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My 2012 MacBook Pro has been having some serious issues. My Apple Care has expired, and I was quoted $600 to fix. I thought I could take that $600 put it towards a new model.  After looking at all the models available I went with the 2015 Macbook Pro because it fit all my needs and has HDMI, USB, and Thunderbolt ports. The new models only have thunderbolt ports. I’m not buying a bunch of adapters. 2015 was retailing at $1300, so that still allot of money for a new computer. I know there had to be a cheaper way, so I took the time to research.

I found out that most electronic stores carry a trade-in program where you choose which device you want to recycle. You can do start the process online or in-store. You’ll be asked a series of questions to determine the model of the device and the condition that it’s in. Based on those factors, you will receive a price. You will be paid in the form a gift card. It’s an easy way to get rid of unused devices without hurting the environment.

You would think that Apple has the best trade-in program. For me, that was not the case. Best Buy was extremely generous. Plus at Best Buy you can trade in a wide-range of electronics outside of Apple.

I traded in my 2012 MacBook Pro and Ipad Pro that was collecting dust. Below are the results. Click the pictures to start the process.

Apple Renew & Recycle Program

2012 MacBook Pro – $261

Ipad Pro – $175

MacBook Pro trade-in

Best Buy Trade-In

2012 MacBook Pro – $466

Ipad Pro – $303

best buy trade-in

I was happy to see that the MacBook Pro I wanted just dropped $250.  I took the trade in gift card valued at $769 and used it towards the purchase. I came out of pocket $344 with taxes. That’s a freaking steal!

MacBook Pro Model: MF839LL/A

14 Comments on Why Pay $1299 For A New MacBook Pro, When You Can Pay $344

  1. Sandra Negron
    22 March, 2017 at 9:29 am (7 months ago)

    oh wow that is awesome!! Thanks for this info, I have an old ipad, ipod touch that I need to get rid of!

    • admin log
      22 March, 2017 at 3:22 pm (7 months ago)

      NEW iPad – free $25 Best Buy gift card when you order beginning Friday from Best Buy

  2. Bianca Gale
    22 March, 2017 at 9:37 am (7 months ago)

    I hope you ran out of the store because that was a steal!!! Thanks for sharing this program because I had no idea.

  3. Natalia Lilly
    22 March, 2017 at 9:55 am (7 months ago)

    I have an old macbook and IPAD mini that collecting dust. Thank you for sharing this!!! Ill be upgrading real soon!

  4. Jeniese Hosey
    22 March, 2017 at 11:39 am (7 months ago)

    Katie you have the best tips every! Thank you for constantly blessing us with your magic!

  5. Jaye
    22 March, 2017 at 12:06 pm (7 months ago)

    I do have a rather old Ipad, maybe I should recycle it and upgrade.

    • admin log
      22 March, 2017 at 3:23 pm (7 months ago)

      NEW iPad – free $25 Best Buy gift card when you order beginning Friday from Best Buy

  6. Ty Alexander
    22 March, 2017 at 12:51 pm (7 months ago)

    OMG I definitely need to take advantage of this!

  7. sandee
    22 March, 2017 at 4:39 pm (7 months ago)

    Um, I almost dropped my tea! What a deal! Thanks for all the info, sheesh!

  8. Gavyn
    22 March, 2017 at 6:35 pm (7 months ago)

    Yas for this upgrade advice!!!

  9. Crystal Daniels
    22 March, 2017 at 10:18 pm (7 months ago)

    Thank you! I am in search of a new computer

  10. Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    23 March, 2017 at 6:04 pm (7 months ago)

    You legit just saved my life!! I loved this post and I can’t wait to try it out!

  11. Querida
    24 March, 2017 at 5:50 pm (7 months ago)

    Great post!


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