PowerBook Trade-in Program?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    ThinkSecret reports that U.S. owners of the original and "Gigabit Ethernet" G4 PowerBooks will be able to take part in a new pilot trade in program.

    According to the rumor site, Apple will be offering $700 trade-in credit for eligible laptops towards a new 15" or 17" PowerBook from Apple.

    Eligible laptops need to be in reasonable physical condition, free from LCD or other accidental damage. The program will reportedly be available through AppleCare until March 27, 2004.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    gigabit? would that be the second gen 667?

    if so i thought i'd be able to get more than $700 in resale value.

    oh well...this is a good little system.

    just checked system profiler, it doesnt tell me if its gigabit or not.
    time for me to check the article.
  3. macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I'm not exactly sure I understand what the process is going to be, and why? Anyone care to explain?
  4. macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2002
    Lexington, KY
    $700 seems like a decent trade-in value if you have a 400mhz model, but people are getting much more than that for the 500 and 550/667 models on eBay.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I have a 400 mhz G4 just waiting for a 1.33 ghz successor! WooHoo!!
  6. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    Seem to be a good deal...

    Help apple to deliver the actual production, and they will give us the PB G5.... good for the giga-owners....;)
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    I will trade-in my 550Mhz without a doubt if they accept mine, I have to use TiPaint several time to repair the paint issue. I will be happy even if they announce a G5 PB later.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    $700 isn't even really a 1/3rd of the price for a new one...this is more of a marketing ploy than something to benefit the customer. Think about how much they can turn around that money and sell the refurbished one for over a grand. Meh, I'd stick with eBay :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2002
    Don't be too cynical. Apple isn't in the business of selling two-years old computers - Even if it is, it wouldn't make any money, as the cost of checking the system and repairing any cosmetic damages (remember, we are talking about Ti here) would be really high.
  10. jcw
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2003
  11. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    Dominican Republic

    what they should do is buy all the pb g3s hehe i sold a 550 pb for 1200 dollars in august just before the Al PBs came out... just threw in a 80 dollar cd-r and the guy was happy as a clam:) and so was I!

    now for the 400 model... well 700 NOW is not so bad..

    back to the g3 pb.. there are a lot of those around! if they offered 200 for an ipod sale now there we'd have something...


    dreeeeaam dream dream dream dream dreaaaaaaam
  12. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2003
    Price is right?

    On ebay it seems that the average 667mhz DVI PB is going for less than a grand. Most of the ones that go for more have extras included (like high-end software packages). If I got 700 bucks for my 667 DVI, no questions asked, straight from Apple, I might do it. Not that I need a new laptop anyway, I was hoping to hold out for the G5 PB, whenever it may come. OF course, I'll get peanuts for my PB then.

  13. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    A hell of a lot easier to just send it to Apple then deal with the crap on America's Garage Sale.
  14. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Apple confirmed that US-based owners of the original and "Gigabit Ethernet" G4 PowerBooks will be able to participate in the upgrade program through March 27, 2004.

    Seems to me this confirms no PB G5s until April at the earliest.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Not that it makes a huge difference, but take into account that selling things on eBay isn't free. This comes from the guy with the $150 eBay bill.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    Macintouch had this Monday.

    Macintouch reported/discussed this on Monday so I am not really sure why ThinkSecret is saying "Exclusive". There was some discussion of it both Monday and Tuesday this week (and perhaps last Friday even).


    p.s. I don't see the link for it, but will post it when I find it.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    Re: Macintouch had this Monday.

    This is what they said Tuesday, and had a similar bit on Monday:
    From Dec 23, 2003 Macintouch:
    MacInTouch readers reported an Apple PowerBook G4 upgrade program, running through March 27, 2004, said to offer a credit to original PowerBook G4 owners in the U.S. on an upgrade to the current 15" or 17" PowerBook G4 models, and said customers should contact Apple at 800-275-2273 for details. (PowerBooks that have been damaged are not eligible.)

    [John Romadka] I spoke to a product specialist at Apple and they said they would give customers who have the original Powerbook G4 and the 1Ghz Powerbook G4 $700 towards the purchase of a new one.
    _ Not sure why they would bother since you could get much more for it selling it outright on eBay.
  18. macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    If this is true, we know when the next powerbooks are coming out... the week after this offer ends :)

    If this really is true, they're probably trying to kill their overstock of PBs.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Yeah, and get about the same amount once you figure in Ebays percentage, Paypals percentage and then shipping charges.

    If I had an older PB I would def. go this route. $700 off is more then I can get now with my edu. account...so this is hell of alot better deal then most.

    Apple will probably just end up recycling these old PB's to make back a few bucks.
    According to MacAddict you can get $2.00 for your 12-15inch PB and $2.50 for the 17incher. So Apple could make maybe $2.00 bucks off each of the PB's it gets in return.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Yep the end of March or in April.
    I say it's better then having to wait till Oct. or Nov. for a G5 PB.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better
    Not a deal

    Even with the 3% you would lose to eBay and PayPal, this is no deal at all. A 500mhz version will fetch over $700, after fees, very easily. Besides, any upgrades added to the machine are nullified (RAM, HD, Extra Batteries and Power Adapters...)

    667's on eBay.

    500's on eBay.

    The only case I could see this being benefecial to the consumer is that if the said powerbook is in poor cosmetic condition, thereby reducing its value.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    off topic, but i have to ask
    i have a pb 1ghz superdrive

    when i put in a cd sometimes the thing vibrates like crazy, does anyone else experience this or is it normal?
  23. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    true, if you know how to advertise on Ebay well, and you have a good product, you get get for more than $700- even after ebay and paypal fees.

    My question is why they would do this only until March? Is this a one time deal or could it be ongoing - or make its way to imacs, emacs?
  24. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.

    that is normal - the whirring sound. It may get really noisy, but as long as everything works okay - nothing to be worried about.
  25. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2003
    you'd think they would have a price scale for the models.

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