Apple's In-Store Reuse and Recycling Program Now Offering Trade-In Credit for Used iPads

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As part of a larger green initiative to help consumers recycle old iOS devices, Apple is now expanding its Reuse & Recycling program in the U.S. and Canada to include the iPad, reports 9to5Mac. Apple also is making it easier for consumers to purchase new devices with more flexible terms for applying in-store credits obtained when recycling an iOS device.


    Previously, Apple's in-store Reuse & Recycling program accepted only iPhone models, which customers could trade-in for a store credit that could be used to purchase a new iPhone. Under this new plan, Apple will accept either an iPad or an iPhone for trade-in and will issue a credit that can be used towards a new purchase.

    Customers may apply this credit towards a new iPhone or iPad, regardless of which device they are trading in, and they can even combine iPad and iPhone credits (with a limit of one of each device type) to apply toward the purchase of a new device. For example, a customer could trade-in an iPhone 5 and an iPad 2 to receive credits that can be combined to purchase a new iPad Air.

    Apple yesterday confirmed it was expanding its Reuse & Recycling program to include all devices, regardless of their condition. Besides the iPad, Apple will accept for free any broken or older model Apple product providing customers with a way to easily recycle the device responsibly. If a recycled iPhone or iPad has some remaining value as determined by in-store Apple Specialists, Apple will issue a store credit.


    This expansion is part of Apple's Earth Day celebration that began with the company's "Better" environmental campaign, which highlighted Apple's environmental efforts across its supply chain, its data centers and in its new Apple Campus 2 project. Apple also is commemorating Earth Day at its retail stores by placing a green leaf on its traditionally white Apple logo and issuing green t-shirts to its retail employees.

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  2. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
  3. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Yeah, would like to know this too. Have an iPad 2 that I would like to trade.
  4. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
  5. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    The funny thing is.

    Apple is THE WORST company for making computing products locked down, glued together, non up-gradable.

    Apple started the trend and others, seeing this works have started to copy them.

    You could have an old PC for years and keep changing little bits here and there as and when, but Apple want you to throw the whole unit away and buy a whole new one.

    So funny they should try and make out how green they are when they are the leading company at stopping you from upgrading things to make them last longer.


    Apple iPad 1st Generation 32GB (Wi-Fi)
    Estimate provided by PowerON:

    haa haa haaa
  6. dukeblue219 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2012
    You could get more selling yourself, it's not a completely crazy trade-in amount... looks like that model is going for around $115 on eBay with free shipping. Subtract shipping and ebay fees and you might clear $85-$90.
  7. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    well, Apple has to make money on your trade in too :D
  8. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Yep. That’s pretty much in line with most of the trade sites (heck, they may use the same underlying eval engine), I just ran the same device through Gazelle.

    OK, Best Buy is getting crazy, they’re going $75 on 1st gens!! :D

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  9. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    Apart from the lack of Mac mini updates, this is the part that might push me into Hackintosh territory.
  10. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Apple's trade in pricing is not that great on most things. For instance, the iPhone 4S 16GB VZW version is worth $125 to Apple. VZW gave me $200 for it on Friday. Granted, it's a gift card in both places. But I can buy iPhones and iPads at VZW, also.
  11. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    If you are trading in an iphone for another, this is convinient. However, I found that ebay usually gets you more money than the trade in with apple or gizzelle. For my 5s, I did the trade in and got a few dollars more than gizzelle, but probably a few less than ebay. I would assume the same experience will be about the same with th ipads.
  12. gujamin macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2002

    Does anyone know the song/artist for the music in the background of the video?

    Please post to if you do!
  13. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Those are terrible trade in offers

    HOW DARE YOU APPLE!!!! Arghhhh!!!

    Okay I'm calm now :)
  14. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yeah because most consumers want to deal with upgrading internal parts in their devices. BS. People want the latest and greatest, they want shiny and new.
  15. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    What is the difference throwing away "little bits" over years vs the whole thing at once? Sounds like you've thrown away more in total than someone getting a Mac every few years. Maybe you should just worry about your own recycling. Apple is one place you can do that.
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    You may have forgotten:

    - Macs have a longer useable life and better resale value than PCs.

    - iPads/iPhones have a longer usable life and better resale value than Android.

    If you want to talk about planned obsolescence, just look at the lack of software updates for Android devices after they have your money!

    Every iPad 1 I know of is still happily in use. Every iPad 2 is able to run THE latest version of iOS!

    And their claims about green energy and materials? True, well-documented, and NOT matched by the competition you wish they'd become more like.

    Very few people upgrade bits inside their PCs, and even fewer inside their phones and tablets. They simply throw them away. The fantasy of widespread internal upgrades is just that.

    (I do see the appeal, and I kind of wish your vision of how people use computers were true!)
  17. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I better phone up all the PC component supplies you sell graphics cards, memory upgrades, new hard drives, new CPU's and tell them they are wasting their time as it's just a fantasy.

    I have kept the bulk of my PC many times and just upgraded bits as I needed them, or what were expensive components have come down to a price I am willing to pay.

    No point in changing anything major yet from my "Sandybridge" system as the gains are minimal.

    The extra Ram, new SSD and new graphics card keep it tip top.
    Something I could not do with an iMac (Laptop on a stand)
  18. Cyborg21 macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2013

    But you forgot something, most non-apple products last a lot less than Apple products, my old iPhone 3G is still working with 0 problems and it has probably seen 6 owners, most Macs are used for a very long time. Apple does not really want you to change your devices so often, people do not upgrade new Apple products because older one has stopped working, they upgrade them because they want newest and greatest, Apple does force you to throw older gen. and buy a new one. I mean they are still updating iPhone 4, a 4-year-old iPhone, and they just stopped giving updates to iPhone 3GS which is a 5-year-old iPhone. Also, most Apple products are aluminum which causes 0 harm to environment and fully recyclable.
  19. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2011
    It doesn't appear to be active in Canada (yet?), but the US calculator offered me $125 for my wifi-only scuffed tablet. Not bad I guess, but I know I can get more on eBay/classifieds - I just won't get all the fuzzy-feelin' green-washing "we love the Earth" BS that Apple is throwing around these days.
  20. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Original, iPhone2G: Mint, 6GB with power cord.

    Value: 0

  21. Cyborg21 macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2013
    Agree! I am horrified what people say about Apple last years. I mean they spent tons of money for the environment, and people still say ''Apple is not green because, they force you to buy new products'' :confused:, Apple revolutionized Tablet, Smartphone, MP3 Players and modern personal computers, yet they simply say ''Apple did not invented anything'' or ''Apple wasn't the first'' without knowing difference about ''Innovation'' and ''Invention''. I am surprised when I saw this kind of post even on here Macrumors! I am afraid that Apple may have Nicola Tesla's destiny.


    This is what I mentioned my previous post... :(
  22. MacLC macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
    Hear hear!
    Discussing Hackintosh feels heretical but I admit, I have gone to a couple sites to spec out a hypothetical Hackintosh. Back in the "glory" days of the PM 7500 series, G3,G4 towers, heck, even the original iMac*, you could upgrade the CPU, HD, optical drive, or GPU, and laptops had replaceable batteries.

    The push to non-upgradability has nothing to do with style. The recycling program pays lip service to the environment while the corporate culture pushes absurdly quick planned obsolescence.

    If recycling were 100% efficient I would not mind so much but in reality most recycling programs ship products to China where coal-powered smelters inefficiently separate various components while toxic emissions poison the air for hundreds of kilometers.

    In the mean time, if a Hackintosh PSU goes, you can get a new one. If the CPU goes, you can get a new one. You don't have to sacrifice the whole machine for failure of one part. They are environmentally superior to the machines Apple currently sells.

    *original Bondi Blue iMacs had replaceable CPUs and a slot to add in a GPU. The 8MB VoodooII worked. You could even replace the CD drive with a DVD drive or 2nd hard drive if you wanted to.
  23. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    Go Green. Toss it and buy new. Apple needs the money ;)

    Happy Earth Day!
  24. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
  25. SethBoy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Given that laptops, phones and tablets are mostly not upgradeable anyway, your comment seems to be relevant only when talking about desktop computers (except the Mac Pro which is upgradeable). That means only the iMac and Mac mini, ie. 2 products out of Apple’s entire range.

    My parents are still using my first generation iPhone and iPad, and my MacBook Pro is over 6 years old now and I still use it as my main machine running Mavericks. I don’t have confidence in other brands to deliver this kind of longevity, upgradeable parts/replaceable batteries or not.

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