Staples offers up to $400 for old PCs in trade for new Windows 8 touch PC

In February, Best Buy offered a $100 discount for nearly all of their Windows 8 notebooks and all-in-one touchscreen PCs. Now Staples is offering its own sale promotion that, in theory, could offer even more savings for people who want a new Windows 8 PC with touchscreen hardware.

Staples's promotion page has the details. You first have to go ahead and pay full price for your Windows 8 notebook, all-in-one or tablet. Yes, the list of PCs that qualifies for the promotion does include all models of the Surface and Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft. Then you fill in an online form with which PC or tablet you want to trade into the retailer.

The list states that the minimal you will get is $100 for any notebook or netbook of any age. The numbers go up to $400 if you are trading in any notebook with an Intel i7 or AMD FX processor, any Apple Macbook Air and any Macbook or Macbook Pro of up to four years of age each.

Once you fill out the form, Staples will send you a prepaid shipping label for you to attach to the box containing the old PC, along with the power supply. Obviously, you should wipe the hard drive of any personal information you might still have stored on the disk.

The box must then be shipped within 30 days of the purchase of the new Windows 8 PC. After that, you have to wait for the Visa prepaid card to come in the mail with the agreed upon trade-in amount. This Staples promotion ends on April 27th and is only for US residents.

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$100 for essentially scrap computers sounds like a very good deal to me, who else is offering $100 for a Windows Millennium Edition laptop? Only for dumb people? I don't think so.

Essentially, this is a scam. Almost nobody in their right mind would trade in a WORKING i3/i5/i7 laptop WITH charger for a $200/$300/$400 rebate respectively. ESPECIALLY a working Windows 7 laptop for a Windows 8 one!

This leaves your WORKING laptop WITH charger for $150 IF it's less than 4 years old, OR older WORKING laptop WITH charger for a grand total rebate of a whole $100.00, AND you have to wait for them to send you the shipping label (good luck with that) AND you have to box up the laptop, haul the box to the shipper AND hope it gets there in one piece AND still works!

If this was a legitimate offer, all of this could be done right in the store and the rebate would be instantly deducted. As it is, most people will simply come into the store without realizing the ridiculous conditions and leave ****ed off at Staples, though I suppose a few of their dumber customers might fall for the scam and end up most likely getting nothing from it other than a shiny new overpriced Windows 8 thingie, which is what I suppose Staples is counting on. I guess it's worth it to Staples to rip off the dumb people and **** off the rest.

If not desperation, it is a not too clever ruse to segregate the PC users into two camps--one for games and casual use (Windows-8 with touch-centric devices) and one for serious business users (Windows-7 with keyboard/mouse centric devices). So, if one wants a more game oriented PC, it becomes a somewhat attractive offer.

Makes no sense, you can sell a MacBook air for about $650, which I did a few months ago to buy my Surface RT. Why would you hand it over to staples for $400 and lose $250 you could have made otherwise?

pgn said,
Makes no sense, you can sell a MacBook air for about $650, which I did a few months ago to buy my Surface RT. Why would you hand it over to staples for $400 and lose $250 you could have made otherwise?

Laziness, clueless people...

tytytucke said,
I wonder where all those computer end up?

The computers that nobody are buying or the ones that get traded in?

Order_66 said,
The computers that nobody are buying or the ones that get traded in?

Staples probably makes quite a bit from reselling the laptop parts. Most of the people who would use the service could easily get a lot more for their laptops but either don't know about it or can't be bothered to put in the effort.

Go look at the qualifying trade-ins: https://tradeuptotouch.com/tablet/qualifying-tradeins

A third generation ipad for $200. A macbook pro for $400. You can easily get $100-200 more in CASH (not staples value) by spending 10 mins of your time.

Tons of places do cellphone trade-ins too, even for popular phones like the android galaxy series. Are those not selling well either?

Here's the AT&T link: https://tradein-program.att.com/home.php5?c=en-us
Here's one for Best Buy (all electronics): http://www.bestbuy.com/site/El...011.c?id=pcmcat133600050011
Here's one for radioshack (all electronics): http://www.radioshacktradeands...com/online/home/index.rails

Tons of places do trade ins...it's not some new windows 8 thing