IPAD, Get Credit Back From Your Old IPAD
Whether or not the third-generation AppleÂ iPadÂ is â€œresolutionaryâ€â€¦erâ€¦ revolutionary or not, itâ€™s likely you want it. Itâ€™s sometimes hard not to want Appleâ€™s latest gadget. If, however, you already own a first generation iPad (a.k.a. iPad 1) or even an iPad 2, you need not feel guilty about buying the new iPad. Apple is now offering trade-ins.
Trade-in isnâ€™t entirely accurate. If you go through the process of pre-ordering a new iPad â€” which officially goes on sale atÂ retail stores tomorrowÂ â€” at Appleâ€™s web site you wonâ€™t find a single link to an upgrade or trade-in offer. Instead, you need to visit Appleâ€™sÂ Reuse and RecycleÂ page. The iPad is a part of it and you can choose to turn in your â€œiPadâ€ or â€œiPad 2â€³. Itâ€™s hard to say how that list will change whenÂ AppleÂ someday releases an iPad 4. Will the â€œiPadâ€ listing become â€œiPad 1â€³ so as not to be confused with the current new â€œiPadâ€? But we digress.
The iPad recycling program is quite simple. You need only answer a series of questions that will assess the current value of your aging Apple tablet. In my case, I own a first generation iPad with 64 GB of storage, Wi-Fi and 3G. In perfect condition: no scratches, water damage, a fully-chargeable battery and all the accessories, I get $170 in Apple credit. The credit comes on an Apple Gift Card â€” but you can still apply it to the purchase of a new iPad.
Turning over an iPad 2 will net you even more cash. A similarly configured unit is worth $275 to Apple. Less full-featured iPads with some wear and tear on them can net you considerably less. A Wi-Fi-only model with light-to-moderate scratches and engraving on the back gets you just $60. In all instances shipping and packaging are free.
Obviously, there are other options for trading in your old Apple hardware.Â GazelleÂ can net you $350 for a perfect 64 GB AT+T iPad 2 (just $205 for a similarly configured iPad 1) andÂ NetworthÂ is offering $220 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2.
In my house, itâ€™s far more likely that Iâ€™ll pass down my iPad 1 to my son or daughter and then buy the new iPad with 64 GB of storage. I still donâ€™t know if I really need 4G. How about you? Does this trade-in/recycling program make you feel better about buying your second or third iPad in as many years? Let us know in the comments.