Apple Lowers Trade-In Values for Macs, iPads, and Apple Watches

Apple this week lowered its estimated trade-in values for select Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch models in the United States.

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Apple has reduced trade-in values for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad mini, Apple Watch Series 3 through Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and select Samsung and Google smartphones. Apple is also no longer accepting Apple Watch Series 2 trade-ins.

iPhone trade-in values are unchanged.

New trade-in values:

  • MacBook Pro: Up to $1,000
  • MacBook Air: Up to $400
  • MacBook: Up to $220
  • iMac Pro: Up to $1,500
  • iMac: Up to $850
  • Mac Pro: Up to $2,000
  • Mac mini: Up to $450
  • iPad Pro: Up to $655
  • iPad Air: Up to $290
  • iPad: Up to $190
  • iPad mini: Up to $200
  • Apple Watch Series 6: Up to $150
  • Apple Watch SE: Up to $120
  • Apple Watch Series 5: Up to $120
  • Apple Watch Series 4: Up to $85
  • Apple Watch Series 3: Up to $50

Previous trade-in values:

  • MacBook Pro: Up to $1,350
  • MacBook Air: Up to $490
  • MacBook: Up to $315
  • iMac Pro: Up to $2,135
  • iMac: Up to $1,200
  • Mac Pro: Up to $2,720
  • Mac mini: Up to $600
  • iPad Pro: Up to $680
  • iPad Air: Up to $335
  • iPad: Up to $200
  • iPad mini: Up to $205
  • Apple Watch Series 6: Up to $170
  • Apple Watch SE: Up to $135
  • Apple Watch Series 5: Up to $135
  • Apple Watch Series 4: Up to $105
  • Apple Watch Series 3: Up to $70
  • Apple Watch Series 2: Up to $20

The full list of values can be found on Apple's trade-in website.

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Top Rated Comments

turbineseaplane Avatar
29 months ago
What a bummer.

The trade-ins were never the best way to get the most money out of older devices, but it was close enough for many folks to be worth it. That value calculation keeps getting worse as they keep dropping the trade-in numbers.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anakin44011 Avatar
29 months ago
I looked into trading in my MacBook Pro earlier this year, but I was more disappointed in the process than the trade-in values.

When I trade in a car, I only pay sales tax on the difference. So if I trade in a $20,000 car while buying a $40,000 car, I only pay sales tax on the 20,000.

Apple trade-ins don't work that way. If I trade in a $2000 laptop when buying a $4000 laptop, I'm still paying 7% on the full $4000.

So putting it up on eBay still makes financial sense, even though it is such an awful selling experience -- which begs the question...what the heck happened to eBay? When did they become a third world garage sale while commanding such usurious fees?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
29 months ago
that’s why I have like 5 iPhones, 2 MBP and an iPad laying around because mentally I can’t get myself to sell them back to Apple considering how much I initially paid for it ?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maxoakland Avatar
29 months ago
Very not cool. This discourages recycling and is just typical latter day apple nickel-and-diming. It’s so annoying how they do that now. They’ll get rid of the stickers soon
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
29 months ago
Holy crap, thank god I just traded in my 2018 15” MacBook Pro two weeks ago. The trade-in value when from $730 to $400!!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vipergts2207 Avatar
29 months ago
Up to $1000 for an MBP? That’s garbage considering you can configure one for $6k.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)