Apple Wants to Buy Back Your Old iDevices

By , Aug 10, 2011

Are you itching to get rid of your old iPhone to make room for the iPhone 5 this Fall? What about an extra iPad, iPod, or even computer lying around the house? Apple wants to buy back your old tech!

Apple’s electronics recycling program allows you to mail in old Apple products in exchange for a gift card. If the device is in good enough shape, you’ll get pretty decent compensation for that old iPhone that would have probably just sat on your desk otherwise.

“Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer—Mac or PC—you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to us and we’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that we’ll apply to an Apple Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.”

Apple’s recycling program has been going on for years, but now is a better time than ever to start thinking about sending in your outdated — or soon-to-be outdated — Apple electronics.

If you’ve got an old iPhone, iPod, iPad or Mac to give back, fill out Apple’s Reuse and Recycle form. If you’re honest about the condition that your device is in, Apple will send you back a gift card to match your initial quote. If Apple changes the value of your old tech, you’ll be notified.

Shipping and postage is free, and you’ll get a box sent to your house to put your tech in before you send it away. Gift cards will be sent “within three weeks.”

Let us know if you give Apple’s recycling program a try. How much money did you get for your old device(s)? Are there other ways that you get rid of old tech?

[CNET]

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  • SimonOrJ

    I tried putting information, but it says “zero-value”.-_-

  • http://www.applecommunity.co.cc mecie

    that’s sad they don’t have the ipod option

    • anthonyappleguy

      I know… and the iPod is the only thing I have lying around.

      • MMerrifield

        There’s a program in NYC that’s recycling old/unused ipods. They’re loading them with music from decades past and using them with Alzheimer’s patients. I have the info somewhere. Picked it up on vacation because I thought so worthwhile. I’ll dig out if you’re interested.

  • Pam

    They’re gonna give me $55 for my 3G. Sure, why not!

    • SpideyRules

      Because you can probably still get about $200 for it on eBay, if you jailbreak and unlock it…

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        thats true, there are some people even 300 hundred for 3g ( I sold some used one, I know)

      • Pam

        For a 3G? It’s slow and clunky and can’t be updated any more. People are such suckers.

    • ZombieJ

      I got $90 for my 3G 8gb on gazelle.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/da_pope9 dapope9

    I Will Not Let Them Get Over On Me!!! My Stuff Will Go Straight On eBay & I Can Use My Money To Buy What I Want!!!

    • Ryan

      Why did you feel the need to captialize every word in that comment?

  • Angi

    As a professional eBay seller I have to say that offer is downright insulting. Also, if anyone reading this will sell me their 3G for $65 bucks…not only will I buy every one I can get, I’ll send you postage paid packaging to mail it to me.

    • Alicc

      I’ll sell you my white 3GS 32GB to you for $200?? Has brand new screen back is in good condition only prob. Is that bottom left of touch screen doesn’t wrk well??

  • Dane

    It’s offering $230 for a 16gb iPhone 4. Hahahahaha. This site is a joke

    • AT0M!X

      No…

  • whtlime

    $155 for my 3GS (white). The way I see it, Apple just covered my upgrade cost if the price can stick.

    • Jeff

      I sold my 3Gs on eBay last week for $300 and I got the money the day I sold it. Have fun selling yours for $155 and waiting 6 weeks to get the money!

      • whtlime

        :p Let me rethink that!

      • http://yourmomusesandroid.com billy

        get the “money”? Yeah more like the card you can only use to buy Apple products. Yea, that’s more like it!

  • appleGuy

    If anybody is looking to get $230 for iPhone 4 and $155 for iPhone 3GS white, heck, I’ll buythem from those people. My point is that before going off and selling back to Apple for a fraction of the actual device Value, you might want to try different sites such as eBay or even a more closer interaction site such as Craigslist. Using those sites will almost guaranty at a minimum double of what Apple will offer you!!! Just a thought.

    • AT0M!X

      Apple just want to make cash…
      That’s why the prices are low…

  • Lupius

    It’s a pity that none of these recycling programs are available in Canada.

    • AT0M!X

      Yea, me too i live in Canada.
      We’re like forgoten by Apple…

  • ByteNapple

    It’s half off day at Apple…Not on their products but yours!

  • Jeff

    LOL! No thanks. Apple already ripped me off once with the initial price of the device. No way I’m gonna let them bend me over a second time when they offer me 25% of what I could get on eBay/Craigslist.

  • http://iphoneblogr.com Jared

    The other comments say it all. This “buy-back” program is insulting. I feel bad for the fools that get bent over by Apple by selling them their old devices. You can get AT LEAST double what Apple is offering on eBay or Craigslist. Also, when you sell something on eBay or Craigslist you get the money the same day. With Apple you have to send in the device and wait for them to receive it, then you have to wait for them to appraise the device, at which point they might even say they are going to give you even LESS money and THEN you have to wait for them to send the payment.

    Sounds like a terrible deal for consumers and an amazing deal for the money-hungry corporation.

  • http://www.facebook/sameer_khojla Sameer Khojla

    they are giving me $155.00 for my iPhone 3GS 32 GB six month old and factory unlocked ….now iphone its mean they want to buy it from me $155.00 ???? if yes then its not for new devices maybe old unused devices

    • AT0M!X

      Same price for unused.

      • AT0M!X

        Emm not the good place. xD

  • Michael Simpson

    They Would Give Me $230 For my iPhone 4 16GB

  • Spam Magnet

    Anyone tried to see what they’ll offer for a Samsung Galaxy Tab or a Motorola Xoom? GRIN

  • zYx

    Haha, a joke of the year.

  • Eli

    works beautifully on US site, unfortunately, on European sites the only categories are desktop and notebook

  • Jimmy

    eBay for me.

  • Mike

    There are sites in the UK where you can recycle your phones, 1 of them is Envirophone.com, when I checked that they were paying something like £260 for an iPhone 4 16gb which makes Apple’s valuation an insult !

  • JoBerlin

    They must be kidding. I guess they buy back old devices, put a new cover on and sell them as refurbished or have some intern who is going to sell them on ebay.
    In Germany the worth on ebay is up to 450€ (640$) but most get sold for 250€ (356$) – 300€ (427$).
    Keep in mind that devices have to become unlocked for free after 2 years in Germany.

  • Grifter

    30 bucks for my Iphone?? F@ck that !!!

  • Fras

    This is a joke.only retarded fanboys would love this

  • http://www.facebook/sameer_khojla Sameer Khojla

    The Apple iPhone Store its self not buying more than $ 230 why should we buy his product so expensive ???

  • Drock

    Apple is offering me $125 for my iPhone 3gs 16GB white. I just checked gazelle.com and they are offering me $148. Target also does a trade-in/buy back program and they were offering me $120. There are a bunch of places you can check but i think ill check out gazelle.com. Has anyone used gazelle and if so what was your experience with them?

  • Podphone

    You better try this one -> kaskus.us
    They’re all hungry for Apple products and ready to pay you with twice or even higher price

  • Podphone

    You better try this one kaskus.us
    They’re all hungry for Apple products and ready to pay you with twice or even higher price

    • Drock

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/the_malik iKing

    anyone giving up their 2G?

  • dabe

    Don’t be a chump, I bought about 30 iPhone 3GS all for resale internationally on eBay, in person with cash for at least $50-100 more than these shitty offers. I wish I had met people selling for $155 I’d be laughing all the way to the bank. You can sell them all day on either craigslist or eBay for 250-350. Honestly though to some lawyer or doctor making hundreds per hour WTF does he care about a couple hundred bucks? This program is only for people who value their time WAY more than their money. I value my time at $10 per hour lol so I’d squeeze out every penny from that iPhone.

  • Acolz

    LOL 65USD for iPhone 3G 16GB? I’d sell it for atleast 260USD here :D

  • Anony_Miss

    There is NO possible way I’d sell any of my i devices back to Apple! They are insane! $55 – $65 from Apple, WTF?!

    I can easily make $250 – $500 on eBay for my jailbroken, unlocked iPhone 3Gs with accessories and probably more for my jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 4 with accessories. Totally insulting!

  • http://www.facebook/sameer_khojla Sameer Khojla

    i think eBay is the best

  • gobulls

    sell ur iphones to me