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Best Buy Offer $99 Chromebook to Windows XP Hold-outs

Best Buy Banners for ChromeBest Buy is offering customers the chance to buy an Acer Chromebook for just $99 when trading in a working Windows XP PC. 

The American retailer has launched a trade-in deal for old Windows XP computers ahead of April 8, the date after which all official support, security updates and patches for the eleven-year-old operating system will cease to be issued.

Customers can trade in as many as three working laptops (it’s unclear as to whether netbooks or desktops qualify) running Windows XP for a (minimum) $25 Best Buy gift card plus $75 of credit to put towards the purchase of a replacement computer.

As a result, anyone taking advantage of this offer can buy the Acer C720 Chromebook for just $99. Not bad, right?

Good Offer With Caveats

But is the trade-in deal really as good as it sounds on paper? That depends. It’s certainly worth noting the stack of stipulations served up in the small print that accompanies the deal.

Firstly, the $75 of ‘new PC’ credit has to be used before May 3 – after this point it expires. Further more, it can only be redeemed against Windows laptops, MacBooks or Chromebooks sold at regular retail price — no doubling up on discounts.

Secondly, and perhaps just as importantly, any device traded in must be running Windows XP and must be able to power on. Damaged devices – e.g., those with cracked screens, missing buttons or trackpads coated in dodgy stains – are unlikely to be accepted nor will those missing any required power cables or chargers.

Best Buy say they reserve the right to refuse a device at their discretion — so be sure to smile at the folks in the Geek Squad!

If you were planning on buying a new notebook soon and happen to have an eligible Windows XP device lying about unused, I’d probably say this is a deal worth taking a punt on, especially if you’re eying up a Chromebook.

For everyone else I’d suggest first checking to see how much your old device might fetch on eBay or Craigslist. That way, you might end up with a similar amount of money to put towards a new computer, but without the time limit or requirement to purchase at full RRP.

To learn more head on over to the Best Buy website.

Best Buy Windows XP Deal Page

  • beachman59

    The Best Buy sales ad specifies XP laptops only. It does not mention XP desktops .

  • Hayden Bridges

    And my dad just got rid of his XP laptop like two months ago >_<

  • dan

    will they accept vista

  • dan

    Will they accept vista computers at bestbuy for chrome deal

    • Brandon de Leon

      No. The entire point of all this is that support for Windows XP ends tomorrow, while Vista is still supported until 2017.

  • Myles Fister

    Wish this also included Canadian Best buys!

  • Alpine-X

    Just read this article on my new ACER C720 from Best Buy for $99. Turned in my 14 year old laptop (HP), that was being used a nightlight by my 9 year old son, for the $99 credit, then booked it over and grabbed my Chromebook before they were all gone. Laptop was useless, but still booted to XP..THANKS BEST BUY.. loving my ACER!!!

    • rapidron

      But now your son has no nightlight…..

  • Drew Swenson

    My Best Buy accepted my 2004 Dell Inspiron 600m, unfortunately they did not carry the Acer C720, so I got the Samsung Chromebook instead. Still pleased with it.

  • Bob

    Of course Windows XP netbooks are included! A netbook is a laptop. A notebook is a laptop. An ultrabook is a laptop. Even a Chromebook is a laptop. You have confused the term “laptop” with notebook.

  • LukeLathrop

    turned in 4 old laptops, in various states….several missing a key and one completely broken hinge, used the the credits for a c720 and a c720p. if they don’t have it in stock, they will order it for you and
    do free shipping to your house. combined with an extra 20$ gift card, we are out a total cost of 139 for $500 worth of chromebooks!

  • Brennen Raimer

    very frustrated that they don’t accept desktops. Laptops were not as common back when XP was new. Wifi hardly existed! I’d be surprised if many XP laptops are still working. Desktops almost certainly are. What the hell am I supposed to do with my parents’ old PC now?

    • Butch_Zee

      You could maybe try a lightweight easy-to-use Linux distro & see if it will work? Download a live CD/DVD and boot it up, that way you just try it and not make any changes to the hard drive. Try Lubuntu 12.04 or elementary OS.

      • Brennen Raimer

        oh they could handle much more than Lubuntu. I already have four old PCs running various Ubuntu-variants. I don’t WANT these PCs. I want to get rid of them and turn them into a chromebook for a roommate who doesn’t own a laptop.

        • daas88

          Is it too difficult to find a buyer on a website or something?

          • Brennen Raimer

            the obvious place to go would be craigslist. I’ve sold various things on craigslist before. The buyers are often shady, promise to buy it and never show up to get items, call you repeatedly to harass you as if you were the no-show, and then disappear without a trace leaving you to resume your search for a buyer. This wasn’t my experience with just one buyer, it has been my experience with all but one of them as I sold a basement of stuff previous roommates left behind.

  • Steve Eaton

    Traded in a functioning but valueless EeePC and walked out with an Acer C720. It’s a dull looking machine but very capable. I am very impressed with it. I put Crouton on so I can switch to Ubuntu and use XBMC. Backlight the keyboard and use an IPS panel and a Chromebook could be the “daily driver”

  • Craig Phillips

    Just traded in my old Dell D610 that I hadn’t used in years for the Acer. Didn’t have it in stock so they are shipping it to me. They didn’t even check to make sure the D610 worked. Too bad I spent 2 hours reloading XP on it last night.

  • Nighthawk700

    Just got my Acer C720 yesterday after trading in and old, barely functional XP laptop a few weeks ago.. The guy spent a few minutes first making sure I understood this was a Chromebook, I wouldn’t be able to load software like a regular PC, etc. etc. Finally I said “By the way, I already have a Samsung Chromebook.” After that he stopped trying to talk me out of it and just continued the purchase process. Oy!

  • kyle ladd

    will the offer work the other way around? I’d like to trade my hp chromebook 11 in for a windows 7 laptop.