How to Sell Broken Laptops

by Tiffany Garden

You don't need to throw away a laptop if it's broken beyond repair. You can sell the laptop parts to make some money back off the broken laptop. Repair shops, computer technicians and do-it-yourself users buy laptop parts to build or repair laptops. You won't get the cost of the laptop back, but if your laptop is a popular brand or has plenty of parts to sell you can put that toward the price of a new computer.


Disassemble your laptop and remove all the parts. Each laptop has a specific disassembly process, but generally you remove all the screws from the bottom of the case and pull the drives and cards out.


Remove the keyboard bevel with a flat-head screwdriver and pull the keyboard out of the laptop. Disconnect the cable connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. Remove the rest of the screws to get to the motherboard and remaining parts.


Remove the completely broken pieces from the pieces you wish to sell.


Make a list of each laptop part remaining. Common replacement parts you can sell include the display, hard drive, optical drive, removable graphics cards and network cards.


Take the parts to a local computer repair shop to see if the technicians are interested in keeping the parts on hand. Otherwise, make listings for the parts on a site such as Craigslist or eBay, or put a listing in your local newspaper.

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About the Author

Tiffany Garden has been a freelance writer since 2002, working in the commercial copywriting field. She has been published in a number of technical and gaming magazines, as well as on numerous websites. She also runs her own websites on a number of subjects, runs a handcrafted jewelry business and is a CompTIA A+ Certified computer technician.

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