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If you’re ready to trade in your old AirPods for the latestfrom Apple, we’ve got bad news. Apple won’t accept your used earbuds.
Whileas far back as the iPhone 7 and the — and 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.
We’ll explain why you can’t trade in your old AirPods to Apple, and what your other options are. For more, check out the newand , as well as the new , and the .
Why won’t Apple take old AirPods as a trade-in?
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. The new AirPods 2 cost $249 (£249, AU$399), so 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 could be too impractical.
Can you sell used AirPods online anywhere else?
For instance, the original AirPods Pro in good working condition with all charging components will get you $55 with a trade-in at Best Buy. That’s better than nothing, but it won’t cover even a quarter of the cost of a new set.
If you’re looking to offset the cost to buy the AirPods Pro 2, another option is to pay in monthly installments using an, so you’d pay $41.50 per month for six months.
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