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Apple Now Offering Free Recycling For PCs

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the out-with-the-old dept.

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MrSeb writes "Do you have a few old, dusty beige-box computers kicking around that you'd like to turn into money? Or perhaps you'd just like to get rid of them, but you lack the means to dispose of them properly? Well, if you're in the US you're in luck: Apple will now provide postage-paid packaging to allow you to recycle your old laptop or desktop PC and its monitor for free, and if it's worth anything, you'll even get an Apple Gift Card in return. In addition, your old iPhone or iPad can now be returned for an Apple Gift Card, too."

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Macs (1)

zget (2395308) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048072)

Last year I bought a laptop that cost $3000. Clevo. It works awesome and plays even the most newest games in full detail. What would I get for it?

Re:Macs (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048114)

Nothing, all they want is the gold on the boards.

Re:Macs (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048170)

Yes, that is what I thought at first.
Then I found out that the electronics in cheap rc-cars and other cheap electronic toys are actually recycled component that has been desoldered from recycled electronics.

Re:Macs (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049394)

Actually my 5 year old Macbook Pro is still worth $500 according to the website. I would assume that some of these are reconditioned and sold as used equipment.

Re:Macs (2)

residieu (577863) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048126)

Can't you read? You get an Apple Gift Card. Good for one Apple. I suggest a Red Delicious, they're tasty (it's right in their name).

Re:Macs (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048164)

Those are always gritty and terrible. Get a Granny Smith instead.

Re:Macs (2)

mdalal97 (256621) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048282)

Honeycrisp apples are awesome

Re:Macs (1)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048302)

Indeed, although a Golden Delicious is a close second for me.

Re:Macs (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048560)

Grannys and Honeycrisps rocks.

Golden Delicious and Red Delicious are both mealy instead of crisp and crunchy.

Re:Macs (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048956)

Pink Lady. I think it's a Granny/Fuji hybrid. Plus there's the potential for double entendre.

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049076)

Ambrosia apples. They're AMAZING (screaming intentional). I can almost never find them.

Re:Macs (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048610)

None of the above. fuji for me thanks.

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048988)

I've tried all the above and there's nothing better than Jonagold apples. Red Delicious tastes like wood by comparison.

Re:Macs (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048702)

My choice is usually McIntosh, but I picked something else to not confuse the joke too badly (I don't like Red Delicious either)

Re:Macs (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048784)

My choice is usually McIntosh...

Man, you've got that right...I've been jonesing after a good McIntosh tube amp(s) [mcintoshlabs.com] since I was about 12yrs old and heard my first ones hooked to some Klipschorn [klipsch.com] speakers.

I got the speakers..I just need to save up for the amp.

I know why so many people love Mc's.....although I'm confused why so many people call them Mac's...

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048334)

Red Delicious apples have been genetically bred to be red and are rather tasteless.

Re:Macs (3, Informative)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048450)

Red Delicious are one of the worst. Braeburn is where it is at- sweet and tart at the same time- firmer than a "delicious". It's also more fun to say "Braeburn, braeburn, braeburn." If you don't like saying the word Braeburn you're not really living.

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048594)

I was going to say 'whoosh', but then I realised I'd be the one whooshing! Although I disagree with your choice of apple! I prefer Royal Gala or Braeburn.

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048144)

Look here: http://www.apple.com/recycling/gift-card/

I've never seen any marketing or publicity for it, but this program has been awhile for at least several months. I only learned about it when I googled "apple trade in."

Re:Macs (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048710)

Recycling? Proper disposal of computers?

Doesn't everyone just throw them out in the garbage like the rest of your trash at home? You put it outside...and the garbage man picks it up with the rest of the trash.

Actually, whenever I've set out computers, monitors, tv's...etc....overnight someone usually grabs it before the trash guys can come...lots of neighborhood trash scavengers about I guess these days.

Re:Macs (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048948)

Actually, whenever I've set out computers, monitors, tv's...etc....overnight someone usually grabs it before the trash guys can come...lots of neighborhood trash scavengers about I guess these days.

Oh, sure. They strip out the copper wiring, and any other recyclable bits which might be worth something, then dump the CRT bearing carcass out in *my* alley--often right in the middle!

Re:Macs (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049198)

My state requires tips to take electronics free of charge, so I just put them in a shipping container at the landfill and they presumably go away to China or Africa to be taken apart in the most toxic manner possible. But nobody complains if you take something OUT of the container, either.

Re:Macs (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048906)

The 12" Powerbook I've been thinking of selling is a 'Zero dollar value item', while Craigslist seems to value it > $100. Not a great deal if you ask me...

Re:Macs (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048160)

A lemon.

Re:Macs (2)

DeeEff (2370332) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048482)

I don't want your goddamn lemons!

I'm the man who's gonna burn your Apple store down! With Lemons!

Re:Macs (2)

gmon750 (1216394) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048168)

This is a recycling program. Not a market. It's highly doubtful that any machine returned this way will be refurbished and resold unless it's a fairly new(er) machine in full working condition. Beats throwing it in the dumpster when all the precious metals (gold, copper, etc..) can be recycled and reused elsewhere.

I remember watching a program on TV not too long ago where they said that recycling old computers and electronics to extract gold is actually more profitable and more efficient than trying to mine the gold ore out of the ground nowadays.

If it's gathering dust in your house and never used, may as well get rid of it this way, or determine if selling it, dealing with the headaches and time to sell it is worthwhile.

Either way, it's good that Apple provides this as a free service.

Re:Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048186)

If Clevo is still serving up the same junk they did a decade ago, then you will have a very heavy door stop in another year.

Re:Macs (2)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048250)

You'll probably maximise your profits by putting it on eBay, the fact that it's a recycling program, not a trade system, is telling.

Or, you could cut your profits but maximise your "emotional return" by selling it to someone you know who couldn't afford one otherwise, either on a payment or for cash. Or send it me :P

Re:Macs (1)

DemonGenius (2247652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049168)

Given that it most likely has a TPM chipset [clevo.com.tw], no self-respecting/informed geek will want it so you might as well give it to Apple for some cash.

If anyone knows what else may have TPM I'd like to know, I may feel like sending some hardware Apple's way :)

new apple product? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048154)

gift gard?

reminds me... (1)

eexaa (1252378) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048218)

GOLD FARMERS!

anyways, this is good, bringing a little more green-ish stuff to the world counts. I hope more companies will do the same.

Re:reminds me... (3, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048678)

this is good, bringing a little more green-ish stuff to the world

I really hope so, as opposed to being shipped off to some unfortunate third-world scrapper [pbs.org] who'll slowly poison dozens of children in outdoor sweatshops.

For all the visibility this will have, I expect that Apple will try to be careful to avoid that. But in the past, many "computer recycling" offers have cut out the hard parts and passed the savings on to themselves.

Re:reminds me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049150)

Hey! if it weren't for those computer scraps the children would not have those much needed jobs. Think of the children!!

iPhones should still be alive and kicking for year (0)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048294)

Especially a 3GS, which many people will undoubtedly trade in this year for a 5. Perfectly fast and good, if it weren't locked down....

Worse than gillette trying to kill off double edged razors (the open standard of the shaving world) in exchange for closed down proprietary razors since the 60s.

I've got plenty of Dell's for them (1)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048324)

Does this mean I can start sending the pallets of Dells we toss out to them and get a crappy Mac in return? Yay....

Re:I've got plenty of Dell's for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048366)

Nope. There's an online walkthrough to assess the value of the PC. If they deem it has zero market value they wont accept it. Instead, they list the contact info for WeRecycle. It was worth a shot, though :/

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/reuse_and_recycle [apple.com]

Re:I've got plenty of Dell's for them (1)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048400)

I figured as much. I kinda wonder how much gold is to be had from a couple hundred Dell's though. Hmmm....

Re:I've got plenty of Dell's for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048676)

Dell has offered an identical service for years. Like Apple's service, anything more than about a year old is deemed to have zero value.

Re:I've got plenty of Dell's for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048790)

Like Apple's service, anything more than about a year old is deemed to have zero value.

Not true! My 2006 MacBook is worth $29.27. But only if I include the power adapter. So, um, my 2006 MacBook power adapter is worth $29.27.

Pretty cool (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048328)

Was going to post a snarky comment about "im sure you have to buy a mac first", but it looks like they dont require anything more than visiting their page and filling out a form. Looks pretty cool, and provides a nice answer to "what do I do with my stack of crappy decade-old laptops".

Re:Pretty cool (1)

Solandri (704621) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048816)

and provides a nice answer to "what do I do with my stack of crappy decade-old laptops"

You can trade it in [tradeups.com] for cash. They'll take more than laptops too. Some manufacturers even run their own promos with this company. Sony [tradeups.com] and HP [tradeups.com] do so almost continuously. Dell has done it in the past. Buy one of their new laptops, trade in your old one for a $100-$300 cash rebate. Those programs used to be for any functioning laptop, but the last one I sent in had to meet certain CPU specs to qualify for the $300 rebate. Since their rebate for my old laptop as-is was just $100, I bought a CPU which qualified off eBay for $20, installed it, sent it in, and got my $300 check a month later. (I gave them the old CPU and some ancient SO-DIMMs as well since I had no further use for them.)

"Recycling" (1, Troll)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048330)

Recycling means it's shipped off to Africa or China, where it's stripped for parts and sold back to us at a giant markup. What's not salvageable is disposed of in whatever way they can get away with in 3rd world countries.

Re:"Recycling" (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048558)

Recycling means it's shipped off to Africa or China, where it's stripped for parts and sold back to us at a giant markup. What's not salvageable is disposed of in whatever way they can get away with in 3rd world countries.

That's fiendishly clever! Why didn't I think of that?

Great idea (3, Interesting)

Coolhand2120 (1001761) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048344)

I'm a huge Apple hatter. If I ever bought an Apple product I would burst into hypocritical flames. But this is a really good idea. I have a lot of clients that a have tons of old hardware that they can't get rid of because of the cost involved in doing so. Now Apple will cover that cost, and make a little money by stripping the precious metals off the techo-trash. This is a great example of the free market's Invisible Hand [econlib.org]. Bravo Apple, well done.

Re:Great idea (2)

Joehonkie (665142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048442)

You make Apple-related hats?

Re:Great idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048484)

You make Apple-related hats?

Huge Apple-related hats. Very important distinction.

Re:Great idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048756)

And he's enormous.

Re:Great idea (5, Interesting)

semi-extrinsic (1997002) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048472)

I don't get it. In my country, any store selling electronics is required by law to accept old electronics of the same type for recycling, free of charge, regardless of whether it was sold at that store or not. Isn't this a common practice?

Re:Great idea (2)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048574)

Not exactly. For one, they accept any desktop computer or cellphone regardless of whether or not it was made by Apple. Secondly, they pay for the shipping which is generally quite expensive around here for heavier iterms. And of course, getting an Apple card if your item is worth anything is just an icing.

I am impressed. Apple is the last company I would expect to do this. Especially the part where they accept their "lesser" counterpart PCs.

Dell does it too... for fuck sake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049066)

Dell does it too, fanbois!!

In the United States of America (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048642)

I'm sure that is common practice in Atheistic Socialist Hell-scapes but...

In the United States we pray for Invisible Hands [econlib.org] to solve our problems...

Bless his noodly appendage...

Re:In the United States of America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048916)

I'm sure that is common practice in Atheistic Socialist Hell-scapes but...

In the United States we pray for Invisible Hands [econlib.org] to solve our problems...

Bless his noodly appendage...

I think I just realized why HE never seems to get involved in sorting out our markets -- a noodly appendage is not a hand...

Re:In the United States of America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049032)

Yeah, how's that atheistic socialist solution working out for the Chinese?
 
I love how Slashdorks try to blame everything on religion and capitalist and yet you look at socialist/communist atheistic societies and we see the same ills without the benefit of a God of free market to blame it on. Could it just be that the problem isn't really religion or money in every case? Could it be that solutions exist without having to brow beat people over these two scapegoats?

Re:Great idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049052)

i'd suggest you cheat the system:

The fair market value for Windows PC computers do seem to be a bit on the low side — $48 for a two-year-old computer (see right) is a little miserly — but you do get free shipping and packaging, which doesn’t come cheap. Apple products are given higher values — $165 for a first-gen, 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, for example — but some devices are still on the penny-pinching end of the scale: last year’s top-of-the-range 17-inch MacBook Pro, for example, is only valued at $758, while its street value (Craigslist, eBay) should still be in excess of $1,000. In all cases, you will be sent some postage-paid packaging for your old computer, and in a few days you’ll be sent an Apple Gift Card.

the specs? 2.9ghz core 2 duo, a monitor, it can boot.
that's it. didn't care how much ram, hdd, video card, nothing.
considering that's all they're asking for, i'd suggest donating it to a friend instead
or your local folding@home farmer

Re:Great idea (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049060)

I'm a huge Apple hatter. If I ever bought an Apple product I would burst into hypocritical flames. But this is a really good idea. I have a lot of clients that a have tons of old hardware that they can't get rid of because of the cost involved in doing so. Now Apple will cover that cost, and make a little money by stripping the precious metals off the techo-trash. This is a great example of the free market's Invisible Hand [econlib.org]. Bravo Apple, well done.

"hatter"? Didn't realize that Apple sold headgear. Oh, I get it...

Don't you folks have a local electronics recycling drive? Even here in rural Alaska we get a shipping container and on two weekends in the spring, people can stuff it full of old electronic junk. It then gets sent to Seattle to one of the (supposedly) higher quality recyclers that don't send it to China to have 12 year olds burn the circuit boards for metals.

It's basically a break even deal, the few dollars they get from the recycler pays for the shipping container. I would expect that any city or town big enough to have a recycling program would have such a system in place.

Re:Great idea (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049170)

Either I didn't dig deep enough, or I was looking in the wrong place. But is there any evidence that Apple is not shipping the hardware to the Asian continent for "recycling" methods that pollute their land and poison their workers?

Re:Great idea (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049428)

Either I didn't dig deep enough, or I was looking in the wrong place. But is there any evidence that Apple is not shipping the hardware to the Asian continent for "recycling" methods that pollute their land and poison their workers?

It looks like it's in partnership with another company that they do the last two R's. Remember, it's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The company buys old hardware and tries to refurbish it (i.e., Reuse). Stuff that's too old is recycled - and it appears they use WeRecycle for that. Or I suppose if there's a state-sponsored recycling program, they'd use those.

Do remember though that the money you get is quite little (you'll make far more on eBay or Craigslist), so a bit of that is used to fund the whole program. As is the scrap value.

Re:Great idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049494)

Howto: milk the mod points with an Apple-related story on slashdot

1. proclaim how much you dislike/hate Apple
2. compliment Apple like any other fanboy would
3. ???
4. profit

I guess step 3 is that moderators fall for this shit, they see the Apple hate and automatically mod it up...

Limits? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048354)

A real /.er would figure out the limit. I'm guessing its something super lame for PR purposes, like "limit one per address".

Re:Limits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048562)

It only takes one if you have a big enough case. The components inside don't actually have to be connected to anything. Or in one piece. Or actual computer components. Let's face it, anything we're trying to get rid of isn't worth anything anyway.

DDoS Apple! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048364)

Apple is taking a loss for every computer they recycle as part of this PR effort. For every PC you send in for recycling, you're not only helping the environment* but also hurting Apple. So send in all the junk you can, then give the gift cards to an Apple fanboy who would buy the latest shiny from them anyways for maximum damage.

*At least locally, but what happens in a Chinese scrap yard stays in a Chinese scrap yard I guess...

Re:DDoS Apple! (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048684)

If they're taking a loss, they're not apple. Normal apple shines at playing the market.

I suspect they already have a scrapping company in China ready to receive parts, and we do know that several tens of percent of cargo ship capacity going from West to China is empty because of trade deficit.

They're making money on this, or they're dumb.

Re:DDoS Apple! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048818)

Recycling a computer is VERY expensive (like $100 for an average PC last I heard), just in the processing stage, never mind shipping. Unless that's changed recently I don't see how they could be making money.

I think they're doing it for PR reasons. Score some greenie points, give people Apple Store money to encourage them to buy.

Re:DDoS Apple! (1)

grandpastackhouse (2036004) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048720)

So send in all the junk you can, then give the gift cards to an Apple fanboy

Per Apple's terms, you will get no gift cards for anything worth $0 resale. So Apple will get no fanboy money as a result of this transaction.

Limited to PCs, Macs, and assorted parts (3, Funny)

ddusza (775603) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048422)

Wondering how I can get a Sun E250 in a box and under 60 pounds.... Sounds like a job for Mr. Chainsaw!!

What can I get... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048432)

What can I get for my Apple II+?

I've always wondered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048438)

... why Best Buy and their competitors don't put up signs, "Buy a brand new PC, trade in your old one for CASH!" (where "cash" turns out to be something like $25). It's Marketing 101.

Worthless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048488)

Was hoping to unload a few P3/P4 machines I had lying around.

BUT...

This product has a zero-dollar value.
PowerON has determined that your product has a zero-dollar fair
market value.

Terrible Idea (1)

DeeEff (2370332) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048528)

1. Send computer to Apple.
2. They ship it off to PowerON
3. PowerON figures out how much it's worth
4. You get a gift card in the mail for what it's worth

Uh.... what? I don't even get to barter this? I don't even get to see their standards for judging how much is worth what?

source: https://www.apple.com/recycling/gift-card/ [apple.com]

I'm not sure I'd ever bother with this, I might as well take the old parts and fashion myself a small server or micro PC.

Re:Terrible Idea (2)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049438)

...You should maybe read the source you linked before posting how you think it works. They tell you in advance what your gift card will be worth when you enter the specs of whatever you're recycling - and *then* they arrange the shipping (Source: your own damn link). No you don't get to barter and no you don't get very much for what you're sending in. The business model is to make an easy way for folks to offload their last computer.

If you'd rather put the time into reusing or reselling it on Craigslist yourself, you'll do quite a bit better. I don't think anybody (including Apple and PowerOn) would argue that.

Awww... (1)

KerrickStaley (2423808) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048538)

"PowerON has determined that your product has a zero-dollar fair market value." What? My old PC with a sleek 450 MHz Pentium II processor, a giant 10 GB hard disk, a whopping 128 MB of RAM, and a powerful 3D Rage Pro Turbo graphics card isn't worth any thing?

Re:Awww... (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048626)

I've been selling old PII/PIII laptops on ebay, it is unbelievable but people buy them. I got $50 plus shipping for a super nice PIII with 512MB of RAM and a cd-rom. Desktops are more of a crapshoot.

Re:Awww... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048958)

Only $50? I sold a bunch of Pentium I laptops with windows 95 on them for $400 a few years back!

Re:Awww... (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049028)

a super nice P3 with 512 megs still runs XP pretty decent, just dont go nutty on the net

Re:Awww... (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049260)

It works fine for basic tasks, although you won't be able to stream or play most flash games. I am impressed that a 10+ year old machine is still viable.

Re:Awww... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048796)

I entered a more serious machine (Core2Duo 2GHz) and that's also considered worthless. Goddamnit, that's my main computer! If I tried to sell it, I'd certainly get more than $100 even without the hard disk.

eliminates the 2ndary parts market (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048584)

so instead of having people sell their busted macs on ebay for parts, they send them back to apple, forcing people to either pay the outrageous prices for their replacement parts, or to in turn buy new macs and then send in their busted equipment to apple. sounds like a win/win for apple.

Where's the 286 option (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048634)

you insensitive clods

Is this to get them off the market? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048718)

Just wondering. The PC example in the article has better specs than any I have at home, and is better than the machine I have at work. As far as Macs go, I still have a Power Mac (dual 800) that works, and it's value to me is the cost of a Mac to replace it if I recycled it. Is there really enough churn in the marketplace in this down economy to make this work?

Re:Is this to get them off the market? (1)

MikeMo (521697) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048840)

Maybe it's just to do a good deed and get some PR at the same time? Not everything has to be a nefarious plot, you know.

Re:Is this to get them off the market? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049512)

No, a nefarious plot is when my wife's rotten little dog jumps up on the bed and wipes her butt on my pillow when I'm at work. I'd call this a long term move to encourage new markets. But I used to work in marketing.

I wonder (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048822)

Good for Apple. Pity they only give you an apple gift card, since I won't even put iTunes on my system; but it's better than sending old gear off to the local landfill. Let 'em bury the things in California!

Don't expect much on the PC side (2)

jbarr (2233) | more than 2 years ago | (#37048838)

Unless your desktop PC has at LEAST a Duo Core 2.8GHz processor, it's worth zero in this program.

Now, for those items that are valued at zero, you are referred to www.werecycle.com where they will give you a pre-paid mailing label. And yes, it's nice to get a pre-paid label to get it off your hands, but don't expect that old beige hardware to generate any cash.

They also won't take any iPod Touch devices.

This is mandatory in most of Europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048884)

The reasoning is that if you sell shit you will be made responsible for cleaning up the shit.
Any business that sells you a computer, fridge, furniture or whatever, is required to take the old one of your hands.

They're trying to bring their cost down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37048918)

but if you want to go with a place that you know will break down all of your computer hardware to dispose of it safely,CCNY does it and[ccny.com] - they've been doing it for a while.

ewaste "fee" (1)

wukka (1319367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049044)

what I want to know, why is it that in California, they charge an ewaste "fee" whenya buy new electronics? doesn't that you pre-pay to recycle the gadget you just bought? probably does not matter anyway, after the endless caravan of Chinese freighters unload at the docks of the Western world...cheaper to pay them to load up on old electronics to haul back...and literally dump them on the beaches of some 3rd world countries such as Bangladesh, let them worry about it right? as the heavy metals pollute their ground water, yay. cheers!

Ridiculous offers. (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049240)

The prices they offer for pretty much everything that works, including Apple products is insulting. This is likely only beneficial for unloading broken products which don't function anymore.

Re:Ridiculous offers. (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049666)

That is exactly the point. It's not ebay or a second hand shop, it's a recycling program. If you can get more for it because it's working, then sell it that way. This is intended for stuff that was going into the dumpster anyway.

Re:Ridiculous offers. (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049670)

Then don't send them any of your machines and resell them on eBay. Most likely Apple isn't going to use any of the machines that you send them anyway. The third party they are contracting will be be the ones breaking down the machine and selling any parts for profit. As such, they can't pay retail prices.

why shouldn't they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37049314)

Apple has what - 76 Billion in cash reserves? They might be taking a minor loss but they're making huge PR brownie points, probably for less than the cost of their advertising.

Data on hard drive (1)

razvan784 (1389375) | more than 2 years ago | (#37049370)

Some might say they're mining data off of hard drives sent for recycling. Be sure to wipe them clean.
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