Microsoft: Trade in your MacBook Air, get up to $650 off Surface Pro 3

At the launch of its Surface Pro 3, Microsoft drew numerous comparisons between its new 12-inch tablet and the MacBook Air. Apple's ultra-light notebook is still considered among the very best in the business, and evidently, even Microsoft appreciates the perception that the Air is the device to beat when it comes to thin and light laptops. 

Today, WinBeta reports that Microsoft is now hoping to entice MacBook Air owners to abandon that device completely by offering a trade-in deal that will give them up to $650 in credit towards a Surface Pro 3. As always with an offer like this one, there are some conditions.

First of all, the MacBook Air being traded in "must power on to be considered working", and if yours has water damage or a cracked screen, Microsoft will turn you away, as these will not be considered "working devices" under this promotion. The exact amount that you'll get in store credit will also vary depending on the exact condition of your Air.

Additionally, Microsoft says that you must purchase a Surface Pro 3 in order to qualify for the maximum possible amount of credit, and only one MacBook Air may be traded in per purchase. It should go without saying, but just in case there are any doubts: all trade-ins are final, and it's your responsibility to wipe your data from the device before handing it over to Microsoft. 

Trade-ins are being handled exclusively via Microsoft Stores in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada, so if you're not near a Store - or you're in another part of the world - you're out of luck, unless the company decides to extend the promotion to other channels or internationally. Microsoft says that this offer will remain available "until 7/31/2014 or while supplies last". 

If you're not quite sure about whether or not you're ready to part with your MacBook Air, check out our Surface Pro 3 review before you decide.

Source: Microsoft Store via WinBeta

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Perhaps Microsoft likes the Macbook Air that much that it wants to swap its excess stock of unsold Surface Pro's for them :laugh:

Did you even read the article? It's a credit for Surface Pro 3. They just started selling those.

They do not sell the original Surface Pro anymore. They also do not sell the Surface Pro 2 anymore. There was no excess stock of those. In fact, they were OUT of stock most of the time they were on the market. Go look at the store: http://www.microsoftstore.com/...Surface/categoryID.66734700

It was the original Surface RT that didn't sell well, and they're not selling those anymore either.

Now this just frakkin sucks...they'll trade in stupid MBPs...yet you can't trade in a SP1 for the same price, or for example,just trade in an i5 SP2 for an i3 SP3 ????

dada81 said,
Now this just frakkin sucks...they'll trade in stupid MBPs...yet you can't trade in a SP1 for the same price, or for example,just trade in an i5 SP2 for an i3 SP3 ????

It is because MS can still sell Mac for much higher price than they can sell their old garbage Surface model. Infact, they are having hard time selling their own old Surface inventory. Trade-in Surface won't even sell for $100. Someone will be really fool to sell their functional Mac so cheap and buy this overpriced junk which won't be worth $400 after 4 months.

Auditor said,

It is because MS can still sell Mac for much higher price than they can sell their old garbage Surface model. Infact, they are having hard time selling their own old Surface inventory. Trade-in Surface won't even sell for $100. Someone will be really fool to sell their functional Mac so cheap and buy this overpriced junk which won't be worth $400 after 4 months.

LOL! Auditor, you are always blunt and straight to the point.

JHBrown said,
LOL! Auditor, you are always blunt and straight to the point.

He's always good for a laugh, that's for sure.

I'm still on my first-gen Surface Pro and use it as my main workstation daily, 8-14 hours a day. Even the first-gen is more than "good enough". The newer ones are certainly evolutionary, but not revolutionary enough that I feel I need to upgrade it. Heck, I'd buy a spare one (even an identical one) if I could find one for cheap--Auditor is smoking crack if he thinks they go for $100.

And, just to flip his argument around, I bought a MacBook Pro (my first Apple product ever) a few months ago--wanted to familiarize myself with OSX--and I'm not exaggerating when I say I've turned it on maybe a total of 5 times so far...I quickly lost interest and don't know what I'd do with that thing that I couldn't do with a plain 'ol Windows device. I wish MS would take *that* back rather than just the Air.

dada81 said,
Now this just frakkin sucks...they'll trade in stupid MBPs...yet you can't trade in a SP1 for the same price, or for example,just trade in an i5 SP2 for an i3 SP3 ????

Is to get people to switch from Mac to Windows. Why you can't trade in an older SP for a discount.

_dandy_ said,

He's always good for a laugh, that's for sure.

I'm still on my first-gen Surface Pro and use it as my main workstation daily, 8-14 hours a day. Even the first-gen is more than "good enough". The newer ones are certainly evolutionary, but not revolutionary enough that I feel I need to upgrade it. Heck, I'd buy a spare one (even an identical one) if I could find one for cheap--Auditor is smoking crack if he thinks they go for $100.

And, just to flip his argument around, I bought a MacBook Pro (my first Apple product ever) a few months ago--wanted to familiarize myself with OSX--and I'm not exaggerating when I say I've turned it on maybe a total of 5 times so far...I quickly lost interest and don't know what I'd do with that thing that I couldn't do with a plain 'ol Windows device. I wish MS would take *that* back rather than just the Air.

Install bootcamp, it makes a great Windows machine ;)

warwagon said,
Install bootcamp, it makes a great Windows machine ;)

I already have all the Windows machines I need, and then some.

Yes you will always made more money by selling it off on ebay or craigslist. It's the same way with trading in your old car for a new one. It's just a quicker way of getting rid of it.

Or, sell the Mac Book and get the more money to fully fund the Surface Pro 3 purchase. Just like trading in your phone to get a discount on a competitor, this really isnt that good of a deal. Macs have a good resell value.

Roger H. said,
Ummm what? Why would I "sell" my $1,100 Macbook air for ~$650?
Your MBA was 1100 when you bought it, but what is with worth now. And what would a 1 or 2 year old device be worth. I can see if being worth the trade up for some people. Depending on their situation.

uxo22 said,
Your MBA was 1100 when you bought it, but what is with worth now. And what would a 1 or 2 year old device be worth. I can see if being worth the trade up for some people. Depending on their situation.

Apple kit generally seems to have very strong residuals in the used market place. If you turn your kit over every 1 or 2 years, you make strong enough money back to take a serious dent out of the cost of the latest version of that Mac.

Chicane-UK said,
Apple kit generally seems to have very strong residuals in the used market place. If you turn your kit over every 1 or 2 years, you make strong enough money back to take a serious dent out of the cost of the latest version of that Mac.

Yep. They hold their value very well, provided they weren't abused. 80% roughly.

dead.cell said,

Yep. They hold their value very well, provided they weren't abused. 80% roughly.

Actually Apple gear does not hold their value better than gear from other hardware makers, but Apple fans love to claim it does. The thing is you pay much much more for Apples hardware, but the resale value isn't higher if you compare it in relation to what you have originally paid and how much you actually have lost.

Wall-swe said,

Actually Apple gear does not hold their value better than gear from other hardware makers, but Apple fans love to claim it does. The thing is you pay much much more for Apples hardware, but the resale value isn't higher if you compare it in relation to what you have originally paid and how much you actually have lost.

Have you had bad experiences selling on pre-owned Apple kit then? Didn't get as much back as you expected?

Wall-swe said,

Actually Apple gear does not hold their value better than gear from other hardware makers, but Apple fans love to claim it does. The thing is you pay much much more for Apples hardware, but the resale value isn't higher if you compare it in relation to what you have originally paid and how much you actually have lost.

Value is based on what people are willing to pay for it

I'm looking at the price point for a new MBA/MBP, iphone or ipad in my country and comparing it to what people is receiving when selling their device. Simple as that.

Rudy said,
Value is based on what people are willing to pay for it

Exactly, and the resale value is the same for apple and non-apple gear if you look and compare the resale value to the original price.

Wall-swe said,

Exactly, and the resale value is the same for apple and non-apple gear if you look and compare the resale value to the original price.

I've sold some Apple stuff over the years. I got an excellent price for my old iMac and an old iPod Nano, and I will eventually sell on my current MacBook Air. I reckon after a skim round on eBay, my MacBook Air might sell for about £850 if I were to sell it now - it's a year old and it cost me about £1200. Not bad I don't think.

Chicane-UK said,

I've sold some Apple stuff over the years. I got an excellent price for my old iMac and an old iPod Nano, and I will eventually sell on my current MacBook Air. I reckon after a skim round on eBay, my MacBook Air might sell for about £850 if I were to sell it now - it's a year old and it cost me about £1200. Not bad I don't think.

And again, my point is tat the resale value is no better with Apple gear vs non-apple gear... as in the end the lost value in relation to retail price is the same.

Wall-swe said,

Exactly, and the resale value is the same for apple and non-apple gear if you look and compare the resale value to the original price.
I don't know if things are different where you live but here Macs will retain a much higher % of their original value as trying to sell a used PC is extremely hard (I've done both, an ad for a pc can have no replies for months as most mac ads will have your inbox flooded)

Rudy said,
I don't know if things are different where you live but here Macs will retain a much higher % of their original value as trying to sell a used PC is extremely hard (I've done both, an ad for a pc can have no replies for months as most mac ads will have your inbox flooded)

But, that could also have something to do with variety and choices, there are many different types of PC out there and when people look for them, they look and inquire about different ads depending on what they want. As with MACs, people either one on or they want a PC, therefore being that there are less variety in MAC types those that are posted gets more hits.

Up I agree even parts only model like a water damage or a cracked screen or what ever the case may be are getting a good chunk of changes off ebay.

CJEric said,
If you're intent on getting rid of your MBA, I think you'll be better off selling it on eBay...

Goes to show how gullible Apple users are when buying Apple stuff.