from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Merchandise accepted as partial payment for a new purchase.
  • n. A transaction involving such merchandise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. property used as part payment for a new purchase
  • n. a transaction including such payment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an item of property, such as an automobile, that is given in part payment for a new one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an item of property that is given in part payment for a new one
  • v. turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • She voted in 2009 against a $14 billion bailout for U.S. automakers and against a vehicle trade-in program known as "cash for clunkers."

    Giffords Known for Being Hands-On in District

  • The fate of the $1 billion trade-in program was up in the air over concerns that it may have already burned through its funds less than a week after it was officially launched.

    Too many clunkers, too little cash

  • Some car shoppers are finding that their trade-in vehicles, which qualified for a Cash for Clunkers rebate last week, don't this week because of changes in the EPA's fuel economy ratings.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: July 30, 2009

  • If the trade-in value of a used window is, say, 1Ā½ francs, everyone in the city who was planning to replace his old windows will eagerly take the two franc offer.

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  • It's a local store (I love supporting local businesses), they have better trade-in values than GS, and they have lower prices.


  • I know that seems like backward logic to most people, but considering the disparities between trade-in cost and trade-out profit on most games, I feel nothing but antagonism towards the company in general.


  • The last thing I traded in was my second copy of SMT: Nocturne, which I found for $15 used at Game Crazy, knowing it had a higher trade-in at Gamestop.


  • But I never, ever trade at Gamestop --- the convenience isn't worth the enormous rogering they deliver on trade-in value.


  • (I do hang on to them until there's a special trade-in offer, so I can squeeze a bit more value out of it.)


  • I just can't support their ridiculously low trade-in values anymore.



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