Computers don’t last forever. Eventually they break down. This is usually due to hardware failure. At that point, even trying to reinstall the operating system won’t be of much help. According to experts, you can only expect a personal computer to last three to five years.
After making such a large investment in a computer, you may feel ripped off after those three to five years. Thankfully, there are ways you can recoup some of that investment. Below are a few strategies for making money from your old computer.
Sell Your Computer’s Parts
Typically, it’s only one component of a computer that fails. Most often, this is the hard disc. However, just because the hard disk is broken does not mean every other part of that machine is worthless. For example, if you installed extra RAM into your computer at some point, you can simply retrieve that memory from the memory slots inside your computer and resell it used. Chances are it will still work fine with another machine.
Sell It Used Out Right
You can, of course, simply sell the entire machine. There are many places to do this. Look for a website that will let you sell electrical equipment. Auction websites are a great choice. However, don’t be deceptive about the fact that the computer has issues. While you’ll have to sell it for less, you’ll likely be forced to take the machine back if you don’t detail what’s wrong with it to potential buyers.
Trade It In
Many computer stores and manufacturers have trade in programs. These allow you to trade in your old computer in exchange for a discount on a newer model much like how you can trade in a used car when buying a new one from car dealership. The trade in value probably depends on the model and age of your computer. Overall, this is one way to recoup some value out of the machine.
Cannibalize Your Computer for Parts
Another choice is to cannibalize your computer for parts. You could, for example, use the case and the fan system to build another computer. This can help save a lot of money since buying each component new can add up quickly.
Overall, personal computers don’t last forever. In most cases, you’ll only have one for three to five years. Thankfully, if you use one of the strategies outlined above, you won’t lose the entire investment when it comes time to replace your old computer.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.