Last week, Apple unveiled the iPad 2 - a much improved version of the original iPad featuring a Dual core A5 processor, dual camera, improved battery life, enhanced graphics and several other enhancements. To sweeten the deal, Apple priced the iPad 2 same as the first generation iPad. Millions of used iPad owners worldwide are now faced with the upgrade dilemma and are wondering where to sell their used iPad. If you belong to that group, read on to know where to find the best deal for your used iPad.
It’s an interesting proposition whether customers should spend the extra cash on the iPad 2, or whether they should take advantage of the reduced price on last year’s model. However, going by the iPad 2 specs/pricing, it surely looks worth an upgrade. So, where do you sell your used iPad?
If you are in the U.S., GigaOM has published a handy graphic representing the various options to sell your used iPad. eBay, Gazelle and craiglist can get you a decent bargain on your first generation iPad. BuyMyTrnoics and NextWorth are good options as well but expect your margins to be lower on these sites.
Gazelle sold more than 2,500 iPad trades last Wednesday paying out in excess of $1 million. eBay Instant Sale program is another good option to get a good deal on your old iPad. It’s also a great opportunity for buyers looking to purchase a used iPad. Gazelle lists several first generation 16 GB Wi-Fi iPads for ~ $300.
The story is no different with NextWorth.com where original iPads can fetch you anywhere between $255 (16 GB WiFi) to $390 (64 GB WiFi + 3G). A mid-range model will fetch you a good deal as well – 32 GB WiFi ($285), 64 GB WiFi ($310), 16 GB WiFi + 3G ($298), and 32GB WiFi + 3G ($350). What’s more, NextWorth partners with Target, so you can walk in to any Target store and receive cash back for your first generation iPad rather than through the website. If you don’t want to upgrade to iPad 2, you get a prepaid Target gift card for in-store credit.
Rest of the world
eBay ranks as one of the best options to steal a good deal on your old iPad. This is especially true as there are several countries where the iPad is still not available. Further, Apple’s decision to exclude certain countries such as India for iPad 2 launch implies customers are still keen to get their hands on the original iPad. Of course, there’s the additional option of purchasing through sites such as Gazelle, NextWorth, getting the device shipped to a friend’s U.S. postal address and then have it mailed to you.
The demand for used iPads has always been there but now is perhaps the best time to strike a cool bargain. Are you planning to upgrade to the iPad 2? Please share your opinion by leaving a comment below this post.