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How to Sell a Used HP Laptop Online

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HP laptops strike the perfect balance of quality and affordability. But the brand releases new models so often you might be tempted to upgrade. So, what to do with your older, still perfectly working HP? Before looking up the nearest recycling center, check your laptop’s specs and year make. If it is less than six years old, you could probably still sell it and recover some cash from it. 

So, how do you sell an unwanted, used HP notebook online?

Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp


The seller gets to name the price.

Likely to get a higher payout compared to other options.


Time-consuming overall.

It may take a while to sell a specific HP laptop model.

Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp are nearly identical, and both are great options for reselling preowned electronics, laptops included. However, the Marketplace might be a little more convenient as you are most likely already using Facebook. 

Regardless of your chosen app, you must provide an honest and accurate description of the HP laptop you are selling and take plenty of well-detailed photos. Also, be prepared to answer tech-related questions about the processor, video card, RAM and storage size, etc. 

Selling on OfferUp or Facebook Marketplace can be a time-consuming endeavor. You will have to answer countless messages and fend off lowball or questionable offers. And make time to meet up with prospective buyers. Also, be prepared for the possibility of your buyer changing their mind and wanting to return the HP computer to you. What’s even worse, they might return it broken. But if all goes well, you will have cash in hand and no more old HP laptops to worry about. 

Online Buyback Platforms


Quick turnaround.

Variety of instant payout options.


The offer will be slightly less than on a marketplace. 

It is incredibly easy to sell a used hp laptop online via an electronics buyback site. Simply google “sell used laptop,” and you will find plenty of those. But before you proceed, it would be wise to do the following:

  • Compare offers from a few different websites.
  • Check the company’s reputation (BBB rating, number of years in business, online reviews).
  • Inquire about your payout options.

A buyback site allows you to calculate an instant offer, send the laptop in (for free, in most cases), and get paid via your preferred payment method. Many offer electronic payouts like PayPal or Venmo. In most instances, the turnaround time is much quicker than when using a marketplace. Online buyback is perfect for those who want to get rid of their used HP laptop quickly.  

Best Buy Trade-in


Convenient, the program has both in-store and mail-in options.


No cash, store credit only.

Lowest offers.

If you live in a large city, Best Buy is nearby. You can grab your HP notebook and bring it in for an appraisal. Or you can use Best Buy Trade-in online and send the laptop in. The key difference between a store trade-in and other buyback sites is that Best Buy does not pay cash. Instead, they will offer you a store credit. Another thing to remember is that Best Buy does not accept non-working or damaged electronics. So, while you can still recover a few dollars for your broken HP with companies like Gadget Salvation, Itsworthmore, and others, Best Buy will instead recycle your defective laptop.

Prepare Your Used HP Laptop for Sale

Before bidding farewell to your older HP computer, make sure to do the following:

  • Perform a factory reset to erase your data and settings.
  • Clean the laptop, and remove stickers or other customization, if possible.
  • Take down the Serial number.
  • Optional: Find an original receipt. Some places/buyers may ask for proof of purchase, so prepare to show you are a legal owner of the device.

Bottom Line

Since the invention of the internet, it has become pretty easy to buy and sell used stuff online. So if you have a used unwanted HP laptop sitting around collecting dust, why not sell it online for a few dollars? OfferUp, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Gadget Salvation, and many more sites help you with that. Besides, you will be doing a solid for the environment and your wallet. Win-win!


Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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