Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Recycling Program to UK, Germany, and France

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last August, Apple expanded its recycling program in the United States to allow customers to turn in their used iPhones and iPads for Apple gift cards.


    As noted by Macworld UK and [Google translation], Apple has once again expanded its recycling efforts by bringing a similar initiative to the UK, France, and Germany. But rather than offering payment in the form of an Apple gift card, the program in these countries offers users cash deposited into their bank accounts.
    The program, offered in conjunction with the German arm of electronics recycler Dataserv, builds upon Apple's existing programs for recycling Macs, PCs, batteries, iPods, and mobile phones.

    Apple supports recycling efforts in a number of other countries through third-party organizations with details for each region of the globe available from Apple's main recycling program pages.

    Article Link: Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Recycling Program to UK, Germany, and France
  2. flynndean macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    London, England
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    Certainly this market is already incredibly well served in the UK due to WEEE. There are countless companies offering cash for old phones, including the network operators themselves at contract renewal.

    Apple will need to differentiate themselves somehow...
  3. Ants42 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    Nice one, Apple

    iPhone 3GS 32GB (white, working condition)

    cash4phones: £111.11
    Mazuma Mobile: £108.00
    envirofone: £102.11
    Apple: £52.00

    Nice one, Apple.
  4. Phil A. Contributor

    Phil A.

    Apr 2, 2006
    Telford, UK
    I can't see what value Apple is adding to the market in the UK

    I've always used mazuma and they offer far higher prices (£215 for a 32GB iPhone 4) and don't care if the devices are scratched as long as they work.

    Also they pay hard cash rather than gift vouchers and the money is in your account within hours of receiving the phone: none of this bait and switch nonsense with an "evaluation" of the phone when they receive it - if your phone works you get your cash!
  5. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    My 20" Aluminium iMac from mid 2009?

    Cost me £829 ... offering me £147 if I wanted to sell it.

    iPhone 4 16GB black? Cost me £500 new almost a year ago to the day (warranty expires in 2 days) ... £177.

    I'd rather rub my balls with sandpaper.
  6. musio macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008

    Really? Where did you get apple's pricing? this is a joke! Oh dear apple..
  7. Ants42 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
  8. mrboult macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2008
    London, England
    That's is amusingly poor on Apple's part.

    I nearly soiled my self with laughter at that comment.
  9. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    They are: incredibly bad value.

    I have an old 2G 8GB in the cupboard. They go for £40 - 50 on Ebay. The site offered me £7. If I threw in the charging cable, which is actually still useful to me and worth more than that on it's own.

  10. Rab C macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2012
    You also have to take into account the usual tricks played by these people. They will offer say £100 online and you send it in and then they offer a lower price based on some random reason, e.g. scratched, etc.

    The £52 offered by Apple is more realistic and probably what the others will offer in reality.

    Edit: Reviews like these are typical of such recycle companies (this for envirofone):
  11. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Most people that take advantage of apples program are not worrying about getting every penny they can but more interested in recycling an old device so it doesn't end up in a land fill.
  12. Phil A. Contributor

    Phil A.

    Apr 2, 2006
    Telford, UK
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    Other companies that buy your old phone don't landfill them - they are recycled: This from Mazuma Mobile

    I've never used envirofone, but have recycled loads of old phones through mazuma and have never had so much as a single penny less than the offer made online and they pay cash into your bank within hours of receiving the phone

    Whatever way you look at it, the apple option is not a good deal compared to the rest of the market
  13. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    £182 for a perfect 4? Sorry, but plenty of sites here in the UK are offering substantially more. I friends!
  14. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    Bottom feeders. Its a scam.

    Recycled=Sold to third worlders at exorbitant prices no doubt.

    Doesn't Apple at least donate the usable stuff to schools etc?
  15. Xenc macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
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    Poor prices. Use eBay or one of the other countless "recycling" websites.
  16. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    I've sold quite a few old things online to these recycle sites, phones, iPods, digital cameras etc and never had a reduction made. Apple is offering poor value here, the UK electronic recycling market is already pretty saturated.
  17. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Who cares? Ultimately you're recycling - if a company can make a profit on that and employ people because of it? Fair play to them.
  18. Mouseinhat macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2011
    Well known auction site £200+

    Just saying.
  19. terrymcg macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2012
    I know, you wonder why people use these recyclers. There again, maybe people cant be bothered with the scammers on other sites!
  20. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I have used them, why?

    1) Auction sites minus insertion fees
    2) Risk's involved with sending items to buyers (who's to say the winner isn't a scammer)
    3) Ease of use, these recyclers are a LOT less hassle, they send you pre-paid postage and offer insured mail options
    4) Can send in batches of multiples, I sent in 4 phones at last upgrade.

    Apple's prices are a bit of a con to be honest, i bet they use a lot of these for refurbs.
  21. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2009
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    These prices are laughable. I normally recycle my phones via CEX and get a decent price in a store close to my home. Apple don't seem particularly serious about this 'offer'.
  22. Mico8914 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    OK, well Apple really offers close to nothing $ for those used phones.. Any online trade-in company would pay 2-3 times that $. I suggest using websites like GS as a price reference when trying to get rid of your older Apple products.

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