apple trade in | GadgetGone

I know you love Apple Products so this is probably difficult to hear: but please, stop using their trade in program. Buy a new iPhone every year and watch all the Apple TV you can handle but there’s no reason to sell yourself short $70 or more just because you’re “an Apple Person”. 

Is Apple’s trade-in program easy and convenient? Absolutely. But: just like trading in your car at the dealership, that convenience is going to cost you. You’re likely going to get far less money trading in your iPhones & iPads selling to Apple instead of… literally anywhere else. How much less? Check out some example trade in values from Apple vs others.

 

iPhone trade-in values                             

iPhone XS Max trade-in value:

(512GB, Unlocked, Like-New Condition)

 

  • Apple: $500 
  • Decluttr: $510
  • GadgetGone: $557
  • eBay: $603
  • Swappa: $656

 

iPhone 8 Plus trade-in value:

(256GB, Unlocked, Like-New Condition)

 

  • Apple: $250
  • Decluttr: $275
  • GadgetGone: $307 
  • eBay: $330 (Average selling price) 
  • Swappa: $359 (Average selling price)

 

iPhone 7 Plus trade-in value:

(128GB, Unlocked, Like-New Condition)

 

  • Apple: $150
  • Decluttr: $168
  • GadgetGone: $194
  • eBay: $226 (Average selling price)
  • Swappa: $234 (Average selling price)

 

iPad trade-in values     

 

iPad Pro 2nd Gen trade-in value: 

(256GB,  WIFI, Like-New Condition) 

 

  • Apple: $210 
  • Decluttr: $330
  • GadgetGone: $380
  • eBay: NA
  • Swappa: $429

 

iPad Air 2 trade in value: 

(16GB,WIFI,Like-New Condition)

  • Apple: $70
  • Decluttr: $83
  • GadgetGone: $93
  • eBay: $119
  • Swappa: $129

 

iPad Mini 4 trade-in value:

(128GB, WIFI + Cellular, Like-New Condition)

 

  • Apple: $90
  • Decluttr: $147
  • GadgetGone: $170
  • eBay: $201 
  • Swappa: $209

 

So, we’ve established that Apple is the clear winner if you’d like to donate some extra money to corporate profits. For everyone else, you’re probably better off trading in your device elsewhere. 

If you want to get the absolute most money for your trade-in, Swappa is the hands down winner of the trade-in price war. The great thing about Swappa is you don’t have to pay any fees for selling. The buyer (not you) pays a flat fee of just $10-$20. The only downside is that once you list it for sale you may have to wait a week or more for it to sell depending on the market. On ebay you’re going to pay a hefty 10% fee. So a $300 payment on ebay is really only going to net you $270.

With websites like GadgetGone and Decluttr all you have to do is accept an offer, ship in your trade-in devices with a prepaid shipping label and get paid. Which brings us to another downfall of Apple’s trade in program: they’ll only pay you in store credit. If you’re trading in to buy a new iPhone that’s fine, but the rest of us would prefer some cold hard cash.

 

Does it ever make sense to trade in using Apple? Yes, actually.

 

The reason Apple’s trade-in values are typically so low is because they don’t offer more money for better specs. Apple offers the same amount for a 256GB model iPhone as they do a 32GB model. Same thing with networks, a locked iPhone will net you the same as one that’s fully unlocked. If you’re trading in a device that’s carrier locked with base-level storage capacity you might actually get a pretty decent offer from Apple. Here’s an example: 

 

iPhone 8 trade in value: 

(64GB, Sprint, Good Condition) 

 

  • Apple: $140
  • Decluttr: $123
  • GadgetGone: $120
  • eBay: $176
  • Swappa: $185

 

In summary, eBay and Swappa are going to take a little more time and risk to get your money, but ultimately are going to give you the greatest reward. Instant offer sites like GadgetGone and Decluttr will give you solid prices (usually much higher than Apple’s) and take almost no time/work at all. So do your own pricing research, check company reviews, and make sure you’re getting the best offer. Chances are, that’s not going to be with Apple’s trade-in program.

 

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