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Sony Vaio Laptop Trade-in and Recycling Program (double the trade-in value)

alanbrenton 546 October 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM in Computers (5)
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Just found out that Sony USA is offering double the value for its Trade-in and Recycling Program. Helpful especially for those of us thinking of trading in an old laptop (several brands are available for trading in but I didn't find Asus among them) for a new and shiny Vaio.

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/...Id=tradeup

Is it possible to score a 1st gen i5 for less than $200 to use as a trade in? Hehe. Smilie

I plug these into the drop down lists:

Intel i5
2.26 GHz
Gateway/Acer
Is Hard Drive present? Y
Is the pc fully functional? Y
Is the computer in good physical condition? Y
Is Operating Software Restore Disc Included? N (usually on the hard drive)
Do you have the power cord? Y

And I get an end value of $336, not too shabby at all, especially if 1st gen i5's can be had for $200 or so.

Updating it to an i7, 2.66 GHz (just guessing if there is such a speed), with all else being equal, I get a $468 trade in value. Smilie

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I found out after posting that the Core 2 Duo trade ins are the best bang for the buck, especially when they are selling for $100-150 on Kijiji or CL and can fetch almost $300 in trade in value. Smilie

While you're at it Smilie

http://slickdeals.net/f/5407342-2-Free-Skyfall-tickets-Sony-B-M-for-checking-out-84-4K-TV-Demo


Quote from bunny88 View Post :
Sony B&M Store is giving away 2 free movie tickets to Skyfall when you take a 5 min demo of their new 84" 4k TV in store.
They give out vouchers for Hollywood movie money which you redeem online for Skyfall tickets.
Got mine over the weekend.

Didn't see it posted anywhere in the store. I came to know about it during a commercial that comes before they screen a movie at Edwards theaters.

Offer valid while supplies last.
Limited 2 tickets per group.

The best link I could find about information regarding this offer is here [sony.com]

Catch a Breathtaking Double Feature
Date: October 15 thru November 12

Visit the Sony store to catch this year's must-sees. Ask a sales associate to give you a demo of the brand new 84" 4K TV, Sony's largest and highest resolution TV ever. Once you've seen our groundbreaking television, you will receive two James Bond Hollywood Movie Money® codes with instructions to print your Skyfall tickets at home.


I'm guessing the offer is valid only at those stores that carry the 84" 4K TV

Here are the locations that carry it.

Exclusively at select Sony Stores:
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
San Diego, CA 92108
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Houston, TX 77056
New York, NY 10022
Garden City, NY 11530


Enjoy the show. nod

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#331
Does this work on netbooks too?
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Quote from shadowneko003 View Post :
Does this work on netbooks too?
put in your specs and find out.
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#333
Dead for me in store. I went back to the store I've traded in a bunch before to trade in another. It went smoothly as usual until it was time to get the GC. The worker went to get the GC but a manager type came back with him. He said that the double promotion is only valid if I buy something in the store. If I want a GC, then it would not be doubled. I said that it says a GC on the website. He said I would have to process them online if I want a GC for double the value.

Whatever. Wasted $10 in gas. Got two more skyfall tickets to make up for it.
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#334
I just processed my trade in online. It says this.

"Don't Wait!
Get instant credit towards your new purcahse when you complete your trade in store?
Click Here to find a Sony Store near you!"

So I guess they are just enforcing the rule now that in store you only get credit towards a new purchase. The spelling mistake is Sony's.
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#335
Quote from jmor View Post :
put in your specs and find out.
Yep. Traded in my netbook. Got $162 lol.
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Quote from travfar View Post :
Dead for me in store. I went back to the store I've traded in a bunch before to trade in another. It went smoothly as usual until it was time to get the GC. The worker went to get the GC but a manager type came back with him. He said that the double promotion is only valid if I buy something in the store. If I want a GC, then it would not be doubled. I said that it says a GC on the website. He said I would have to process them online if I want a GC for double the value.

Whatever. Wasted $10 in gas. Got two more skyfall tickets to make up for it.
I dont understand why they are doing this. It seems like there is a lack of consistency between store policy and online policy. Im still trading in the same thing to the same company, why should what I receive in return differ? As a customer it just feels like they are limiting your flexibility to purchase by mandating that the double trade in value in store must be applied to one of their overpriced machines.
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#337
So I missed the shipment date by a day. Has anyone tried to ship it after the deadline and run into any issues?

I am not sure if I should just redo all the labels or if I should just take my chances. I am not sure if there are any changes to the conditions for online trade in ( such as no multiple laptop trade ins or credit to laptop purchase only).
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#338
Quote from phantaci View Post :
Yep. Traded in my netbook. Got $162 lol.
Not bad for an old netbook
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#339
Some dirty store managers don't want to do this without getting any profit for their store.
Q&A says

Q: Can I drop off my item instead of shipping it?
A: You may trade-in your product by visiting a Sony Store or Sony Outlet store and asking a Sony associate to assist in evaluating your trade. An immediate store credit or Sony Store Gift Card will be provided at Sony Store(s) for all program items that are determined to have value. All other online trade-in items must be shipped to ecoNEW's processing facilities using the prepaid shipping label provided.

If you are against by store manager, call 866 number.
Quote from phantaci View Post :
I dont understand why they are doing this. It seems like there is a lack of consistency between store policy and online policy. Im still trading in the same thing to the same company, why should what I receive in return differ? As a customer it just feels like they are limiting your flexibility to purchase by mandating that the double trade in value in store must be applied to one of their overpriced machines.
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Quote from phantaci View Post :
I dont understand why they are doing this. It seems like there is a lack of consistency between store policy and online policy. Im still trading in the same thing to the same company, why should what I receive in return differ? As a customer it just feels like they are limiting your flexibility to purchase by mandating that the double trade in value in store must be applied to one of their overpriced machines.
obviously they are offering you double the value to make you think you got a good deal on an overpriced machine.
if you want the normal trade in value, they are happy to give it to you in the form of gift card.
I called customer service regarding trade in, and they said you are not getting gift card but a credit toward a new pc, and if you opt for gift card, they will give normal value.
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Quote from Akarin View Post :
obviously they are offering you double the value to make you think you got a good deal on an overpriced machine.
if you want the normal trade in value, they are happy to give it to you in the form of gift card.
I called customer service regarding trade in, and they said you are not getting gift card but a credit toward a new pc, and if you opt for gift card, they will give normal value.
So you either have the option of 1) getting a gift card for half the quoted value or 2) getting the full value of the trade in price quote BUT you have to spend it on a PC?
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Quote from phantaci View Post :
So you either have the option of 1) getting a gift card for half the quoted value or 2) getting the full value of the trade in price quote BUT you have to spend it on a PC?
In store they seem to be enforcing that rule. Online though, how can they make you buy a PC at the time your tradein. So it should come as a gift card. They even say that on the FAQ.

"Q: How do I receive my trade-in value?

A: Once your trade-in has been accepted and a value determined, a Sony Prepaid Gift Card will be issued to you for the final assessed value amount to be used at Sony stores, Sony Outlet stores -or online at store.sony.com. Please allow 14 days for mailing of your Sony Store Gift Card after you receive your final valuation e-mail for your trade-in item. "

They do point out later that if you trade in at a store, that it can be a credit on a new PC.

The way I read it, you still should get the full (double) value if you mail it in.
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Quote from phantaci View Post :
So you either have the option of 1) getting a gift card for half the quoted value or 2) getting the full value of the trade in price quote BUT you have to spend it on a PC?
yeah pretty much
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#344
Anybody have any recent experience in any of the NYC area stores (this last few days)? I have a few old laptops that I was going to bring in this weekend, but don't want to reformat and lug in 5 laptops if they're going to limit the trade in value/force me to buy a sony PC immediately...

TIA!
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Anybody have any recent experience in any of the NYC area stores (this last few days)? I have a few old laptops that I was going to bring in this weekend, but don't want to reformat and lug in 5 laptops if they're going to limit the trade in value/force me to buy a sony PC immediately...

TIA!
I would just call them up and ask them.
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