Apple Lets You Trade In Your iPhone, iPad or MAC

Apple recycling trade in program

If your business has iPhones, iPads, MACs or other Apple devices lying around the office in good working order but no longer used, take note.

Those devices could be turned into credit for newer Apple electronics. And the company has just expanded the program to allow trade-ins of old iPhones at it’s retail locations for credit toward a new model.

Apple Offers Reuse and Recycling Program

Apple allows customers to send in iPhones, iPads, Macs and even other PCs, either laptop or desktop, to be evaluated to determine if they can be reused.

If so, Apple contractor PowerON determine the fair market value for the device. Users receive an Apple store credit in the amount usable for new technology at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.

If the device is not reusable, Apple will still recycle it at no cost.

How to Participate

If you would like to determine whether there might be value in any of your office computers and mobile devices, you can start by visiting the Apple recycling program page on the Apple website. Once there you can determine whether your device qualifies for the reuse and recycling program.

If so, PowerON will provide a prepaid option for you to ship the device and after final evaluation, your Apple Gift Card will be sent to you if it qualifies for trade-in value.

Media reports say Apple Retail centers recently started allowing customers to walk in used iPhones for possible trade-in at the stores, as well.

For more information on the program as a whole, visit the Apple website and check for further details.


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

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  1. Do they offer competitive pricing on the trade-ins? I have always found it better to sell my old Apple products online. They are in such high demand right now and it doesn’t look like the market will lose any footing soon.

    • Ed,

      I don’t have any personal experience with this, but you may well get a better price by selling the item on your own — provided you have the time to handle that.

      For time-starved people, the official Apple trade-in is probably a better option.

      – Anita

  2. That’s a great idea. It’s good for the environment and it feels good on the budget. That’s another thing that I love about Apple. They come up with the most brilliant ideas and they appeal to a very strong segment of the market. This may be the reason why they are able to keep their loyal following.

  3. With this, everyone benefits! The environment too. Also adds to Apple’s credibility. I wonder why they’re not offering cash as an option though. Some people might prefer cash.

  4. There is a big market in aftermarket recycling. I wish that more companies would offer this. Whether it was telecom companies or switches or any electronic companies. The recycling component creates jobs, keeps ewaste out of the landfills and even helps reduce the cost of new production by reusing green boards and precious metals. I think that it’s a great idea.