Before I sell my iMac there are a few things I need to do to properly prepare it for sale. First, I should back up all music, pictures, files, and other data I want to keep to an external hard drive or to the iCloud. Once my backup is finished, it is easy to transfer everything I kept to another device or MacBook computer.
The next step is to perform a complete factory reset on my iMac. Apple® offers several useful FAQs and step-by-step instructions on how to complete this process for free online. The reason I want to do this is to remove all of my personal information from the computer, as well as all of my data. After the restore is finalized, the iMac will be exactly how it was when I first turned it on.
Following the factory restore of my iMac, it is worthwhile to clean the computer if I plan on selling to an end user. I need to make sure to unplug it from the electrical supply, and then press and hold the power button to discharge any residual power before cleaning it. There are specific cleaning products designed for electronics for cleaning the screen, keyboard, and case. Now I am ready to take pictures of every angle of the computer, because I will need these to post in an online auction.
If I do not want to invest the time and effort to sell my iMac through an online auction or other selling site, the fastest and easiest way to turn it into cash quickly is by obtaining a free quote from TurnTronics. If I like their offer, I just email them two or three pictures of my computer, and they send me a prepaid shipping label. Normally, within 3 days of receiving my Mac, payment is issued either to my PayPal account, or a check is sent to my home.