I'm getting pretty desperate here, hence this post. I'm trying to sell my laptop on eBay so I can buy an ultrabook. Here are my laptop's specs:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 320M - For i7-720QM and i7-820QM Processors
17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
Webcam + Fingerprint Reader
Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
HP Color Matching Keyboard
8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
I'm even offering a free copy of Office 2010 and a neoprene sleeve. However, I can't get anyone to buy this sucker even at $600 - MSRP 2 years ago was $1200. I've listed it like 4 times. I understand depreciation and all, but I figured that I could at least get $600. Does anyone have any tips on selling used laptops? Perhaps an alternate site exists that I'm not aware of. Or maybe I'm just pricing too high. Thanks in advance for any help.
I think the issue is that it is a 17" machine and most people see the specs and the weight of it and understand how much bigger it is. It weighs more and it's just not that great to carry around if you are a student.
I'm not bashing it -- as I like the full sized keyboard with the number pad, but in this economy, people seem to think that for a $600 price tag, they would get a desktop machine and not a heavy brick of a laptop to lug around. Just my thoughts.
For that price, they also expect a 17" laptop to be an entertainment type thing and have an optical drive that will at least play a bluray -- even if it won't burn one. Your specs do not show a bluray rom drive -- it is only capable of CD/DVD play and burn. I'd knock of about $100 if I was looking at your listing just for that alone.
A question I would have would be how long is your Ebay listing? If you are only going for a 2 or 3 day time period -- perhaps you should think about extending that to a 7 day or longer listing. Next -- what amount of shipping are you asking for on this machine? If you have that added on and it's over what most people would expect for USPS flat rate, that could be another reason nobody is biting.
Adding a copy of Office hasn't been that big of a hook for me -- as students can get it for $10 or so through their school. I know it is an expensive software for a lot of home users, but if they have a college student in the house or a family member who can get it cheap from their job, it's just not that big a deal.
Last edited by callpocket; 08-03-2012 at 10:41 PM..
I used to buy and sell used laptops. Used laptops depreciate more then used cars. Most people don't realize that. I never paid more then $100 for used and I finally stopped doing it when prices dropped so much that I couldn't make any money. My suggestion is post a newspaper ad and try to sell to a granny that doesn't know any better or deal with the fact that it's not worth what you want for it.
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I would drop office off the list along with $200, see if you can get some nibbles. You also have to consider that people who are in the i7 market probably have a little more disposable cash and are looking for new as opposed to used.
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I remember paying close to a grand a couple of years ago for a new laptop with decent specs for its time. The thing is you will be lucky if you get half of what you spent on it. You can try anandtech or hardforum to sell it but be warned unlike eBay, they are pretty savvy and will let you know if the price is too high.
the one thing u got going for that laptop is the video card with the 1600x900 display
it is still a tough economy out there but ur timing for the college back to school crowd should play in your favor. As others have said I would go the craigslist route or check for completed listings on ebay to see the street value.
I think 600 is a bit too high given that an i5 with the normal display/vid card can be had by dell for around $450 or so......
Depends heavily on the model - seems like it's an HP something, but what model exactly?
HP is generally not a high quality brand, so resale on them is not good.
Also, what about this free copy of Office 2010? Do you have a legitimate license key for it? If so, sell them seperately. Office may add ~$20 to the price of a laptop, but you can get about $100 for that licesnse by itself.
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