Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Recycling Program Offering Gift Cards Up To $175

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch, offering Apple Store gift cards for older Apple Watch devices that are in good working condition through a partnership with Brightstar.

    Apple previously allowed customers to recycle the Apple Watch through its recycling program, but there were no gift cards offered. Gift cards received from recycling products can be put towards new devices purchased from the Apple Store, either at retail locations or online.


    Gift cards are available for original Apple Watch models, Apple Watch Series 1 models, and Apple Watch Series 2 models, with Apple offering between $50 and $175 depending on device. For a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 2 in full working condition, for example, Apple is offering $175, which is the highest payout available.

    For an original 42mm Apple Watch Sport model in good working condition, Apple is offering $50, the lowest payout. These prices are lower than what you might get attempting to sell a device on your own, but higher in some cases than the prices available through other trade-in programs.

    Working condition means the device powers on, the enclosure is in good condition, there are no obvious signs of liquid damage, the display is in good condition, and the buttons are operational. Apple does allow for normal wear and tear when it comes to the display and the enclosure, however.


    Apple is only offering money for Apple Watch devices that meet all of the above restrictions. For devices that are damaged in some way, Apple offers free recycling through Brightstar, but no gift card.

    When recycling an Apple Watch through Brightstar, the company will allow you to use your own shipping or it will send a free shipping box. Customers must make sure the Apple Watch is free of all faults, all data has been wiped, and that the battery is fully charged. It does not appear that charging cables nor Apple Watch bands need to be sent with the Apple Watch.

    Apple, in partnership with Brightstar, also offers gift cards when recycling a range of older iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and smartphones from third-party manufacturers.

    Article Link: Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Recycling Program Offering Gift Cards Up To $175
  2. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    seems like a slap in the face and a terrible deal

    pretty sure the stainless steel apple watches are worth more than $175 just based on raw materials and the silver they use

    someone prove me wrong though
  3. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    If you have an Apple Watch Edition Gold I’d take a pass on this offer. :)
  4. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
  5. akfgpuppet macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2011
    The 831
    They offer $75 for a series one watch. If something is wrong with it, they won't give you anything.
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Might be a bad deal for SS S2, but its a good deal on a S0 Sport. $50 and you get to keep the charging cable. Gazelle and NextWorth were offering $40 and you had to give them the charging cable and brick.

    With that being said, I'm keeping my S0 for an emergency because of my move streak. But for those that don't care about it, its a good deal.
  7. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Be careful with Brightstar, they're well known for scamming people.

    Recently got a quote for $145 for my wife's iPhone 6. Sent it in in full working order (had always been in a case with a screen protector). They tried to send back pictures showing light coming from the edge of the display, as if the glass had been pulled from the screen. They then offered $0 for it.

    I refused and told them it wasn't in that shape when shipped to them and they told me to file a claim with UPS. I told them I'd just take them to court. They called and left a message offering the full $145 then but said I first had to accept the $0 amount online and they'd process it manually.

    I called back about it and they didn't know anything about the new offer but said if someone told me that then I should do it and they'd note it for their customer support guys. I did it and didn't hear anything for a week or get the card so I called back again. This time they told me that they didn't see anything on it but when I told them the story they "looked into it" and "Oh yeah, now I see that's the case." They then said the card had been emailed the week before. We hadn't received anything so they said it'd be another few days to re-issue it.

    Eventually we got the gift card but it took a ton of work and it was clear they were trying to do anything they could to avoid paying and keep the phone.

    Check out the reviews of Brightstar. Lots of people have been scammed and had Brightstar keep their device too. Be VERY careful.
  8. thebanterboy macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2017
    They need to introduce an Apple Watch Upgrade Program, like the iPhone Upgrade program. Set monthly fee where you can upgrade every year.
  9. Labeno macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    Hmmm, I wonder...
    Gold Edition up front: $17,000
    Apple's Recycle price; $150?
  10. Mc0 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Why does it have to be working to qualify for this incentive program? Are they going to resell them? Thought the whole point of this is to encounrage product recycling...
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    What is Apple doing with the watches they buy back? Will we see them in a refurb store?

    Maybe thy just want the used watches off the market so they don't compete with the new ones.
  12. bluechair1984 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    I wonder if you have to send the band in... or is it just the watch body?
  13. Septembersrain macrumors 68040


    Dec 14, 2013
    Holy crap! I will definitely not be using them in the future. That's an insane amount of people. I'd be better off risking Craigslist.
  14. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Kind of a shame that these things don’t last any longer than a couple years.
  15. stopthenonsense macrumors member


    Dec 23, 2015
    Spring, TX
    That is ice cold if that's really true. I still can't believe the gold watches didn't come with a lifetime upgrade for the internals of the watch. $17k for a watch thats now worth $150, meanwhile a $17k Rolex will eventually be worth more than you paid for it.
  16. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    Expensive hardware thats up for recycling at only 2 years old just seems totally nuts to me..
  17. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Two years, just like the iPhone. :(:rolleyes:
  18. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I may just be me... but I can't really see how paying Apple some additional fee just to have the latest version of the watch is particularly compelling.
  19. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Recycling part works with this company. The money you receive will be half to nothing of their calculated online value. Set your expectations accordingly.
  20. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    You couldn’t be more wrong. Silver is only about $16/ounce and this has waaay less than 1oz of More like a gram or 2, meaning $1 in scrap value.

    The raw materials are probably worth $5-$10. What makes them valuable is how they work together. Truly a sum is great than the parts proposition.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 4, 2017 ---
    Why? New features are added every year. You don’t have to like it or buy it, but pretty easy to see whand it’s compelling for some. This year was lte...pretty big upgrade.
  21. gugy macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Craigslist definitely offers a better deal for someone who wants to sell one.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 4, 2017 ---
    Not just you. I have the Nike edition series 2. I have no reason to upgrade since I don't care about LTE. Maybe series 4 at the end of 2018. We'll see
  22. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    SS 42mm Series 0 are selling for around $100 on eBay. I get to keep the ($29) charging cable and ($50) band if I trade it in to Brightstar. Seems reasonable to me.
    I traded in an iPhone 6+ at the Apple Store for $175 I think. They use Brightstar. Got the trade-in value subtracted from the cost on my iPhone 7 immediately.
  23. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    It works both ways too. I sent them a non-bootable iPad 2 and they still send me a $75 gift card.

    I find they're a good last resort for people with really old devices.
  24. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    $75 for a first gen 38mm stainless. Wife bought it when series two and one hit market discounted to $200. Not an awful return for a hassle free exchange. But I think I could do better selling privately.
  25. RemE macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2012
    Try Amazon Trade-In, I got $155.00 for my 42mm space gray aluminum G2 watch and I'll take an Amazon card over an Apple card any day. Almost zero extra value in stainless models, I consider watches almost toss away, so aluminum for me and roll annually with Amazon trade-in program. Apple "should" offer better trade-in than anyone, but no, just yet another thorn in my relationship with the borg.

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