On an episode of comedian John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight, he highlighted the United States’ penchant for wasting food. Piles upon piles of perfectly good food were thrown it out because they were slightly old, or looked a little less than perfect.
The sad thing is that this is the same for most things, including smartphones. If you’re a smartphone buyer, odds are you have bought more than one device. The only problem is, what do you do with your old phone when your new one arrives?
Do you toss it out? Give it to a niece/nephew/child (let’s be real they probably have better phones than your old iPhone anyway)? Try to sell it to on a certain popular local forum filled with lowballers? Well, Vmall now has a new option for you.
Vmall Malaysia is currently conducting a BETA test for their “Trade-in & Go Green With Honor!” programme, in collaboration with LTG Technologies, where — yep you guessed it — you can trade in your old devices and be compensated for it.
You won’t be getting money, though. Instead, you’ll be getting a Vmall code which you can then use to redeem a Vmall voucher which you can use to purchase any device on the website.
To put it in simpler terms:
1. Head on over here.
2. Then, hit “Start Here” and choose your old device’s make and model from the drop-down menu in the resulting page.
3. Hit “Next Step”, then choose your device’s condition and hit “Next Step”.
4. Fill in your details in the resulting page and hit next once more.
5. You’ll arrive at a page where they will ask you to confirm your information and agree to some terms and conditions. Smack that “agree” button and you should be set.
If your trade-in value is RM40 or higher, LTG will arrange for a pickup at your specified address free of charge. Once LTG receives your products, they will evaluate and see if your devices are worth the quoted amount. If they sign off on it, you will receive a Vmall voucher code of equal value to that of your devices.
If they don’t, they will inform you of the new value of your device, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to take the offer. If you don’t respond within 3 days, they will automatically assume you accept the revised offer.
The best thing about this programme is that you can register any amount of smartphones, from old and functioning to broken phones (yes they accept broken phones if it is within their criteria).
However, remember to register all your devices at one go so that you receive a single code for a single voucher. Not only will this help you hit that RM40 free delivery sweet spot, it will also help when you make purchases on Vmall, because you can only use one voucher per purchase.
Keep in mind that this programme is only in BETA but it is expected to go live sometime early next year. If you’ve had your eye on an honor or Huawei device, this seems like a pretty decent incentive to go and get one.