Best Buy Launching Two-Day iPad Trade-In Promo Starting Friday

Published on July 11, 2013
by Bonnie Cha

If you’re looking to offload an old iPad and want to make some money in the process, this weekend might be a good time to do it.


Friday and Saturday, Best Buy is holding a trade-in event where customers can bring in their old, working iPad 2 or third-generation iPad and receive a $200 gift card that they can use toward any in-store or online purchase. In some cases, the amount may be more than $200, depending on the model and condition of the iPad.

All trade-ins must be made at one of Best Buy’s retail store locations, and the company will refurbish and resell or recycle the old tablets.

Best Buy said it decided to launch this promotion based on the success of its iPhone trade-in event last month. Though Best Buy wouldn’t disclose how many people participated in the program, the company said there was an “overwhelming response” and that its initial June 1 event was the single biggest day for its trade-in business.

When asked if the company would offer similar trade-in opportunities for other products, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, a Best Buy spokeswoman said she couldn’t speculate on future promotions, but that the company is always looking for ways to better serve their customers. So, you’re saying there’s a chance …

Updated, July 12, 10:00 a.m., PT: Best Buy just sent us a note saying they will also refurbish and resell old iPads, in addition to recycling. The story has been updated to note this change.

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