My Experience Selling a Laptop to Gadget Salvation

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My Experience Selling a Laptop to Gadget Salvation

Gadget Salvation is an online recommerce platform that purchases pre-owned electronics from the population. I came across this site while looking for quick ways to sell my Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop. I had it posted on eBay already but somehow was not able to sell it. Only had to address multiple low-ball offers and cancel a sale.

So, I googled “how to sell a used Lenovo”, and Gadget Salvation came up, along with a bunch of other sites. After more googling and doing preliminary research, I’ve eventually settled on Gadget Salvation.

Here is how it all went down.

What Did I Find Out About Gadget Salvation?

 The first thing I noticed is that the company accepts a wide variety of gadgets, brands, and models, which was refreshing. Some other sites, I initially checked out, were only interested in certain types of tech, like smartphones. Others were only buying Apple devices. For example, I’ve heard about this site called Gazelle before, so naturally, I headed over to see if they would buy my laptop, but no dice: they only accepted iPhones, iPads, and Apple laptops.

But moving on, I narrowed my options down to three sites, and Gadget Salvationwas one of them. I will share more on what made me go with them below. Instead, here is what I’ve learned about the company.

Gadget Salvation was formed in 2008. Back then, laptop computers were quite expensive, and people used to hold on to them for longer periods of time, repairing and maintaining their gizmos. As a result, there was a high demand for laptop parts, but they were too expensive to order through the manufacturer. So, if your laptop is out of warranty, you are out of luck. That’s when Gadget Salvation came in. First, they started buying preowned laptops. As a result, computer owners got access to cheap OEM replacement parts. Gadget Salvation eventually expanded their purchasing database to include smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, PCs, and later, smartwatches.

Fast forward to 2021, Gadget Salvation bought and repurposed countless electronics and continues to do so today. They have collected plenty of glowing reviews over the years. And I’m not surprised: I can vouch they treat each order with care, attention, and professionalism.

Online Accolades

The company became Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited in August of 2011. This was a big plus for me, as I tend to check all businesses I’ve never heard of before on BBB. Currently, the site holds the highest A+ BBB rating. But I did not stop there. I also checked their reviews on Google, Facebook, Reseller Ratings, and Trustpilot. Gadget Salvation has a solid reputation online, and most sellers seem to have a great experience selling their stuff. Of course, there were a few unsatisfied customers, but I’d be more concerned if there weren’t any.

Plus, they were featured in several credible publications, like Lifehacker, over the years and were even talked about on the Racheal Ray TV show.

User-friendly modern site, paired with a competitive offer on my used laptop and solid online reviews–this is what eventually made me choose Gadget Salvation over the other two places I had picked initially.

Selling to Gadget Salvation: How it Works

First, I have to say, their website is beautifully designed and very user-friendly. You can just tell that a log of care and attention went into creating it.

I went on their homepage and punched in my laptop model into a search bar on the home page: Lenovo Legion 5.

Several options popped up in the results, and I wasn’t sure which to pick, so I chatted with the reps briefly, and they helped me navigate through—a very handy chat tool.

I checked out on Friday and received a confirmation email with a prepaid shipping label and a packing slip attached. I do not have a printer, but figured I’d just print my label at work. And because we have UPS in the building pretty much every day, I decided to hand over my package to the UPS driver. But if you don’t have access to a printer, Gadget Salvation will send you one: simply check the “I do not have a printer” checkbox during the checkout process.

So, on Monday, I had my laptop already boxed up with me, printed the label at the office, just as planned, and luckily, we had a UPS delivery that day, so my package got picked up. Easy so far.

Oh, and by the way, the order confirmation email contains a tracking number linked directly to the UPS site so that sellers can track their shipments any time.

In three days, I have received an email that Gadget Salvation has my laptop and that they are about to start the inspection process. The email stated it will take two days to test my computer, but I got another email the following day. It stated that the laptop was missing a charger, and because of that, my online offer was reduced by $19. I could have sworn I packed the charger, so I waited with the confirmation, until I got home. And sure enough, I did find the adapter at the house. I remember wrapping it in some paper and setting it aside, but I never actually placed it in the box. My loss. To me, $19 wasn’t worth sending the adapter in, so I confirmed the offer and had the payment deposited to my account through Zelle 15 minutes later.

To recap:

  • Get a quote and checkout.
  • Ship your device using the prepaid label they provide.
  • Receive a confirmation email about package arrival, then another one about the test results. And lastly, notification of issued payment.

Needless to say, that last email was my favorite one.

How Much Did Gadget Salvation Pay Me for My Laptop?

I sold a Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti video card. I deemed my laptop to be in “Flawless” condition and fully working. My online estimate was $277. And because I forgot to include the charger, they paid me $258. By the way, to get an estimate on the notebook without the charger, you need to check the “Defective/missing parts or accessories” option and select the “Defective/Missing Charger” from the menu.

As I mentioned earlier, they have several Lenovo Legion 5 configurations in their database, so your price depends on the type of hardware your computer has. Mine was a base model. But if you have one with a better processor and RTX graphics, your dollar estimate will be much higher. For example, Gadget Salvation offers up to $519 for the Lenovo Legion 5 Series AMD Ryzen 7 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 configuration. And up to $525 for the one with the Intel Core i7 10th generation processor. *

 In Conclusion

Gadget Salvation helped me get rid of my computer in a sustainable way. Now I know that my Lenovo will get at least a few more years of use, handling quite a few games, instead of sitting in my closet untouched. And the best part is that I got paid for my otherwise unwanted piece of outdated technology. With that money, I was finally able to pay off my iPhone. So, if you are looking for quick ways to recycle your used laptops, smartphones, or tablets for some cash, give Gadget Salvation a try! I’m glad I did and will continue to use them in the future.


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