You snooze, you lose: iPhone trade-in values plummet for Pixel 3a purchases

You snooze, you lose: iPhone trade-in values plummet for Pixel 3a purchases
For a couple of extremely well-reviewed phones that didn't seem to need special introductory offers and discounts to impress stock Android enthusiasts on tight budgets, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL sure got a lot of deals during their first couple of weeks of availability. Most of those are now expired, which means you can no longer score free gift cards or trade in an old iPhone at an insanely high value.

While the US online Google Store obviously still accepts trade-ins as a convenient form of saving money on the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, the actual price cuts you're looking at now are almost negligible. Granted, you can get a substantial discount of up to $610 by giving up your "old" iPhone XS Max in favor of a new mid-range Pixel, but why would anyone ever want to do something like that?

Meanwhile, trade-ins of devices like the iPhone SE, 6s, or iPhone 7 are currently valued at up to $63, $112, and $170 respectively. That's not so bad if you think about it, but it's also a far cry from what Google offered until recently. You could ditch an iPhone SE and receive a whopping $264 towards your Pixel 3a purchase just a few days ago, whereas the iPhone 7 was valued at up to $289.

Naturally, all good things must come to an end eventually, and these incredibly generous promotions are clearly no exception. It's also worth pointing out that Google has essentially aligned its official Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 trade-in programs, offering everyone the same exact discounts. You can switch from select Android handsets made by Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Motorola to a new Pixel as well at similarly reasonable but not quite mind-blowing markdowns.

Finally, if you don't have an old, fully functional phone to trade in, it might also be a good idea to check out the latest batch of Best Buy deals including sweet freebies and decent savings with upfront carrier activation.

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4 Comments

1. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Pointless article.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I got in at a good time. I received about 2.5x the value for my iPhone 6, 16GB.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your lucky you got that for a 2014 iPhone 6 with only 1 GB of RAM and a base storage of only 16 GB. Even Apple is abandoning it.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What if we are waiting for or phone to be valued but we had the estimated offer at the good price? Do we get grandfathered in?

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