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How to Sell an iPad

How to Sell Your iPad (When the Mini's What You Want)

Well, it finally happened. Your iPad has been outshined by its younger, sleeker sibling — the iPad Mini. Not that you like to play favorites, but if you're looking to "downsize" to the smaller, upgrade to more storage, or simply move on, then we're here to help. Of course donating is a great option, but if you're looking to get some bang for your buck, then consider the numerous resale options. From finding a friend to making an easy exchange, here are four ways to go about trading in your tablet.

  • Amazon: Amazon is a simple and secure place to sell popular used items — especially gadgets like iPads. Unlike most marketplaces, you don't have to monitor your account and rush to the post office as soon as your item has been bought. Since Amazon has a warehouse, you can send your items there first, and the firm will ship out your goods as people purchase them. Although pricing is competitive, you can usually see a fair return rate.
  • NextWorth: NextWorth is one of the most popular places on the web to sell your iPad for cash. It's simple to get a quote, and once they receive and inspect the gadget, you'll get paid. You can also bring your iPad into a Target for store credit.
  • Facebook: If you don't want to worry about going through a third party, then try selling your iPad to your friends first. Simply post about it in a status update or go through Facebook's marketplace. Chances are you'll have a fair amount of success; just make sure your price is right and your iPad is in good shape. After all, your friends know where you live!
  • Craigslist: Craigslist is a great place to sell almost anything, so your iPad should be no different. It's especially convenient because you're likely to sell the product locally, meaning you don't need to bother with shipping or hidden fees. If your item is priced right, then it can go fast.

Remember, when selling your iPad, back up your data and do a clean sweep! Erase all the content and settings (go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings) and perform a full restore in iTunes to protect your privacy. Don't forget to give it a good wipe, and be honest about any marks or scratches. These steps will contribute to a solid sale and help you earn positive feedback wherever you choose to sell the device.

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luckybolide luckybolide 4 years
You can also sell your iPad back to Apple by using their "recycling program: I explored a number of options and found that Apple's offer was the highest, but you have to send in your device (they provide free shipping) and then wait for them to mail you an Apple card. I didn't want to wait, so last week I took my iPad to a local Mac reseller (not Apple) to trade in. They gave me a really lowball offer for my iPad, even though it was top of the line and in perfect condition. I'd printed out the Amazon and Apple trade-in quotes and brought them with me, so I handed them over to the sales guy. Lo and behold, they increased their offer by $150, and I got a new iPad Mini. Moral of the story: If you want to trade yours in locally, do your homework and find out if the vendor will match the best offer.
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