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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

https://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 10:40 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 :
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.
i've seen the t series ultrabook, and there's no way an old c2d with an optical drive is close to being as thin or light as the t series.
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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
lol too late my friend...it was on clearance at 339.50 at staples a couple weeks back...most of the stores ran out of those during that period...a few had display models as leftovers...i purchased mine, a display model, using the $50 off clearance laptops coupon from a week ago and then got the price adjusted to 239.50 using the $100 off clearance laptops on thursday when staples wanted to clear the shelves for windows 8 models...
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darn it i could get more money in trade-in value from the VAIO laptop i sold on eBay awhile ago
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Quote from jinxeddeep View Post :
lol too late my friend...it was on clearance at 339.50 at staples a couple weeks back...most of the stores ran out of those during that period...a few had display models as leftovers...i purchased mine, a display model, using the $50 off clearance laptops coupon from a week ago and then got the price adjusted to 239.50 using the $100 off clearance laptops on thursday when staples wanted to clear the shelves for windows 8 models...
thanks for the information, I can try go out to see whether they still have. Can you tell me the inventory number of that model or the basic configuration of that laptop. just try my luck
by the way, can I get the coupon as well?
thanks
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thanks for the information, I can try go out to see whether they still have. Can you tell me the inventory number of that model or the basic configuration of that laptop. just try my luck
by the way, can I get the coupon as well?
thanks
the coupon is not valid anymore...

https://slickdeals.net/f/5381014-Staples-100-off-coupon-for-clearance-computer-In-store-only-valid-through-10-25-2012

sku is 401886...it's been removed from their online inventory so the only way you can check it is by calling staples...ask them to search within a larger radius cos they usually do only 5 or 10 miles if u dont mention it
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Quote from MisterRunon View Post :
i've seen the t series ultrabook, and there's no way an old c2d with an optical drive is close to being as thin or light as the t series.
that's what i thought too until i saw the unit in the store.

this is the spec of an elitebook 2510p, it's no where near as fast as the ultra book these days but it's dam close for freaking 35 bucks.

2510p
3.59lbs
0.97-in thick


the T series
3.45 pounds
0.71-in Thick

yeah that's a huge difference right? honestly i can surf the net, do most casual things with the 2510p, and the optical drive is just there for show, you can actually replace it with a HDD too (so the unit supports 2 HDD total).

There are some draw back, but I wasn't lying when i said it's dam near an ultra book and it costs only 35 bucks. I have 3 of them I would know.
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So which computer sony actually offering that we can use coupon on ..?
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that's what i thought too until i saw the unit in the store.

this is the spec of an elitebook 2510p, it's no where near as fast as the ultra book these days but it's dam close for freaking 35 bucks.

2510p
3.59lbs
0.97-in thick


the T series
3.45 pounds
0.71-in Thick

yeah that's a huge difference right? honestly i can surf the net, do most casual things with the 2510p, and the optical drive is just there for show, you can actually replace it with a HDD too (so the unit supports 2 HDD total).

There are some draw back, but I wasn't lying when i said it's dam near an ultra book and it costs only 35 bucks. I have 3 of them I would know.
i would say the difference in thickness is significant. the weight, not so much.

the t series should be 26% thinner, that's enough to be a big deal to me. stats on weight, i find, are unreliable. the only way to know is to actually hold the products themselves, but if you've done so already and have determined it's only a marginal difference.. then that's up to you.
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I got a question. Can I use the gift card on their website over any laptop or desktop?
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question: where do i find what my laptop worth? i don't see any link once i'm on the sony website
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Quote from hxlee View Post :
question: where do i find what my laptop worth? i don't see any link once i'm on the sony website
At the bottom of the page, under Savings and Special Offers, click on 'Trade-in & Recycling Program'.

It wasn't working for me in Chrome; I had to load into Firefox to get the page to work properly.
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Final report.

I got 800+ from the laptops I recycled (I paid ~350 for all of these)
I decided to pick up the E series AMD E2 11" notebooks (I got 2)
Paid another 150 on top because of the difference and taxes.
Effectively i cough up 250 per.

Here's a small review in case anyone want to get these.
1) Pretty much a duo core netbook with very good graphic (AMD 7000 series graphic)
2) Comes with 4GB of ram on 1 stick (upgradeable, it has 2 slots)
3) 750 GB Hitachi 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA HDD.
4) didn't see much else. it's great for regular usage, web surfing ect...
5) Very low power consumption.
a) about 16-17 Watts with the LCD on and web surfing
b) about 9-8 watts with the LCD off (I never put computer to sleep, i simply close the lid and let the LCD turn off).

that's actually very good for these types of unit. I'm sure you can play some light games on it. the dam thing actually runs a little hot, but w/e. I'm not interested in cracking the case open.

BTW it's got 1 X USB 3 and 2 X USB 2 along with HDMI....

I didn't see anything else worth while at the store, all are over price (even this one is over priced IMO).
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i can't seem to find a c60 CPU to see my value for the trade in.

ok, if i could get $200 for my acer 722, along with the quoted $180 for the C2D i have.. i would totally get myself the t series that's goign for $740.
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i can't seem to find a c60 CPU to see my value for the trade in.

ok, if i could get $200 for my acer 722, along with the quoted $180 for the C2D i have.. i would totally get myself the t series that's goign for $740.
I saw the T series in the store, it's not that great. for 800 bucks (after tax), it gave u a 32GB SSD and a 500GB regular drive. that is border line pathetic for the price it's asking, not worth it IMO. and it's thick too, when i 1st saw it, the salesman was telling me it's an ultra book, and I was like (uh dang is that thing a little thick to be an ultra book?) lol.

There wasn't anything good in store, I'm glad i got enough old laptops to trade in, but other wise I really don't think it's a good deal at all. I asked for higher resolution screen notebook (which is available online), but it's not available in store Frown, I honestly do not want 14/15/17" notebook using the same resolution as my 12", that's just stupid.
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I saw the T series in the store, it's not that great. for 800 bucks (after tax), it gave u a 32GB SSD and a 500GB regular drive. that is border line pathetic for the price it's asking, not worth it IMO. and it's thick too, when i 1st saw it, the salesman was telling me it's an ultra book, and I was like (uh dang is that thing a little thick to be an ultra book?) lol.

There wasn't anything good in store, I'm glad i got enough old laptops to trade in, but other wise I really don't think it's a good deal at all. I asked for higher resolution screen notebook (which is available online), but it's not available in store Frown, I honestly do not want 14/15/17" notebook using the same resolution as my 12", that's just stupid.
if you are comparing it to the asus xenbook line, then yeah it's a bit thicker. but asus' design is similar to the airbook which concaves inward to make it seem thinner than it really is.

also, it's on clearance for $739.99. at that price, i wouldn't buy it.. but if i can get $216 for this old 17" C2D fromo 2007, then i don't mind paying $530ish for it.

Quote from warlock110 View Post :
I saw the T series in the store, it's not that great. for 800 bucks (after tax), it gave u a 32GB SSD and a 500GB regular drive. that is border line pathetic for the price it's asking, not worth it IMO. and it's thick too, when i 1st saw it, the salesman was telling me it's an ultra book, and I was like (uh dang is that thing a little thick to be an ultra book?) lol.

There wasn't anything good in store, I'm glad i got enough old laptops to trade in, but other wise I really don't think it's a good deal at all. I asked for higher resolution screen notebook (which is available online), but it's not available in store Frown, I honestly do not want 14/15/17" notebook using the same resolution as my 12", that's just stupid.
if you are comparing it to the asus xenbook line, then yeah it's a bit thicker. but asus' design is similar to the airbook which concaves inward to make it seem thinner than it really is. asus xenbook measurement for thickness: .78 inches (at its thickest point). sony vaio = .71. so it's actually thinner than the xenbook.

also, it's on clearance for $739.99. at that price, i wouldn't buy it.. but if i can get $216 for this old 17" C2D fromo 2007, then i don't mind paying $530ish for it.
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