Best Buy Trade In Was A Great Deal!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by drober30, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I received $660 for my aluminum uni-body "macbook". This model was before they all went to mackbook pros.

    I purchased two MBA, an 11' and 13". The sale prices were cheaper than the $50 that Apple gives for the education discount. I received $100 BB gift card on the first laptop and used that to buy the second laptop. I walked out of the store with the other $100 BB gift card that I will use on my iPhone 5 in September!

    I exchanged my 13" the next day for another 11" and just love it!
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    That isn't a bad price for the MacBook. Enjoy the new Airs! Which model 11" are they?
     
  3. macrumors member

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    If you don't mind me asking, how did you do the trade in? Do you have to just do it online or can you walk into the store and trade your laptop in? I have an old one which I would like to trade in but I'm not sure how it works and if it is worth it or not. Awesome deal though, that's really good for a macbook!
     
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    iExpensive

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    Hmmm... I may have to try this with my 2010 air.
    Why did they offer so much for a 4 year old computer?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Two of the 4GB, 128GB. I did not think $300 for the 256GB was worth it but more importantly, I did not think I would need it because worth it or not, if I needed it, I would have bought it!
     
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    I would place money that if you brought it into the store the person looking at the Macbook hasn't got a clue about the difference between Macbook models and inputed a newer model of the Macbook like perhaps even a "Pro" into the computer and it spit out to give you that much money.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Does the machine have to originally be purchased from Best Buy? I only ask because I assumed it did but don't recall hearing those commercials for very long so assume the trade-in program wasn't around when you got that macbook.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    yes seems highly likely since wasn't there a year where they did a regular macbook in aluminum?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    www.bestbuy.com/tradein

    I got the quote online, printed it and took it into the store.

    I was able to get the "good" price. I got a quote for a "good" rating and a "fair" rating and printed them off. I only showed the good rating to them. My computer was in great shape, however, it did have a scratch on the cover.

    It was an "Aluminum" macbook not the white plastic one. The $660 was more than they were going for on eBay.

    I think buying from Best Buy is better because with the $100 gift card you can buy anything including an iTunes card if you want one.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    That is a pretty good deal. And they seem to give very good in-store credit for it. I just got quoted 548.00 for my early o8, White Macbook 2.4ghz c2d.
     
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    Wow they need to fix their method of determining the value of computers. I basically inputted the specs of a 2010 MBA and it says its worth $250! Its basically going by "CD drive"? yes or no, "Hard drive space: 128 gb" which probably means small and useless.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It goes by "Apple Laptop" then the specs. It does not ask for model name.

    I bought it through BestBuy originally and they put in the serial number and model number to complete the trade. They also had to do like a four point inspection.
    • They checked the hinges on the lid to see if it would stay in place
    • They checked for scratches on the screen
    • Checked two ther things but I was not looking
     
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    No, it's a Macbook Collector's Edition....;)

    Sunuva....too bad mine has a dent or two in it. Oh well, it's on loan to my office manager.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To me, that's a trade in value! Time to upgrade!
     
  16. macrumors G4

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    Unfortunately, the online calculator grossly understates the value of the Air (probably because it has no optical drive and "only" 128GB of storage).

    Trade-In Estimate
    APPLE NOTEBOOK
    CPU BRAND: Intel Core 2 Duo
    CPU SPEED: 1.41 ghz to 1.7 ghz
    MEMORY: 4GB or more
    HARD DRIVE: 100.1 GB to 159.9 GB
    CONDITION: GOOD
    DISPLAY / SCREEN SIZE (DIAGONAL): UNDER 12 INCHES
    OPTICAL (CD OR DVD) DRIVES: NO CD-ROM OR DVD DRIVE
    AC ADAPTER / CHARGER: 1 INCLUDED
    BATTERY: 1 INCLUDED (WORKING)
    AIRPORT OR WIRELESS CARD: APPLE AIRPORT (Or other built-in) WiFi Wireless
    SERIAL NUMBER VISIBLE?: YES
    WIPE HARD DRIVE AND REMOVE PERSONAL DATA: I WILL REMOVE PERSONAL DATA MYSELF
    Estimated Trade-in Value
    (includes a Prepaid shipping label) Gift Card Value: $252.00
    Mail Check Value: $164.00
     
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    Exactly what I got. They are crazy if they think 2010 13" MBA is only worth $250
     
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    Figure you can hang around best buy and wait for someone to take in a 2010 air, step out from beside the counter as they walk away in disgust, and tell them you'd give them $400 for their model. :D
     
  19. macrumors 68040

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    Which Macbook did you have? I have the 2.4 with the backlit keyboard.

    ...... so tempting
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

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    Very old MBP Core Duo 15 inches gets a better value than brand new MBP i5 13 inches. I guess Screen size is a major deciding factor.
     
  21. macrumors G4

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    The problem is that it doesn't distinguish SSDs from HDDs. It's assuming that the 2010 MacBook Air is a cheap netbook without a CD and only a tiny HDD. The 128GB SSD in the Air alone would fetch close to $200 on eBay.
     
  22. macrumors 6502a

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    I'll give you $300 for it :D
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the way the trade in choices are set up is not apples to apples. This is only a great deal for those with higher specs. It does not even ask how old it is, just the specs!

    I got lucky!

    I also had $240 in reward zone dollars so I paid like $197 out the door for my 4GB 256GB 11" MBA!

    And I'm just loving it!!!

    If a smaller laptop fits into your computing lifestyle, I highly recommend the 11" MBA!
     
  24. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's the model I had. 13" MB Aluminum.
     
  25. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2.4Mhz Dual Core, 250GB, 4GB
     

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