Can You Pawn A HP Computer (Laptop or Desktop) at a Pawn Shop?

Is the HP laptop or HP desktop computer something that you can pawn or sell at a pawn shop?

Some HP computers are wildly popular and have a huge amount of demand, but does that alone make them something that pawn shops often want it take in?

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

When it comes to computers, there’s a lot of factors at play. Obviously there are going to be some cheaper model HP laptops or desktops out there, and then there are some much more expensive models as well.

On top of that, age becomes a real factor with computers because the older a laptop or desktop computer is, the less valuable it is overall.

With that in mind however, overall HP computers enjoy a “Good” pawnability rating. This is particularly true amount pawn shops that deal with electronics regularly anyways.

HP Laptops and Desktops do only score in with a “Poor” rating for value, because depending on the model you have or it’s age, you may not be offered that much for your laptop or desktop computer.

What To Bring With You:

Int terms of what to bring with you when you head into a pawn shop, that will largely vary depending on if it is a desktop or laptop.

If it is a laptop, you really only need the laptops itself and the power adapter. Having a carrying case to go along with it is a nice additional bonus.

In terms of a desktop, if it is a tower, you’ll want to have the tours itself, power cord, keyboard, mouse, and preferably a monitor.

If it is an All- In- One computer, have the machine, power cord, keyboard, and mouse is all you are normally going to have to take with you.


Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Accept This Item 80%
Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Consider This Item Desirable 40%
Average Redemption Rate For This Type Of Item 70%
Percentage of Households That Have This Type Of Item 50%
Percentage Of Times This Type Of Item Is Pawned vs Being Sold 70%

About 80% of pawn shops are willing to work with a HP laptop or desktop computer if you want to make a loan on them or sell them outright. About 40% of those pawn shops would consider it to be a desirable item, but that could greatly increase if they machine is almost brand new.

These types of computers enjoy a roughly 70% redemption rate, and a little higher the newer the computer is.

HP is a HUGE brand and because of that, roughly 50% of households have a HP product that may be eligible to make a loan against or sell outright. However, at 70%, most people choose to make a loan on their HP equipment versus selling them to a pawn shop.

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • You will likely not have a problem finding a pawn shop that will accept your HP laptop or HP desktop computer.
  • Depending on how new and what model your machine was, you should still be able to get a good amount of money for your computer at a pawn shop. Obviously the older or less desirable the model and the less you will be able to get out of yours, but on average, they bring good money.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • If you forget any accessories, such as the power adapter, keyboard, mouse, etc. then a pawn shop is much less likely to make a loan on or buy your HP computer product as they would have real difficulty reselling it without coming up with a replacement for that missing item.

Pawning or Selling A HP Laptop or Desktop To A Pawn Shop

When you are going to pawn or sell your HP laptop or HP desktop to a pawn shop, there are some thing that you really need to keep in mind.

First of all the age and model of your computer is going to make a big difference in how much you are offered for it. If the system was a high end model and just a month or two old, you stand a very good chance of getting up to a couple hundred dollars out of it at a pawn shop.

If however you system is a few year old and wasn’t a really desirable computer when it was made, then you are going to be looking at under $100 in most cases.

Additionally, if you don’t know the passwords to log into the computer, they will almost always turn the machine down at the counter.

In the case of laptops, you should always do two things if possible:

  • Make sure that it is fully charged and ready to be used/tested BEFORE you arrive at the pawn shop.
  • Have a laptop carrying case to protect it while it is in storage at the pawn shop.