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How to prepare your Mac for sale

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 4:18 PM EDT

People sell their computers all the time. Unfortunately for the buyers, this is often done improperly, leaving the buyer with a junk computer that isn’t working properly… sometimes even containing malware! For the seller, such improper preparation is a danger as well, as the buyer may be able to access sensitive data left unknowingly on the machine. Proper security is important to both parties. (As the seller, you may not be terribly concerned about the buyer’s feelings, but keep in mind that the price you get when selling on sites like eBay can depend on how satisfied previous buyers were with you as a seller.) With just a little work, you can clean the machine up, preventing all of these issues, prior to sale.
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