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

alanbrenton 1,473 615 October 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM in Computers (5)
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Last Edited by alanbrenton October 31, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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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Quote from warlock110 View Post :
just came back from the store. If you bring it to the store, they're giving the voucher right away after they look at the machine. I have to see if i can use the voucher online, the store has very limited choices, the lowest price was like 800 bucks.

They do not allow you to put it toward anything else but a computer (looks like desktop is a go to, not just laptop).
So only laptop or desktop? no chance to get their tablet?
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#47
all these prices are MSRP. only useful if you have a few junk laptops laying around, considering how pricey it is.

i have an old core 2 duo and it shows me $176ish. i want a t series 13.3 laptop.. MSRP is $900. i'd consider $600 a good price for the basic model, so i'd have to trade in more than $300 worth to get a decent deal.
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So only laptop or desktop? no chance to get their tablet?
not sure which one, i was showned a slate tablet. that's included i believe.
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Quote from jawshoeaw View Post :
Wait, can you stack the trade-ins?
that's what i was told, i'm gonna go and try to stack it tomorrow.

And as far as junk... well the c2d laptops aren't that bad, I could very well use them to surf the web, do stuff NP. c2d are around 200 for trade in, you drop a core duo and the price got slash in 1/2... and for me c2d and core duo is virtually the same thing (talking about the older c2d that just got switch from core duo, and not the later ones).

I'm basically trading in 5 for 1... now that you think about it, it's not THAT cheap lol.
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Got a 2010 Gateway i5 that cost me $499 brand new. Trades in for $432. I'm doing this!
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wish i had another C2D laptop laying aorund.
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just came back from the store. If you bring it to the store, they're giving the voucher right away after they look at the machine. I have to see if i can use the voucher online, the store has very limited choices, the lowest price was like 800 bucks.

They do not allow you to put it toward anything else but a computer (looks like desktop is a go to, not just laptop).

Hey Warlock, did you use the online site to determine the value? I have some really old laptops (e.g. Pentium M chips, one with a Celeron), and even though they're worth next to nothing (ok, they are actually worth nothing), I think I can still get ~$300 according to the online estimator vs. dropping them off at BB for recycle. I don't want to bother bringing them in just to be told "too old, recycle only"...

TIA!
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Do you get the same value in store as they quoted online ? Also, the amount they quoted online is already the double value right? My c2d is giving 250 !
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Hey Warlock, did you use the online site to determine the value? I have some really old laptops (e.g. Pentium M chips, one with a Celeron), and even though they're worth next to nothing (ok, they are actually worth nothing), I think I can still get ~$300 according to the online estimator vs. dropping them off at BB for recycle. I don't want to bother bringing them in just to be told "too old, recycle only"...

TIA!
did you select something wrong? let me see what you selected, pentium M should not give 300. But if the website says so and if you're right then they'll give you the amount. My store have a relatively decent tech guy, i throw him ubuntu and he was able to use the terminal to look up the spec.

Quote from daltx View Post :
Do you get the same value in store as they quoted online ? Also, the amount they quoted online is already the double value right? My c2d is giving 250 !
that's about right, I'm doing C2D and that's about what it gave me.
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Hey Warlock, did you use the online site to determine the value? I have some really old laptops (e.g. Pentium M chips, one with a Celeron), and even though they're worth next to nothing (ok, they are actually worth nothing), I think I can still get ~$300 according to the online estimator vs. dropping them off at BB for recycle. I don't want to bother bringing them in just to be told "too old, recycle only"...

TIA!
My old dell inspiron 600m with Pentium M is estimated at 86$. Are you using a different URL?
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the acer s3 that i got from staples last week for 250 trades in for 434...lol...
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My problem is there isn't a Sony I would buy other than the Z. Starting at $1600 is rough
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Quote from vijay.dasari View Post :
My old dell inspiron 600m with Pentium M is estimated at 86$. Are you using a different URL?
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did you select something wrong? let me see what you selected, pentium M should not give 300. But if the website says so and if you're right then they'll give you the amount. My store have a relatively decent tech guy, i throw him ubuntu and he was able to use the terminal to look up the spec.



that's about right, I'm doing C2D and that's about what it gave me.
I have like 4 IBM T40s ($56 ea.) and a old Dell Celeron laptop sitting around. Combined is something like $250 for laptops that I've been too lazy to bring to BB to recycle, plus a few C2Ds lying around for various purposes (e.g. kids to use, 24x7 monitor for some cameras around the house, etc.) I don't feel like trading in the C2Ds as they're fine for doing what they're used for though...

I think somebody mentioned that the credits are good for only VAIO trade ins, is that true Warlock (I assume you got a gift card already)? How about for a ultrabook or one of MS' upcoming W8 tablets? (I didn't even look at the Sony product line up yet, scouring the net for a 60" tv deal ATM)
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I have like 4 IBM T40s ($56 ea.) and a old Dell Celeron laptop sitting around. Combined is something like $250 for laptops that I've been too lazy to bring to BB to recycle, plus a few C2Ds lying around for various purposes (e.g. kids to use, 24x7 monitor for some cameras around the house, etc.) I don't feel like trading in the C2Ds as they're fine for doing what they're used for though...

I think somebody mentioned that the credits are good for only VAIO trade ins, is that true Warlock (I assume you got a gift card already)? How about for a ultrabook or one of MS' upcoming W8 tablets? (I didn't even look at the Sony product line up yet, scouring the net for a 60" tv deal ATM)
ultrabook is a go, at least i was offered those while i was in the store, but the ultra book wasn't that thin, my 2510p is almost as thin, and almost as light if not lighter, and it as an optical drive too, and i got those for like 35 bucks each (old C2D so they're cheap). I don't think 650 bucks for those ultra book is a good deal. I might just hit up an E series and call it a day.
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Quote from jinxeddeep View Post :
the acer s3 that i got from staples last week for 250 trades in for 434...lol...
where did you get this Acer S3 at staples, what`s the configuration? Can you show me how,is that price still available today? I wanna go to get one today

thanks
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