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Trade in the old for cash off the new, says Sennheiser!

Heaphone maker Sennheiser, featured in DailyTech's Christmas guide to headphones, produces many quality earbuds and headphones.  However, many penny-pinchers (or broke college students) shudder at the thought of spending their hard earned dollars on an entirely new pair of headphones and thus stick to their old pair.

I know how bad this can get-- I, until recently, owned a pair of iPod earbuds, which had to be the worst fit for my ear possible.  Yet I kept listening to them out of unwillingness to pony up the cash for a new pair.  Sure they would slip off the ear, and the sound was horrible, but it beat spending money right?

Well now deal savvy audiophiles can find a better solution than languishing in old earphone purgatory.   Sennheiser has just announced a pretty exciting program that offers users cash back for sending in their old headphones.

The program gives users a $5 refund on street earbuds, $10 on classic and sport earbuds, $15 for in-ear models, and $25 on the high-end noise canceling models.  The sweet tiered system, ensures a significant discount at any price.  Better yet you can send Sennheiser any pair of earphones, no matter how damaged or abused. 

Getting your rebate is as easy as filling out a quick PDF form and mailing it with the old earbuds to Sennheiser.

Its nice to see a company looking to win over new customers with a good promotion.  If you're looking to pick up headphones, it certainly seems worth a look.

I would almost regret purchasing my latest Skull Candy earbuds, had they not been a measly $10 (and still better sound quality than the Apple earbuds!).  However, if you haven't already bought a pair, review DailyTech's holiday guide and see if you can find a pair of Sennheisers that float your boat and mail in your old ones, while this sweet deal lasts.

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By xphile on 4/13/2008 8:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
Just MHO - but 7 years is nothing, nor is this new policy. Try a company named Koss, who have forever stood behind their products with a LIFETIME guarantee.

Try a pair of PortaPros that I bought brand new in 1987 and that are now on my ears as I write this sounding just as good as the day they were purchased 21 YEARS AGO!

I have had two cable repairs, one entire driver unit replacement - and they came back from the fourth repair a month or so ago with a new plug and while they were at it they decided to replace the ear pads and the side cushion pads. Cost to me - the prepaid padded envelope I sent them off in (times four over 21 years).

Estimated hours of use - average 3 hours a day at least 5 days a week (15 hours a week). Weeks a year used lets say 35 to be fair. 21 years.

15 X 35 x 21 = 11025 hours of constant use (459.37 days)

They were the best sounding portable headphone then and they are often reviewed as beating the crap out of everything else still today. And they are still made today, almost exactly the same, because the company has another policy in that if it ain't broken dont try to fix it.

Who needs a trade in policy when for 21 years and counting I've had nothing I'd want to trade in, no reason to trade in, and it costs me nothing to still have outstanding headphones.

Maybe Sennheiser wants to announce a similar program - but this announcement is still to me no competition whatsoever.

Like you I will probably run mine forever too - just the company I bought mine from have a better policy in agreeing that they want me to do it and that their product is capable of it. Post again in 14 years and I will compare your results to mine today :-)

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