Eyeballing a new tablet? Here’s how to get the most cash for your old one.
Turn an old iPad into cold, hard cash (or credit, which has no temperature to speak of).
If you own an iPad ($263 at Back Market) that’s more than three or four years old, you might find it getting a little sluggish. Maybe you’ve run out of storage space, or the processor won’t support the latest versions of Apple’s operating system. Whatever the case, you’re thinking it’s time to sell. (Another option: repurpose that old iPad .) Whatever money you make can go toward a newer model — or perhaps even a different tablet altogether. (Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 Plus is pretty sweet .)
Here’s the harsh truth: You’re not likely to get anywhere near what you paid for your iPad (yeah, depreciation sucks), but you can at least get something. Let’s take a look at some options for selling used Apple tablets for maximum profit. Note that all the pricing data listed below was accurate at the time this was published, but is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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Apple will give you store credit for your old iPad — but not much of it.
Apple’s iPad trade-in program offers two options: Bring your tablet to an Apple Store for immediate store credit, or trade it in online for an Apple Store gift card.
How much can you expect to get? As with all sale and trade-in options, it depends on the model you have and its condition. But keep your expectations low: At this writing, Apple was offering a maximum of $130 for any non-Pro iPad and just $90 maximum for any iPad Air ($220 at Amazon) . Best value you’ll get for an iPad Mini ($265 at Back Market) ? Again, “up to $90.” Not great.
To get a more exact quote, you’ll need to enter your iPad’s serial number.
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Best Buy trade-in
Like Apple’s, Best Buy’s iPad trade-in option nets you store credit, which you could then turn around and apply to a new iPad (or anything else).
I used the store’s online estimator for a quote on a good-condition iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) with 32GB. Trade value: $90. Your mileage may vary, of course, but it’s worth getting Best Buy’s quote, especially if you want a store credit that can be used for more than just Apple products.
Similarly, Staples and Target have trade-in programs, so if you’re determined to find a brick-and-mortar destination, check those stores as well.
A service like GadgetGone will pay you actual cash for your iPad.
If you’ve ever looked into selling your old phone online , you’ve probably heard of services like Decluttr , Gazelle and GadgetGone . These places will give you cash for your iPad, though it’ll have to be shipped and inspected before you get your payout.
Starting with the aforementioned iPad Air 2, I received quotes of $93, $70 and $85 from those three services. All offer free shipping, so there’s no extra cost there — but if your item arrives in a condition that’s not as you described it, you may receive less than promised. Make sure to take lots of photos before sending your iPad, just in case a dispute arises.
Want to save some time? Visit SellCell, which will quickly give you quotes from a variety of iPad-buyback services.
Sell it yourself
Finally, we come to the old-standbys: Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and eBay. All three will let you list your iPad for free, though eBay charges a percentage of the final sale price. And just as selling a used car yourself is likely to net you a higher price than trading it in at the dealer, selling your iPad directly to another person should result in more cash.
That’s assuming you can sell it. With so many different models floating around now, there’s a definite glut, meaning values may be lower. Indeed, eBay is currently home to several zillion listings. When I checked the “sold” prices for models matching mine (the iPad Air 2), they ranged from around $130 to $180 — still better than any trade-in or buy-back service, but don’t forget the fees.
If you’re OK selling locally — meaning someone comes to your house or you meet in a public place — you may have even better luck on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. That’s potentially the best way to turn your iPad into cold, hard cash — and possibly more of it, since no one takes a percentage.
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The numbers game
Remember, all these numbers are based on current market conditions and a specific iPad SKU. You’ll almost certainly encounter different values depending on when — and what — you sell.
A couple years ago, Apple’s trade-in rates were higher, making that one of the more compelling options. Today, I’d have to recommend a service like Decluttr or GadgetGone, which make the process simple and leave you holding cash.
If you’ve already done this dance with your old iPad, hit the comments and share the details. How and where did you sell it, and what was the experience like?
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Inspired by the success of the original iPad, Apple has expanded the range with the smaller iPad Mini and the powerful iPad Air.
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Apple unveiled the brand-new 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro’s recently, and it made me giddy with joy for a new iPad. But what was even more exciting was the new Magic Keyboard for iPad that will be coming this May. With these new products in mind, it was time to sell my 2018 iPad Pro to start the fund for the new iPad Pro.
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You may think that selling your old iPhone, iPad, or Mac is a strenuous project, but in reality, you can go from 0-100 in just a few minutes. However, before you just sell it, you’ll need to take a few steps and you’ll need to know actually where to sell your Apple products.
Get your Apple product ready to go
Before selling my iPad, the first thing to do is to clean it. Each product is different, but the premise is still the same as you’ll need to wipe down every nook and cranny. And if there are any accessories included in the sale, you’ll want to make sure you wipe those down really well before listing it.
Before getting started with the cleaning process, you’ll need to power off your device. This is to help make sure that there is no electricity going through it, so there’s a smaller chance of shorting something out during the cleaning process. Then, you’ll want to check out exactly how you should clean the specific device that is being sold.
Spray water onto your cloth to remove marks.
For example, it’s recommended to use a “soft, lint-free cloth” to do the basic wipe-down, the best solution is usually a microfiber cloth. In some instances, you’ll want to lightly dampen the cloth with just a bit of water to actually do some “cleaning.” Then, use another microfiber cloth to make sure the product is dry.
A recent revelation from Cupertino is that Apple finally stated that it’s okay to use a disinfectant to clean. If wiping lightly, Apple says the following:
“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.”
Now that your device is clean, you’re ready to show it off to the world.
Out with the old, in with the new
There are the usual suspects for listing your Apple products for re-sale. These include the likes of eBay and Facebook Marketplace. However, there are a few other popular “communities” where you can put your products out there for sale.
Swappa’s Listings for the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro
If I’m just selling an Apple device, and not just an accessory to that device, I use Swappa. This company has been around for quite some time now, and has many different measures in place to protect both the buyer and seller. So you will need to create a new account, find the product that you are trying to list, and then create the listing.
r/AppleSwap’s main posting page
Another fantastic resource for selling both Apple devices and accessories is the “Front page of the Web” — Reddit. Two subreddits (communities) serve for the primary focus for selling products — r/HardwareSwap and r/AppleSwap.
Regardless of what option you choose, it’s important to take as many clear pictures as possible. This gives the potential buyer a way to look at what you’re selling, without actually being able to see it in person. So make sure you have good lighting, a good camera, and a place to take those pictures. Otherwise, you may end up with folks asking for more and possibly wandering away because there’s just not enough.
One more important note to make is that you will need to follow the instructions for posting to both Swappa and Reddit. If you don’t, your listing may be removed, which can end up being a bit problematic if you’re looking to sell something quickly.
Once your listing has sold, make sure you package it up nice and tight, then drop it off at the Post Office, UPS, or FedEx. Make sure you update the buyer with tracking information and if you are delayed in shipping it, definitely be open and communicative.
Let us know if you have any other tips for selling your products, or if there’s something we’re missing. In the meantime, let us know whether you’ll be upgrading from an old iPad to the new 2020 iPad Pro.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.
There’s a newer, sleeker iPad in town, which for many, means it’s time to throw their old garbage iPad into the street while running to the nearest Apple store.
The only problem is that the shiny new iPad Air will cost you between $479 and $929 depending on what features and data storage you choose. Thankfully there are a few ways to get money for your old iPad to put towards your new one. Or, you know, your bills.
If you can get to a Target store before Nov. 9, it’s your best bet. You can trade in a working iPad of any model for a Target gift certificate of $200 or more. You are guaranteed at least $200 before Nov. 9 and the gift certificate can be used for any Target merchandise, Target spokesperson Erin Conroy told The Huffington Post. If you like Target and can get there in the next few days this is without a doubt your best option.
After Nov. 9 you can still trade your old iPad in, but will no longer be guaranteed $200. This promotion is only available in stores. Target will also give you a $25 gift card if you buy an old iPad Mini for $299.
If you’re not a Target fan or won’t be able to sell your iPad until after Nov. 9, you have other options. Here are a few of the best:
You can trade your old iPad in for Amazon credit. How much money you’ll get depends on what kind of iPad you have and what condition it’s in. Amazon will give you between $54 and $115 for a 64 GB first generation iPad with WiFi and 3G, depending on what shape it’s in. You can get between $247 and $302 for a 32 GB fourth generation iPad with WiFi.
Walmart will give you a Walmart gift card for your old iPads. You can get $90 for a working 64 GB first generation iPad with WiFi, or $180 for a working 32 GB iPad 3 with WiFi, for example. You don’t have to use the gift card for a new iPad, but you do need to spend it at Walmart.
Apple has its own trade-in program where you can get an Apple gift card for an old Apple device. They’ll ask a bunch of questions about your device’s condition and what components you’re including in your trade-in, so it’s hard to say how much money you’ll get for your iPad. For example, Apple will give you $50 for a non-water damaged, fully functioning 64 GB first generation iPad that has never been engraved. Did you get all that? It’s complicated, but you can use your new Apple gift card on anything Apple makes, if you want to trade your old iPad in for a new MacBook Air.
Gazelle, a company that exclusively exists to buy back old electronics, certainly doesn’t guarantee you $200 for your iPad, but it will do something no other company will: give you real money. When you sell to Gazelle, you’ll get paid in the form of a check, an Amazon gift card, or via PayPal. Your choice.
Gazelle will pay you $70 for a 64 GB first generation iPad with WiFi in good condition and $240 for a 32 GB fourth generation iPad with WiFi in good condition.
How to sell your iPad mini and earn some cash?
Selling your iPad mini is not a difficult task at all, but to do so, you should know the procedure and best places to sell it. Selling your iPad can earn you some cash if you do it the right way! This article would tell you the tips and tricks for selling your iPad for money.
1. What to do before you decide to sell your iPad mini:
Once you have decided to sell your iPad mini out there in the market, you should take some simple precautionary steps that would erase your personal information from your device. These steps are suggested by Apple itself.
i. Backup your device by the help of iCloud or iTunes.
This step helps you to backup and store your precious data on iCloud or iTunes. For doing so, you would have to install iTunes software on your PC/Mac > Connect your device to your PC/Mac > Select your device on the iTunes >Summary tab> Select Backup option > Select Backup now. The device would backup all of the data on iTunes. For backing up your data on iCloud you simply need to; Tap on settings app >iCloud> scroll down and select Storage and Backup. This would backup your data on iCloud and whenever you will sign-in on any Apple device, this data would automatically be backed up on that new device.
Sign-out from iCloud, iTunes and App Store before you sell your iPad for your own safety. Through this step you can save yourself from the potential theft of your data.
iii. Delete Applications Manually:
This might consume your precious time but it is important to manually delete the downloaded applications from your iPad to remove the cashed data and your personal log in information that might left behind in the applications.
iv. Remove Photos:
You should backup all your photos from your camera roll to iTunes/iPhoto and then delete the photos from your iPad.
v. Factory Reset:
Erase all the data and information from your device through factory reset. For doing so, you would have to tap the settings app on your iPad >General> tap Reset option.
2. Where to sell your iPad mini:
Selling your iPad mini can earn you great cash. But this depends on where you sell your iPad mini, as many platforms these days are buying the old Apple devices at different rates. It depends on the seller to choose the platform and earn some cash in return.
Some of the platforms to which you can sell your iPad mini to, are mentioned below:
iPad recycle is an online platform where you can sell your old iPad for a handsome amount of cash. You can simply visit their website online, you will see various options on their home page. Select your iPad according to the model. After you have selected the accurate model of your iPad, you should select the storage, other specifications and condition of your iPad. Once you have selected all of the options accurately, they will give you a price quote immediately. If you are willing to sell your iPad for the given price quote, you can fill in your information and address. You have to select the payment method as well, they offer; Bank transfer, PayPal or payment through cheque. You can then send your iPad to them via free postage (the parcel would be insured up to £100). They generate your payment the same day they receive your iPad. You can send the wall charger of your iPad mini to them and they would pay £1 extra for the charger.
ii. Music Magpie:
Music Magpie is yet another recycling platform that accepts your iPad mini. You can sell your iPad mini for some good cash at this platform. The procedure for selling your iPad at this platform is almost the same as at iPad Recycler. You have to visit Music Magpie’s website online, select on the seller option. Search for the model of your iPad in the search bar and that would redirect you to a page full of options. At that page select the model of your device along with its storage capacity, select the condition of your iPad and they would give you a price quote. If you like their price quote and are willing to sell your iPad mini at that price then you can proceed further and accept the price quote. You would then have to register with the platform (registration is free), and send your iPad mini through free postage. Once your parcel reaches them, they pay you the very next working day through bank transfer, PayPal or cheque.
eBay is one of the largest online trading platforms working in the UK. You can post an ad for your iPad mini easily. Just visit eBay’s website and sign-in or register with them free of cost. After that go to the “sell” tab on the top of the home page. Once you are at the seller page, suggest a title for ad posting (i.e. iPad Mini), it will redirect you to a page where you would have to select the specific model of your iPad. Select the model of your iPad and it will redirect you to a page asking about the colour of your iPad, select the colour. You would then be forwarded to a page asking for the storage capacity of your device, and so on it would ask for certain specifications of your iPad mini, select the accurate option(s) on each page. Once you are done with selecting the specifications of your iPad mini, you then have to upload some nice and appealing snaps of your iPad to go with your ad. Once your ad is posted, the buyers might contact you for the price quotes. Once you have decided to sell your device to a certain buyer, you can simply seek for the help of eBay. eBay would help you in sending your device to the concerned buyer and also it would help in the money transaction between the buyer and you.
3. Enjoy the cash:
Once you have sold your iPad mini for the most money offered by the buyer you can then enjoy the cash that you have earned for selling your beloved device. We don’t know your exact preferences for what you can do with your cash but we hope that we gave you some useful tricks and tips for selling your iPad mini and earn some handsome cash!
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iPad Trade In
To sell iPad or not – that is the question. When you consider the benefits, it’s really a no-brainer. Gazelle will buy your device and recycle it for you. This means two things: You get fast a payment while doing your part to care for the environment. You’re not alone. By 2019, 177 million devices will be recycled. (Compass Intelligence.)
With Gazelle, getting your iPad trade in done right is incredibly fast and easy. We’ll ask you a few quick questions, to help us assess its value. Then we’ll give you an offer and, if you accept it, we’ll send you a prepaid shipping label.
Once we receive your device, we’ll verify our original estimate. If it is worth more or less than we thought, we’ll revise the price and email you a new offer. If you don’t agree with the offer, we’ll send your iPad back to you without charge. Either way, there is no risk.
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For your iPad buy-back, Gazelle truly is the smartest choice available. Which is why more than a million customers have trusted Gazelle when they needed some fast money for their used devices.
At Gazelle, there are three options for your payout. We can send you a check, deposit funds in your PayPal account, or mail you an Amazon gift card.
To identify your iPad, refer to the model number on the back of your device. Thing to remember is, you have 30 days to send your device back to us, then your iPad trade-in offer expires. So, don’t delay — find out how much your used iPad is worth today, and start planning what you’re going to do with your payout.
Disclaimer: Gazelle is not affiliated with the manufacturers of the items available for trade-in.
So, you decided you’re going to get a new iPad. Maybe you need to sell your current iPad so that you can don’t have to come up with as much money out of your pocket, or maybe you plan on handing it down to your nephew or niece because it’s an older version that won’t bring much trade-in value. Now what? iPad owners often forget that there are some important steps you should always follow when you make that final decision to part with your older device. No worries, we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is follow these easy guidelines. In the end, your data will be safe, and the ext owner will have a fresh iPad to start with.
Back up your device
Backing up your device can be easy to overlook. However, if you are buying a replacement iPad, there’s no easier way to start using it then to restore it from a saved back-up version of your last iPad.
Sign out of your iCloud account
Again, here’s another step that’s easy to forget–but very important to follow. Forgetting to sign out of your iCloud account can be catastrophic for iPad owners who decide to manually delete their data (contacts, photo streams, calendars, documents, etc). When you don’t sign out all the content that you manually delete will simultaneously be deleted from the iCloud servers and devices that your are currently signed in to. To sign out of your account in iOS 8 go to Settings–>iCloud, and sign-out at the bottom. Then you need to select sign-out again–>Delete from my iPad, then enter your password to complete the command.
Erase all Content & Settings
I know that most iPad re-sale companies offer to erase all your content for you “safely & easily” when you sell them your used device. Yeah–thanks, but I think I’d rather do that myself than have to reply on someone I don’t know to carry out that task. It’s easy enough, so why not–right? Just open the Settings app and go to General–> scroll down to Reset at the bottom of the screen–> then Erase all Content & Settings. If you have previously turned on Find my iPad, you will now be prompted to enter your Apple ID & password as a precautionary measure to make sure you are indeed the owner of the device that is about to be erased.
Now all your data will be removed from your iPad–ALL of it. Even the credit cards you added to your Apple Pay account! In addition, erasing all content and settings will also turn off iCloud, FaceTime, iMessage and Game Center. One caveat, though, is that your backed-up data will still be present in iCloud. This way, you will be able to restore a new device from that back-up. Lastly, you might need to contact your mobile carrier provider to transfer any new service if you your iPad is LTE capable.
If you’re getting ready to sell a cellular iPad, or just want to move it to a new carrier, you might be wondering about what steps you need to take to make sure your device is ready to go. In particular, you could be looking for some information about unlocking your device. The good news is that your iPad probably doesn’t need to be unlocked. The U.S. carriers (mostly) don’t SIM lock cellular iPads in the same way that most of them lock down iPhones.
There are a couple of things you need to do before your cellular iPad is ready to go. Here’s what to know about how to sell an iPad with a carrier plan.
Cancel the line
Whether you added your iPad to an existing data plan or created an account with your carrier specifically for that device, you’ll, of course, need to cancel the iPad’s line. This is generally done by contacting your carrier and asking them to cancel the line, though many carriers offer tools to do just that through their websites.
A note about AT&T (because of course)
When I said, “U.S. carriers (mostly) don’t SIM lock cellular iPads,” I was thinking about AT&T. If you’ve purchased a cellular iPad from the carrier, the SIM in that iPad will indeed be locked. It should only be the eSIM or Apple SIM in the iPad that gets locked, though, not the tablet itself. If you have an older iPad with a removable Apple SIM, you should be able to put a new nano-SIM in the tablet and be good to go with no additional steps.
If you’ve got a more recent iPad, like a second- or third-generation iPad Pro with an embedded Apple SIM or eSIM (unremovable SIMs), you should be able to do the same thing: cancel your AT&T line for the iPad, then place a new physical nano-SIM for a new carrier into the iPad. But if you want to unlock the eSIM, you’ll have to go through the normal procedure by heading to AT&T’s device unlock site.
Ready to sell
If the cellular line for your iPad has been canceled, you should be ready to start the selling process. Just make sure you’ve backed up your iPad and erased the data before you do.
If you still have questions about how to sell an iPad with a carrier plan, let us know in the comments.
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You’ve heard of trade-ins for cars. People do them all the time so they can buy a new car with all the latest bells and whistles. It’s the same for your iPad Pro! New iPad Pro models are being churned out at record speed. Owning a new device can give you a new lease on life. Come to iGotOffer.com, and we’ll show you how easy it is to get cash for your old iPad Pro!
Maybe your iPad Pro has only minor scratches, or maybe it’s crumbled like the Roman Empire. Either way, it’s no problem! Our website has a ratings system that will help you determine where your device falls on the spectrum. If all hope is gone, we’ll see that it’s properly recycled and put to good use. In any case, you’ll get an instant quote, one that’s superior to our competitors. It’s truly an exhilarating experience to turn your iPad Pro into cash!
If you’re like most people, you may not be able to tell your iPad Pro model just by looking at it; they really do look similar. Don’t let that stop you! On our website, go to How to Identify My iPad. There’s a drop-down box that makes it even easier by listing a table of model numbers only: iPad Model Numbers.
Why iGotOffer Is THE Place to Trade In Your Used iPad Pro Online?
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and trade in your old iPad Pro to make way for the new. Why come to us? There are many resellers out there. Do you really have the time to sift through them and compare? With us, it starts with a short form online that takes about a minute; people say it’s smoother and faster than Apple’s trade-up program. Then we’ll review your information with a fine tooth comb, and no detail will escape us. We take pride in delivering the highest level of customer service, and it shows!
iGotOffer.com is a fully registered business, and we’ve done a high volume of used electronics trade-ins for years. We’ve earned an A grade rating from the Better Business Bureau (the most-consulted customer service platform in the U.S.), as well as a 4.9/10 on ResellerRatings.com, another top merchant review forum. Our website tells the story. We’re proud to say these are honest reviews; we don’t delete the few negative reviews, because we use them to improve our performance. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out what we’re about. If you’re in the mood for some serious tech talk, explore the iGotOffer Blog on our website, or consult our informative Apple Encyclopedia: we have literally hundreds of helpful articles. On this page you can check all the links above mentioned: What Is iGotOffer?
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