Apple Expands In-Store Trade-In Program to iPads and More

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Apple has expanded its trade-in and recycling programs to include iPads and all other Apple products, as of today. Only iPhones and iPods with resale value were accepted for the trade-in program before today, but the Associated Press reported that anything Apple is now accepted, though only resellable items will get gift cards.

Recycling electronics, from Apple.com

Apple’s online recycling page states that the company will accept any brand of mobile phone if you want to send it in (you’ll receive a prepaid mailer or a printable label). There are also links to local recycling programs in 18 states as well as links to programs in other regions of the world.

For those who accumulate tech, this is a good way to help remove some of it from that drawer or box where it just takes up space, just in time for spring cleaning. And getting to take anything to the Apple store makes it even more convenient for folks who have them nearby. Hopefully the incentive of a gift card will make it a little easier to get rid of that iPhone or iPad that didn’t get bestowed upon a family member.

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This is awesome since not everyone has an outlet like Free Geek that will take their old tech off their hands. Right now I have no spare tech at my house since I purged quite a bit of it moving last year. When the next round of upgrades happens at my house, this is exactly where the leftovers will go.

I’m glad to see Apple expanding the program officially, though I’m guessing this was easy to make official because people probably brought in really old iPods and other Apple tech anyway. That small cynical piece of my brain keeps telling me it’s all getting announced now for Earth Day, but Apple didn’t have to do it at all, so I’m glad to see a closer look being taken at all the pieces of Apple where improvements can be made.

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MacFrogger

Happy Earth Day Kelly, and Happy Earth Day and Thank You for Apple.

I’ve been wondering what to do with my old Powerbook G3 and my old iMac G5 - with power PC processors.  Amazingly, both are still functional! 

And then there’s my old Powerbook 5300, which also still runs (only using the AC adapter, as the battery is gone), that I will keep as my very first Mac and a tribute to how to build stuff that lasts.  Good for the Earth!

Kelly Guimont

@MacFrogger I’m curious, what are you doing with those machines? I did eventually get rid of my PowerBook 1400 because I couldn’t find a use anymore so I had to let it go. I was sad, but it was repurposed in a new home. It could still be running today for all I know. smile

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