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    Apple to pay cash for old Macs, PCs

    Apple has launched a recycling programme enabling customers to exchange their old Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad for cash.

    The firm's Reuse and Recycling Programme, operated by Dataserv GmbH, allows users to fill out an online form stating the make and model of the device they want to recycle, along with other information.

    They are then offered an on-screen price for the gadget, such as around £100 for a working iPad, £40 for an iPhone 3G or £63 for a 15-inch laptop. PCs are only accepted by the scheme if they can be reused and not just stripped down for parts.

    Proceeding with the scheme means users are sent a pre-paid shipping label to return their device to Apple. After it has been received and checked, the money will be deposited in their bank account.

    "Apple's commitment to the environment includes finding the most efficient ways to reuse or recycle electronic equipment at the end of its useful life, including iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC computers, and displays from any manufacturer," said the firm in a statement. "You may even get some money for your old equipment."

    Various schemes are already available that recycle old gadgets, such as Mazuma Mobile and Envirofone; essentially selling them on as re-conditioned, second-hand products.

    However, Apple's scheme covers the larger items, such as PC and laptops that have become out of date and often difficult to dispose of safely.

    Any items that do not qualify as reuseable will still be taken by Apple in its free recycling schemes, but the owner will not receive any money.

    "With the Reuse and Recycling Programme, you could turn your old equipment into a brand-new Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad," said Apple.

    "Whether it's an iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC computer, working or not, we'll take it and determine if it qualifies for reuse and has a monetary value.

    "If it does, the amount will be credited directly into your bank account. If it doesn't, you can recycle it responsibly through one of our free recycling programmes."

    Apple has recently been promoting its ethical credentials, including the release of its full supplier list as part of plans to offset criticism of working standards in its supply chain.
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    Wow, that's generous of them... Around £100 for an ipad! If anyone is thinking of giving an ipad to apple for that much, then I think they should be more generous and offer it for that price on these forums! lol
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    Nothing like shafting your customers twice £100 for an ipad they must be taking the piss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm193 View Post
    Nothing like shafting your customers twice £100 for an ipad they must be taking the piss.
    It says "around £100 for a working ipad"

    That to me means "upto" £100.
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    yup it's like those we buy any car adverts. they rely on people short of cash to sell their car or in this case phone / computer for almost nothing then they refurbish it and sell it on at a massive profit.
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