Microsoft Will Pay You Not to Use a MacBook

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In the lead-up to the holiday season, Microsoft is throwing down the gauntlet. Got an Apple-branded laptop? The tech giant will give you up to $650 to part ways with it, just as long as you spend that cash on a shiny new Surface Pro 4 or a Surface Book.


Microsoft’s “trade in and trade up” laptop program is yet another campaign in the company’s buyback war against Apple. Microsoft runs a buyback service for businesses and consumers that includes lot of different Apple gadgets. If you own an iPad of any shape or size, for instance, that’s worth up to $455 towards a Windows tablet. You can also trade in an iPhone 7 Plus for a measly $580 in Microsoft credit.


It’s not a terrible deal. The MacBook Air I’m typing this on is worth $450 in Microsoft credit. That’s a little over $1,000 away from being able to buy a Surface Book. It’s also not an even trade. What it really is, however, is nose-thumbing PR move for Microsoft to announce this new MacBook trade-in program just a couple hours before Apple revealed its new MacBooks.

[PC World]

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With Apple dropping USB ports from the new MacBooks, it’s a deal-killer for me as a DJ to upgrade to a new one; my hardware controller requires USB and I’m not going to invest in a new one just to stay on a Mac. If Microsoft were offering more money for a trade in — perhaps something commensurate with the actual model of the Mac being traded in — I might consider going to a Surface Book, but as it is, I’ll either stick with my SS MBP, or sell it on my own so I can recoup it’s true value.