Sell your iPhone and get the most cash!

Apple introduced the new iPhones 6 and 6+ just a few weeks ago, and 10’s of millions of people have already upgraded to the new models. If you’re one of the lucky folks who have one of the new phones, you may be looking for an easy way to sell your old iPhone.

Sell your iPhone, the easy way

Applexit makes it easy to get rid of your iPhone painlessly, and we are also proud of the fact that we give you more for your old iPhone. In fact, we’re confident when you sell your iPhone to Applexit, we’ll give you more money for your old iPhone than any other buyback service.  And, to sweeten the deal, we’ve increased our payouts for iPhones by up to 10 percent, but only for a limited time. If you find a better deal for your iPhone trade-in, give us a chance to beat the other offer.

Remember that we do thorough inspections of all devices that we receive, and we do a complete factory restore on all devices that power on. If you sell your iPhone to Applexit, we’ll take the same care we’ve given to the dozens of other iPhones, MacBooks, and iMacs that we’ve purchased over the years in ensuring that your data is securely erased before your device ever leaves our facility.

There’s nothing to lose by using Applexit to sell your iPhone. Find out how much your iPhone is worth today, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, enjoy your new iPhone 6!

Tips for before you sell

See our tips below for how to prepare to sell your iPhone to Applexit:

1. Do a complete backup of iPhone to your computer in iTunes or iCloud. We want to make sure all your important data is safe.

2. Turn off iCloud on the device, turn off “Find my iPhone” in iCloud preferences.

3. Submit a request to the carrier to unlock the device if you’re out of contract.

4. Do a full factory reset of the Phone to erase all personal information.

5. Get an estimate for the iPhone, and send it to Applexit using our free, prepaid shipping label.

 

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Repurposing used & broken Apple devices: Why we do it

The “Why” of Repurposing

We’re often asked “Why are you willing to buy Apple devices that are old or even broken?” The answer is simple: We believe there is value in extending the useful lifespan of Apple devices by reusing or repurposing. Just because a device has a component that has failed or passed an arbitrary age-based threshold doesn’t mean it should be relegated to the trash heap.

An example: a Macbook with a broken screen may have plenty of components that still work. The logic board, hard drive, RAM, optical drive, keyboard, battery and case components could find useful life in another computer. Parts that are truly broken or non-functional can be recycled or sold as scrap.

Devices which are fully functional are tested, cleaned, and then resold as complete machines or disassembled and parts sold. An older machine that has gone through our refurbishment process can be quite useful for a home user with basic needs (email, internet, music, documents, etc). Adding a larger hard drive (or SSD), more RAM and a fresh install of the newest operating system can add years to the useful life of an older machine.

How repurposing happens at Applexit

To help us evaluate each device that we purchase, we have identified a simple set of criteria that guide the intake & repurposing process for each device:

  • Financial Impact: As a business, we need to earn profit in order to operate. So, we first have to ask which way of repurposing will benefit us the most financially.
  • Societal Impact: Next, we ask which method of repurposing will be the biggest positive benefit for society at large. Encouraging reuse and repair saves consumers money and gives devices a longer life-span.
  • Environmental Impact: Finally, we look at how the environment will be impacted by our actions. Reusing and repurposing small parts like screws or cables keeps Apple devices out of landfills and in working machines, thus reducing the demand for new machines and the associated environmental costs associated with manufacturing.

All 3 of these factors play a part in determining exactly which path a used Apple device will follow once we’ve received it at our facility. We look for situations that yield the best combination of maximum positive results in all 3 areas of our repurposing evaluation. We think this is the most responsible way to make the best use of our resources.

So, if you decide to sell Applexit your broken or used Macbook, iPad, or iMac, know that we’ll find ways to make the most of your old device—even the parts that no longer work!

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Buyback services compared – April 28, 2014 edition

This is the April 28, 2014 edition of our device buyback service comparison, where we take a look at offers from other Apple device buyback services. Here are the results:

2010 13” Macbook Pro 2.4GHz, 250GB hard drive, 4GB RAM

Applexit – $340 (31% more than the closest competitor)
Gazelle – $ 259
SellYourMac – $250

2012 Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core Xeon, 1TB hard drive, 12GB RAM

Applexit – $1732 (98% more than Gazelle)
Gazelle – $874
SellYourMac – $1620

Late 2006 Macbook 13” 2.0GHz Core Duo, 80GB hard drive, 512MB RAM

Applexit – $70 (27% more than the closest competitor)
Gazelle – $28
SellYourMac – $55

iPad 2, 16GB Wifi only

Applexit – $154.40 (10% more than closest competitor)
Gazelle – $120
SellYourMac – $140

It continues to be the case that in this sample group and others that we reviewed, Applexit is the buyback service paying sellers the most money for their Apple devices. In some cases, we pay nearly 100% more for your devices than our competitors! At Applexit, we believe that you should get the most money you can for your used Apple devices, and we’re all about making the buyback process an easy and profitable one for you. Get an offer for your Apple device using our Estimator today. As always, if you have any questions while using the Estimator, get in touch.

*All estimates completed with the following parameters: working machine with no liquid damage, highest cosmetic rating, power cord, no engraving, no original box or other accessories, prepaid shipping. Prices checked on 25 April, 2014.

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Data security: How to stay protected

Data security is an important topic to understand, whether you use an iPad, iPhone or a Mac. The information you store on your Apple device can be sensitive in nature and could include such things as passwords and account information to your online services (email, Facebook, banking/investment accounts, etc), financial records and tax returns and other information that is personal in nature. Keeping your personal data out of the hands of those that might misuse it should be a primary goal when considering the security of your data.

Because data security is so important, Applexit employs a variety of data destruction techniques on each device that we purchase. In addition to the standard disk formatting tools that many are familiar with, we also use several professional tools and software to ensure that we’re not passing along any customer data when a device leaves our facility. That assurance of security is very important to us, and is included with each and every device that we purchase.

Before you send us your device, you can take additional steps to ensure the security of your data. IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you have backed up your data to another device before attempting any of these tips, as they will permanently erase your data. Here you go:

Data security on a Mac:

1. In System Preferences > Users and Groups, create a new user account. Log out of your current account, and then login to the new user account, go back to System Preferences > Users and Groups and delete your old account. This will stop the casual data thief from seeing your data.
2. Continuing from step 1, you can perform an “Erase free space” command, which will greatly reduce the risk that your personal data will be compromised. Open up Disk Utility on your Mac (found in the Applications > Utilities folder), select your OS disk (usually called “Macintosh HD”), and click the “Erase Free Space” button inside the “Erase” tab of Disk Utility. This will keep any new data intact, but anything that has been deleted previously will be permanently erased.
3. If you have a high degree of concern about the security of your deleted data, you may want to do a full disk erase. This requires a bit more experience because you’ll either need to boot into Recovery Mode (more info here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718 ), or boot your computer from an external drive in order to complete the erasure.

Data security on an iPhone or iPad:

1. The main way to erase data on an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) is to do a full erase & reset. This is a very easy process to do. Follow the instructions here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2110

Whether you take some precautions before sending us your Apple device, or whether you let us handle the secure destruction of your data, rest assured that at Applexit, we take data security seriously.  Our industry-standard procedures ensure that your data is securely erased.

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Flaky buyers: Applexit vs eBay, Round 4

We’re doing a series of blog posts comparing Applexit’s buyback service and eBay. This is one of the entries in that comparison.

Strike 4 against eBay: Flaky buyers

If you’ve read our other posts in this series and none of them have convinced you to sell your Apple device to Applexit, this post may tip the scales in Applexit’s favor.

eBay has long been a popular marketplace, and many years ago it was a great place for buyers and sellers to connect. As it grew, eBay put policies in place to protect both parties in case there were problems. However, these policies have become more heavily favored towards buyers as eBay makes an apparent bid to compete with other online stores like Amazon.

One way in which these policies give the buyer leverage is the ability to return an item, even if the seller has specified a “no returns” policy.  A buyer can return an item within 45 days of purchase for just about any reason.  Perhaps they used the item for a month and decided they no longer need it, or perhaps it was damaged while in their possession and they have now claimed that it “never worked”. eBay will side with buyers in nearly all cases, regardless of who is as fault.  This is a good thing for buyers, but it can also open sellers to flaky or intentionally malicious buyers who take advantage of these policies.

As a seller, this type of uncertainty costs sellers time and stress, and chips away at profits and peace of mind.

When you sell your Apple item to Applexit, you know exactly how much money you’ll receive.  If your device is found in our Estimator, we’ll accept it, regardless of its condition. And we never change our minds about buying your Apple devices, so you can rest assured that if we give you an estimate, we’ll buy your device.

Skip the hassle of flaky eBay buyers and use our Estimator tool to get an estimate for your Apple device today.

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