Daily Tip: How to sell your old iPad after upgrading to iPad 2

Daily Tip: How to sell your old iPad after upgrading to iPad 2

Want to know the ins and outs of how to sell your old iPad now that iPad 2 is hitting the shelves? There are a number of things you can do with your old iPad -- from using it as a spare to handing it down to family or friends -- but if you're looking to get some quick cash then there are a few things to know before getting started. Today we're going to show you how to throw out the old and bring in the new using a number of great services, just hit the jump to find out how!

Pre-sale prep

When Apple announced iPad 2 would be available this very month, a bunch of original iPads probably started feeling a little nervous. If you're planning to upgrade here are a few quick tips to think about before putting your original iPad up for sale:

  1. Condition: It kind of goes without saying that you'll get more money if your device is in better condition, but this counts even more when it comes to the iPad. If your device is in excellent shape, you're going to be able to ask for a higher amount. It might only be $50 or $70 more but cash is cash.
  2. Wipe your data: Before you end up selling your old iPad you absolutely have to you run a full data wipe on your device to make sure none of your data is available to the lucky new owner. We've done a quick How-to post to help you with the process.

Selling your old iPad

Now that we're passed the basics and you're ready to put your iPad up for sale, it's important to take a look at all the options you have before making a decision on which service to use.

There are a ton of great online services out there to help you sell your old iPad and we won't be able to go through them all, so we've filtered down the list of services for you. We'll start with the most familiar of them all...


Selling your iPad on eBay is a pretty simple process. If you've ever used eBay for selling things in the past then you know the selling process isn't all that tricky, however there are still some things to keep in mind when using eBay to sell your iPad. For instance, eBay charges fees for each auction based on the item you're selling and how much it sells for, among other things, so here are five quick tips to help you get the most out of your auction:

  1. Only ship to the buyer's confirmed Paypal address if using Paypal.
  2. Price competitively if using Buy It Now as an option.
  3. Make sure the pictures you use follow your description and are good quality -- post pictures of any physical blemishes on the iPhone and be up-front in your description.
  4. Use a fast shipping service and make sure you include that in your item description.
  5. Use keywords in your title and in your item description to attract more potential buyers.

You may also want to consider insuring your item in case anything goes wrong during shipping. Watch out for low-feedback buyers and also keep in mind that Paypal charges processing fees as well.


Selling on craigslist is location based, so you'll be making a face-to-face exchange with someone in your area. I've used Craigslist to sell a number of things around the house, and always follow a few basic rules:

  • Don't ever put your personal or home address in an ad. Ever!
  • I'm usually fine with putting my personal phone number in an ad, but that's up to you. Some find it easier to text rather than email.
  • Meet in a public place, preferably in the daytime.
  • Watch out for email scams, something Craigslist is notorious for.

It's always a good idea to use caution when dealing with Craigslist. I've heard some pretty crazy stories of people getting robbed or worse when meeting with people for a transaction, so bring a friend and meet in an open, public area to avoid those types of situations.


SellYourMac.com offers a similar service to Gazelle by letting you send in your old iPad for payment with little to no hassle involved. In a nutshell, they'll buy your old Mac or iOS device. You're required to provide pictures along with a serial number next to your item description and condition. Once SellYourMac.com receives your iPad they clean it, inspect it and verify that it's in working condition before they turn around and sell it on eBay. Users can receive payment via Paypal and SellYourMac.com even says they give higher quotes than competing services like Gazelle, so you'll definitely want to compare before making any final decisions.

Bonus Tip: If you're going with Craigslist or eBay, another tip worth mentioning is to include all packaging, cables and adapters if possible. If you have any extra cases or accessories you want to throw in the deal it can usually net you a higher selling price as a bundle instead of trying to sell them individually.

Now that the iPad 2 is finally here, the time to start planning on how to dump your old iPad is now. So whether it's eBay, Criagslist or any other method for selling your old iPad we hope this article will help you along the way. As always, let us know if you have any questions or additional suggestions in the comments below!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Daily Tip: How to sell your old iPad after upgrading to iPad 2


Good, and timely, tip. Of course, you can also give your old iPad to friends or family as a gift. It's not immediate cash in the hand, but you'd have to pay to get them something else, so you're still saving money and it's a pretty sweet present that will make you both feel good.

My sister is getting married in March 11, so I was going to give her $500 as an extra spending money for her honeymoon... I asked her if she wanted that money or if she wanted my iPad, she didnt care about the iPad 2, so she was exited to get mine. So now I have the money for my new iPad and my sister is happy. If you see a guy outside an Apple Store ready to party and wearing a tuxedo... thats me!!

Sold my 64gb wifi model on eBay two weeks ago for $600! I'm all set for the 64 Verizon 3G model!

Here is a good tip DONT USED eBay I find they are too many people on there that will try to rip off people who sell their old goods, and eBay customer service is non existent. Plus their feels are just way too much !

I had exactly the opposite experience with eBay customer service. I sold my iPad two weeks ago. First, I tried to sell it using buy it now, and got sucked into a Nigerian scam (even stupidly gave up my email address and ended up with realistic looking fake emails from "eBay" and "PayPal") I called up eBay to cancel the sale and the commission, and was done in just a few minutes. They even walked me through how to keep it from happening again.
I do agree with you on the fees though. But, I still netted a hefty 75% of the original purchase cost my my iPad. Not too bad.

I have to agree, I sold my 16GB wifi iPad for a 64 GB 3G model last year and it was a NIGHTMARE. Besides getting countless spammers 'buying' your product and finding out it was fake is ridiculous. eBay doesn't help with it either. You have to keep paying to put your product back on their site. And if you're lucky, like I was, it will actually sell. Skip eBay.

Why people pay more than 30% of the original iPad cost, when buying an used iPad is beyond me, even more so when there's a new and better one coming.

I sold my iPad on craigslist LAST WEEK with a cheap case for $400 cash. Now you can buy a new one for $399. I had over 20 calls! People do not research before they buy.

I buy and sell things on eBay all the time. From electronics to household good and have had no real issues. I have to wonder what you all are doing wrong. Just list, price to sell, and don't ship till you have your money. The key is pricing to sell, ie. setting the buy it now price just below the average by even $20. The longer the listing is open the more likely you are to have a problem. Also if you can time your auction to end on like a Saturday or Sunday you'll have more hits. Good luck selling your iPad. I will be buying a 64gb wifi on eBay soon.