Or maybe it’s just market research to find out what Intel machines their new M1 customers were using.
Before I ordered my new M1 MacBook Air (scheduled to arrive early December) I clicked the trade-in button.
When I entered the serial number of my wife’s MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018, 1.6 GHz 500 GB Flash) and answered all their questions (no dents, no cracks, no swelling, runs like a charm) the AI listened politely and offered to recycle it for free.
OK. It’s a two-year old computer. But when I checked with Gazelle they offered me $328.
Made me wonder.
So then I entered the serial number of my current MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020, 1.1 GHz 500 GB Flash) and answered all their questions. Again the AI listened politely and offered to recycle it for free.
Hey! That’s an eight-month old computer, still under extended warranty with AppleCare+. When I put it on Craigslist for $600 I got 4 offers before the sun went down.
I went ahead and bought the M1. The reviews were too good.
But I’m not giving any of my old Macs to Apple anymore. My wife will probably inherit the 2020 computer and Gazelle (or a worthy relative) will get the 2018.
I haven’t seen a whisper on social media about this weird Mac trade-in business. Anybody else?