Apple now lets you trade in Macs for credit at Apple Stores, not just online

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Your old MacBook Air might be worth a pretty penny.
The Mac has finally joined Apple's retail store trade-in program.
Photo: Markus Spiske/Unsplash CC

Apple has officially started offering its Mac trade-in program at Apple Stores in the U.S. and Canada. Apple has long offered trade-ins for credit toward a new purchase or a gift card for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Store. However, until now Mac trade-ins were limited to online-only. That meant that people had to mail in their Mac to Apple.

By making this available in its retail stores, it makes it easier than ever to trade your old Mac.

Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman highlighted a change in the language on Apple’s website on Twitter. Previously, Apple noted that:

“[T]he Apple Trade In program is available on apple.com as well as in all our retail stores. The only exception is that Mac trade-ins are only available online.”

It now reads:

“[T]he Apple Trade In program is available on apple.com as well as in all our retail stores.”

Apple notes that, as with its other trade-ins, the “trade-in credit you get in the store may be different from the estimated trade-in value you received online.” Online, Apple offers up to $1,760 for a MacBook Pro, up to $1,390 for an iMac, and up to $1,100 for a Mac mini — to name just a few models. Trade-in value is, understandably, influenced by both your configuration and the physical condition of the machine in question.

You can also check out the Cult of Mac Buyback program, which offers some of the best cash prices for old Apple gear, including MacBooks.

Apple’s decision to start offering Mac trade-ins was first reported earlier this month. Of course, with Apple Stores still in the process of reopening across the country, you’ll want to make sure that your local retail store is open before you lug your Apple computer across town!