Selling my 2015 Macbook Pro 15″

My pristine Mid-2015 Macbook Pro 15″ getting ready for sale

A few weeks ago I came to the realization that my Macbook Pro had been collecting dust for almost a year. I’m a Microsoft developer by trade and my Macbook just sat unused. I originally purchased the device in the summer of 2015 and it served me well through graduate school. Now that it was not being used, I decided on a three-pronged approach designed to sell the device as quickly as possible:

Before we get into the individual services lets talk about how I valued my laptop. First, I used Apple’s Device trade-in tool to determine a rough fair-market value on the machine. My result was $725.00 of Apple Store credit. Next, I reviewed listings within a 100-mile radius from me. It is important to do a little bit of market research in your area to determine what the market will bear. In my case, I saw a few much newer models selling for near market prices, one “new-in-box” latest model for under $600.00 (SCAM/STOLEN most likely), and several models a few years older than mine selling around the $400.00 price mark. I ended up deciding on $800.00 list price due to the market conditions in my area. I was not willing to ship the laptop to make up for market inefficiencies, simply too much risk.

I am also experimenting with the idea of starting a YouTube channel and needed some video equipment. I had my eye on the DJI Osmo Pocket 4k but the price was a little rich for a “maybe I’ll make more than one video hobby” type expense. Regardless I wrote in my post that I’d consider a partial trade for the camera plus some cash for my laptop. So let’s talk about the types of responses I got from the three marketplaces:

Letgo – Nothing, zero, zilch, nada. Not a single response. Apparently, this is not a popular service in my area.

Craigslist – 9 emails, five never responded to my answer. Four tried to get me to ship the laptop (a no-go for me)

Facebook Marketplace – 3 conversations. Zero scam attempts, one deal made.

Next time I have something to sell I most certainly will not waste my time on Craigslist (Sorry Craig…) or Letgo. I ended up having a super smooth sale to the laptops next owner. I took $600.00 cash and a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 which has turned out to be great so far! Stay tuned for my first attempts at video production.

Have you had a different experience on any of these online marketplaces? Did I miss your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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