Technology depreciates in value at a much faster rate than other purchaseable items. For this reason, people can end up disappointed when it’s time to sell an old iMac and they discover it’s worth less than a quarter of what they paid for it!
Unfortunately, that is the way it goes, as rapid technological progress means older technologies become rapidly obsolete. There are still various things you can do with your old iMac if you aren’t inclined to sell it, but you can also do a few things to increase its value if you do plan to sell.
Below, we explore some ideas of what to do with your old iMac.
It’s important to consider the age of your device before selling it, as this largely determines how much it will be worth, assuming it’s not damaged. It’s not as simple as ‘the newer the device, the more it’s worth’, because some of the oldest devices are actually extremely valuable collector’s items.
Some Apple Macintosh 128k devices are worth thousands of pounds – more than the newest models. So, if your device is seriously old, don’t go throwing it away just yet! Be sure to check that you don’t possess one of these high-value, retro models.
Other than these exceptions, though, it is basically correct to assume that the older the device, the less it’s worth. And condition is also a huge factor. If you bought your device recently, you may be able to recover close to the price you paid.
If not, here’s the question you should ask yourself: is your iMac’s sentimental value greater than its resale value?
Yes. In fact, even if your iMac is completely unusable, you can still sell it at places such as this. You might also be able to sell your iMac for parts, as some of the components may still work and could be repurposed.
You can also list the item on Ebay, inform people that the device doesn’t work properly, and then someone might buy it and break it down for parts. You can also look into Apple’s trade-in service, as they offer money for old iMacs.
Recycling your old device is a good idea for several reasons, but primarily because it helps protect the environment from the harmful materials housed within computers. Chemicals such as mercury are present in computers, and this chemical can be devastating to plants, animals and entire ecosystems if it isn’t properly disposed of.
Recycling also benefits the economy in terms of reducing the pressure on raw mineral miners – which also indirectly saves the environment. Recycled materials can be repurposed and used in the manufacture of new items.
The best part: you can still get paid for recycling your old iMac.
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