WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020
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ecoATM vs Apple Trade-Ins
When you're done with your old phone or tablet, don't throw it away. Instead, keep it out of landfills by reusing, donating or recycling it. Many retailers, including Apple®, have trade-in programs that let you send them your old device in exchange for store credit. You can also turn your device in to an ecoATM, where you'll receive an instant cash payment.
- How Apple Trade-Ins Work
- How ecoATM Works
- Benefits of Using ecoATM
- Signs It's Time to Trade in Your Device
So, which is better — ecoATM or Apple trade-ins? It depends on how much time you have to invest in the process, the type of device you're trading and what kind of payment you want to receive.
• Eligible Devices
• Payment Options
• Preparation Requirements
• Trade-In Locations
• Guidelines and Conditions
• Length of Time
• Environmental Initiatives
How Apple Trade-Ins Work
If your existing Apple phone or tablet is broken or you're due for an upgrade, Apple's trade-in program can help you get credit for your unwanted device.
All Apple trade-ins are conditional and based on the type of device you're trading, including its age, condition and configuration. They currently accept the following devices, though the list is subject to change without notice:
When you participate in Apple's trade-in program, you have two payment options — gift card or store credit:
Apple requests that you reset all devices and disable "Find My iPhone" before trading them in. If trading online, they will send you step-by-step instructions for backing up your data and resetting. If you're in the Apple store, a representative can walk you through the process. If you're switching to a new Apple device, transferring your data is simple if you use iCloud® or Time Machine® storage. Transferring data between an Apple and non-Apple device requires outside cloud storage or an external storage device.
To participate in the program, you can either initiate the process online and ship your device to Apple or visit a local Apple store, with the exception of all Macs, which must be traded online:
Guidelines and Conditions
All trade-ins are conditional. When you begin the process online, you fill out a questionnaire about your device's status and condition. Apple will then provide you with an estimated trade-in offer but will not pay you until they receive the device, inspect it and confirm it matches your reported condition.
If the device does not match but is still eligible for trade-in, they will send you a new request that you can accept or deny. If it's ineligible for trade-in, they will recycle it for you at no cost. If you're trading in your device at an Apple store and it's in approved condition, you'll get the option to receive instant credit toward your purchase. All trade-ins are separate from Apple's payment plans, including the upgrade program and monthly installment plans.
Length of Time
Assuming there are no shipping delays, the average Apple trade-in takes two to three weeks until payment is received. If you're only recycling your device without receiving credit, the process is generally quicker. Keep in mind that, once Apple gets your device, they will inspect it and may find it does not meet the conditions for their previous quote. If this happens, they may offer you a new quote, which will cause the process to take longer. You can track the status of your trade-in through your Apple account.
Apple has made recent strides in environmental practices, including using more recycled materials for production and shipment and utilizing cleaner energy initiatives during manufacturing. Once Apple has your device, they will either sell it as a pre-owned device or send it to an electronic recycling center for material reclaim. If you're trading in an iPhone, they may also send it to Daisy, their disassembly robot that removes interior materials from the phone for reuse. Although you're not required to trade your chargers and cables with your device, Apple will also recycle them.
How ecoATM Works
Looking for a fast and convenient alternative to Apple trade-ins? ecoATM has you covered.
Every ecoATM location accepts trade-ins for the following:
Although they are not currently a part of our payment program, you can bring along your accessories to place in the labeled accessory bin while trading in your phone at ecoATM. We'll make sure they're given a new life or safely recycled.
When you trade your device with ecoATM, you get cash on the spot — no waiting, gift cards, store credit or conditional reevaluation. When you connect your phone or tablet to the kiosk, it will generate a quote you can choose to accept or reject. Once you accept, just wait a few minutes while it prepares your cash payment and you're free to go.
To prepare your device for an ecoATM trade-in, follow these steps:
Enter your address on our ecoATM location map to find a kiosk near you, view hours of operation and get directions.
ecoATM has more than 4,000 kiosks located all over the country. Enter your address on our ecoATM location map to find a kiosk near you, view hours of operation and get directions.
Guidelines and Conditions
ecoATM will take your trade-in, regardless of condition, including:
Unlike Apple trade-ins, ecoATM kiosks analyzes your device and provides an instant offer, eliminating the chance for discrepancy between your estimated quote and trade-in offer. Once you connect your device to the kiosk, it generates an offer for you based on the type of device, its second market value and its condition. You will then have the opportunity to accept or reject the provided offer before turning it in. You can also get a value estimate online before visiting a kiosk, though that offer is subject to change at the kiosk.
Length of Time
At ecoATM, we understand that your life is busy — that's why we made our trade-in process as quick and easy as possible. Once you get to the kiosk, the entire transaction only takes a few minutes — usually three to five total — including cash payment.
Cell phones have more than 40 persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals and plastic or ceramic materials. Batteries and screens contain hazardous chemicals that endanger the environment and put human health at risk. Only 20% of electronic devices are responsibly recycled in the US, quoted from an EPA Study. Used mobile phones, if not properly handled, can end up in landfills, where they threaten soil and water conditions, injure wildlife and expose human workers to unsafe conditions. To combat these concerns, ecoATM is committed to helping consumers access safe electronic recycling options. So far, our efforts have collected more than 25 million devices, and we're not slowing down.
After you sell or recycle your unwanted device with ecoATM, it's sent to a processing facility, where we inspect its condition and appearance. Whenever possible, we prepare phones, tablets and MP3 players for resale. When resale isn't possible, often due to extensive damage, we reclaim as many usable materials as possible and safely recycle the remaining parts.
Benefits of Using ecoATM
ecoATM is the smart, easy and environmentally friendly way of trading in your device — but how do you know when it's time to recycle your cell phone? Some of the most common reasons for trading in your device include:
When you compare ecoATM to the Apple trade-in program, the benefits of choosing ecoATM are clear:
Signs It's Time to Trade in Your Device
If you're experiencing one or more of the following, it's time to trade in your cell phone:
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If you're ready for an upgrade, ecoATM is here to help! We keep our trade-in process simple and fast, with a cash payout in minutes. Our kiosks let you skip in-store lines and long processing times while avoiding the hassle of shipping your device. Find an ecoATM kiosk near you to get started today.
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