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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the apple-is-happy-to-charge-you dept.
EliSowash writes "In response to recent reports of safety concerns around third-party chargers for iDevices, Apple announced today that beginning August 16, 2013, you can trade in your third-party adapter and purchase an official Apple charger at a 'special price' — $10 USD. From their website: 'To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until October 18, 2013.'"
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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

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  • Smart move (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday August 06, 2013 @07:03PM (#44492265) Homepage Journal

    It's a one-off of getting a garbage cheap charger and taking it in with ten zorkmids (they'll check off your i-doodad, so you can only do it once) and getting a first rate (well, Apple anyway) charger for a discount (from their usually high prices.)

    • Re: Smart move (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Plus it gets you in their store...

  • by Joining Yet Again (2992179) on Tuesday August 06, 2013 @07:08PM (#44492309)

    and a couple of iPods...

    So, $20 for a couple of Apple chargers, which I assume all charge everything non-Apple up to 500mA now? Is there a catch?

  • Or I could take that $10 and buy a thousand cheap knockoffs at wholesale prices straight from China and throw them out as they die.

    • Re:OR (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gnasher719 (869701) on Tuesday August 06, 2013 @07:13PM (#44492363)

      Or I could take that $10 and buy a thousand cheap knockoffs at wholesale prices straight from China and throw them out as they die.

      The reason that Apple offers this exchange is not the risk that the charger could die.

    • Are you from human resources?

    • by firex726 (1188453)

      Until they fry your device.
      Dave over at the EEVblog did a tear down of a few they are they are the absolute cheapest shit possible, and will hopefully die while not in use, otherwise they might end up frying w/e is attached to them.

  • Not only is Apple is making a statement -- "third-party hardware is real junk compared to ours" -- but they will probably still make a bit of profit selling these things for $10.

    • by martinX (672498)

      A couple of people have died as a result of cheap knock-off chargers so what you think Apple may be implying -- "third-party hardware is real junk compared to ours" -- is probably on the money.

      As for me, I tried to save a few dollars on a mini display port to VGA cable. Result: the VGA plug's shield is just a little too big for the VGA port it's meant to go into. It fits into some others a little better, but there's no getting around the fact that it's not-quite-right. Yep, a VGA plug - the type that's been

      • Now you know; next time, you should pay $80 for the Monster Cables version.

        • by martinX (672498)

          Or $30 from Apple. At least it'll fit the bloody socket. I could understand if the mini DP end was iffy, but the VGA..?

        • Or you could use a charger from a reputable company instead of a counterfeit one for $10 on monoprice. Also any decent USB charger works. Getting one that sells for $2 and says "Made by Aple in Califonia" might not be the best idea.
          • Or you could use a charger from a reputable company instead of a counterfeit one for $10 on monoprice. Also any decent USB charger works. Getting one that sells for $2 and says "Made by Aple in Califonia" might not be the best idea.

            There is always the problem that you may not know that your charger doesn't come from a reputable company. There have been reports of iPhone packages being opened and cables, chargers, headphones replaced with fakes, to sell the original ones at a profit.

    • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

      Not only is Apple is making a statement -- "third-party hardware is real junk compared to ours" -- but they will probably still make a bit of profit selling these things for $10.

      Perhaps Apple should give the cheap bastards who bought the cheap chargers new ones for free? Then give them the new iPhone and complimentary iPad, credit their bank account with a 1000.00 dig up Steve Jobs and feed him to a wood chipper, and go out of business? Would that be enough?

      Lost in all this is that the people with the bogus chargers apparently thought that they could buy a genuine Apple charger from China on ebay for 2 bucks with free shipping.

  • and even with this so called 'trade-in' Apple makes a profit on every swapped charger, so it's a win-win situation for Apple..

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