Apple Preps iPhone Trade-in Program

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Apple has reportedly moved beyond the "let's think about it stage" for an in-store iPhone trade-in program and is now running a pilot program in a few of its retail locations. Some stores have been part of the test program for a few weeks and are already processing multiple trade-ins daily.

Apple ready to start its own iPhone trade-in programApple ready to start its own iPhone trade-in program

The program, according to TechCrunch, lets store employees and customers provide information to help determine the trade-in value of their old iPhone. Depending on the model and its condition, customers are getting upwards of US$250 credit towards their new iPhone.

Apple then gives customers a gift card for the trade-in value that can then be applied to their new iPhone. If there's money left over, they can keep it for other Apple purchases.

iPhones that are traded in get refurbished so they can be resold in emerging markets at a discount.

The deals Apple is offering aren't as great as other trade-in sites, but it does have the convenience factor going for it: You can walk into an Apple Store with your old iPhone, get a credit on the spot, and walk out with a brand new model.

Apple's new trade-in program is expected to officially launch in September, and may be announced as part of its September 10 iPhone media event.

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Giving customers an easy way to recycle their old iPhone is great, even if other online trade-in programs are offering more money per device. It's convenient, and that means more people are likely to bring in their old iPhones instead of letting them sit around unused.

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Any idea how their trade-in program compares to GameStop’s?


I have done all my upgrades through Radio Shack. Buying the latest iPhone has cost my wife and I between $40 and $60. We probably could do a little better; but the convenience of trade and go suits us.


Hmmm… all of our phones have found their way down the family food chain.


You can usually do a lot better, not a little better on e-Bay….  I was offered 220.00 by Best Buy for a 64Gig AT&T 4S….. Gazelle offered a little less.  Got $390.00 on e-Bay.  They were going for $380. - $410.  More if they were factory jail brakes.

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