How Prepare Used Playstations For Sale On Craigslist

Jill Vonier

Jill Vonier

4 min read

Ready to upgrade your Playstation? Make sure to take these steps before you sell your old one.

Playstation 4 Console with controller

Selling your Playstation is a great way to make some extra cash to upgrade to a new Playstation or save for a rainy day. Gaming consoles are always a hot ticket on online marketplaces like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and are likely to sell quickly.

If you're ready to sell your Playstation, there are a few important things to do first to get a good price and protect your personal information. Read on to find out how to prepare your Playstation for sale.

Step 1: Test Your Console

Before you even think seriously about selling your Playstation, you want to make sure everything works. Maybe you haven't played it in a while so it's just been collecting dust, or maybe there are certain features you haven't tested out in a while.

Turn on your Playstation and make sure your controllers connect and that everything loads as expected. This gives you peace of mind that you are selling a working Playstation and the buyer won't be disappointed.

Step 2: Back Up Your Data

Before you sell your Playstation, it's a good idea to back up your data. There are two ways you can go about this. You can choose to back up all your data, including saved data, game data, settings, and capture gallery. However, that's a lot of content so it will take an incredibly long time.

A faster option is to back up only the saved data which is really the most important part of your gaming experience, especially if you're updating to the latest PlayStation.

Step 3: Deactivate Your Account

Once you've backed up your data, you will want to deactivate your Playstation to make sure your PSN account is detached. This ensures the next person to play the Playstation isn't able to get on your account.

If you're planning to upgrade to the newest Playstation, deactivating your current Playstation allows you to activate your next Playstation console as the primary console.

According to Playstation: "Turn on your Playstation and go to Settings > Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS > Deactivate > Yes."

Step 4: Factory Reset the PlayStation 4

After you have deactivated your account, perform a factory reset on the PlayStation. You can do this on the console itself.

According to Playstation's website: "Go to Settings > Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS. · Select Deactivate > Yes."

If you forget to deactivate your account from your console before selling it, you should be able to do it from the Playstation website.

Step 5: Gather All Accessories

Playstation 4 controller

Owning a gaming console can come with a lot of accessories. Over the years, you've probably purchased extra controllers, games, and even a headset.

When you sell your Playstation, be sure to include all these peripherals, as well as the power cord and HDMI cable. Don't forget to check the console to make sure it is free of any game discs.

Step 6: Clean the PlayStation

Make your PlayStation look as good as it works by cleaning it up.

Be sure to first power off and disconnect your console from the wall. First, use a can of compressed air to gently clean out the vents and ports. Then, wipe down your console with a soft cloth that has been damped by a little bit of mild soap and water. You can also use a premoistened disinfectant wipe if you prefer.

Selling your Playstation is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if you're looking to purchase a new Playstation.

By taking the proper steps, you can prepare your Playstation for sale and ensure the next user doesn't have access to anything you don't want them to.

Remember to first test your console to make sure it works. Then ensure your information is completely detached from it by backing up your saved data, deactivating your account, and factory resetting the console. Gather all the accessories and give it a nice cleaning.

Now all you have to do is set a fair price and post a nice listing and you'll be ready to sell!


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