Empowering Futures. Ensuring Technology.

Chromebook Buyback: What Every School Should Know

Chromebook Buyback: What Every School Should Know

If your school has a 1:1 Chromebook program, chances are there will be a need to refresh your devices at some point. A great option when renewing your devices is to resell your old devices through Chromebook buyback. AGParts Education has a comprehensive technology buyback program that specializes in Chromebook buyback.

Today, we’ll discuss what Chromebook buyback is, the models with the highest resell value, and what to look for in a buyback company.


What is Chromebook Buyback?

Chromebook buyback is the process of selling back your used devices to a company that processes used electronics devices. That company will evaluate your devices and assign a value to each device.

Buyback falls under the umbrella of IT asset disposition (ITAD). ITAD is the process of disposing of used or unwanted IT assets in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. This includes securely wiping data of the devices prior to disposal.

Note that “disposed of” doesn’t mean thrown in the general waste stream. Many electronic parts and components are harmful to the environment. Sometimes, parts can be recycled, reused, or donated—one method of disposal. Even if the part has no useful value, there are certain protocols that must be followed to ensure safe disposal.


Best Models to Resell

Just as certain vehicles hold more value and garner more money when resold, the same is true of Chromebooks. So, which models have the best resell value, akin to the power of a Honda or Subaru?

Here are a dozen popular Chromebook models that carry high resell value:

  1. Acer C732
  2. Acer C733
  3. Dell 3100 models
  4. HP 11 G6 models
  5. HP 11 G7 models
  6. HP 11A G6 EE
  7. HP 11A G7 EE
  8. HP 14A G5
  9. HP 14 G5
  10. Lenovo 100E
  11. Lenovo 300E
  12. Lenovo 500E

Bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. If your school’s model is listed above, that doesn’t mean your school is guaranteed to recoup high value for your used devices. Likewise, if your school’s models aren’t listed, it doesn’t mean they’re worthless! Remember your used devices will be evaluated and assigned a monetary value based on condition. Even if your school has old models, buyback is always a worthwhile process to pursue as older models do hold value.


What to Look for in a Tech Buyback Company

Now that we’ve reviewed the most popular models, is your school ready to start the tech buyback process? If you answered “yes,” it’s crucial to do your research. Here are four things to look for in a buyback company.


#1: Experience

Since Chromebooks aren’t even ten years old, it can sometimes be difficult to find an experienced buyback company. Still, this should not be overlooked. Experience means peace of mind knowing that this isn’t the company’s first rodeo. Experience can also translate into more money for your used fleet.

AGParts Education has been in the classroom since devices were introduced. We even worked with Council Bluffs School District, one of the first schools to pilot a 1:1 program. Not to mention the fact that we’ve operated in the computer hardware industry since 2000. Plus, we process tens of thousands of used Chromebooks via buyback every year.


#2: Certifications & NIST Compliance

To ensure a company does recycle used devices safely and sustainably, they should hold certain national and international certifications. At the very minimum, they should hold ISO 14001 (environmental management) and R2 certifications (responsible electronics recycling). They also hold ISO 9001 (quality management) and 45001(occupational health and safety) certifications.

Additionally, they have to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Sensitive info lives on our devices. When we recycle those devices, that data doesn’t magically disappear. Your devices must be wiped clean according to NIST guidelines to ensure your student data is protected.

We hold all four ISO and R2 certifications. We fully comply with NIST guidelines and issue data privacy certificates upon completion.


#3: Simple Process & Flexibility

The last thing the buyback process should do is give you a headache. The process should be simple and smooth. At the same time, buyback companies should be flexible to work with you and accommodate the needs of your school.

Our three-step process is truly hassle free.

  1. Request a quote for your used devices.
  2. Upon quote approval, ship your devices to AGParts Education (we’ll provide free boxes).
  3. Redeem your cash or technology department credit.

We also have flexible options—you can even finalize all the details of your buyback deal in advance and send your devices later. Our payment options include cash or credit. When your district chooses credit, you earn 10% more and guarantee those funds stay in your technology budget.


#4: Partnership

When looking for a Chromebook buyback company, you really want to look at a company that will be with you from start to finish. This can mean many things, but really it comes down to the company viewing you as a valuable partner and not just a number.

We view our customers as partners. You’ll have a dedicated account executive by your side every step of the way. To top it off, we send you all the materials to ship your devices and cover all freight costs.

In short, AGParts Education offers a Chromebook buyback process that is designed to make your life easier. When your district is ready to recycle devices, contact us or request a quote today.


AGParts is ISO 14001, 45001, and R2 Certified

AGParts is ISO 14001, 45001, and R2 Certified

AGParts Education and its sister company, AGiRepair, were awarded ISO 14001, 45001, and SERI R2 certifications in May 2019. These prestigious certifications are internationally recognized standards, applying to organizations that have demonstrated environmental management, occupational health and safety management, and responsible recycling systems. Today, we’ll take a closer look at ISO, the certificates, and their meanings.

What is ISO?

ISO, which stands for the International Organization for Standards, develops and publishes international standards. A standard is internationally recognized as the most effective way of doing something. That something ranges from manufacturing a product, managing a process, delivering a service, or supplying materials. Standards are created and curated by thought leaders in various industries.

What is ISO 14001?

The ISO 14001 family of standards deals solely with environmental performance, with all standards culminating in the efforts to protect the environment and fight climate change. First launched in 1996, the standard was last revised in 2015 to reflect the many challenges faced by organizations in meeting new environmental policies and expectations.

This standard is a tool that supports advancement in environmental efficiencies and helps manage environmental requirements. It is frequently used by organizations in continuous improvement initiatives. While holders of the certificate satisfy legal requirements, benefits of the standard extend deeper into the roots of organizations. The standard drives and organizes employee engagement in meeting environmental commitments. Achieving the certificate also separates organizations—achieving the certificate requires complying to a set of specific guidelines. The standard’s importance is evident by that fact that more than 300,000 organizations globally have adopted and achieved this certificate.

What is ISO 45001?

The ISO 45001 is first international standard for occupational safety. It is the minimum standard for occupational safety within an organization, laying the foundation for organizations to effectively manage their occupational safety program. It combines the success of several earlier international standards including OSHAS 18001 and the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines.

The standard seeks to improve employee safety, and reduce and mitigate workplace risks, in an effort to create a safe and healthy work environment. The standard promotes open communication between management and workers to collaboratively create a robust safety culture. It also helps organizations effectively plan, manage, and review their safety performance. Like the ISO 14001 standard, it is also the catalyst for organization’s continuous improvement efforts.

This standard also helps to satisfy legal requirements, but its benefit is far greater than that. Organizations holding this certificate acknowledge and pledge that the health and safety of their employees is key—there is nothing more important that ensuring the safety of their employees by creating the safest working environment possible, both in mindset and physically.

What is R2?

R2 is the electronics recycling industry’s leading certification for responsible recycling practices. R2 is governed by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). According to their website, SERI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safe and sustainable reuse and recycling of used electronics through consensus-driven standards. Their core focus is to administer and continually improve the R2 standard.

First introduced in 2008 and last updated in 2013 with stricter guidelines, the R2 standard is the framework for environmental, employee health and safety in the electronics refurbishing and recycling industry. This certificate is especially crucial as there is very little regulation in the electronics recycling industry within the United States currently. When an organization claims to adhere to all state and federal laws regarding information technology asset disposition (ITAD), it, unfortunately, carries little weight. These laws do not address the actual recycling process. Resultantly, there is no way for the consumer to ensure the device has been handled properly.

The R2 certificate clarifies this uncertainty. Organizations that hold the R2 certificate comply with voluntary industry standards set forth by independent auditors. This ensures that a stringent set of guidelines have been followed during the recycling and refurbishing process, including best practices for the device and the employee’s safety.

What does this mean for you and your school district?

When you partner with AGiRepair or AGParts Education on device buyback or any of our other K-12 technology solutions, you can rest assured that all electronic products are reused and recycled in a way that promotes resource preservation, the well-being of the natural environment, and the health and safety of workers and communities.

Our ISO and R2 certifications offer many advantages and benefits, such as:

  • Protecting our employees, customers, and the planet
  • Protecting data
  • Reduces third-party liability risks
  • Compliant with all international import/export laws
  • Preserves resources and embraces sustainability
  • Fostering new innovation and technology

AGParts Education is a dedicated initiative of AGParts created to deliver high-quality support to schools across the United States for their Chromebook 1:1 Program and notebook computers. We’d love to help you develop your education technology program. Contact us today for more information!