How to Tell How Much Your Used Laptop Is Worth?

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The value of any used computer, including a laptop is very speculative. Your laptop is worth to you all that it can do for you, but if you want to know what you can sell it for or how much it would cost to replace your laptop with a similarly used laptop, you'll have to find out what the market price is at any given time. The free market determines values for most used items, so you will not get an exact amount, but a range of prices you can expect to pay or to have someone else pay for your laptop.

  • Find the original price you paid for your laptop. The older your laptop, the less it will be worth, but laptops hold their value more than desktops. If your laptop is less than a year old, it will be close the value of a new laptop, but with slight depreciation.

  • Search the newspaper, bulletin boards and online auction websites to find out what used laptops that are similar to yours are being sold for.

  • Sell your laptop based on the price you paid for it and the amount at which similar laptops are selling. If another laptop that is similar to yours is selling for a fixed amount, but your laptop has better hardware, try selling it for more. Include the original price in your sale listing. Your laptop is only worth the most someone else is willing to pay for it.

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