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You’ve got 70 days to trade your old Marantz components for discounted new ones

A Marantz 2270 receiver.
A Marantz 2270 receiver Wikipedia

To celebrate the brand’s 70th birthday, Marantz has a special offer for owners of its older products. For 70 days, starting September 1, you’ll be able to take your used Marantz components — receivers, amps, turntables, etc., — to a participating Marantz dealer, who will then assess them and give you a credit toward new Marantz products.

In fact, Marantz isn’t being picky — you can bring in any used gear from any brand to be evaluated for a credit.

That credit may be worth as much as 20% off your next Marantz purchase, depending on the component(s) and its condition. The trade-in program is being offered globally, though the amount of participating dealers will vary by region.

The process is straightforward:

  • Locate a participating dealer near you through the Marantz website
  • Visit the dealer, bringing your used gear (in any condition) for evaluation
  • Based on the dealer’s assessment, you could receive a credit of up to 20% off a new Marantz product

Not every new Marantz product is eligible for the trade-in discount, but it’s a decent assortment, featuring the company’s latest Cinema series AV receivers and audio streamers with SACD players:

  • Cinema 40
  • Cinema 50
  • Cinema 60
  • Cinema 70s
  • Model 40N
  • Model 30
  • AV 10
  • AMP 10
  • TT-15
  • SACD 30CN
  • SA-10
  • PM-10
  • AV8805A
  • AV7706
  • MM8077

There are a few catches to the program you should be aware of. First, the credit toward a new purchase in only valid until November 10. Second, the credit is only valid on a purchase made with the participating dealer that takes your old gear in trade, so you won’t be able to shop around for the best price on your new Marantz component.

Marantz says that there should be a very high level of consistency of trade-in values across dealers within a given market or region, so there’s likely very little benefit in shopping your trade around from dealer to dealer in hopes of a better price.

The question you’ll need to ask yourself is whether or not your used Marantz gear might be worth more if you sold it privately. Some vintage Marantz receivers, like the Marantz Model 2270 receiver shown above, are highly sought-after, often fetching between $1,800 to $2,500 on sites like eBay, depending on the model and its condition. These prices could be considerably more than the maximum cap Marantz has placed on trade-in credits.

As an example, a 20% discount on Marantz’s PM-10 Reference Integrated Amplifier — it’s most expensive new product at $8,999 — is worth $1,799.80. Plus keep in mind, the 20% discount is a maximum, and may only apply to select Marantz products. Marantz hasn’t said that the PM-10 is eligible for a 20% discount.

Marantz gear bought in the past 10 years is unlikely to generate as much interest, so when you factor in the time and the inconvenience of selling it, Marantz’s trade-in offer might be the best way to go if your heart’s set on a new Marantz component.

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