Apple Revises its Policies to Allow Trade-Ins for Water Damaged Devices
In a recent change to its Reuse and Recycling program policies, the Cupertino California company is now allowing customers to trade in devices that have been exposed to water or other liquids. It should be noted that prices can be affected by over $100 in some cases, depending on the water damages.
For its Reuse and Recycling Program, Apple seems to have partnered with PowerON to buy used iPhones, iPads and Macs as well as other non-Apple products. Some of you may already know, until the recent policy changes, devices with liquid damage were not accepted by Apple. This particular restriction has now been lifted though restricts of liquid contact can substantially detract from a device’s value.
An example of the situation would include a good AT&T 64 GB black iPhone 5 going for $350 without water damage but going for $230 with water damage. The lower price is to obviously be expected as recyclers are taking a risk in buying back a damaged item.
Apple urges customers to assess their own devices by checking a liquid contact indicator which is usually located in the bottom of the headphone jack. If the indicator is activated, the normally white or silver tab will turn to a red or pink color. The indicator is positioned on the bottom of the dock connector housing for the iPhone 3G and later as well as for iPads. The only exception is the iPhone 5, which has the indicator placed in the SIM card tray instead.
How do you feel about Apple’s revision of their Reuse and Recycling Program?