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.
Is it possible to score a 1st gen i5 for less than $200 to use as a trade in? Hehe.
I plug these into the drop down lists:
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.
Now, where to find 1st gen i7 laptops steals? Haha.
Is it that once you ship/ trade you get twice the estimate?
Thinking of trading a dell xps l502x from last year. While I think it can hang for 1-3 more years performance-wise, I don't actually bring it outside the house. It's quite heavy and I'm looking to buy an ultrabook/hybrid touchscreen notebook.
640GB 7200 RPM hard drive. I have a crappy 160GB drive that I can swap... They don't care about the specs on the HDD, right?
I remember the Sony old-laptop rebate program from years ago - got my wife a pretty decent deal trading in her old VAIO Z. That one, though, you just had to find an "eligible retailer" to buy it from - it didn't have to be out of Sony's store. Much better shopping around...
I think it is probably decent if you bought a bottom of the line laptop but seems pretty low if you bought anything higher end. Said my vaio was worth $146. That is a laptop with a blu-ray burner in it. I'm better off keeping the laptop to burn blu-rays than to trade it in.
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