Apple Offering Up to $200 Gift Card for a Used iPhone 4

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is offering up to $200 (for a 32GB iPhone 4) for used iPhones, depending on condition, via its recycling and trade-in program. The company also takes in iPads, old Mac and PC notebook and desktop machines for recycling.

    Apple has partnered with California-based PowerON for its recently-expanded recycling service, calling the company "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets."

    To return an iPhone, users must first choose which model they have and then answer a few simple questions about the state of the device, including whether it is severely scratched, water damaged, and if it works properly. PowerON provides free shipping materials and, upon receipt and verification of the device, mails out an Apple Gift Card for the fair market value of the product -- or approximately what it would be worth selling it privately.


    Apple/PowerOn isn't the only way to dispose of old electronics, of course. Online trade-in services like Gazelle, selling devices on eBay or Craigslist, or trading in iOS devices at GameStop are all viable alternatives.

    Understandably, some may prefer the official Apple path versus the hassle or risk of selling their devices to third-parties.

    The trade-in service isn't the only useful recycling program that Apple offers. It also gives a 10% discount on a new iPod to customers who bring in an old iPod -- working or not -- to an Apple Retail Store for recycling. Retail Stores will also take in dead batteries and any cell phone for free recycling as well.

    In recent years, Apple has worked to aggressively improve its environmental image.

    Article Link: Apple Offering Up to $200 Gift Card for a Used iPhone 4
  2. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
  3. OMGbrandon macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Miami, FL
  4. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    To be fair you can get a much better price for a 'device of monetary value' on eBay.
  5. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008
    I think I could sell my factory unlocked iPhone 4 for about double that price.
  6. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
  7. room237 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    Not bad, in theory, but can't put the money towards the new iPhone, unless I'm without a phone for a few weeks.

    I'll try ebay.
  8. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    I like to try Craigslist first then if apple will give more than what a friend gives me then I'll go with them. Whoever gives me more basically lol.
  9. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Too bad I already got $400 for mt iPhone 4 32gb on Criagslist, and I got cash which is just as good as money.;)
  10. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
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    Never heard of them. Does this mazuma mobile place except US-based iPhones? I cant see why they'd pay double what US-based places pay. Seems scammy, but a quick google search hasn't turned up anything.
  11. Trauma1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    Considering I sold mine for over $400, definitely not worth it.


    There are plenty of US-based sites like that, Gazelle is one of them.

    The problem with those sites, from what I have read in user reviews and other articles, is that when you send them your phone, they will offer you a lesser amount than what was originally quoted on the website. And there is a short time-frame in getting your phone back, so they essentially hold your device hostage so you accept the lesser amount.
  12. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    This way they can just reuse old parts for the iPhone 4S...
  13. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Apple says my Mid-2009, 17" matte, 2.8 GHz C2D, in good or very good condition (except the discrete 9600 GPU) is worth < 35 US$. Yeah, that is right. I paid > 2900 US$ (including tax) in 2009 for this machine.

    No thanks, Apple!
  14. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    eBay Instant Sale is much better, let alone selling on Craigslist and/or selling as auction on eBay. I got $500 last week for my iPhone 4 32Gb.
  15. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Sure, but the point is that this place is (for some reason) offering double what Gazelle offers. That's a significant amount.
  16. Matth345 macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2010
    They are very well known in the UK as are envirofone who I have used before. They also offer £280
  17. millertime021 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
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    For everyone complaining... Apple isn't making anyone do this. It's good that they have the option. I know plenty of people that don't care about max resale, and would rather have an easy way out.
    I personally prefer eBay, but there's no need to complain about the offer.
  18. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    I tried the tool to see how much they would give me for my used iPhone 3GS 32gb, in good condition, just some minor scuffs and scratches. It says they will offer me a fair market value of: $0. (It didn't even say no thanks, it really did say they will offer me $0, and allows me accept).
  19. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    They are definitely not a scam - I use them to get rid of all my old phones (much less painful than eBay) - they don't reduce the offered price based on condition of the phone, either: As long as it works, that's what you get
    No idea if they accept phones from abroad though
  20. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Agreed. It's another option for people who don't want the hassle of dealing with Craigslist, eBay, the kid down the street, etc. If you don't like the offer, you don't have to take it.

    Actually, I'd take it a step further and say that they're really only offering this service to earn "Green" points so their gear doesn't end up in landfills. Paying the customer is only secondary.
  21. markdj macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2010
    Not real cash

    You only get a gift card. That's not real cash and you can only spend it on Apple.
  22. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    That's true, normally these sites give you more money for gift card vs cash option. I.e. Best buy or crutchfield gift card. I just think this is a horrible idea, but like another poster said, they may want an easy way out.
  23. Sardonick007 macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011
    Fair Market Value?

    Too bad private sellers haven't heard of Apple's definition of fair market value. There's always some shmuck ready to fork over more than a used phone is worth. Oh, be right back, I just got a hit on my ebay sale.
  24. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Wow, so Apple is willing to buy back the stuff they sell you for a retail gift card worth half the devices' value, but considering retail markup only costs them about a quarter or a third of the devices value (depending on what you buy with that gift card). Additionally, you will likely spend more than the amount on the gift card you get so Apple will then make money on anything over and above the amount of the gift card.

    I'm guessing selling on Craigslist or eBay will be better for most folks.
  25. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    the article stated trading in iPods for 10% off..

    does that mean i can trade in my 1st gen iPod shuffle for 10% off?

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