Sell your old MacBook to us before buying new one

Salivating over Apple’s latest, greatest laptops? Sell your old MacBook to us first.


If your MacBook looks like this, it might be time to trade in and upgrade.
Photo illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Got your eye on one of Apple’s latest super-sexy MacBooks? Wipe the drool from your chin, and sell your old MacBook to us — even if it fell off a bridge.

You could go through the sketchy and time-consuming process of selling your computer on Craigslist, but good luck if it’s in less than mint condition. We’ve got a better way to make sure you get what you deserve for your old computer.

In most cases, Cult of Mac’s Apple gear buyback program offers more for used or broken devices than Gazelle, Walmart, Best Buy or even Apple itself.

Best prices on MacBook buyback

What kind of prices are we offering? We’ll pay you $400 cash for an outdated 17-inch MacBook Pro from 2011. Gazelle currently offers $370 for the same machine, and Apple will give you a $351.67 gift card. (Apple’s site doesn’t let us link to individual items, but you can check out Apple’s buyback prices here.)

Even if it’s not in perfect working order, your old MacBook may be worth a lot. A broken 2013 MacBook Air is worth $150 cash, even if the trackpad isn’t working, keys are missing or the screen is cracked.


By the way, we’ll also recycle your old electronics for free. Even if the computer is too old to be refurbished, it’s full of parts and materials that can be saved from the landfill. It’s also full of really, really toxic substances that need to be disposed of properly. If you’ve got a defunct Apple product gathering dust in a closet, you can turn it into cash and feel good that it’s not heading to an e-waste dump.

We are able to offer some of the best prices around because our overhead is so low. Cult of Mac has partnered with MyPhones Unlimited, a small, Arkansas-based startup that’s passionate about recycling old devices — and keeping them and their caustic components out of landfills.

MyPhones Unlimited isn’t aiming for big market share with lots of expensive advertising, like some of its competitors. Instead, MyPhones Unlimited focuses its resources on running a lean and efficient operation for dealing with electronic waste, the fastest-growing waste stream on the planet.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with MyPhones Unlimited — the company’s small crew of fixers and recyclers is trying to accomplish the same things we are: reducing waste and helping everybody get the most out of their electronics, even after they’re no longer of any use.

Sell your old MacBook to us

The process is simple and just takes a minute to get started. Simply find your device on Cult of Mac’s buyback page, submit your info, and we’ll send you the appropriate shipping box with a return label attached. Return the box with your device in it, and we’ll send a check. The whole thing usually takes about a week.

What are you waiting for? Get a quick quote from the Cult of Mac buyback page now, and see how much your old gear is worth.


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