Trading a desktop for a laptop
May 21, 2013 7:29 AM   Subscribe

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters)

I don't know if I'm looking for a business who will buy the thing from me and give me credit, or a forum where people trade electronics, or simply a way to sell it and get the maximum amount back for it, or what. All I know is, I have a $1200 computer that I hate using, and I don't want to spend more than a couple hundred dollars more on another computer so soon after buying this one.

(I feel like an idiot for buying it in the first place- I just thought desktops were more "grown-up" somehow. But I had gotten used to the convenience of a laptop, and now I hate having to sit at my desk to use the computer.)
posted by showbiz_liz to Technology (5 answers total)
Your best bet is to go to Tekserve for trade-ins.
posted by Yellow at 7:38 AM on May 21, 2013

Your best bet is to go to Craigslist and sell the desktop and use the money towards a laptop. One man's burden is another man's gain.
posted by Kruger5 at 7:40 AM on May 21, 2013

Powermax is does Mac trade-ins. I haven't used them, but I was thinking about trading in my iPhone there, and saw that they had decent reviews. I ended up trading in at Amazon for slightly less money, but more flexibility; I didn't have any other Mac purchases I wanted to make right away. I know I could have gotten more money from a Craigslist sale, but at the cost of my time and energy. It's worth seeing what kind of quote they give you, anyway.
posted by Kriesa at 8:12 AM on May 21, 2013

You'll get the most money from Craigslist. Take lots of pictures and be very upfront about how great it is and why you're selling.
posted by oceanjesse at 8:47 AM on May 21, 2013

Did the same as you. I had a 27" iMac i7 refurb, sold it on craigslist for $1200 cash to a guy.

Met at a coffee shop near my house, and changed the Applecare to his name.

edit: And yes, I was "that guy" at the coffee shop plugging in the gigantic iMac into the wall outlet for about a half-hour :)
posted by wcfields at 3:05 PM on May 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

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