You may be the proud owner of a desktop computer that still works just fine, but is getting old and slow. Or maybe you have an old laptop or tablet lying around that you don’t use anymore. Instead of letting it gather dust in your basement, why not turn it into cash? You can sell your used desktops and laptops online to ITAD companies—companies that refurbish, resell, and recycle electronics (ITAD stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition). Here’s how:
Step 1: Clean up your computer
The first step to getting rid of your old computer is to clean it up. If you’ve had the same desktop for years, chances are that it has accumulated a lot of unnecessary files and software, as well as hardware that can no longer be used.
- Remove any unused hardware: Uninstall any devices attached to the computer that aren’t being used anymore (e.g., printers). This will make booting up faster because there will be less stuff running in the background while Windows starts up. It also frees up space on your hard drive, so you can install new programs or store more data in the future if needed–which brings us back around full circle!
- Remove any old software: You might have programs installed for which there isn’t an updated version available anymore–but these could still have viruses/malware embedded within them (or even just take up space). So go through all applications one by one until everything looks good!
- Check for viruses/malware: Make sure all virus protection software is updated before selling off an old desktop; otherwise whoever buys it may end up with some nasty surprises later down their road together…
Step 2: Backup your files
Backing up your files is the most important step in this process. The reason is that you don’t want to lose your files, and if you do back them up, it’s easy enough for us to get them back onto a new computer.
The best way to backup your files is by using an external hard drive or cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox (if you’re not sure what these are, we’ll talk about them more later). If you aren’t sure, how often should I be backing up my computer? Well, that depends on how much stuff is there. If it’s just some documents and pictures then once every month should be fine, but if there are some videos or music then maybe once every week would be better!
Step 3: Remove unnecessary hardware
Now that the desktop is out of its use, it’s time to remove unnecessary hardware. This will help make your computer lighter and more portable.
You should remove:
- The hard drive (if you want)
- The memory modules (if you want)
- The power supply unit (PSU) or power brick, which is basically just a big battery that powers your PC when it’s turned off and not plugged into an outlet
- Any video cards, sound cards, modems, or network cards if they are still present in the computer case
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Step 4: Make a list of its features and components
The next step is to make a list of the computer’s features and components. This should include everything from the operating system to any special add-ons, like additional memory or a graphics card. You also want to note whether any parts of the machine are damaged and whether any parts are missing entirely.
If you’re selling a desktop PC built around an Intel Pentium 4 processor, for example, then it’s important that potential buyers understand that they won’t be able to upgrade this part later on because it won’t support newer chipsets (the hardware chipsets).
Step 5: Find the value of what you have by using one of the many online valuation tools
Next, you’ll want to find out how much your old computer is worth. There are many online valuation tools that can help with this process, and there are a few different ways to go about it:
- Use Craigslist or eBay to sell your product directly. You may be able to get more money than if you sold it through Gazelle because these sites have built-in search algorithms that allow buyers and sellers alike to find each other more easily. However, this method has its drawbacks: some people don’t like dealing with strangers over the Internet; others don’t have time or energy to sell their stuff in person; still others just don’t trust strangers enough!
- Use an aggregator site, which will give them access to thousands of potential buyers without having any interaction with them directly at all!
Sell your used desktops to a professional company
If you’re thinking of selling your old desktop and upgrading to a new one, then there are a few things you should consider. The first is backing up your files. If you don’t have any backups, this is the time to make them!
Secondly, find an ITAD (Information Technology Asset Disposition) company that buys used computers from individuals and businesses alike with different types of equipment such as desktops, laptops and servers–you can do this by searching online or asking around among friends who work in IT departments at companies nearby.
Thirdly, determine what it’s worth by checking sites like eBay or Craigslist for similar models being sold by others in your area–you may be surprised at how much money people are getting for their old machines!
Turn an old desktop into cash
ITAD stands for “information technology asset disposition.” It’s a term used to describe the process of selling old computers, servers, and other IT equipment. The idea is that these companies will refurbish your old gear and resell it at higher prices than you would get from an individual buyer.
There are several benefits to selling your desktop through an ITAD company:
- You’ll receive more money for your computer than if you tried selling it online or in person. This is because these businesses have large networks of buyers who are willing to pay top dollar for quality hardware like desktops.
- They can also help with logistics–they often provide free pick-up services so that all you need to do is load up the box and drop it off at their location (or even just leave it on their porch).
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start turning old desktops into cash! The best part about this process is that it’s easy and can be done by anyone. All it takes is some cleaning up, backing up your files, removing unnecessary hardware, and making a list of features/components before finding an ITAD company that will buy your used computers at a fair price. You’ll be surprised how quickly these steps will pay off financially: one computer might only be worth $50 but could earn enough money from reselling its parts such as RAM or hard drive space (which could go towards buying another computer). And remember: if all else fails, then just recycle those old PCs responsibly!