Last week, Microsoft launched a new trade-in program to allow iPad owners to trade in their Apple tablet for a minimum $200 gift card toward a purchase at a Microsoft retail store. Today, ZDNet found another trade-in program offered by the Windows-creator that makes it possible to get as much as $350 in rebates for trading in, not just an Apple product, but any device. It appears that Microsoft is really trying to get our business.
According to ZDNet, this new Microsoft Corporate Buyback promotion makes it possible for users to trade in iPads, iPhones, Samsung devices, BlackBerry phones, and more. All you will need is a Microsoft Account ID, which anyone can get, even non-Microsoft users. Businesses are able to trade in multiple devices and receive a single quote for the lot.
Clover Wireless, a device trade-in and repair company, is working with Microsoft on this deal. Users can fill out an online form with information regarding their device. Clover Wireless creates an estimate of the value of the device. The user then registers their planned trade in and receives packaging and shipping instructions using a prepaid shipping label. Then, the user purchases a new Microsoft Surface tablet or Windows phone within 30-days of the date that the old device was shipped to Clover Wireless. Within 60 days of receipt of the proof of purchase, Clover will send the rebate to the user as a prepaid Visa card.
Microsoft seems to really be pushing consumers to switch to Windows-based devices. If you were able to receive the full $350 trade-in for an older model of iPad, you could get a new Microsoft Surface RT for free. Maybe Microsoft is trying to cut their losses with their $900 million failed attempt at entering the tablet market.