Sony Vaio UX worth next to nothing in RadioShack trade-in program
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.
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?
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.
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.
Adding insult to injury, it’s classified as a laptop and is the only UMPC RadioShack is willing to accept. Gee, thanks.[RadioShack trade-in program]