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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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#451
Mine was received on 11/08 and is STILL "The product has arrived. Recycler is processing your package now." That's a long ass time ...
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#452
Received at product recycler on 11/2, no updates since

Done with Sony trade in, been without a laptop now for nearly 30 days (sent it 10/22).. .complete BS.
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#453
This is pissing me off now... I might just buy the laptop with my credit card (if there is a good deal going on) and try to use the GC whenever I receive it. If they don't allow it then return the laptop back.
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Anyone got GC for the laptop shipped?
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Quote from RGunner View Post :
Received at product recycler on 11/2, no updates since

Done with Sony trade in, been without a laptop now for nearly 30 days (sent it 10/22).. .complete BS.
What do they say when you call and ask what's going on?
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Quote from travfar View Post :
What do they say when you call and ask what's going on?
Said it was with the recycler and they could do nothing.

edit: after thinking about this... just adds to my complete distaste of Sony - I am going to craigslist the GC or trade it in at a gift card site, to hell with a new laptop

Best Buy trade in process takes no more than 3-4 days (multiple times).
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You know, if I had known trading it in online would be so much of a hassle, I would have pushed the store more to accept it.
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#458
I just realized this was not a good deal for me -.-
Sony laptops are on sale right now.. I should've just sold mine on eBay.
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Quote from coolpillow View Post :
I just realized this was not a good deal for me -.-
Sony laptops are on sale right now.. I should've just sold mine on eBay.
Does anyone know where the recycler(s) is/are located?
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#460
Still waiting here, anyone receive a GC in the mail?
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#461
lol.. This deal has become a joke now... Missing so many good laptop deals waiting for these GCs...
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#462
I too am frustrated with the mail in trade in delays. If I had know, I would have fought with the store more about how the website says I can get a gift card in store. But I thought it was easier to mail it in. I've done Sony tradeins online before and they do come through. I'll give them some slack because they also have to sort through all the laptops that people traded in at the stores as well. I'm a week behind the estimated schedule. Considering that some of you have sent them in weeks before me, I'm not holding my breath. I'll wait until the estimated date that the GC should be sent out. If it hasn't been "evaluated" by then, I'll call them up. If they give me the run around, I'll start mailing off letters. In the end, I have no concern that I will get it. I will hold Sony responsible and won't take any of this "its out of our hands" BS. Sony is running the program regardless of who they are contracting to do it. It's just a matter of how much hassle involved now.
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I too am frustrated with the mail in trade in delays. If I had know, I would have fought with the store more about how the website says I can get a gift card in store. But I thought it was easier to mail it in. I've done Sony tradeins online before and they do come through. I'll give them some slack because they also have to sort through all the laptops that people traded in at the stores as well. I'm a week behind the estimated schedule. Considering that some of you have sent them in weeks before me, I'm not holding my breath. I'll wait until the estimated date that the GC should be sent out. If it hasn't been "evaluated" by then, I'll call them up. If they give me the run around, I'll start mailing off letters. In the end, I have no concern that I will get it. I will hold Sony responsible and won't take any of this "its out of our hands" BS. Sony is running the program regardless of who they are contracting to do it. It's just a matter of how much hassle involved now.
My estimated review date was Nov 14th.. which is long gone now... I called them up and they provided me the sorry excuse that they received overwhelming respose to this program and hence the delay..
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Quote from bhavi_jp View Post :
My estimated review date was Nov 14th.. which is long gone now... I called them up and they provided me the sorry excuse that they received overwhelming respose to this program and hence the delay..
Same exact scenario here......at this rate the gift card will arrive in time to be used for Black Friday 2013.

I hated the laptop I traded in or I would be really pissed.
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I live nowhere near a Sony store, so my only option was to mail it in. My laptop was received Oct 31, and there have been no further updates on the tracking page. I was supposed to have received my gift card by today as well, and I'm going to be leaving the country next month. On the contact us page, it looks like it's just for Sony associates. Does anyone have a relevant number or email where I could get a hold of someone?
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