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Old Oct 14, 2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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iPhone Trade-In Program Officially Launching Today at UK Retail Stores




After officially launching the U.S. version of the program in late August, Apple has officially confirmed that it is launching its iPhone trade-in program today at its UK retail stores, reports Pocket-lint.
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"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores in the UK are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling," an Apple spokesperson has said. "In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."
Under the program, users can receive a gift card in exchange for their older devices, although the gift card must immediately be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

Customers may also get quotes from Apple for a similar trade-in program online that launched nearly two years ago, with the option of shipping a device for recycling available as well. In the United States, the online and in-store programs are run by different third-party companies, and the same may be true in the UK, meaning that consumers may want to check both programs to determine any differences in trade-in value. Separate trade-in services may also offer greater value, although Apple's in-store program offers the convenience of an immediate no-hassle credit against the purchase of a new device.

Article Link: iPhone Trade-In Program Officially Launching Today at UK Retail Stores
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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you can get almost twice as much from other companies
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Up to 175, that's nothing if they expect iPhone 5's to be traded in too.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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Why do I always get the feeling consumers are getting shafted by Apple? I used to feel a certain amount of pride using Apple products; they were a joy, especially off the back of coming from a Windows environment.

Maybe I've fallen out-of-love, maybe my eyes are finally opened, or maybe my empty bank balance is telling me something ... everything's just priced too damn high, often unreasonably so. They don't need to price everything at such a premium, and this trade-in shows just what their mentality is like. 175 for a 64GB iPhone 5? They have to be joking.

I can't see the value anymore, and as much as I hate to admit it, iOS 7 is sloppy. Really sloppy. Sloppy animations, sloppy performance, and Siri is far too unreliable (I can't take any requests at the moment) from a 600 product. I don't feel like I'm using a premium product, I feel like I'm using a self-indulgent GUI from Jony Ive's nutsack.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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Or sell your 4S on eBay for around 260 (which is what I got for mine).
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:11 AM   #6
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That is just wrong, offering 175 even for an iPhone 4s is just ripping people off who don't know any better because that is what is going on here. Very poor.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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So I've got a 32gb iPhone 5 and after a year, it's not worth over 175 to Apple?

Then why do they expect us to pay so much in the first place?

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I just went to official website and entered all the details, and was offered 230.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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Offering people 175 for something they could get about 400 for on eBay.

Not even cash generator are THAT bad.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 10:33 AM   #9
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Under the program, users can receive a gift card in exchange for their older devices, although the gift card must immediately be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone.
That's a discount, not a trade-in

A gift card can be spent at your own leisure.

Either way, this is a crap deal. CEX still give you 200 for a 4S 16GB, and Apple are capping this at 175, presumably for a near mint, top of the range iPhone 5.

Edit: Ran the same specs through the Apple online page and it offers 150 if its unlocked and in mint condition with the packaging. In comparison the CEX one was locked, and B grade. Terrible deal from Apple here.

I also tried my rMBP, which is a year old and I paid 1500 for it. According to Apple it's worth 800, despite the fact they sell on ebay for 1300+ all the time.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:06 AM   #10
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so my iPhone 5 16gb black 110, selling it on ebay as its boxed and like new, 300 -350
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:16 AM   #11
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wellll, to get my iPhone 5 i sold my mint 4 for 100 to a friend.

If you can't be bothered with the online selling process and don't want it sitting in a drawer, surely its nice to at least have the option? If you can be bothered then going that route is wide open. People must have stacks of old iPods at home....

i like the return-it-to-store direction
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:17 AM   #12
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Insert "I can get more on eBay" comment here.


Of course you can, but you have to photograph it, list it, sell it, post it, pay your fees, withdraw your money and pray you don't get scammed.

Point is this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:22 AM   #13
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Of course you can, but you have to photograph it, list it, sell it, post it, pay your fees, withdraw your money and pray you don't get scammed.

Point is this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
You can also get far more from almost every trade in service...usually it's 2x as much as Apple is offering.

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Why do I always get the feeling consumers are getting shafted by Apple? I used to feel a certain amount of pride using Apple products; they were a joy, especially off the back of coming from a Windows environment.

Maybe I've fallen out-of-love, maybe my eyes are finally opened, or maybe my empty bank balance is telling me something ... everything's just priced too damn high, often unreasonably so. They don't need to price everything at such a premium, and this trade-in shows just what their mentality is like. 175 for a 64GB iPhone 5? They have to be joking.

I can't see the value anymore, and as much as I hate to admit it, iOS 7 is sloppy. Really sloppy. Sloppy animations, sloppy performance, and Siri is far too unreliable (I can't take any requests at the moment) from a 600 product. I don't feel like I'm using a premium product, I feel like I'm using a self-indulgent GUI from Jony Ive's nutsack.
I agree with everything, except the UI of iOS 7 part.

Siri has definitely gotten worse in responsiveness, and Apple is charging extremely high prices for iPhones in the first place and now doesn't pay much when you sell back.

Most people will just use third party trade-in sites anyways.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:33 AM   #14
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It's laughable!! I don't need a new iPhone, but I was going to get one for my mother. Her old iPhone 3G is, well, old..
So I filled in the details to see what it's worth as a trade in..

3.75!! lol
(Thats about $5 to you Merkins)

Ok, it's getting on a bit. But it works! 3.75?? Really?? I'd rather blend it for that money.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:55 AM   #15
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So I've got a 32gb iPhone 5 and after a year, it's not worth over 175 to Apple?

Then why do they expect us to pay so much in the first place?

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I just went to official website and entered all the details, and was offered 230.
If you did that on the "Reuse and Recycling" page, the it's not the same thing this article is talking about, it's a service they've been running for a while. I can't find this new service on the Apple website?

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Of course you can, but you have to photograph it, list it, sell it, post it, pay your fees, withdraw your money and pray you don't get scammed.

Point is this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
I have to walk past CEX to get to the Apple store, so they are more convenient and still manage to give me a better deal.
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Just used the Apple UK webstore, and an iPhone 4S 16GB in excellent condition with power cord is 150. iPhone 5S 16GB, same condition, is 220

Not great, but I've no idea where this 175 price point mentioned in the article has come from.
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Just used the Apple UK webstore, and an iPhone 4S 16GB in excellent condition with power cord is 150. iPhone 5S 16GB, same condition, is 220

Not great, but I've no idea where this 175 price point mentioned in the article has come from.
LIke I mentioned above I think the "Reuse and Recycling" program is a different beast, to this "offer", it's been around for a while.

I think you have to take your phone into the store to get a valuation, though not sure of that. Where did MR get the image in the article?
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LIke I mentioned above I think the "Reuse and Recycling" program is a different beast, to this "offer", it's been around for a while.

I think you have to take your phone into the store to get a valuation, though not sure of that. Where did MR get the image in the article?
I hadn't hit refresh, so missed your response.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 12:40 PM   #19
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Of course you can, but you have to photograph it, list it, sell it, post it, pay your fees, withdraw your money and pray you don't get scammed.

Point is this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
You can get more ANYWHERE not just eBay. Take it to your local CEX or Cash Converter - they're everywhere these days and will offer cash and the option of store credit. Not exactly any harder than going to an Apple shop, which are few and far between.

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It's laughable!! I don't need a new iPhone, but I was going to get one for my mother. Her old iPhone 3G is, well, old..
So I filled in the details to see what it's worth as a trade in..

3.75!! lol
(Thats about $5 to you Merkins)

Ok, it's getting on a bit. But it works! 3.75?? Really?? I'd rather blend it for that money.
That's just insulting. I don't know how the hell they dare offer such a pitiful amount. It's worth at least 50, and that's if its battered beyond belief, and locked down.
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Old Oct 14, 2013, 12:41 PM   #20
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To fund my 64GB 5S I put my old 32GB 4 on ebay for 185BIN. It sold in less than 3hrs!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111182289510

The equivalent offers from Apple/Mazuma/etc were between 65-100. Sure Apple is hassle free, but money talks when you're laying out 709 for a 5S!
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Where did MR get the image in the article?
It's on the retail store pages, for example this one:

http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/theoracle/

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You can compare all the places that will give you cash for old phones at:
http://mobilevaluer.com

For example, you can get 257.15 for a 16GB iPhone 5. (At the time of writing this.)
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Of course you can, but you have to photograph it, list it, sell it, post it, pay your fees, withdraw your money and pray you don't get scammed.

Point is this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
You think it is easier to get to a store than spend 5 minutes listing an auction? Even posting no longer requires people to go {shudder} outside. As for praying for not being scammed, you are protected on that front too.

Now, if you had said:

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Of course you can, but if you are lazy, this is easier. Of course you'll get less, convenience is a commodity.
that would have been fair comment.
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I also tried my rMBP, which is a year old and I paid 1500 for it. According to Apple it's worth 800, despite the fact they sell on ebay for 1300+ all the time.
Tsk. You know that Apple's markup is a minimum 30-40% on all products. Including trade-ins.

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It's laughable!! I don't need a new iPhone, but I was going to get one for my mother. Her old iPhone 3G is, well, old..
So I filled in the details to see what it's worth as a trade in..

3.75!! lol
(Thats about $5 to you Merkins)

Ok, it's getting on a bit. But it works! 3.75?? Really?? I'd rather blend it for that money.
Apple will pay you 40 if you didn't upgrade to iOS4.
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Anybody ever part exchanged their old car? This is exactly the same. The garage offer you less than its worth because they will want to sell it for a profit. You trade in because it's less hassle than selling privately or even keeping 2 cars road legal for a few weeks (tax, insurance etc). You all know the garage never give you the best deal.
Apple are doing the same. You don't have to take the offer. It's their for people who don't want to (or can't be bothered) to use other means. Take it or leave it. I know what I'll be doing when the iPhone 6 comes out.
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