Should You Use Apple’s Deals?

While Apple puts out new devices quite often, at least when it comes to phones and tablets, you can actually use their products for a pretty long time. Your Mac, MacBook, or iPad can remain useful and relevant for many years. However, at some point, you’ll want to upgrade. That means your existing device needs to go somewhere.

There are a lot of options for getting rid of your old Apple device, but Apple itself also offers an interesting option in the form of its Apple trade-in program. We’ll take a close look at this offer and see if it’s the right choice for you.

What is the Apple Deals Offer?

While it varies from country to country on the finer details, in general, Apple will give you storage credit for your old device. You can spend this credit on anything in the Apple store, but it’s probably better to spend it on a device upgrade you’ve traded in – assuming you want a compatible device back. on one’s own.

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Apple will assess the condition of your existing device and then provide you with an amount it deems reasonable. Whether it’s as much as you want or need depends on your individual circumstances.

Apple Refurbishment Program

What does Apple do with traded products? There are two main destinations that we are aware of.

The first was mentioned above. If your device is no longer repairable, Apple will pay you a lot of money. However, they will properly recycle your broken device and can save a little use from environmental doom. So good for you for not just putting it in the bin.

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If your device is worth it, Apple will refurbish it and resell it at a small discount to the price of a new model. By the way, if you’re wondering if buying a refurbished Apple product is a good idea, we’ve got a detailed investigation of the idea.

Direct selling can make you more money

One of the main alternatives to getting an official Apple sale offer is to sell your old device directly to another individual through a service like Craigslist. There are a few good reasons to do this. However, you will probably get a larger amount. That would also be money you could spend anywhere, instead of just in the Apple Store.

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On the other hand, you don’t know how long it will take to sell your item. Furthermore, selling individually comes with its own risks. There is a lot of fraud and even physical danger attached to private sales.

See how much others are selling similar items for yours and compare with what Apple offers. Then you should factor in the risk of direct selling. Is it still worth the money difference? You decide.

But Apple is safe and predictable!

While the dollar amount Apple offers isn’t always spectacular, it’s a very reliable way to get anything else for your old device. Their policy is very clear and as long as your device is in good condition, they will pay you what their guidelines dictate.

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They won’t rob you, trick you or try to cheat. There’s a lot of value associated with that convenience that can offset the amount you’ll get from Apple for less than selling it individually.

Just make sure you’re actually dealing with an official Apple store and not an unauthorized third-party reseller. Unless they offer a better deal, that is.

Alternative trade shows

Apple isn’t the only one offering trade-in programs for devices like laptops and tablets. Other companies want to get in on the action, too. They may even be particularly interested in using used Apple devices for parts or for resale as refurbished.

This is not true for all countries. Also, we really wouldn’t recommend as a general rule that you buying a refurbished Apple device from anyone other than Apple. Mainly because they are close to the aftermarket repair industry for their products.

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However, if all you want is the best deal on your existing gear and they offer cash, then you should do some comparison shopping. If they also only offer store credit and don’t sell anything new that you want, then any additional money obviously won’t be worth it.

The bottom line, though, is, well, it’s all about the bottom line. It doesn’t matter to you what the company does with your old device, as long as their cold and hard cash offer is good enough.

If pin is Kaput, definitely must trade

Devices like iPhones and iPads don’t really have components that can wear out in just a few years. The only component with a relatively short lifespan is the battery.

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Lithium-ion batteries, which are now quite common in computing devices, are only rated for a certain number of charge cycles before failing. Since the batteries of modern Apple devices are not user-replaceable, it can be difficult to get a good price for a dead battery.

Since Apple will replace the battery during the refurbishment process anyway, they don’t care about this and will still give you the same offer. This means that the trade-offs for such devices make a lot of sense.

Consider turning on your device

In some cases, the amount Apple is willing to give you will be quite low. This may not be enough to justify giving up a functional device that is still in good condition. So why not give the device to someone who really needs it?

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Give it to a student, give it to your mother. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the newest, most shiny model. Perhaps someone in your life will be extremely grateful for a well-preserved used Apple device. Just remember to properly remove your information from it first!

Why not just keep it?

Do you really need to throw away your device? There are plenty of good reasons to simply keep your old Apple device, even if it’s eligible for a trade-in.

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  • Keeping a backup phone in case your current one is damaged or stolen is a great idea.
  • iPad can be permanently attached and connected to a power source.
  • You can use iOS phones and tablets to control smart home systems or to perform all sorts of useful tasks as an embedded computer. They also make well-shared smart devices that anyone can use to quickly browse the web or watch some Netflix.

If you can use your old device, with some imagination, then you can use it until it works fine and really dies and just afterward hand it over to Apple for recycling.

Trade, or not trade: Summary

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So let’s break it down into a simple bulleted list to help you decide if Apple’s exchange program is right for you. You should use Apple’s exchange program unless one of the following is true:

  • You can sell it safely and quickly to privateers for more.
  • You do not have access to the Apple store credit.
  • A third party provides a cash agree.
  • You think that someone can use the device (and you like them enough).
  • You may find a useful purpose for your old device.

Apple’s trade-in offer isn’t for everyone, but it’s a very good thing that the option is available to owners of these devices. So always keep it in mind when it’s time to upgrade.

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