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Here is a step by step guide to selling your laptop online:
1. Rejuvenate Your Laptop
Make sure you clean your laptop thoroughly before taking pictures. Use a wet wipe and further moisten it with soap to clean your keyboard, laptop surface as well as the display screen thoroughly.
Once you are done cleaning the outside, reinstall the operating system whether it is MacOS operating system on a MacBook, or a Windows operating system on a Notebook. Load the software that the British use most often including Microsoft Office and Skype. It is highly probable that your customers will need these software programs.
2. Go to Alexa Web Analytics
The Alexa web analytic company strives to provide the top websites in the UK, and you can research which UK classified sites receive the most traffic. EBay UK is the top merchandise trading site in the UK and it is ranked at number six, right behind sites such as Google, YouTube and BBC.
3. Open Account at Classified Sites
After you have identified the three classified sites you want to advertise on, open your account on each of those sites. For example, if you already have an account on eBay simply go ahead and prepare to advertise your laptop.
If you do not have a pre-existing account, you can open a fresh account in less than 15 minutes by registering yourself with a new username, password and some personal information. Once you have your account, simply fill out all the details of your laptops for sale and make sure you take a few pretty pictures of your laptop and all its accessories and upload them to tag with your classified.
You will also need a payment account which you can share with your potential buyer. This will enable them to transfer their funds in British Pounds or Euros depending upon your preferences, before you ship them your laptop.
5. Attractive Advertising and Sale Price
If you are asking for above market value for your laptop, it will be very difficult to sell. To sell your laptop at the maximum desirable price, make sure the pictures you have loaded are high quality and accurately depict the current state of your laptop.
Make sure you provide detailed specifications information, including display screen size, hard drive capacity, RAM, processor type and speed, cache memory, a list of all the inlets and outlets and all the software and accessories that accompany your laptop. Ask for a fair price. Typically a well-kept laptop after four years of use should fetch 20 percent of the original price listed. A newer laptop less than an year old may fetch up to 50 percent of the original price.
Do not haggle over a few pounds. Close the sale quickly as you have to tend to your other affairs.