With the new iPad now available, many individuals are interested in getting it. However, many are not able to afford paying for the new iPad this time around, especially if they bought the iPad 2 last year. One way individuals can get enough money to cover the cost of the new iPad is to trade in the old one. But if not done correctly, you could loose out on a ton of money that could go toward the new iPad. Today, I will give you a couple of tips on how to get the most out of your original iPad or iPad 2.
Trading In Online
When you trade online, you have many choices that are actually perfered in my opinion. The first choice is to sell it yourself through eBay or Amazon. This choice is a bit easier and half the time doesn’t even require leaving your home. You post online; add a couple of photos, and set your own price. Amazon has a great trade-in program, allowing you to trade-in for an Amazon gift card. When sold, all you have to do is securely box it up and send it on its way.
Trading in with Apple
Apple has a recycling program that will buy back your iPad for a gift card that can go towards anything Apple, including the new iPad. You can get up to half the purchase value for the base iPad 2 model. This is actually not the best choice however, due to the fact that you are getting significantly less than selling it online. Plus, it all depends on the condition. If you have a couple of scuffs and scratches, most individuals selling will look past it, but it can take a bit off the value when in the hands of Apple. Lastly, you can sell bundles with Apple (trading in with your Smart Cover for example). On eBay, you can sell with a couple of applications and accessories and increase the value.
Trading in Person
The last way to sell your iPad is to do so in person. We don’t mean bartering your iPad 2 on the street; there are technological ways to doing this, safely. The most well known, safest, and most popular way is through Craigslist. All you have to do is post on the website with a couple of pointers on the iPad, a few photos, and a possible starting price. From there, you may receive a couple of offers and once you agree on one, you can meet to make the trade off. The best way to do this is in a public place, like a bank or fast food restaurant. Better yet, bring a friend along to make you feel a bit safer. Another way of trading in person includes Gamestop.
Preparing the iPad
Once the iPad is sold, it’s now time to give it a good clean inside and out. This begins with clearing your old iPad of all the information previously inside. This can be done by backing up your iPad, and then restoring it. This is important to do so that your vacation photos or other personal snapshots aren’t in the hands of the new owner. You can give your iPad a nice clean up with a device safe spray, and possibly a finishing scratch resistant cover. If you have the box, throw it in there, the value can increase up to $50 just by having the box. If you are shipping the iPad off, don’t forget to cover the box in bubble wrap as well before putting it in the shipping package. This will prevent any way of having your old iPad damage, possible grounds for the buyer to ask for a refund.