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

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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


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Last Edited by swordheart November 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Offer expires 11/17 for all sony store in CA, just called to confirm. Was going to trade tomorrowFrown

To the best of my knowledge, this ends 11/15.
EDIT: Just called my local Sony store (NJ) and they said this program will be running through Nov. 21 -- not sure if this applies nationwide or for this particular store only


Some helpful additional details on the program:

Quote from ujparise View Post :
i just called the stony store to verify. They are giving the double credit for the purchase of a windows 8 new laptop. I specifically asked if i could trade in multiple laptops on the purchase of one laptop and they said yes. They have there touch screen desktops with an i7 for 1,300-1,400... I have 3 core duo laptops that work 2-4 years old.... If i can get 700-900 for the three laptops.... i will only be out of pocket about 500-700 dollars... I could also get a decent laptop for free Smilie
Quote from nbvora13 View Post :
Here is my experience...in Edison, NJ...

I had 5 years old HP DV2500 Core 2 Duo, having Negligible physical damage, with Charger, without Recovery Disc, and Fully Operational Laptop...went to Sony store of Menlo Park mall...was evaluated for $242....Customer Rep asked if he wants to order anything, to which I said -- No, I wish to order from Outlet...I received Sony Gift-card that can only be used towards another laptop purchase without any restrictions from where & when...

In short...in-store quick & easy trade-in...online lengthy & blind from you...

Cheers,
~nV!
Updated aka more good news from nV:

Quote from nbvora13 View Post :
The gift-card doesn't have expiration date, and contrary to what customer rep said in the store, this gift-card can also be used to purchase any goods/services from any Sony store, as mentioned on the back of gift-card....

Cheers,
~nV!
For Californians:
Quote from creuset View Post :
Summary of store attitudes in Bay Area:
Sony Outlet in Gilroy CA: They don't do trade-in assessments. But they do sell refurb Vaios there at great discounted prices. And they said I'd have "no problem going to Stanford or Santa Clara to get a gift card for my used laptops under this promotion."

Sony Store at Santa Clara at Valley Fair: No problem. Bring your laptops in, we'll value them. Buy a Windows 8 computer here or online at Sony Outlet or Gilroy Outlet. Ye, very customer service friendly and out to make money for Sony.

Sony Store at Stanford Shopping Center (Palo Alto, CA): Called twice to confirm their policy about taking my laptops down there to be valued for the double credit. The two people (supervisor [female] and senior customer service guy [male]) who answered the phone was insistent that no gift cards would be given for this promotion's credits. So I would NOT be able to go and buy a vaio laptop online, outlet online, or at Gilroy at the outlet store. Double rebate is ONLY good for in-store purchases of a PC. I even told him I thought he was mistaken based on responses in a forum from other stores such as Vegas, etc. He said perhaps his manager who returns on Friday would have the authority to give single credit for sony outlet online.

I hope this helps people somehow. Perhaps avoid the Stanford store? Go to every other Sony store and entity EXCEPT stanford.

Another tip for Californians wanting to go the Stanford location and for everyone that in-store valuation may yield more than the online valuation

Quote from creuset View Post :
So I ended up going to the Stanford store. The Sony 800 number people assured me that if I had any problems with Stanford being resistant about me getting a trade-in to buy things online (instead of just at the store), I could call the 800 number while at the store, and they would pull rank.

I turned in my laptop. Because it was a MSI (or Other on the trade in website), instead of getting $170, I got $307 in person. The salesperson there was nice enough and gave me my voucher paperwork, but neglected to give me my gift card. That's what you need to buy online or at any other store. The papers are only for the recycling part.

Next morning, back home, as I'm trying to complete my order online, I'm trying to use the paper voucher number to complete my beautifully set up purchase. The phone people ask, "where's your gift card? the store is supposed to give you one of those." The Stanford store was either forgetful or just manipulative/controlling. The Stanford store insisted I drive down 40 miles again to pick up the card in person and complete the online purchase in their store. That just seems heavy handed to complete online purchase. The Sony 800 number people called the store and told them they are being ridiculous and need to release the gift card to me over the phone--esp as it was their error in not giving it to me while I was in the store. Nightmare. Supposedly someone will call me later today from the store to fix things. Ugh. I just want to buy my sony product.

And to add on top of that the vaio outlet 50% code is temporarily disabled while I'm trying to work around the Stanford store's greed... I know I'm whining.

But lessons:
* Sometimes going in person can result in more trade in--esp for a computer not listed on the rebate website
* Recovery discs are worth it to burn (they never even verified my recovery discs) and turn in
* Make sure you get the gift cards, not just the paper vouchers
Just went to Sony store at Tysons Corner 1 in VA
They will take trade in old laptop but i have to make a purchase in store . They don't giving out credit. They only allow trade in then buy some thing else in store only

Update from Sony store at Tysons Corner 1 in VA
Just got back with gift card for recycled laptop. No questions asked. Got too skyfall ticket vouchers too..

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#436
The store in Las Vegas told me today their last day for the promotion is the 21st.
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Quote from aleki View Post :
Yep. Laptop was ~$1200. Got my $342 estimate back and rest from the Charge. The stores always tender the trade-in seperately, and put the amount on a gift card; they are just forcing us to buy a laptop because they know they can get away with it.
Best thing to do is have them place an order online and shipped to your house, and when it comes to the total, just make sure you get the depleted giftcard back. Once you get home, call to cancel the order, and everything gets returned to you Smilie

Just a heads up for those of you who did the "return to gift card" thing, you might have to call Sony to unlock your gift card because they place a 30 day lock on gift cards that have been used.

I did this for one of my trade-ins. I ordered online at the store and canceled when I went home. When I tried to buy something today with the gift card the balance still shows up fine when inputted it in, but when you check out it will say something like "gift card has 0 value" and reject it.
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Quote from Kurohio View Post :
Just a heads up for those of you who did the "return to gift card" thing, you might have to call Sony to unlock your gift card because they place a 30 day lock on gift cards that have been used.

I did this for one of my trade-ins. I ordered online at the store and canceled when I went home. When I tried to buy something today with the gift card the balance still shows up fine when inputted it in, but when you check out it will say something like "gift card has 0 value" and reject it.
Good to know.
Fortunately, they goofed mine up and sent me a replacement GC instead. Hopefully everything's good when it comes time to jump on a deal Big Grin
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#439
Is there anything worthwhile to get from Sony right now? What are their black friday sales?
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has anyone gotten a response from sony for the online trade-in? i sent mine in last monday.
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Quote from SpAcEmAn SpLiFF View Post :
has anyone gotten a response from sony for the online trade-in? i sent mine in last monday.
They received mine on the 9th and I still haven't heard from them. Actually when I checked using my tracking number today their site said $0 trade in value from the $276 they originally estimated but it also states it has not been reviewed. Still kind of worried though.
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Quote from mcs82 View Post :
They received mine on the 9th and I still haven't heard from them. Actually when I checked using my tracking number today their site said $0 trade in value from the $276 they originally estimated but it also states it has not been reviewed. Still kind of worried though.
geez i wouldve expected a company like sony to be more quick
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#443
I bought a Sony Vaio for $700 last year and it still works but needs the restore disk and they said they would accept it for "recycle value" only. Like I am that stupid.
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Quote from mcs82 View Post :
They received mine on the 9th and I still haven't heard from them. Actually when I checked using my tracking number today their site said $0 trade in value from the $276 they originally estimated but it also states it has not been reviewed. Still kind of worried though.
same, they received mine on the 13th... i called today and they said the reason it said zero is because their system changes it to zero after a certain period of time automatically but assured me their system still showed the same original trade in value on their end....

they said that they have "two weeks" once received to process it, which would be friday for you....

if there is a crazy deal on black friday, im just going to purchase it, then tell them to apply the gift card balance to the purchase and refund that much back to my card, if not, il just return it, if they charge me a restocking fee, il just file a claim on my credit card.... not playing this game....
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Quote from BigTymer1 View Post :
if there is a crazy deal on black friday, im just going to purchase it, then tell them to apply the gift card balance to the purchase and refund that much back to my card, if not, il just return it, if they charge me a restocking fee, il just file a claim on my credit card.... not playing this game....
Think they will? I hope so. Maybe I will do the same. I was planning on using it for BF as well and when I talked to someone earlier in the week the guy had the nerve to say I was being unrealistic to have expected it! I wish I would have remembered his name and sent some feedback to his manager. I was so shocked by him calling me unrealistic that I just wanted to hang up before cussing him out.
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#446
geez... i wanted to trade in my 2 v570s that I got from lenovo outlet.
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#447
traded in my nv59 laptop i got from here a few years back. i got $376 for it @ the Sony Plaza store on Madison Ave in Manhattan. Ended up getting the Vaio T Series Ultrabook for $699. I paid the difference and also got 5% off(corp discount). Nice laptop so far. But if anything better comes out within 30days best believe return/exchange will happen
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Quote from mcs82 View Post :
Think they will? I hope so. Maybe I will do the same. I was planning on using it for BF as well and when I talked to someone earlier in the week the guy had the nerve to say I was being unrealistic to have expected it! I wish I would have remembered his name and sent some feedback to his manager. I was so shocked by him calling me unrealistic that I just wanted to hang up before cussing him out.

What pisses me off even more is i actually drove 50 miles out to a sony store to do it in store, picked out the laptop i wanted and then they told me their system was down and couldn't do the trade in and i would have to come back on a later date.... so i just decided to send it in rather tha do another 100 mile round trip.... its taking way too long
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#449
Is purchase from Sony Outlet Eligible for this promotion?
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Quote from jawabala View Post :
Is purchase from Sony Outlet Eligible for this promotion?
If they give you a gift card you should be fine. gift card can be used on anything.
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