How to Sell Your Old iPad and Buy the New iPad

 The New iPad


Chances are that if you are planning on upgrading, you have already done so in the past, and you already know a thing or two about selling of your old iPad. Still, if you don’t we’re going to tell you a few ways to sell it off.


1) Gazelle

Gazelle homepage

Gazelle grabs the top spot because it’s the most convenient we’ve seen. It’s simple, fast and pays decently. Of course you won’t get a lot compared to what you may receive if you sell the device yourself. However, you can still gain a fair amount of cash to use toward your next iPad. You simply go to their site and fill out a few fields asking about the condition of your iPad, etc. Then they give you a price. After that, they send you a box and you ship it off.

2) Ebay

Ebay is another great choice. The only real downside is that you don’t always know exactly how much money you will get back until the auction ends. You can set a minimum, but still. Also worth considering is that it’s nowhere near as convenient as a service like Gazelle. That’s fine, because you will likely get more money for your efforts if you go the eBay route. Again, the key part of that is “for your efforts” as you will likely want to monitor your auction and contact the winner, then figure out shipping, etc. It’s not always convenient.

3) Cash for iPads

Cash for iPads

Cash for iPads is more like Gazelle in that it offers a set amount per device. Those wanting to sell their tablet will have to fill in some fields and get a quote for their device. From there they get their box for the free shipping and send the tablet off. Again, services like this will buy your iPad at a certain price and likely resell it somewhere. In other words, they are not going to buy it for as much as someone on eBay may. Just keep that in mind when using any sort of iPad buy-back service.

4) Craigslist

Craigslist is basically online classifieds. You can put up an ad for something like “Used iPad 2 – $350 – Excellent Condition” and hope that someone who’s interested in buying an iPad goes for it. There will be a few things you want to keep in mind with this. You are dealing directly with real people. They may want to negotiate a lower price, they may want to meet up in person, etc. You will have to trust that the person you are meeting is sincere, and they will have to trust you, too.

Things to Consider

As with any transaction, you have to make sure you know who you are dealing with. As we said, you wouldn’t just hand your iPad to anybody. Keep in mind they feel the same way about their $300+ dollars. That said, ebay still feels like the best option. Sure, it’s a little more work, and it takes longer because of the whole bidding process, but the end result it worth it when you are talking about an extra 60 or 70 bucks.


Wipe Your iPad Clean

Not just physically, though you may want to do that too. Just make it look nice and fingerprint-free before you sell it. The buyer will appreciate having a clean iPad with a non-smudgy screen.

But really, really wipe your iPad clean. You know, don’t want your emails and contacts on that thing do you?


First and most importantly! Back Up Your Settings.

1) Back up your iPad with iTunes.

2)Connect your iPad via USB and sync it. Make sure all of your data is on  your computer because you are going to remove everything from your iPad.

3) Navigate to:  Settings > General > Reset

4) Now you will see several options. Just tap “Erase All Content and Settings” This will reboot the iPad and put it in that mode it was in when you first bought it, with the little iTunes logo and the USB cable.

Are You Getting the New iPad?

Are you planning on picking up the new iPad? If so, are you going to sell off your old one for extra cash? Maybe hand it down to the kids or spouse? Let us know in the comments below.

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