Sony Vaio UX worth next to nothing in RadioShack trade-in program

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Even though the resale value of used, unwanted, and old gadgets is always very low, I still can’t believe that the just-launched RadioShack trade-in program has appraised my mint condition Sony Vaio UX180P, which I bought for $1800 in 2006, for $89.25. Its age isn’t to blame either, as the most recent model (UX490N/C; MSRP $2500), which was pulled from Sony Style just a few months ago, is "worth" only $109.65. The problem, it seems, is the UX series itself.

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Why else would a cosmetically excellent Vaio U750P, released in 2005, still fetch $123.25? Or the Eee PC 701 be able to command $164.05?

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If it isn’t the UX brand that’s being shunned, then why is RadioShack willing to mail out a $504.36 gift card in exchange for last year’s HTC Advantage X7500? I love my Advantage X7501, but it isn’t worth five times more than the UX.

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Even the 32GB iPod touch is worth more than the Micro PC. I know it’s much newer and has significantly more consumer appeal, but sheesh.

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Poor UX.

Adding insult to injury, it’s classified as a laptop and is the only UMPC RadioShack is willing to accept. Gee, thanks.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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