I have recently built a new PC and now want to sell my old one. I'm having a bit of a problem with deciding on how much to advertise it at.I've looked at EBay, but the prices vary wildly.
It is a self-built PC in excellent condition, (case only, no monitor or keyboard):
Pentium 4 3.2Ghz Windows XP SP2 with CD 2GB Crucial RAM ATI Radeon X1650PRO 512MB Graphics Card Creative Audigy 2 Soundcard 120GB Seagate SATA Hard Drive Asus P5GD1 Motherboard Antec Midi Tower Piano Black Case with 350W PSU Aopen DVD Writer Floppy Drive
I would appreciate any advice as to a guideline price.
As you say, prices vary quite considerably. If you do put it on eBay, stick a reserve on it, and see how things work out. Personally I would suggest between £100 and £130, but I have always been a spendthrift ;o)
I don't want to put you off selling a PC on Ebay but the main problem I would have is with the postage really on a large heavy item like this. Obviously you charge for the delivery costs whatever they may be but as well as this if the PC is not handled too gently some of the cards or cables inside can come adrift leaving you with a disgruntled buyer some distance away who has a PC that won't fire up through no fault of your own. And not to put too fine a point on it many if not most people are frightened to go inside the PC case to see if somethings loose.
Personally, and this is just my point of view, I would prefer to sell it locally, hopefully to a friend. Although if you do this you can end up providing a lifetime of customer support. Not a problem if whoever gets it is reasonable but I ended up selling a PC to a complete idiot once and it caused me more headaches than you can count.
That's one of the reasons why I've never used eBay and probably never will. I sold my previous self-built PC to a work colleague, and whilst I was conscious of the "lifetime warranty", he was a seasoned PC user and I never had a problem.