Microsoft Offers $200 Gift Cards for Used iPads

On its online store this week, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  )  said it will offer a minimum $200 gift card to customers who trade in their "gently used" iPad 2, 3, or 4. The gift cards can be used to purchase a Surface tablet or other products in the Microsoft store. 

According to Microsoft's website, the offer started on Sept. 5 and will run until Oct. 27. The exchange is available in select Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The company said that the power cords should be included with the iPad exchange if they're available. Only one iPad per person can be traded in and the devices cannot be password-protected.

Although Microsoft said it will give customers a minimum of $200, it did not specify what the maximum gift card amount would be. On its website Microsoft said in the fine print that, "Microsoft Store gift-card value will be equal to trade-in value, and is subject to Microsoft's discretion and manager approval."

Microsoft may be looking to boost Surface tablet sales with the trade-in program, as sales of the device have been low. The Surface RT starts at $349 and the Surface Pro at $799. Microsoft will refresh its Surface devices at an event later this month.

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  • Report this Comment On September 13, 2013, at 11:53 AM, djtetsu wrote:

    Please, someone take these RT's! MSFT's fall is comical if not sad. Steve Ballmer could possible be crowned as the WORST CEO. No matter how much he has, he is the laughing stock of tech and righteously so.

  • Report this Comment On September 13, 2013, at 10:09 PM, chilero wrote:

    The gift card can be used on anything in the store. Wipe the dust off of that unused iPad sitting on your shelf and put the $200 towards something useful.

  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2013, at 1:45 AM, CoreAndExplore wrote:

    Or better yet, wait for the eventual Apple trade-in program. They just recently unveiled one for used iPhones to profit from the success of the second-hand market that has made companies like Gazelle a lot of money. Microsoft's not-so subtle attempt to steal market share away from Apple in the tablet space is kind of laughable. I wouldn't be surprised if it simply gives people the incentive to trade in their old iPad so that they can buy the newest version from Apple after they've gotten what they wanted from Microsoft (most likely something other than a tablet). It would be hilarious if this helped boost sales of the iPad.

  • Report this Comment On September 16, 2013, at 12:58 PM, CluckChicken wrote:

    I am pretty sure that most of the people laughing at the Surface RT have never actually used one. I had an iPad for work travel but for the last two weeks took the option to test one of the Win8 options, I ended up with a Surface RT 64gb. I handed the iPad in today. The Surface Pro I am sure is even better given that it is an actual PC.

    Win8.1 does make a difference over Win8 but after actually spending time working and playing on the Surface I can say that if you need something more than a toy it is far better then the iPad.

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