Tablets are quickly becoming one of the most popular gadgets around and for good reason, they’re highly portable, offer most of the apps of a mobile phone, and can often connect to both 3G and WiFi, meaning that they can be used anywhere. Because they also cost a great deal less than the average laptop, a great deal of people are now trading in their laptops for cash, and buying a tablet instead.
If you think this is something you want to do, we’ll talk about the process and get you on your way to a brand new tablet.
Is a Tablet Right for You?
The only real thing that you have to consider before making the swap is if you will be happy with a tablet. Consider going to a store, trying one out, and making sure that you know which operating systems do what. If you frequently play a lot of games on your PC, then you probably won’t be very happy with a tablet. On the other hand, if you just surf the web, shop, and go on your social networks, then a tablet may be easier to use. It’s almost always best to try a tablet out before you automatically make the switch.
It’s also important to try out different models and make sure you’ve found an operating system that you like. Operating systems like iOS, Android, and Windows 8 each offer completely different functions, so go for a test drive. Comparing laptops and tablets before making the decision is important if you want to be happy with the decision.
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Check Your Old Laptop
Once you’ve decided that you really do want to make the swap, your first step is to take a look at your old laptop.
Evaluate it thoroughly and check to make sure that it still has the original charging cable and battery, and that it’s in reasonably good condition. Check the hard drive, the RAM, and then charge it to make sure that it’s in good working condition. You should consider writing down the make, model, and if you know it, the specifications on the computer.
The better the condition of your laptop, the more you can get for it. However, the age and original price of the model also factor into the price. A 2004 Acer laptop is going to sell for considerably less than a 2013 Apple MacBook.
Keep in mind that certain brands do retail for a great deal more because there is a larger aftermarket demand for higher-end laptops than for budget ones.
Trade Your Laptop In
When you’re ready to sell your used laptop, all you have to do is offer it to a company, see what they offer, and if you like the price, send it in. Prices are based on the brand, original value market demand for the second-hand computer, and the condition of the computer.
An initial value offer will be given when you first submit the laptop and then your laptop will be inspected when it arrives, so make sure you list any issues honestly.
Any good company will offer you a free post envelope with tracking and insurance, so that you won’t have to worry about anything happening. Once you drop the laptop in the mail, all you have to do is wait for it to arrive.
Is it Worth It?
One of the first things you may notice about aftermarket buyers is that they offer considerably less for electronics than you paid for them. This is for two reasons.
The first is that they are taking the risk that this may not be a sellable product. If you don’t have a very major brand then there quite simply might not be enough demand for it in used condition, so they might not actually sell it.
The second is that they are handling any refurbishing, photographing, listing online, and selling, and then dealing with customers. Selling a computer for its actual Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) can take months, and this all cuts into profits.
If you have months to wait, then you can consider selling it yourself, but for the most part, the time and effort you put into making a sale on your own often costs as much or more than the difference in hours.
Most of the time you can trade in an old laptop for enough to pay for a considerable chunk of your new tablet, so once you get your money, all you have to do is go shopping. If you have a newer laptop, then it may even cover the entire tablet, depending on the brand and model you choose to buy.
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