Determine the Condition of Your Apple Device

Determine the Condition of Your Apple Device

Posted by Mac Me an Offer Tech Team on Apr 7th 2023

If you want to sell your old iPhones, MacBooks, iPads or Apple watches, ensure you're getting the best deal for your device. Understanding how to rate your Apple product's condition will help you get the most money from your old device while presenting helpful and accurate information to your buyer.

Parameters for the Condition of Your Apple Device

Whether you're selling an iPad or an Apple watch, the considerations that determine its condition and value will be fairly similar. Review these descriptions to learn more about how a buyer might rate your iPhone's condition based on its appearance and function.


Apple devices in excellent condition have minor signs of use, such as one or two scratches that are invisible when the device is powered on or held away at arm's length. There may be slight dings and scratches on the corners and case. 

Your device may be in excellent condition if you have only used it for a short time. Overall, the device should look well-cared-for or may even look like new.


A device in good condition shows wear from consistent use but still looks nice. There may be scuffs or light dents around the edges and case. The device may have minimal screen wear, such as three or four minor scratches that are invisible when the device is on.

Your phone may be in good condition if you've had it for a few years and dropped it a few times, giving it just a few scuffs and scratches.


Devices in fine condition are fully functional but possess signs of heavy wear, such as:

  • Multiple scratches
  • Moderate dents
  • A few nicks or chips
  • Heavy scuffs

All types of wear will be from normal, everyday use, so while these devices may be worn, they will not have a cracked screen or other types of extensive damage. Your device may be in fair condition if you have had it for a long time, stowed it away in a drawer or dropped it repeatedly.

Properly Cleaning and Preparing Your Device Before Selling

Before determining the condition of your Apple device, clean it properly so you can accurately evaluate its exterior. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Find a tech-safe cleaning solution, such as isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Grab a microfiber cloth.
  3. Find a well-lit area to clean the device in.
  4. Remove the screen protector and case from your device.
  5. Apply your cleaning solution to the cloth, then gently wipe the screen and casing.

Before selling your device, there are a few other things to consider, such as backing it up and clearing your personal information. Once you've cleaned and prepared your device, it's time to sell!

Get an Instant Quote for Your Phone

At Mac Me an Offer, we have a simple and easy process for selling your old Apple devices. If your MacBook's or iPhone's condition is excellent, good or fair, we may be able to help! Use our Mac Estimator Tool today to get a quote for your device right away.