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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