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
Best Buy Trade-In
2012 MacBook Pro – $466
Ipad Pro – $303
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!