Despite all the new products constantly flowing out of Cupertino, Calif., Apple has a program to get some of its old stuff back. And it will even pay you for the pleasure.
Apple has been recycling old batteries and computers at its stores for years. When I worked at an Apple Store several years ago, we would fill our battery recycling boxes a few times each month to send away. We also brokered quite a few old PC recycling program transactions (free when purchasing a new Mac).
Now, Apple has incorporated its smaller devices into the Reuse and Recycle program. If you have an old iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC notebook or desktop, simply visit Apple's Reuse and Recycle site and fill out the form.
I happened to have my iPhone 3G (16GB) lying around unused, so I gave the site a whirl. After defining the model I had on the first page, I answered (and you should absolutely be honest here) questions about the condition of the device. There are a couple scratches, but the battery charges nicely and works great when there's an activated SIM card.
At the end of the day, I got a quote for $65 for my old iPhone. That includes free packaging and free shipping to PowerON (they send you a box and pay for postage). PowerON then determines the actual value of your device and applies it to an Apple Gift Card. And don't worry, if the actual value is different than the quote, they will call you.
If the actual value is lower and you'd rather keep your old iPhone for memory's sake, PowerON will ship it back to you, for free.
Do you have old gear you'd like to exchange for cash? Do you have other methods to make money on old iDevices? Let me know in the comments!