Curiously, Dell is offering trade-in's on G3 and G4 PowerMa...

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MacBytes, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. kzoonut macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2002
    Dell offers cash for old macs?

    I don't mean to sound like a pee-cee troll here, but I just saw this on macsurfer, with a corresponding link to macnn:

    Dell offers cash for old macs

    First, like I said before, not to sound like a troll, but this is really a 'switch' campaign with some teeth. Dell is really putting their money where their mouth is - maybe Apple should take notice.

    Second, I couldn't help but think - what if Apple did this? I think people are lot more reluctant to trade in their beloved Macs. Personally, the only way someone is getting my tiBook is to pry it from my cold dead hands but I know tons of people who might be willing to trade in their bit bucket PC's. I know I'd be happy to trade in mine for a modest discount on a new G5.

    Anybody else think Apple would have a tremendous response to an offer like this?
  2. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    the real question is when theun-switchign campaign by m$ will start again
  3. Das macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2003
    It couldn't work for Apple because Dells don't retain their value nearly as well as Apples. Just try selling a P2 system and see how much you get.

    Anyhoo, sounds like a good deal if you're got an old Apple and don't want to sell it for more on ebay. Compusa had something like this except they offered 600 for g4s and you could spend it on a new apple which is what I'd hope Apple would sponsor with the g5s coming up.
  4. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    why? does michael dell now think he will be the first company ti switch people from one platform to another? lol:p
  5. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Some one on that board made a good point: you could take advantage of the trade in, buy the dell, then sell it right after. That way you may get more money out of it.

    But of course, you would have to buy a Dell in the process.

  6. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    i honestly dont feel anyone's mind would be made up with this. this is just a way for someone to get some money off of their next dell purchse.

  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Not a bad deal - especially if you get the additional 250 off - that $700 off a new machine. You could walk away with a nice $300 machine :D

    Only thing is, if you had a lot of mac only software you wouldn't be able to use a lot of your own files.

    I have an old G4 - but I would trade it in for a PC, I wouldn't be able to do any of work with it....

  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Or you could just go through some place like PowerMax. They take old Macs as trade ins. PCs are worse than cars when it comes to trade in value. They're so cheap now, you can barely recover your losses on someplaces like eBay.
  9. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    You'd do better to sell it on ebay.

    Even if it's a lower-end G4.
  10. Sayhey macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2003
    San Francisco
    Now why would Dell be doing this if it didn't see the mac as a threat? Maybe the G5 isn't so slow after all? Hmm...?
  11. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Yeah apple should take this idea and run with it.

    It would work with people low on cash, but there are so many different models for each PC computer company it would be harder to do, very it would reward apple with some profits! :)
  12. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    That's what I was thinking... Suppose Dell looked at the spec scores and went HOLY CRAP!!!!

    Even funnier is Apple just tells you that it's better on our side so switch. Dell has to bribe you. I see this as Dell admitting that their products are weak compared to Apple. In any event, they wouldn't just do this if Apple wasn't going anywhere. Someone's scared...

    Apple would never do this. It's really a stupid proposition. You trade in your old computer and buy a completely different platform with different software and we'll give you some money. However, you'll have to immediately spend that money on new software that you used on your old one.

    Apple doesn't have to do this, they have a superior product in quality, style and coming soon... speed. Dell would have to drastically change it's production philosophy in order to compete with apple for quality and style.
  13. PowerBook User macrumors regular

    May 29, 2003
    I'd have to agree. Maybe Dell is scared. Anyway, I'd take a Blue and White G3 over a new Dell any day.
  14. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I think I would take the new dell, sell it, and get a g4. My business skills are growing these days. ;)
  15. kzoonut macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2002
    After thinking about it a bit more, I think Apple is too responsible of a company to offer something like this. Honesty, imagine...up to $250 for a Pentium 3 or Athlon T-Bird - what would Apple do with all the takers? I'd be worried about the landfills....

    Along the same lines - what is Dell going to do with the computers they take in exchange? I'm sure they could fetch a fair price on eBay. I think they already have a strong presence there with their refurbed laptops - kinda like a win-win for them, * if * anybody takes them up on the offer.

    Could you imagine admitting to your mac friends that you switched back? No sir, just couldn't do it....
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Dell made a serious attack in Apple's traditional education market when they tripped and Dell gobbled up market share.

    Now Dell's going after the science market seems like a logical extension of the kill Apple's strongpoint efforts.

    It might be a narrow attack right now. But, this sounds like the first round in a coming war to counter the PowerMac G5 & XServe G5 Clusters.
  17. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    maybe if apple didn't have the lot of us sitting on our damn hands (and wallets) waiting for new equipment (15" Al powerbooks) to come out, this would never have happened.

    how much longer can apple really wait to put out these things? I'm dying on the vine here and sooner or later i'm going to come to a point where i'll just have to make a purchase. New Powerbook or not, the clock's almost run out...
  18. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    maybe this
  19. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    i'll take a cube off of thier hands if they want:D

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