Top 5 Ways to Trade in Your iPod

With Apple constantly refreshing their iPod lineup, it can be a pretty frustrating experience for any early adopter trying to keep up with the latest and greatest MP3 players.  Here are 5 ways that can ease the burden on your pocket by trading in your trusty old iPod. 

Our acid test – Which was the most affordable way (excluding shipping costs) of getting a used 2GB 2nd generation Ipod Nano, still in good condition - upgraded to a 30GB 5th generation Ipod?

Recycle iPods the official way

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As part of their environmental policy, Apple is offering environmentally friendly disposal and a 10% discount on the purchase of a new iPod through it’s US retail outlets.  With this program as well as others, Apple’s recycling programs worldwide have processed more than 34 million pounds of electronic equipment since 1994.

Acid test results: New Ipod at the Apple store at USD$249 with a 10% discount = USD$224

Get a Cash Return with ‘Beyond The Pod’

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Operated by trade in specialists ’Drop Spot’, this service trades on the lowest common denominator … money.  You don’t have to buy another iPod from them – just sell your old one to them and pick up another iPod somewhere else.

Acid test results:  New iPod from the Apple store USD$249 – Old Nano selling value USD$53 = USD$196

Auction off your old iPod on eBay

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If you’re willing to go through the trouble of properly listing a product, and dealing with an auction process on eBay, you may find that the returns on your old iPod to be substantially more than other methods.  A quick check on eBay express showed quite a good ‘buy it now’ market value.

Acid test results:  New iPod from the Apple store USD$249 – Old Nano potential sale on eBay USD$99 = USD$150

Upgrade, Trade in or Sell your iPod on PodSwap

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While sellers could sell their iPods via online auctions, Podswap eliminates all the hassles of listing, collecting payment, shipping, and dealing with post-sale issues.  Offering both cash, and trade-ins as options, this service is a very complete solution.

Acid test results:  New iPod from the Apple store USD$249 – Old Nano selling value USD$53 = USD$196

Get more money off your old iPod with BuyMyBrokeniPod.com

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Started off in USA by Jeremy Cohen and Brett Mosley in 2006, this site has recently gone international.  Offering to pick up iPods in any condition whatsoever.

There are a few other competitors out there but we feel our site offers the best prices, simplest use and friendliest customer service. said Mosley…. and after looking at the numbers – they do seem to be on track with that promise.

Acid test results:  New iPod from the Apple store USD$249 – Old Nano selling value USD$67 = USD$182

Conclusion:

If you are a risk taker, eBay looks like the top option for you.  If you want something with less hassle – BuyMyBrokeniPod seems to be the best bet.

If you want to get a deal for your NEW iPod – consider this list of excellent places to shop online

How do you deal with your old MP3 Players?  Let us know in the comments!

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