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MacRumors
Oct 5, 2011, 01:06 PM
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Apple is offering up to $200 (for a 32GB iPhone 4) for used iPhones, depending on condition, via its recycling and trade-in program (http://www.apple.com/recycling/). The company also takes in iPads, old Mac and PC notebook and desktop machines for recycling.

Apple has partnered with California-based PowerON (http://poweron.com/) for its recently-expanded recycling service (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/09/apple-expands-recycling-options-for-old-computers-and-mobile-devices/), calling the company "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets."

To return an iPhone, users must first choose which model they have and then answer a few simple questions about the state of the device, including whether it is severely scratched, water damaged, and if it works properly. PowerON provides free shipping materials and, upon receipt and verification of the device, mails out an Apple Gift Card for the fair market value of the product -- or approximately what it would be worth selling it privately.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/recycling.jpg


Apple/PowerOn isn't the only way to dispose of old electronics, of course. Online trade-in services like Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com/), selling devices on eBay or Craigslist, or trading in iOS devices at GameStop (http://www.gamestop.com/gs/landing/itrade/) are all viable alternatives.

Understandably, some may prefer the official Apple path versus the hassle or risk of selling their devices to third-parties.

The trade-in service isn't the only useful recycling program that Apple offers. It also gives a 10% discount on a new iPod to customers who bring in an old iPod -- working or not -- to an Apple Retail Store for recycling. Retail Stores will also take in dead batteries and any cell phone for free recycling as well.

In recent years, Apple has worked to aggressively improve (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/25/apple-launches-new-environmental-publicity-initiative/) its environmental image.

Article Link: Apple Offering Up to $200 Gift Card for a Used iPhone 4 (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/05/apple-offering-up-to-200-gift-card-for-a-used-iphone-4/)



Rudy69
Oct 5, 2011, 01:09 PM
I'll give $220 cash :D

OMGbrandon
Oct 5, 2011, 01:11 PM
eBay is paying more... LOL

Menopause
Oct 5, 2011, 01:11 PM
To be fair you can get a much better price for a 'device of monetary value' on eBay.

macrem
Oct 5, 2011, 01:15 PM
I think I could sell my factory unlocked iPhone 4 for about double that price.

Adidas Addict
Oct 5, 2011, 01:21 PM
What a con.

http://www.mazumamobile.com/

Give 280 = $433

room237
Oct 5, 2011, 01:25 PM
Not bad, in theory, but can't put the money towards the new iPhone, unless I'm without a phone for a few weeks.

I'll try ebay.

Dr Kevorkian94
Oct 5, 2011, 01:30 PM
I like to try Craigslist first then if apple will give more than what a friend gives me then I'll go with them. Whoever gives me more basically lol.

b-rad g
Oct 5, 2011, 01:38 PM
Too bad I already got $400 for mt iPhone 4 32gb on Criagslist, and I got cash which is just as good as money.;)

Sbrocket
Oct 5, 2011, 01:40 PM
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What a con.

http://www.mazumamobile.com/

Give 280 = $433

Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.

Trauma1
Oct 5, 2011, 01:43 PM
Considering I sold mine for over $400, definitely not worth it.

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Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.

There are plenty of US-based sites like that, Gazelle is one of them.

The problem with those sites, from what I have read in user reviews and other articles, is that when you send them your phone, they will offer you a lesser amount than what was originally quoted on the website. And there is a short time-frame in getting your phone back, so they essentially hold your device hostage so you accept the lesser amount.

0x000000
Oct 5, 2011, 01:46 PM
This way they can just reuse old parts for the iPhone 4S...

Mr. Retrofire
Oct 5, 2011, 01:48 PM
Apple says my Mid-2009, 17" matte, 2.8 GHz C2D, in good or very good condition (except the discrete 9600 GPU) is worth < 35 US$. Yeah, that is right. I paid > 2900 US$ (including tax) in 2009 for this machine.

No thanks, Apple!

bacaramac
Oct 5, 2011, 02:01 PM
eBay Instant Sale is much better, let alone selling on Craigslist and/or selling as auction on eBay. I got $500 last week for my iPhone 4 32Gb.

Sbrocket
Oct 5, 2011, 02:05 PM
There are plenty of US-based sites like that, Gazelle is one of them.

Sure, but the point is that this place is (for some reason) offering double what Gazelle offers. That's a significant amount.

Matth345
Oct 5, 2011, 02:07 PM
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Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.

They are very well known in the UK as are envirofone who I have used before. They also offer 280

millertime021
Oct 5, 2011, 02:11 PM
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For everyone complaining... Apple isn't making anyone do this. It's good that they have the option. I know plenty of people that don't care about max resale, and would rather have an easy way out.
I personally prefer eBay, but there's no need to complain about the offer.

darkslide29
Oct 5, 2011, 02:15 PM
I tried the tool to see how much they would give me for my used iPhone 3GS 32gb, in good condition, just some minor scuffs and scratches. It says they will offer me a fair market value of: $0. (It didn't even say no thanks, it really did say they will offer me $0, and allows me accept).

Phil A.
Oct 5, 2011, 02:15 PM
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Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.

They are definitely not a scam - I use them to get rid of all my old phones (much less painful than eBay) - they don't reduce the offered price based on condition of the phone, either: As long as it works, that's what you get
No idea if they accept phones from abroad though

jdechko
Oct 5, 2011, 02:20 PM
For everyone complaining... Apple isn't making anyone do this. It's good that they have the option. I know plenty of people that don't care about max resale, and would rather have an easy way out.
I personally prefer eBay, but there's no need to complain about the offer.

Agreed. It's another option for people who don't want the hassle of dealing with Craigslist, eBay, the kid down the street, etc. If you don't like the offer, you don't have to take it.

Actually, I'd take it a step further and say that they're really only offering this service to earn "Green" points so their gear doesn't end up in landfills. Paying the customer is only secondary.

markdj
Oct 5, 2011, 03:04 PM
You only get a gift card. That's not real cash and you can only spend it on Apple.

bacaramac
Oct 5, 2011, 03:19 PM
You only get a gift card. That's not real cash and you can only spend it on Apple.

That's true, normally these sites give you more money for gift card vs cash option. I.e. Best buy or crutchfield gift card. I just think this is a horrible idea, but like another poster said, they may want an easy way out.

Sardonick007
Oct 5, 2011, 03:40 PM
Too bad private sellers haven't heard of Apple's definition of fair market value. There's always some shmuck ready to fork over more than a used phone is worth. Oh, be right back, I just got a hit on my ebay sale.

BC2009
Oct 5, 2011, 03:56 PM
Wow, so Apple is willing to buy back the stuff they sell you for a retail gift card worth half the devices' value, but considering retail markup only costs them about a quarter or a third of the devices value (depending on what you buy with that gift card). Additionally, you will likely spend more than the amount on the gift card you get so Apple will then make money on anything over and above the amount of the gift card.

I'm guessing selling on Craigslist or eBay will be better for most folks.

acfusion29
Oct 5, 2011, 04:28 PM
the article stated trading in iPods for 10% off..

does that mean i can trade in my 1st gen iPod shuffle for 10% off?

zachlegomaniac
Oct 5, 2011, 04:59 PM
I sell mine every year on craigslist for the cost (with tax) I need to cover the new iteration of the iPhone. I get brand new hardware for free. I don't understand why everyone doesn't do this, although I'm sure they have a good reason. It does work well for me, however.

StuddedLeather
Oct 5, 2011, 05:08 PM
Just sold my iPhone 4 to eBay so I'm all covered for a new White 4S (And a new case)! =)

I love how AT&T lets me upgrade every year at the discounted 2 Year price, Does anyone know what the cause of this might be? Albeit, I have 2 lines and the bill is over $100 every month. But do you guys think it's just to keep me as a customer?

Either way I'm not complaining! :D

NAG
Oct 5, 2011, 05:28 PM
Just sold my iPhone 4 to eBay so I'm all covered for a new White 4S (And a new case)! =)

I love how AT&T lets me upgrade every year at the discounted 2 Year price, Does anyone know what the cause of this might be? Albeit, I have 2 lines and the bill is over $100 every month. But do you guys think it's just to keep me as a customer?

Either way I'm not complaining! :D

Price of your plan, length of time you've had the contract and other factors determine how often you can upgrade.

Adidas Addict
Oct 5, 2011, 05:29 PM
Just sold my iPhone 4 to eBay


What did a huge internet auction business want with your second hand phone?

TuiSong
Oct 5, 2011, 05:41 PM
10% off your next iPod just for living in a country that actually has an apple shop? Yet again New Zealand gets screwed by being too small a population to support a store.

chameleon81
Oct 5, 2011, 06:41 PM
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Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.

they are legit, they advertise on TV as well.

twittertinavane
Oct 5, 2011, 07:53 PM
I want to sell my iphone but i do not have a backup and wondering will it be sell out's like last year or not sold in the carrier stores like last year

SeaFox
Oct 6, 2011, 02:32 AM
the article stated trading in iPods for 10% off..
does that mean i can trade in my 1st gen iPod shuffle for 10% off?
Hey, then it will only be 5% more than the prices other stores charge!

Confuzzzed
Oct 6, 2011, 03:23 AM
Considering I sold mine for over $400, definitely not worth it.

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There are plenty of US-based sites like that, Gazelle is one of them.

The problem with those sites, from what I have read in user reviews and other articles, is that when you send them your phone, they will offer you a lesser amount than what was originally quoted on the website. And there is a short time-frame in getting your phone back, so they essentially hold your device hostage so you accept the lesser amount.

Not necessarily, I rejected their counter-offer and asked to have my phone sent back to me. They then came back with an offer which was 95% of what they originally offered. I rejected that and they paid up! Granted it took a few days and I was using an old phone in the meantime but cash4phones.co.uk paid me 315 a few weeks ago

weckart
Oct 6, 2011, 03:45 AM
They are very well known in the UK as are envirofone who I have used before. They also offer 280

Asda (part of Wallmart for you USian doubters) offers even more (https://tradein.asda.com/sell/product/mobile-phone/apple-iphone-4-32gb?productTypeID=1)

gregnazvanov
Oct 6, 2011, 10:14 AM
I'd love to trade in my Blackberry Storm 2 which is turning into a piece of crap as it clearly was never designed to handle 5 email accounts and regular WiFi streaming of video and web data

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Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/05/apple-offering-up-to-200-gift-card-for-a-used-iphone-4/)


Apple is offering up to $200 (for a 32GB iPhone 4) for used iPhones, depending on condition, via its recycling and trade-in program (http://www.apple.com/recycling/). The company also takes in iPads, old Mac and PC notebook and desktop machines for recycling.

Apple has partnered with California-based PowerON (http://poweron.com/) for its recently-expanded recycling service (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/09/apple-expands-recycling-options-for-old-computers-and-mobile-devices/), calling the company "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets."

To return an iPhone, users must first choose which model they have and then answer a few simple questions about the state of the device, including whether it is severely scratched, water damaged, and if it works properly. PowerON provides free shipping materials and, upon receipt and verification of the device, mails out an Apple Gift Card for the fair market value of the product -- or approximately what it would be worth selling it privately.

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/recycling.jpg)


Apple/PowerOn isn't the only way to dispose of old electronics, of course. Online trade-in services like Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com/), selling devices on eBay or Craigslist, or trading in iOS devices at GameStop (http://www.gamestop.com/gs/landing/itrade/) are all viable alternatives.

Understandably, some may prefer the official Apple path versus the hassle or risk of selling their devices to third-parties.

The trade-in service isn't the only useful recycling program that Apple offers. It also gives a 10% discount on a new iPod to customers who bring in an old iPod -- working or not -- to an Apple Retail Store for recycling. Retail Stores will also take in dead batteries and any cell phone for free recycling as well.

In recent years, Apple has worked to aggressively improve (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/25/apple-launches-new-environmental-publicity-initiative/) its environmental image.

Article Link: Apple Offering Up to $200 Gift Card for a Used iPhone 4 (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/05/apple-offering-up-to-200-gift-card-for-a-used-iphone-4/)

neocerebrum
Oct 7, 2011, 04:14 AM
eBay is paying more... LOL

Minus the 9% commission fee that eBay charges, and then the 4% commission that PayPal charges. With the Apple option, the shipping is free and you know you're selling to a reputable company. Right now, eBay is paying about $300 for a 16GB iPhone4. Subtract the fees and you get about $250. Apple is offering about $200. Some people don't want to deal with setting up an eBay and PayPal account. Different methods for different people.

If you list your own auction, you can get about $400, but then you take the risk of a less reputable buyer.

neocerebrum
Oct 7, 2011, 04:25 AM
What did a huge internet auction business want with your second hand phone?

When people are locked into a contract and not yet eligible for a subsidized replacement and they accidentally break their iPhone, then they need to buy a new one. The new price from Apple is about $700. The eBay reseller buys it from you for $300 then sells it on eBay to someone else for $400. (example)

Also, since T-Mobile doesn't sell the iPhone, a lot of people go on eBay and buy an iPhone with no contract then use it on T-Mobile. In the rest of the world, there are many countries that don't have "contracts" but rather people just pay full price for their phones. If the new phone is $700 and they can get one for less than that, they will buy the one that costs less.

psac
Oct 7, 2011, 08:11 AM
they are legit, they advertise on TV as well.

Just got back from London, and so does "quickquid.com", with their 1736% interest rate (decimal not missing) for their instant loans. :) Legit and fair are not the same!

goofy1958
Oct 7, 2011, 10:30 AM
New member and first post. I have tried to go to the Apple recycle website since yesterday, and I see the 4 pulldowns for Category, Manufacturer, Series, and Model, but I can never pull down anything?!?!? My URL is store.apple.com/us/browse/reuse_and_recycle. Is this the right place to be, and if so, why can I not use any of the pulldowns? Thanks!

Kevin

dendowling
Oct 7, 2011, 09:56 PM
If we upgrade to iPhone 4S via AT&T don't they require you to turn in your old iPhone?

Their eligibility page says I can upgrade to 4S now for the regular $199. Does that mean I can keep my old iPhone and sell it or give it to a friend?

thanks.

ChrisTX
Oct 9, 2011, 03:46 PM
This seems like more of a "Give us your old stuff, and we'll give you a gift card so you can buy our new stuff." I will sell my 32GB iPhone 4 for $400 and buy an unlocked 4S, not a bad trade off I suppose.

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If we upgrade to iPhone 4S via AT&T don't they require you to turn in your old iPhone?

Their eligibility page says I can upgrade to 4S now for the regular $199. Does that mean I can keep my old iPhone and sell it or give it to a friend?

thanks.
You own the phone, and get to keep it.