How to Sell Used Software


Even after using your software, you can sell it. The value of software tends to go down quickly after its use, newer versions making it obsolete. Still, if you know how to appeal to bargain hunters, you can sell your software at a decent rate online. There are several services to choose from, ranging from local exchanges to international trading. The best deals usually happen on sites that allow you to set the selling price, though on sites like that, there's a chance you might not sell the item at all.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection


  • Go to RetroSoftware's website if you want to sell your software quickly, though the price will often be well beneath the value you could get on other sites.

  • Click the "Sell Old Software" tab at the top of their site.

  • Check to ensure that your software meets their requirements. They have a chart at the top of this page listing what programs they'll accept and in what condition. Some will not be purchased once used, though most programs will.

  • Enter your software's information into their form and click "Submit." They'll get back to you with a quote, telling you how much they're willing to purchase your software for. If you agree to their offer, they'll send you payment in exchange for you shipping the discs to them.


  • Go to Craigslist if you are intent on setting your own price for the sale of your software. Although you have greater freedom with Craigslist, there's also a chance you won't sell your software at all.

  • Click the "post to classifieds" link, and then select "for sale." On the following page, select "video gaming" if you're selling computer games, and select "computers & tech" for all other forms of software.

  • Type your software's title into the "Posting title" field, and then put a price in the "Price" field. Often, people will try to haggle you down from your posted price, so you might want to list a price slightly higher than what you intend to sell at.

  • Describe your software in the software field. Important information includes the condition of the software, supplementary materials, such as packaging, and program features.

  • Click "Continue" and then agree to the license agreement. You'll receive an email from Craigslist. Open the email and follow the link provided. Click "Post" to post your ad. Later, once you've sold the software, you can remove the posting by returning to the link and choosing "Delete."


  • Go to eBay if you believe the value of the item is high enough to get the interest of bidders. Desirable items often result in bidding wars, increasing the sell price of an item beyond what you'd get on other sites. However, there's also a risk that the item will sell low or not at all.

  • Log in to eBay. If you don't already have an account, you can create one by clicking the "Register" link. You'll also want to create an account with PayPal so you can receive payment. This step will involve entering your financial information.

  • Click on the "Sell" tab and then the "Start Selling" button.

  • Select your item's category, title your posting with the name of your product and then describe your product. Enter a starting price. Lower starting prices are more likely to get bids, which can result in a desirable bidding war. However, if only a few bidders bid on your item, it might sell for less than you intended.

  • Submit your item for auction. Once it's online, you cannot take it down, so make sure you want to sell via eBay before you commit.

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