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First Choice Recycling, Donation, or Trade-In – Should I Buy Used Apple Products or New?

Don't let your first choice be recycling if there is still some value left in your device. Consider trading it in our donating it to t a worthy cause.

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Unlock savings on your next Apple purchase by trading in your old device. At MacMan, we provide competitive trade-in values for your used Apple products, instantly reducing the cost of your new Mac or iPad purchase. Don't miss out on this opportunity to upgrade while saving money.

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As an Apple Authorized Reseller, MacMan sell face to face via our store in Eau Claire, WI and also online via 


Consider donating your used Apple Products to a charity. Did you know the family that founded MacMan, Inc. in 1993, founded Giving Mac, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, to advanced education by sharing technology?

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Your donations will make the difference. You will receive tax deductible donation receipt. Your donation will help Giving Mac share technology with those that can not afford the educational tools they need. You may just be helping and inspiring the next...?

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Ever wondered who's handling your recycling and if it's truly being recycled? At MacMan, as an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider, we've witnessed questionable practices in the tech world where some prioritize profit over ethics. Before entrusting your old iPad or MacBook to just any recycler, it's crucial to ask the right questions: 'What exactly do you do with my old devices?' Ensure your electronics are handled responsibly and sustainably. Just remember, your first choice may not be recycling.

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Are Pre-Owned Apple Products Worth the Investment?

In a world constantly pursuing cutting-edge technology, the appeal of owning the latest Apple product is undeniable. However, the high price tag of brand-new devices often prompts consumers to explore alternatives in the pre-owned market. The question then arises: Are pre-owned Apple products a worthwhile investment?


One of the most significant advantages of investing in pre-owned Apple products is the cost savings.

Environmental Impact:

Opting for pre-owned Apple products is not only a cost-effective choice but also a sustainable one. MacMan aligns with the global emphasis on environmental responsibility by offering second-hand devices. This approach contributes to the reduction of electronic waste, presenting an eco-friendly alternative to recycling. By extending the life cycle of electronics through resale, MacMan minimizes the need for new manufacturing and the extraction of raw materials, reducing the overall environmental footprint.

Retaining Value:

Known for their enduring value, Apple products make pre-owned investments a wise financial decision. MacMan's pre-owned Apple devices depreciate at a slower rate than their counterparts from other manufacturers, providing better resale value down the line. This not only makes the initial purchase more reasonable but also ensures a lasting return on your investment.

Access to Older Models:

Not everyone requires the latest model with cutting-edge features. MacMan's pre-owned Apple products offer access to older models that may still meet your needs at a fraction of the cost. This allows you to enjoy the Apple ecosystem without the premium price tag associated with the newest releases.

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Where to buy used Apple products:

Whether you're considering a refurbished iPhone, MacBook, or iPad, purchasing pre-owned Apple devices from reputable sources is key.

Why MacMan?

Choosing to buy a pre-owned Apple device from MacMan, your Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider, comes with several significant advantages:

Quality Assurance:

MacMan adheres to strict quality standards set by Apple. Our devices undergo a comprehensive refurbishment process, including thorough testing, repairs, and replacements to ensure they meet Apple's stringent specifications.

Certification and Warranty:

Our pre-owned devices are certified and often come with a warranty, providing assurance to buyers. MacMan offers extended service options, such as our Advantage program, allowing customers to further protect their investment.

Expertise and Knowledge:

As an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider, MacMan's staff possesses a deep understanding of Apple products and technologies. Our team is trained by Apple, ensuring the expertise needed to accurately assess, refurbish, and support Apple devices.

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A new partner:

MacMan has teamed up with Mac Of All Trades to offer a wide variety of pre-owned Apple products. "It's great for the customers." – Mike Ohren

With over 20 years in the industry, Mac of All Trades is a one-stop shop for high quality and affordable used and refurbished Apple products!

When purchasing from mac of all trades, use code "MacManEC" at checkout to receive:


  • A free system setup at MacMan with any iPad or iPhone purchase!

  • A free system setup at MacMan with any iPad or iPhone purchase!

Why is MacMan so confident in the quality and condition of Apple products sourced from Mac of All Trades? It's simple: we handle many of their warranty repairs, giving us firsthand experience with the superior condition of the products we service.

Choosing the Wrong Place to Buy Your Used Apple Products:

It's not as straightforward as it seems. While the allure of low prices from a parking lot transaction for a used iPhone, iPad, or MacBook Pro might be tempting, what assurance do you have that the product isn't counterfeit, stolen or even functional?

When contemplating buying from a computer and electronics recycler, it's essential to question whether they employ certified technicians who repair items diligently or if they merely cobble together products for resale. At MacMan, we've encountered instances where customers brought devices purchased from such recyclers in for service. Unfortunately, upon checking the serial numbers, we discovered that these devices should have been destroyed and recycled, rather than being resold. Some where even locked to the previous ownerwof the device.


In the pursuit of the latest gadgets, it's crucial to consider the sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and quality of your choices. MacMan's pre-owned Apple products offer a compelling alternative to recycling, providing affordable, reliable, and environmentally friendly options. By choosing MacMan and or Mac of All Trades, consumers make a conscious decision that benefits both their wallets and the planet. So, before you contemplate recycling your old Apple device, consider giving it a second life in the hands of a new owner through MacMan or Giving Mac. After all, the greenest device might just be the one that already exists. So, What is my first choice: recycling, donation, trade-in?

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