Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:37 PM
I am looking to trade in my early Intel 20" iMac for something newer. Just wondering if the Apple Stores got involved in trading. This is something I have done in the past with Mac dealers to mutual benefit.
Thanks for any input.
Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:40 PM
No, but they'll recycle it for you!
Best bet is Craigslist or Kijiji (or ehMac Classifieds!) in your area to get some cash out of the old machine and then buy your new one.
Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:56 PM
I don't know about the Apple Stores, the closest one is 'across the pond', but a lot of our local Apple Dealers will sometimes take a Mac as a trade-in. I think they then sell on a consignment type basis.
Mar 23rd, 2011, 04:20 PM
Those are both great ideas. Thank you for your response.
pm-r, my son-in-law practically lives at the Richmond store which I assume is one of those "across the pond" places you mentioned. I suppose I should have asked him. Thanks
Mar 23rd, 2011, 06:08 PM
Yeah, local dealers will take trade-ins, and you get the benefit of them taking the trade-in value of the machine off the price you pay, before taxes. So say you get $500 for your iMac, and the new machine is $1500. You only pay $1000+ tax instead of $1500+tax - $500.
Apple Store, no. No trade-ins there. 'Cause they only deal in new machines.
Mar 24th, 2011, 02:31 PM
I have a friend that bought a the 2010 macbook pro 1 month before the 2011 came out. He took his machine and told the apple store the situation and they took his old mbp and gave him the new one =O
Mar 24th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Not at all universal but many Apple Retailers (not Apple Stores) like recent model trades as they can make more profit on on some trade-ins, than on lower end new models. Even where profit is limited it helps to assure those customers come back for their next purchase.