Are you planning to buy Apple's new, but want to save some money? You may be eyeing the at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more (here are the so far). But if you already own a pair of the and want to upgrade, you could be wondering: Can I trade in my older set?
The answer is no, at least not with Apple. Whileas far back as the iPhone 6S ( ) and the -- and even gives credit for several eligible Android devices -- trade-in offers don't extend to AirPods of any sort. In fact, your only option through Apple is to recycle your old earbuds.
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Why won't Apple take back old AirPods?
One reason you may not be able to trade in old AirPods could come down to sanitation. Earbuds by definition enter the human body -- in this case, the ear canal where ear wax (also known as cerumen) accumulates and drains. It's a natural process, but it has a tremendous ick factor, and Apple may not want to take on a cleaning process or liability for. (Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.)
Another reason Apple may not accept your used AirPods could come down to economics. With the(£169, AU$279), the financial overhead to clean and repair old AirPods and then resell them for a fraction of the price may not make sense for Apple's bottom line. Demand may just be too low, or the process too impractical.
Can you sell used AirPods online anywhere else?
For instance, second-generation AirPods in good working condition with all charging components will get you $40 with a trade-in at Best Buy. That's better than nothing, but it won't cover even half the cost of a new set.
If you're looking to offset the cost to buy the AirPods 3, another option is to pay in monthly installments using an, so you'd only pay $11 upfront and the rest of the balance down the road.
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