Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac


2016 MacBook Pro

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Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.

If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot easier — at least for those who have an old machine to trade in. In partnership with buyback company Phobio, the company now offers more cash for aging models.

Apple increases trade-in values

Here’s what you could make on machines released in 2009 or later:

  • MacBook — up to $1,110
  • MacBook Air — up to $430
  • MacBook Pro — up to $2,500
  • iMac — up to $2,500
  • Mac Pro — up to $1,560

Getting a price for your machine is easy: Simple visit the Phobio website, enter your Mac’s serial number, and answer some questions about its condition. If you’re happy with the quote, you then send off your machine for inspection.

Assuming there are no issues, your payment will be issued in the form of your choosing. Options include an Apple Store gift card, PayPal or a virtual prepaid Visa card.

You could make more elsewhere

We should mention you could still make more cash elsewhere. Machines in good condition are likely to fetch more on eBay and other online marketplaces. But trading in is a good way to avoid the hassle of such listings, potential payment problems and hefty fees.

You can also sell your old Mac to us. Cult of Mac runs its own buyback program, and we typically pay more than the likes of Apple, Gazelle, NextWorth and GameStop. We’ll even offer cash for broken devices, unlike Apple.