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Sell a Desktop Online w/ These 15 Options

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Have a desktop computer you want to sell?

If so, there are a lot of options you can choose from, some of which will offer you an instant quote.  All of these sites are simply straight-forward, wherein you will either let the company know what you have or you will list it yourself. It’s not hard at all.

As in all of my reviews, I only mention the companies that are 100% legit.

How to Sell a Desktop PC Online

Facebook Marketplace

Probably the most obvious, but I think you will have the most luck with this one.

As long as you have a Facebook account, you can list your desktop PC, or anything for that matter, on the Facebook Marketplace.  Take some pictures, post a price and then wait for another Facebook user to contact you.

The nice thing about this option is that you’re tapping into the powerful Facebook audience and there are no fees.  Worst case, if nobody contacts you, you can always take it down.

Be sure to check out my in-depth guide I wrote in the past where I talked about how the Facebook Marketplace works in detail.


This is probably one of my favorite options as you can get rid of a well-priced desktop PC by the end of the day if you’re willing to meet the buyer in person.  You can also ship it to someone if the buyer chooses that option as well.

With OfferUp, you can sell anything, as long as it’s legal, of course.

Just start taking pictures, upload your listing and then wait for someone to contact you.  Once it sells, your fee is either $1.99 or 12.9% of the sale price, whichever is greater.


Swappa makes it extremely easy to sell your desktop PC.  All you need to do is find your product and then create a listing as long as it matches up to what you want to sell.  When your item sells on the platform, then you will be paid instantly via PayPal.

You are responsible for the shipping, similar to that of eBay, and you must have a PayPal account.  Other than that, it’s extremely easy.

Sellers will pay 3% of the ask price and your desktop PC must work in order to sell it on the platform.


Nextdoor was created as a social media website of sorts to connect neighbors nearby.  While neighbors can discuss the on-goings of the neighborhood, they also have a marketplace that seems to be quite popular.

Like Facebook and OfferUp, you can take some pictures, write a description and then wait for a Nextdoor user to contact you.  In some areas, Nextdoor is very popular, but in others, not so much.

It is free to post, so it’s worth a shot if you already have an account.  If you don’t, it’s quite easy to start one up.


eBay, of course, doesn’t need much of an introduction, right?

If you’re going to sell almost anything, you will want to keep eBay high on the list.  It has a ton of traffic, and best of all, listing your item is free.  However, when the item sells, you will pay a small fee, usually around 10%.

This is the best route to take if you don’t want to meet up with people and you don’t mind shipping.  Just compare recently sold items and try to clone the highest sold options.  This works for me and I’m sure it can work for you.


PCLiquidations has been in business for more than 30 years, paying out more than $30 million for used electronics.

To get started with the process, they ask that you send a list of the used electronics you want to sell and they will then respond with a bid.  If you agree to it, you will ship your desktop with a prepaid label and wait for it to arrive.

If your products are up to par, you will receive a payment by check or PayPal, whichever option you choose.


SellGPU is said to be the #1 platform to sell your used computer components.  This is a decent alternative if you only want to sell certain parts of it, such as the RAM, SSD, etc.

All you need to do is provide the information and the company, much like the many noted here, will give you an instant quote.  Send your items with the company-provided trade-in box and wait for them to accept your parts.

Even if you don’t know how to “part” your computer, it’s much easier than it seems.  In some cases, it may be better to simply sell off your SSD, RAM, etc, as it’s much cheaper to ship out than the entire computer itself.

Can It Cash

Can It Cash is another website I found that will offer you a cash offer for your desktop, as long as you know exactly which model you have.

Get an instant quote, ship it off for free if you like the quote and then wait.

This website makes the process very easy, and it’s worth at least checking out.  If you’re going to use this type of site, make sure you get as many quotes as possible to maximize your sale.

Best Buy Trade In Program

Best Buy has a trade-in program, wherein they will give you credit toward a future Best Buy purchase.

The retailer accepts a variety of electronics, from MacBooks to even PCs.  To see if they are interested in your product, you can search for it on their website to see if they are willing to offer you a quote.  They won’t accept everything, however.

You can either trade your item in at a local participating Best Buy retailer or you can do so online.  The link below will take you to the official FAQ.

Apple Trade In

If you have an Apple product, then Apple may be able to give you a credit toward a future purchase.  Generally, from what I see here, your desktop, a Mac, in this case, shouldn’t be more than a few years old.

To see what Apple will be willing to give you credit wise, you can follow the link below and then let them know.  If you’re happy with the quote, then you can trade it in at a local Apple Store or you can ship it to them using a prepaid trade-in kit.


Gazelle will offer you an instant quote as long as you have a MacBook, not a PC.

If you want a quote, just let them know what you have on their website and see what they are willing to give you.  It’s all instant and you don’t have to converse with anyone.

If you’re happy with the quote, you can ship it off and then get paid, either via PayPal, Amazon gift cards or a physical check.  Offers are good for 30 days and Gazelle will pay you once the item is inspected.


BuyBackWorld will offer you an instant quote for your desktop PC, but it appears they are willing to only accept Macbooks and Apple Desktops.  As long as you have an Apple product, it can be considered.

I have compared this particular company before and found them to offer lower-than-average quotes, but it shouldn’t stop you from at least getting a quote, as it’s free to do so.

Again, like the many mentioned here, if you’re interested, you can pack up your item and ship it to their location using a prepaid shipping label.

SellBroke is cool in that they will buy your desktop, even if it’s broken.  It can make for a fantastic option if you want cash now and you don’t want to sell it on your own.

To get started, let the company know what you want and see what they can give you.  Just be honest in your description so that it’s not rejected when you send it in.

Once they receive your item, you can get paid within 24 hours.  You can learn more about how the process works via the link below.

Pawn Shop

As a last resort, if you don’t want to use any of the options mentioned and you simply want to sell your desktop PC for cash right away, then you may want to check out a pawn shop near you.

No matter where you live, there should be at least one or two pawn shops willing to give you cash on the spot.  Granted, it won’t be much, but if you’re desperate for the cash, it’s something to consider.  Generally, what they will do is look up the exact computer on eBay and then offer you half of that.  Remember, they have to make a profit, too.

I often don’t recommend pawn shops, simply because you will do much better on your own, but as in all of my guides, I like to include as much as possible to allow you to explore your options.

Final Thoughts

When selling anything, including a desktop PC, you’re much better off selling on your own.  This means using OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, etc.  As long as you don’t mind meeting someone in person, you shouldn’t have a problem selling a good PC in less than a day or so.  Just remember to price it aggressively to see it gone!  Even if you don’t want to meet up with someone, you can always use eBay to your advantage.  Just remember to factor in shipping as it can cost a lot to ship a computer due to the weight.

That’s going to wrap it up.

As in all of my posts, I try to include as many options as possible.  If I’m forgetting any or you want to add to my list, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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