Recycling Your Old Mac

If you have an old Mac or other Apple product that has been replaced by a newer model, you may want to get some money from it by reselling it. You could use Craigslist or eBay to sell old equipment, or look for a local shop. You can also get paid to recycle your Mac from sites like Gazelle.com, Amazon.com or even Apple itself.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Recycling Your Old Mac”

    andy
    5 years ago

    Had no idea about Amazon or Best Buy so this was helpful. But how does someone clean/clear the hard drive before sending it in?

      5 years ago

      That’s a whole other topic. And it depends on which Mac you have. Older Macs have a very different process than newer ones. Old ones involved booting with the system DVD, erasing he drive and re-installing the system. Newer ones involve booting to the recovery partition and then doing the same.

        Patricia Farrell
        5 years ago

        So, if I have an old MacBook Pro with Lion on it, I can use the little USB they supplied to erase and re-install it? I think there may be other steps that would protect my data from prying eyes. Am researching it. The Mac is great and has a built-in DVD drive, new battery.

          5 years ago

          I don’t have one of those, but I assume it works the same as the DVD or recovery partition. In that case, you erase with the Disk Utility app, which has options on that screen for overwriting the bits on the disk for security.

    Randy Miller
    5 years ago

    I would agree with the above comment. A nice follow-up would be how to clean you iPhone / iPad / Mac to prepare it for recycling.

    Phil Hjemboe
    5 years ago

    Do the machines have to be in working condition to be accepted by these stores? I have a couple older Mac laptops w/o hard drives and don’t otherwise work, either.

      Phil Hjemboe
      5 years ago

      OK – should’ve watched the video first!

        5 years ago

        Obviously to sell it to someone it would probably have to be in working condition. But someone may buy something cheap just for parts. Just be sure to be honest when describing it. For very old machines, it doesn’t matter as when you go to recycle them as they will just be taken apart anyway.

    Philip Lewis
    5 years ago

    Gary. Thanks for all the help. I think it may be helpful here for people to know about the necessity to secure wipe hard drives and how to of this if they are disposing of old equipment.

    Ignacio
    5 years ago

    Will be helpful to talk how delete de hardrive before recycle

    Jeff Widen
    5 years ago

    At our local Mall in Portland, Oregon there was a small kiosk which paid cash for older iPhones (and I think androids). Gave a fair, competitive price for a iPhone 5 in excellent condition.

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