including the information pertaining to the model, which processor it has, how much memory is on the machine, the graphics card, what operating system it is running, and how much storage it has. This information will allow buyers to search for the computer you have and let them know exactly what is for sale.
For the exact price, that is up to you. You could start high and negotiate down or run a search of similar used MacBook Pros and see what they are selling for used on sites like eBay or Craigslist in your area.
Your MacBook Pro can be worth anywhere from next to nothing to a few thousand dollars depending on the condition and model of the computer. Apple’s trade-in program is an easy way to find out how much your MacBook Pro is worth but attempting to sell you used Mac to a private party is the best way to get the most money for it, overall.
Follow the steps above if you want to trade in your MacBook Pro or give the open market a shot if you think you can get some more cash. Either way, if your MacBook Pro is in good condition, you should be able to sell it.
How much do you think your MacBook Pro is worth?