Apple Extends Recycling Program: Get a Gift Card for Your Old or Broken Apple Device

Are you stuck with an old iPhone, iPad, or computer and aren’t sure what to do with it? Apple has one solution for you: send it in and if the device or computer has any monetary value, Apple will send you a gift card to be used towards a new purchase in an Apple Store or online.

These new trade-in and recycling options are part of an update to Apple’s electronics recycling program, which allows users to recycle old computers, cell phones, and Apple devices for free (and possibly for a little cash).

Apple has had a recycling program in place for quite awhile, for iPods and old computers. Under the previous plan, customers who brought an older iPod into an Apple Store received a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a new iPod. Customers buying a new Apple laptop or computer could recycle their old computers for free, or for a $30 charge without the purchase of a new Mac.

As of this week, Apple has enhanced its recycling program. Users can send in any Apple device for re-use or recycling, and many are worth a decent chunk of change. Apple is also accepting old cell phones and computers of any brand to be recycled for free, even if they have no market value.

A pristine condition first generation 16GB iPad will net you $165, while a pristine 8GB iPhone 4 will get you a $230 Apple gift card. Of course, selling these devices to a third party will score you significantly more cash (a first generation iPad sells for upwards of $250 on sites like eBay and Craigslist), but this route takes more effort than simply sending the device off to Apple. It’s a perfect solution for customers who don’t want the hassle of finding a third party buyer.

It’s also a great solution if you have an iPad, iPhone, or Apple computer that is broken but needs simple repairs. A damaged iPad will still earn you a $40 gift card, while a damaged iPhone will get you $50 in Apple trade. Prices for non-Apple computers aren’t great, with Apple awarding approximately $300 for a top of the line core i7, but it’s still a way to get that old behemoth of a computer recycled without paying a dime.

Want to find out what your old device or computer is worth? Visit Apple’s Recycling Program Website and enter your device type, name, and model. Apple will ask you a few questions about its condition, and then generate an estimate based on your input. If you decide to go through with the transaction, Apple recycling partner PowerOn will collect your shipping information and send free shipping materials. After your device is received, it’s evaluated, and if the value is different, PowerOn will contact you to make sure you agree with the new price or send the device back.

If you’ve got a junky old computer taking up space, or a damaged device, this is a great way to get rid of it and possibly gain a little money towards your next Apple purchase. Kudos to Apple for this new green recycling initiative. I may just have an old computer or two that needs to be thrown out, and this will save me a trip.

Will you take advantage of Apple’s new recycling program? Let us know in the comments.

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