Apple Offering Up to $200 Gift Card for a Used iPhone 4

Apple is offering up to $200 (for a 32GB iPhone 4) for used iPhones, depending on condition, via its recycling and trade-in program. The company also takes in iPads, old Mac and PC notebook and desktop machines for recycling.

Apple has partnered with California-based PowerON for its recently-expanded recycling service, calling the company "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets."

To return an iPhone, users must first choose which model they have and then answer a few simple questions about the state of the device, including whether it is severely scratched, water damaged, and if it works properly. PowerON provides free shipping materials and, upon receipt and verification of the device, mails out an Apple Gift Card for the fair market value of the product -- or approximately what it would be worth selling it privately.


Apple/PowerOn isn't the only way to dispose of old electronics, of course. Online trade-in services like Gazelle, selling devices on eBay or Craigslist, or trading in iOS devices at GameStop are all viable alternatives.

Understandably, some may prefer the official Apple path versus the hassle or risk of selling their devices to third-parties.

The trade-in service isn't the only useful recycling program that Apple offers. It also gives a 10% discount on a new iPod to customers who bring in an old iPod -- working or not -- to an Apple Retail Store for recycling. Retail Stores will also take in dead batteries and any cell phone for free recycling as well.

In recent years, Apple has worked to aggressively improve its environmental image.

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Posted: 40 months ago
Too bad I already got $400 for mt iPhone 4 32gb on Criagslist, and I got cash which is just as good as money.;)
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
eBay is paying more... LOL
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
Apple says my Mid-2009, 17" matte, 2.8 GHz C2D, in good or very good condition (except the discrete 9600 GPU) is worth < 35 US$. Yeah, that is right. I paid > 2900 US$ (including tax) in 2009 for this machine.

No thanks, Apple!
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
I'll give $220 cash :D
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
To be fair you can get a much better price for a 'device of monetary value' on eBay.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
I think I could sell my factory unlocked iPhone 4 for about double that price.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
eBay Instant Sale is much better, let alone selling on Craigslist and/or selling as auction on eBay. I got $500 last week for my iPhone 4 32Gb.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago

Just sold my iPhone 4 to eBay


What did a huge internet auction business want with your second hand phone?
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago
Too bad private sellers haven't heard of Apple's definition of fair market value. There's always some shmuck ready to fork over more than a used phone is worth. Oh, be right back, I just got a hit on my ebay sale.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 40 months ago

Considering I sold mine for over $400, definitely not worth it.

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There are plenty of US-based sites like that, Gazelle is one of them.

The problem with those sites, from what I have read in user reviews and other articles, is that when you send them your phone, they will offer you a lesser amount than what was originally quoted on the website. And there is a short time-frame in getting your phone back, so they essentially hold your device hostage so you accept the lesser amount.


Not necessarily, I rejected their counter-offer and asked to have my phone sent back to me. They then came back with an offer which was 95% of what they originally offered. I rejected that and they paid up! Granted it took a few days and I was using an old phone in the meantime but cash4phones.co.uk paid me £315 a few weeks ago
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