How much is my PC worth? This is one of the most popular queries in many laptop and PC forums online, and for years, it seems a satisfactory answer and a working formula hasn’t been deciphered.
This is mainly because, compared to either buying a new computer or building one from scratch in which cases the prices are available online, selling a used computer is a different ball game. The price you’d probably be looking to sell will heavily depend on a range of factors, like the age of the PC, what components it has, and how the hardware looks. The cleaner the hardware, the more you can request on your resale.
Many online used PC price calculators are completely useless, a prime example is an online calculator I found on The PC Broker website. I stated that I had a Core i7 3rdgeneration processor, an 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, a Wi-Fi USB adapter, and a 1GB dedicated graphics card, and this tool estimated that my PC will sell for $210, which is clearly useless as my PC will be worth a lot more than that.
We’d be sharing a formula that can work for checking how much your PC is worth, so you can calculate your used PC resale price yourself, and some options that you have available if you’re looking to get competitive resale pricing on your machine.
How Much Is My PC Worth? PC Price Calculator / Formula
- Original / First Purchase Price
- Model Brand popularity
- Tech Specs
- Working Condition
- Battery Condition
Original / First Purchase Price
These are some things to consider before putting your PC up for sale. You must consider how much you bought it new, as a rule of thumb your laptop loses around 20% off its purchase value if you want to resell, so consider that. If you bought it new, the 20% rule is mostly binding, but if you bought it from someone, the resale value doesn’t really require a deduction of the 20%.
Model and Brand popularity
You would probably get a lot more if you’re putting an Apple MacBook 2015 machine up for sale compared to a Dell or HP laptop from the same year and with the same tech specs, so the more popular the PC and model is, the higher your chances of demanding a lot more. This doesn’t add to the price or remove from it, but it puts you in a better negotiating position.
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This is one of the biggest factors. Generally, a 2GB RAM laptop and an 8GB RAM laptop are going to be priced very differently, not only because they have different purchase prices, but the demand is often different. If you are selling a Core i5 and i7 laptop right now, you have a high negotiating power, but when you’re reselling an Intel Celeron PC, you’ll probably need to remove somewhere between 8 and 10% OFF. Physical features like the color, USB ports, webcam, etc. all fall under tech specs to consider.
I’d like to add this, because, while it isn’t always a factor that needs consideration, it can put you in a really good place when doing negotiations. If you sense that your laptop or PC is no longer in production, and there seems to be a lot of demand for it, you are in a good place and can demand around 5% more. If the reverse is the case, you might need to slash OFF the same 5% or 10%.
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How is your machine’s performance? Are there underlying issues with your computer? This will heavily affect the resale value of your machine. Since the buyer will consider the fault and the cost of repairing the machine, you might need to even cut the resale price by around 20% more. If you can repair the PC before putting it on sale, prices can go up.
The weaker the battery, the lesser the prices go. The stronger the battery, the better your negotiating position. So you will have to consider the battery strength and quality before putting a price tag on the laptop/computer.
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If you got a laptop 6 months ago, with all of the top tech specs we can imagine, Core i7 3rdgeneration processor, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and 1GB dedicated graphics card, you will be able to demand a higher price than you would if you are putting a computer with the same specs but from 5 years ago on sale. For the former, your buyer gets to enjoy warranty coverage and they also get a relatively new computer, but that isn’t the case for a computer of 5 years. Even if they have the same specs, you would generally see around 20% price differences between the former and the latter.
The older your PC, the lesser it will generally cost. So for those asking, “How Much Is My PC Worth?” the answer remains that it depends on a range of factors, and you never can see a tool or online PC worth calculator that will accurately calculate what your PC should be sold for. We recommend doing an Amazon search of your PC name and model + Renew, and you will get an idea of how much Amazon is reselling it. You should be able to see how much Dell, HP, and many eBay sellers put their PCs up for resale and that will generally give an idea of what you can sell for.
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