Microsoft giving up to $350 for trade-ins to buy Windows, Windows Phone devices

Last week, it was revealed that Microsoft Store retail locations were taking old iPads in exchange for in-store gift cards worth at least $200. Now the company has revealed yet another trade-in program that is open to anyone online, and this effort could help users even more than with the Microsoft Store deal, if they have enough patience.

The website, which is organized for Microsoft by Clover Wireless, is designed to accept nearly any smartphone and tablet for trade. Users sign up on the site and list which device or devices they wish to trade in. The site then gives a monetary offer for the value of those devices, and users are sent a shipping label and instructions on how to mail in those old gadgets to Clover Wireless.

After that is done, users have up to 30 days to purchase a new Windows tablet, such as the Surface, or Windows Phone device. Once that is done, those owners need to show a proof of purchase of said product to Clover Wireless. The company will then send a pre-paid Visa card with the amount of money for the older products they traded in within 60 days.

Yes, it's complicated. Yes, it takes a long time to finally get your rebate money, which technically can't be used to actually purchase a Surface tablet like the Microsoft Store offer does. However, if you don't live near a Microsoft Store, this might be a good alternative.

Source: Microsoft/Clover Wireless via ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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I don't think this is a bad idea from Microsoft's part. I am an Apple user mostly but this isn't bad business practice. I wouldn't call them desperate. And of course they will offer less money than eBay, that's how trade-in programs usually work.

trooper11 said,
So Apple offering iPhone trade ins is also real desperate?

Sheesh, MS isn't allowed to do anything other companies do.

Apple is not writing off almost billion dollar inventory of tablets. Poor product, poor sales, poor marketing, poor forecasting and poor price point, this is Surface.

Auditor said,

Apple is not writing off almost billion dollar inventory of tablets. Poor product, poor sales, poor marketing, poor forecasting and poor price point, this is Surface.

Fail...desperate attempt to change subject after losing the argument.

What are you going to do, turn in a Surface to get a Surface? I could see maybe trading up from an RT to a Pro, but who's going to do that?

Enron said,
What are you going to do, turn in a Surface to get a Surface? I could see maybe trading up from an RT to a Pro, but who's going to do that?

I don't want to shell out for an entirely brand new RT, so yeah, I'd give my current Surface RT in for a new one.

Got a quote of 60$ for my mint condition Toshiba Thrive 32GB(ICS4). I could get more than that on ebay! The thrive may seem old and bulky but i just love the full size USB and HDMI ports + replaceable batteries. I use it with the DSLR remote app for shooting tethered. Pretty handy having a 10" screen to compose your shots than the 3" fixed one on the T2i.

ALL these trade-in offers give you less money then you'd get by selling it yourself, but there's much less hassle and no risk.

bridges said,
Wow $95 for my first gen ipad! I paid like $800 for it brand new.

Yeah like 3 years ago.

ALL these trade-in offers give you less money then you'd get by selling it yourself, but there's much less hassle and no risk.

Today I went into my MS store and traded in my iPad 2. I got $200 GC for it. It had a broken screen which I replaced myself and did not do a good job. It still worked but specks of dirt would get under glass and home button would wiggle. So I was happy to get the GC and I don't need to spend it on a surface. I can use the GC for Xbox One or wait for surface 2.

More desperate moves in a vain attempt to legitimize the Surface form factor. Hint: tablets are becoming more marginalized as smartphones get more powerful and laptops get lighter (but not smaller).

alexander3133 said,
$000 for a fully functional Nokia N95
LOL! Maybe they don't want their "own" devices. They want that Apple and Android blood.

Enron said,
What'll they give me for a MacBook Pro that's 2 years old?
You are crazy Enron! LOL! They wouldn't give you nearly enough. My father sold his 2011 MacBook Air on eBay in June for $950. That's the beauty of Apple's devices. It trumps Windows devices in resale value.

Darn right - who will pay $950 for that Dell computer that was bought new for $400. That is why Apple is best, you get more money back when you sell it.

To be fair you also pay more for apple hardware when you first buy it. But hands down anything made by apple nowadays retains its value much better and longer than any other manufacturers.

JHBrown said,
You are crazy Enron! LOL! They wouldn't give you nearly enough. My father sold his 2011 MacBook Air on eBay in June for $950. That's the beauty of Apple's devices. It trumps Windows devices in resale value.

I just want to get a smaller portable. Either an Ultrabook or tablet. You're right though, Apple resale value is the best. Someone bought my iPhone 3G this year for $150.

JHBrown said,
You are crazy Enron! LOL! They wouldn't give you nearly enough. My father sold his 2011 MacBook Air on eBay in June for $950. That's the beauty of Apple's devices. It trumps Windows devices in resale value.

Somebody on eBay is REALLY stupid! LOL

Spicoli said,
I don't believe the value of the hardware is related to the software running on it. Unless you mean people that buy Apple tend to not be smart shoppers.

thats for sure

Spicoli said,
I don't believe the value of the hardware is related to the software running on it. Unless you mean people that buy Apple tend to not be smart shoppers.

I'd be more inclined to say people who buy on ebay tend not to be smart shoppers.. have you seen the things that people have bought on ebay? you can pretty much sell anything on ebay and there will be someone willing to buy it from you for over the odds...

In saying that, it doesn't really matter if they are stupid apple buyers, or stupid ebay users in general, the fact remains he sold his mac for more then the same spec hardware pc laptop would have gone for.

You see it all the time where people compare the cost of initially buying a apple mac vs building a hackintosh. Ignoring the bit where you have to faff around doing the 'hacking bit to get it working and worrying about updates etc, you're pretty much going to throw away your hackintosh PC after 3 years, where real apple machines will be sold on ebay for +50% of what they paid.
That is just how it is, be it if the hardware it worth that resale amount of if it's how much added value running Mac OS X is.

Spicoli said,
So what do they do with them after you trade them in?

I believe they're handed over to Clover Wireless who then might sell them back to others or just recycle the parts? MS doesn't keep them.

Talk about desperation. They will do anything to try and get rid of those Surface tablets that no body wants.

Now if you excuse me, I need to prep my iPhone to trade it in for a new one on Friday.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Talk about desperation. They will do anything to try and get rid of those Surface tablets that no body wants.

Now if you excuse me, I need to prep my iPhone to trade it in for a new one on Friday.

LOL!

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Talk about desperation. They will do anything to try and get rid of those Surface tablets that no body wants.

Now if you excuse me, I need to prep my iPhone to trade it in for a new one on Friday.

I must be a nobody. I would love to own a Surface Pro.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Talk about desperation. They will do anything to try and get rid of those Surface tablets that no body wants.

Now if you excuse me, I need to prep my iPhone to trade it in for a new one on Friday.

Nobody checking in!