Positive response on iPhone trade-in, says iStore

2016-04-22 12:04 - Duncan Alfreds, Fin24
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Cape Town - Local Apple distributor the iStore says its trade-in programme for iPhones and MacBooks is proving to be successful.

The company recently offered Apple fans the chance to trade-in their older iPhone devices for the latest iPhone SE.

READ: iPhone SE upgrade offer not popular with Fin24 users

It also runs a MacBook trade-in programme where people can get money back for buying a new device.

“Unfortunately I can’t comment on numbers, but the response to our trade-in programmes has been very positive,” iStore representative Tanya Kovarsky told Fin24.

Trade-in values for MacBooks start at R1 600 for a 2008 MacBook, up to R16 900 for a 2015 12 inch version. For iMacs, trade-in values start at R2 600 and top out at R23 600.

However, the iStore was careful to indicate that values are dependent on the condition of specific devices.

iPhone trade-in offers begin at R1 000 for the 4s and end at R8 000 for the 6s Plus.

Customers have to buy a new MacBook or iPhone SE product to qualify for the trade-in, said the company.

“Customers can fund their Mac purchase over 12 or 24 months using iStore card, take out a new cellular contract or purchase a new Mac for cash. Additionally, when you purchase a Mac at iStore, you get access to exclusive benefits like free training, free setup, and free technical support. iStore is truly the ultimate destination for Mac,” the company said.

On classified sites Gumtree, OLX and Junkmail, prices vary from R4 500 to R32 000 for a MacBook, while Gumtree lists the average price for an iPhone 6 at R8 233.

“Like with any classifieds ad, sometimes the advertised price is not reached, and it’s an unknown what condition the unit is in, or whether it has a warranty or not,” said Kovarsky.

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