Apple Looking to Boost iPhone Sales With New Retail Store Trade-In Program

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Bloomberg reports that Apple will for the first time begin accepting trade-ins on iPhones in its retail stores, encouraging users to upgrade to the latest models and seeking to boost sales. Apple will be partnering with recycling firm Brightstar to offer the program.
    Since 2011, Apple has partnered with third-party firm PowerON in the United States to offer Apple gift cards to users seeking to recycle their used iOS devices through the company's website, moving last year to expand the program to other countries where it has offered cash back. With the new program, the trade-in program will expand to Apple's popular retail stores.
    Apple's web-based recycling and trade-in programs have so far been relatively hidden away on the company's site, resulting in low consumer awareness. The new retail store effort is, however, likely to make a significant difference in trade-in usage, appealing to consumers looking for hassle-free credit toward new devices.

    Article Link: Apple Looking to Boost iPhone Sales With New Retail Store Trade-In Program
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    London, England
    Hand your old iPhone in and get a free bumper for your new one!

    Or maybe it will be better than this. Who knows? Apple fans are always hopeful!
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    $199 for iPhone 5.
    $149 for iPhone 4S.
    $99 for iPhone 4.
    $49 for iPhone 3GS.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Although I already have an iP5, I do have a 3GS lying around. Can I get straight cash for it?
  5. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    Damn I'd get way more money on craigslist.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Exactly. Apple or any business doesn't understand this and tries to seek the biggest margins. The only people would trade-in are completely oblivious people.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2006
    Eh. This is interesting but I would have to see the numbers. I've had great luck with selling my pervious iPhone's on craigslist.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2011
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Sure, $1.82 or $4.99 in store credit.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    $199 for a 5???

    I can get a lot more on Craigslist.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    will people who are eligible for upgrade pricing be able to trade in his or phone and also get the upgrade price?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    desperate for sales

    Apple is pulling every trick out of the bag to keep sales up until new products are released later this year. AAPL is down 1.6% so far today.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2010
    there's no hope it will be comparable to craigslist. direct sales will always trump resale thru a 3rd party! this will be targeted to folks who want convenience, avoid hassle of craigslist, in exchange for lower $$
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2013
    Yeah I don't get why apple wouldn't want to decrease their margins.
  15. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    Those damn pervy phones I tell you!
  16. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    or lazy.
  17. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Apple knows. You're overestimating the average person that buys iPhones...
  18. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    the iPhone 5 is $649
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    I think it's more valuable to see privately or just use it as an ipod touch. I just think it may be worth more in its use versus companies turning around ane making $100-200 on your property.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2012
    Manhattan, NY
    Or people that don't need the money or the added hassle of selling your phone on ebay or craigslist. Instead you just bring it with you when you buy your new phone.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    Peace of Mind More than Money

    I recycled my late-2006 17" iMac, late-2004 14" iBook G4, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, and various associated plugs, cables, keyboards, and mice when I upgraded to my late-2012 27" iMac. I got $87.50 for the iMac and $105.00 for the iPhone 4. Everything else brought no value.

    Still, the money was enough to get a Thunderbolt-FireWire 800 dongle, extra Lightning connectors for my iPhone 5, and a new Backup UPS. And I know that those devices will be recycled rather than end up in a landfill.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Yes, you can.

    But from a typical consumer's standpoint, this is what they see:

    Paid $199 for an iPhone 5 in 2012.
    not eligible for an iPhone 5S upgrade, but I want one....
    The upgrade fee is $399 from AT&T/Verizon...
    Apple will give me $199 to trade in my iPhone 5 I won't use...
    (I've never heard of that Craigslist thing... seems too complicated...I might get ripped off...and it will take time and effort...I can do this Apple thing right here, right now, and get a new phone NOW)
    Hmmm.... now only $200 for an iPhone 5S after trading my iPhone 5 in...
    same price as getting the iPhone 5!
    Looks like a good deal, I'll do it!
  23. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

    I just looked up what apple would give me for my 32gig 4s

    It was $231 for good shape. Not that unreasonable. Maybe 50 off from what i would get on CL
  24. macrumors 68020


    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    when this starts? I might be interested in this.
  25. macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2007
    Or rich.

    I'm okay with doing ebay as I'm somewhat tech savy. But if I can just hand over a phone to Apple, feel secure that they will properly wipe it, and walk out saving $100 as opposed to selling the same phone for $200 but having to create my ebay ad, wipe my phone, monitor the sale, then pack and ship the device (running risk of damage in transit), then take money out of my paypal account. Well $100 might not be enough. Especially when I have to realistically take into account the 25% chance I never actually do anything with the phone as I will keep it as a backup until I've got another backup at which point the phone has lost all its value.

    I think this will be very very popular. I do not think Apple is doing this to boost iPhone sales. I think they are doing this to cut out middle men in a profitable transaction that is happening millions of times a month. This also might drive sales to the Apple store since Cell Stores were offering easy trade in process already.

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