Can You Pawn or Sell A Dell Computer At A Pawn Shop?

There are few computer brands as well known as Dell.

But just because Dell is a well known brand, does that mean that every pawn shop is going to take in every Dell laptop or desktop that has ever been made? Probably not. Let’s take a deeper dive on this one.

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

Dell has been making computers longer than almost any brand that is currently relevant in the PC maker market currently. They’ve had their good times and bad times, and there are a ton of their machines out there.

It shouldn’t surprise you too much to understand then that there are going to be a lot of older Dell laptops and desktops systems floating around still. There’s also going to be a lot of these systems that were on the inexpensive end, even when they were brand new. They were Dell’s “Budget” line.

If you have one of these older or budget line Dell systems, don’t be shocked if pawn shops aren’t overly excited to take them in.

However, Dell has also made some great systems. They make very good business machines, particularly servers, and as such, get a lot of respect.

Because you have these two opposing sides to how many Dell machines there are out there, they get a mixed bag on ratings earning a “Good” in terms of pawnability, but just a “Fair” in terms of value.

More often than not, people feel that they have a better machine than they currently do, or aren’t entirely aware of how old it really may be in terms of computer-times. Because of that, people find that they are offered a little less than they expect at a pawn shop for their Dell systems.

That having been said, they are still widely known, so they are a very common item for a pawn shop to take in.

What To Bring With You:

When you take you Dell computer to a pawn shop, there will be some things that you will want to do first.

  • If it is a laptop, make sure that it is fully charged, and that you can show the pawnbroker it works without having to plug it in. If the pawnbroker thinks they may have to buy a new battery for your laptop, that will greatly reduce the value.
  • If it is a desktop, make sure that you bring in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with it as well. Obviously don’t forget the power cord(s) so that you can turn it on and show them that it works.
  • No matter what kind of system it is, make sure that you know the login information. Not having this may make the pawnbroker suspicious that they are looking at a stolen item, so have this ready to go when you get to the pawn shop.


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%

These numbers should come as no surprise. About 80% of pawn shops will work with most newer, good condition Dell computer systems. Only about 40% of pawn shops consider them to be really desirable and this is in part driven down by the older systems that are still out there.

About 70-80% of people come back and redeem their Dell laptops. Around 50% of households have a Dell that they could pawn or sell to a pawn shop, and of those that do, roughly 70% choose to pawn it,

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • You shouldn’t have a tough time finding a pawn shop that will take your system in if it is newer and in good condition.
  • For some high-end Dell systems, you can still get a pretty good amount of money out of them at a pawn shop.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • If your system is older, in poor condition, or you have forgotten the password to it, it may be more difficult to find a pawn shop that will take it in.
  • If your system is older, or in poor condition, you will almost certainly get less for it than you might have initially expected that you would.

Pawning of Selling A Dell Laptop At A Pawn Shop

When you are taking a laptop into a pawn shop, it is going to be critical that you know that password to it because of how often they are found to be stolen. Without a password, most pawn shops will turn it down right away.

Additionally, you will want to make sure that it is fully charged when you take it in. Even if you plan on coming back and getting it at a later point in time, if a pawn shop thinks that the battery is no good, that will cost you on the amount that you are offered for it, either for loan or a sale.

Obviously, make sure that you have the power cord (original is best), and that you clean the laptop up a little bit for you take it in.

Remove any fingerprints from the screen, wipe off the keyboard, remove any sticker residue, etc. Make it look as new as possible.

Pawning of Selling A Dell Desktop At A Pawn Shop

When it comes to a desktop system, make sure that you have the keyboard and mouse with you and minimum. In most cases, it won’t hurt to bring the monitor with you as a pawn shop may not have an extra monitor they can use to plug it in and test it.

Also, having the password with a desktop is going to be a big deal. Desktops are less likely to be stolen due to their size, but none the less, most people should remember their passwords, particularly if it is a newer system. Not knowing it will raise some suspicion.

Pawning of Selling A Dell Server At A Pawn Shop

Frankly, most pawn shops are not going to be equipped to know what to do with or how to handle a server should you bring one into them to pawn. They just aren’t IT guys.

While you and I might be familiar enough with one to know you just plug it in, and how much that valid Windows server license for a 20 core server is worth, they won’t.

If you take a Dell Server into a pawn shop, don’t expect to get what you might think you should out of it. They just aren’t equipped to handle them except in maybe some very rare and odd circumstances.