Apple is facing criticism online for offering poor Mac trade-in values following this week’s launch of new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models.
Yesterday, MKBHD researcher David Imel tweeted that Apple is offering just $970 in trade-in credit for a Mac Pro configuration that it still sells for $52,199. The viral tweet sparked an uproar among Twitter users over Apple’s trade-in program: “That’s a slap in the face,” said one user. “Apple trades have always been a bummer. I’m surprised you thought you’d get even 1/5 the price,” another. said.
Fun fact: If you drop a 4 year old over $50,000 Mac Pro into the Apple store, you don’t even get enough credit to buy an iPhone 14 Pro https://t.co/CzPzoymWAa — Marques Brownlee (@ MKBHD) January 17, 2023
This is brutal: MacBook Pro M1 Max 10-core CPU and 24-core GPU 16″ (Late 2021) 4TB SSD Apple exchange: CAD 720 (USD 540). I don’t know what to say. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/3hJeSImHMf
— Jason ❄️ (@jasonbshew) January 17, 2023
these apple swap prices are hilarious — Jason Million (@JMillionNYC) January 17, 2023
Apple is cheating. The M1 Max, a maxed-out stock configuration, sold for AED14,799 until yesterday before the new M2 versions came out. Check out the trade value of the M1 Max 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro… pic.twitter.com/5IK3YAVxIv
– Vaibhav Pradip (@VaibhZ_JCVP11) January 17, 2023
hey @Apple$285 trade-in for a max spec 16″ M1 MBP in good condition is the most hilariously bad deal I’ve ever seen in my life. — matt.ts (@mattisadev) January 17, 2023
On Reddit, users also flocked, sharing their past experiences with Apple’s trade-in program and the “low value” returned for their Macs. “My base model M1 Pro is trading at $725. 63.7% drop in value in a single generation. Not great,” said one Reddit user. Another user, however, shared how Apple gave them $700 last year for an Intel-based 2016 MacBook.
I got $700 off my 2016 i7 last year using Apple trade in. It blew my mind, I could get anything for it. Used it to buy M1 Pro. Just depreciating 60% in 6 years for a machine that is basically at the end of its life, was pretty good. It seems that Apple doesn’t really need used Apple Silicon, so the price is much lower.
On the MacRumors forums, users are also sharing their thoughts on Apple’s trade-in program for Macs after the launch of new models. One user said Apple quoted them the same value of $970 for a 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro, while a third offered nearly $1,100.
The credit Apple will give you for trading in an old Mac depends on several factors, including its specific configuration and condition. On its website, Apple offers a list of estimated trade-in values for its Mac lineup, citing up to $670 for the MacBook Pro and up to $1,250 for the Mac Pro.
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