How to Sell a Laptop at a Pawn Shop

By Jack Gerard

There are a number of reasons that you might need to sell a laptop at a pawn shop, ranging from a sudden need for money to simply wanting an easy outlet to sell a laptop that you no longer use. If you aren't sure how to go about selling your laptop at a pawn shop, here are the basics of what you'll need to know.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's license or state-issued photo ID

Step 1

Start by consulting your phone directory in order to find out where the pawn shops in your area are located. Depending on how many pawn shops you find listed, you might want to consider checking with all of them that are in the directory or perhaps only certain ones. Write down the addresses of the pawn shops that you would live to check when trying to find the best place to sell your laptop.

Step 2

Boot up the laptop to make sure that all of your personal information has been removed. This can be done by manually removing it, rolling back your operating system to its original version, or formating the hard drive (and then either leaving it empty or reinstalling the operating system that came with the laptop.)

Step 3

Call or visit he first pawn shop on your list, asking for an estimate of how much they would be willing to pay for the laptop. Keep in mind that the actual amount paid will depend on the condition of the laptop, its age, and whether it has an operating system installed on it or not. Continue calling or visiting the rest of the pawn shops that you're considering, comparing the estimates that you receive in order to find the best price for your laptop.

Step 4

In order to make sure that the laptop isn't stolen, the pawn shop will most likely require you to give them basic information about yourself such as your name, address, and phone number; this is generally confirmed by checking it against your drivers license. This allows them an easy reference in case a similar laptop is reported as stolen to the police.

Step 5

Once the sales paperwork has been filled out, you've given them your information, and you've signed the sales slip, the pawn broker will pay you the agreed amount and put the laptop into storage for pricing so that they can resell it.