Apple Sees All-Time Record Response to New iPhone Trade-In Initiatives

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During today's earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2019 (first calendar quarter), Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple's iPhone trade-in efforts have been highly successful.

According to Cook, Apple saw an all-time record response to the company's trade-in promotions, and Apple saw more than four times the number of trade-ins from the year-ago quarter.


When asked which devices people are trading in, Cook said that it's "all over the place." ‌iPhone‌ 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and fewer 8 and 8 Plus models. Some customers, he says, are on a two-year upgrade cycle, some on a one-year upgrade cycle, and some on three or four year cycles.

Cook said that Apple is aiming to offer better than average trade-in values to provide "extra benefits" to ‌iPhone‌ users.

In our stores we offer a trade-in value that is more than the blue book of the device, for lack of a better description. And so we have topped those up to provide extra benefit to the user.

Apple in November began offering a limited-time promotion that provided up to $100 in additional credit when trading in an ‌iPhone‌. The program allowed customers to buy a new iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max at a more heavily discounted price when trading in an older device.

Apple is no longer running that specific program, but the trade-in page continues to promote new ‌iPhone‌ pricing that's available when trading in an old ‌iPhone‌ and Apple's prices are better than most other trade-in programs for the ‌iPhone‌.

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14 months ago
Are you guys a trumpet of Apple or independent news source?
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14 months ago
Yep makes perfect sense considering they’ve been shoving it down people’s throats about 100x harder than usual to try to bolster their terrible iPhone sales as of lately.
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14 months ago
It doesn’t help much when the iPhone XS is already priced too high. I have a perfectly working 6s just had a new battery last yr for $29.00

Apple will give me $200.00 toward a XS...in order to fit all my music I’d have to get the 256GB and with the trade in the XS will still cost me $949.00 Yikes!!

No way I’m letting my 6s go and still pay $1000.00 for me that’s an unwise decision.
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14 months ago

I traded my 8 Plus in four weeks ago for an XR and Apple gave me $370 for it.

You got $370 for a phone that was worth $500-600.
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14 months ago
Sad times when high trade in values is the only way to get people interested anymore
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14 months ago

You got $370 for a phone that was worth $500-600.

I just sold mine in March, and got $475 on eBay but you deal with all the hassle and you net $400 so $370 isn't horrible.
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