Swap your old CDs for a brand new iPad
NY-based iPodMeister offers the latest iPod, iPhone and iPad models in return for old CDs
New York-based firm iPodMeister is giving away the latest Apple products to anyone who sends in their used CDs and DVDs, which will then be sold to poorer countries at a discounted rate.
They recently announced that customers can trade in 600 CDs or DVDs to get their hands on an iPad, which will hit stores on April 3rd. If customers are in Germany, the United Kingdom or the United States, the company will even cover shipping charges for transporting the CDs, but those living in other places have to take on the costs themselves.
The latest iPod and iPhone models are also available for different quantities of discs. For example, an iPhone 3GS with GPS and video (16GB) is available in return for 330 discs. Since iPhones need to be registered on purchase and the company won't deal in unlocked phones, they will send across a cheque for the cost of the model (plus sales tax) that can be cashed through any U.S. bank account. Customers outside the U.S. however can request an international postal money order form.
The team behind iPodMeister said the idea for the business, which was launched in 2004, came about when they tried to sell their CDs to a used CD-store without much success.
"We had to pay for three cab rides to transport several heavy bags with CDs from store to store. The clerks looked with disgust at our CD collection and offered a pittance for the few titles they picked out," they explain.
iPodMeister also offers a digitising service where music on discs sent in can be converted into mp3 files and stored onto backup DVDs, which are then sent back to the customer. The company says that only 5 - 10% of people opt for this since it bumps up the quantity of discs required for trade - the 16GB WiFi model requires 770 discs with the digitisation service, instead of 600 for without.