Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

Summary: Gazelle, a Boston-based firm formed by an Ex-eBay executive that specializes in buying used cell phones, is paying top dollar for iPad 1's.

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Gazelle, a Boston-based firm formed by an Ex-eBay executive that specializes in buying used cell phones, is paying top dollar for iPad 1's.

Those of you who have an iPad 1 are probably feeling a little bit of gadget lust right about now. Heck, I'm feeling plenty of it myself.

Don't have the $499+ to spend on the new model? Gazelle, a firm out of Boston which specializes in purchasing used consumer electronics such as cell phones, is offering top dollar for iPad 1's. Gazelle was founded in 2006 by Israel Ganot, who cut his chops at eBay and PayPal.

I've heard enough good things about this company (they've got a A+ Better Business Bureau rating) that I'm even willing to put my own iPad on the line and ship it to them in exchange for cold, hard PayPal cash. I was originally going to give my old unit to my wife, but I think I'd rather finance the new model with the proceeds from the old one.

Selling your device is easy. You log in to their iPad landing page, select the model you own, the condition that it is in, and Gazelle ships you a UPS mailer box to pack your unit in to send to their Boston facility where they will appraise your iPad (if the device arrives in the condition of the initial price quoted, then you get that amount. If it's in worse condition, they'll quote you a lesser amount) and then provide you with your choice of payment options, with expected turnaround time.

Price offers from Gazelle can be locked in for 30 days. You have 5 days from receiving the final offer via email to either accept or reject it. If you don’t respond within 5 days, Gazelle will assume you’re okay with the final price quote. If you do reject, they’ll ship your iPad back to you within 3-5 days.

Concerned? Confused? The company has a comprehensive Help Page that will answer all of your questions about the process.

In addition to PayPal or business check as payment, they also offer Amazon or Wal-Mart gift cards. If you choose to go the Amazon route, you get an extra 5 percent. Alternatively, you can donate the proceeds to charity.

Also, even if you don't have an iPad, Gazelle buys a large number of other types of devices. so if you want to get rid of a few old cell phones or other devices that would otherwise take up landfill space, Gazelle will make sure they find good homes and/or dispose of them in a eco-friendly, responsible fashion.

Update: Gazelle tells me that these prices are going to drop this evening because apparently Apple has dumped a large supply of iPad 1's into the retail sales channel at reduced prices. So get your purchase commitment from Gazelle as soon as possible. Also, be sure to use bonus code "VIPad" during the checkout process in order to get an extra $5 on your appraisal.

Update 2: UPDATE ON iPAD PRICING FROM GAZELLE:

Initial offer prices quoted in the first draft of this article cannot be maintained through Saturday (if you’ve already locked in with an existing offer from Gazelle, you’re clear):

Two factors:

1) Price reduction. Apple announced the price reduction (which ultimately will drive pricing down in secondary market). The subsequent drop in pricing in the resale market normally doesn’t happen immediately, but they have to anticipate what will happen in a few days to weeks.

2) Trade-in volume. This will be the single highest trade-in volume in one day for any product ever. With, say, the iPhone, roughly 1,000-1,500 in one day drives down prices in 3-5 days… Gazelle has already seen thousands of trades within hours of the iPad 2 keynote.

The two factors are basically putting the resale market pricing chart in fast forward. Check here for current pricing: http://www.gazelle.com/ipad

Topics: Telcos, Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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  • How much do you want for yours Jason?

    Let me guess, you just shipped it to Gazelle.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • But...

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      what will he use until he receives his new iPad?
      He might need therapy for the withdrawal symptoms and the stress of waiting for an iPad with not one, but TWO cameras!!!
      dazzlingd
      • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

        @dazzlingd I guess I'll have to stick it out with my laptop. :(
        jperlow
  • Jason, can you answer another "somewhat" related upgrade question

    My question concerns the iPad 1 3G Micro-SIM card transfer possibility.

    As you know, I have a first gen iPad with ATT 3G service. (But I also have that grandfathered data plan that provides a true "unlimited" download plan initially announced by AT&T)

    I would really enjoy keeping that data plan intact .. another reason why I chose not to upgrade to the gen 2 model.

    Would it be possible, in the case that I succumb to new tech envy, to just "pop" my Micro-SIM card from the first gen iPad into the second gen iPad and continue with my original grandfathered 3G data plan?

    I suspect the answer is no. But I am curious.
    kenosha77a
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @kenosha7777 I have no idea. I suspect you'll need to call your local AT&T store or customer service and find out.
      jperlow
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @kenosha7777 What will happen is you'll use the sim card in the new 3g ipad2 and activate the device with apple and then not give them (at&t) any credit card info. Then you can swap sims. Sims are like retina scans. They link a device to your wireless account. If your ipad1 died under applecare and they sent you a new one you'd just swap your sim card. No interaction with AT&T needed. Just make sure you get the at&t version of the ipad2, not the Verizon version.
      Feam
      • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

        @Feam

        Thanks!
        kenosha77a
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    @jperlow So what are you going to do for your wife? Or are you just going to take the hit and sleep on the couch for a while?
    Aerowind
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @Aerowind She didn't want it. :) She likes her Droid and her laptop.
      jperlow
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    Does iPad 2 even have any features or upgrades that would cause me to ditch my iPad? No.
    Goldie07
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    So just one question after reading this article....

    What exactly is 'top dollar'?? Seems like that would be the most important part of the article... yet the answer is strangely missing.

    Also regarding the BBB.... please read:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/your-money/27haggler.html
    wendellgee2
  • Did you get a picture of that?

    With a donut on the side?
    james347
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    Dumbest idea ever.<br><br>I certainly am not a Mac fanboy, but my friend is and he's picking up a refurbished iPad (1 generation) 16GB Wi-Fi for $350.<br><br>Everybody knows that a brand new popular products' prices are rip-offs.
    illegaloperation
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @day2die Being a "Mac fanboy" has nothing to do with purchasing an iOS based product as the majority of those using it use WINDOWS on their desktop computers.

      Why do the "old guard" still think that's it's a Mac/PC thing?
      Tablazines
  • A lease for iPads?

    There ought to be a lease program for Apple's consumer products, as some hardware vendors do for their business clients.

    I would consider a lease period that extends either just until the next hardware update, or until the non-user-replaceable batteries start to deteriorate, whichever comes sooner.
    Tech watcher
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    Still no flash support, I know Jobs have said that there are impossible have flash support on iPad, as he hate Adobe flash. Seems yet have to use some tools like iFunia video converter to convert the flash videos and movie

    Thanks
    http://www.notebookshopper.net/apple-macbook-pro-spring-2010.html
    printershopper
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @printershopper Well as of right now.. there is still no Flash support for the XOOM or the HP tablet. For me, personally.. Flash is hardly a deal breaker.
      Tablazines
  • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

    That's a good idea - I bet a lot of iPad 1 users will want to trade up, so why not sell your old one!

    David
    http://webbgear.co.uk/gis_a_job.html
    dawleylad
  • Thinking a step down the line

    I am just wondering, once these old, traded iPads are being re-circulated, how one can guarantee their state of working order.

    I am unwilling to buy a used mobile iDevice where the one component most subject to decay, the battery, cannot be easily or cheaply replaced. This is also why I am even hesitant to buy refurbished products directly from Apple, or from carriers like AT&T.

    It is this very thinking that justifies my getting free, personalized engravings on the backs of new iPads and iPods I order from Apple, knowing fully well that they may never be re-traded.
    Tech watcher
    • RE: Lusting for iPad 2? Get top dollar for your iPad 1

      @Tech watcher
      If it?s refurbished by Apple they usually put a new battery in devices like iPods, iPhones, and iPads. This may have changed in recent years, but I bought a few Apple refurbished products and they worked like brand new (including battery life).
      Rick_K