Trade-in iPhones are worth less: in the US, Apple is adjusting the Trade In downwards


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Despite the fact that there are very few smartphones around due to the chip crisis that holds numerous production segments in a grip, and despite consequently also used or refurbished products are worth and cost more than before, Apple has for a few hours reduced the ratings of iPhone, iPad and Mac in the US (to a lesser extent), which are now paid for until 16% in less. The news released by Macrumors Tuesday during the hours is was confirmed by several newspapers but not by Apple, which would have silently changed the maximum ratings indicated on the page dedicated to Trade In.

The program of Trade In is in effect a trade-in : at the time of purchase of a new Apple product, with Trade In you can choose to sell your device, receiving in exchange, after the evaluation, a credit to be deducted from the price of the new item or an Apple gift card to keep and use if necessary. After some verifications we can confirm that in Italy, at the time of writing, the evaluations do not have again underwent changes.

In the USA instead the drops are significant . From one day to another an iPhone 12 Pro Max went from a maximum rating of 790 to 700 dollars, “just” 40 dollars less for iPhone 12 Pro – from 640 to 600 dollars – while iPhone 12 “standard” has undergone a significant percentage change , passing from 530 to 450 dollars. The only evaluation that has not gone down is the one regarding iPhone 6s, whose Trade In value has remained fixed at 30 dollars. From the USA they let it be known that the evaluations of the Android smartphones that Apple accepts in exchange for the purchase of an iPhone have also gone down: for a Samsung Galaxy S 21 + are now recognized up to 435 dollars. In Italy, as already mentioned, nothing has changed yet : you go come on 715 euro that Apple at best recognizes for an iPhone 12 Pro Max ai 30 euro for an iPhone 6s in excellent conditions, the same figures that are recognized by the debut of the iPhones 13 of September.

The trend underway in the USA, however, is indicative of a historical moment in which also suffers Apple, which initially seemed not to have to pay for the chip crisis. There are few components, and those few are paid more than in the past . It is therefore possible that the higher industrial costs have prompted Apple to look elsewhere for the lost gains, in order to avoid an increase in list prices. But the US trend could be reflected at any moment also in Europe : we will keep an eye on the evolution of the Italian values ​​of Trade In.


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