How to offset the cost of a new iPad mini by trading in your old iPad
With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, many consumers are pining for Apple's new 7.9-inch iPad mini, the first-ever small format tablet to come out of Cupertino. For those looking to stuff their stockings this Christmas with the smaller, more portable iPad mini, AppleInsider has looked into which trade-in services offer the best prices to offset the cost of the new device.
The comparison below offers a quick look at how much money customers can expect to get for trading in their used iPad, whether it be the current model with Retina display or legacy first-generation iPad.
The prices reflected below have been calculated for iPads in like-new condition for the highest possible payment from each company. Actual trade-in values will vary for devices in less-than-perfect shape.
Many of the services allow customers to lock in values for up to three weeks, meaning you can send in your old model after you buy your new iPad mini.
Below are some current trade in offers on some of the more popular iPad models. If your iPad model isn't specified below, simply click the company icons at the top of the chart to be taken to the webpage of each trade in service and request your own quote. It usually takes no more than 30 seconds to do so, and it's better than finding your old iPad under a stack of magazines 3 years from now when its value has depreciated to immaterial levels:
|16GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$155.00||$120.00||$117.70||$110.00||$130.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$200.00||$140.00||$153.43||$105.00||$170.00|
|16GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$300.00||$204.00||$162.96||$200.00||$230.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$350.00||$240.00||$200.67||$250.00||$265.00|
|16GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE||$440.00||$300.00||$284.56||N/A||$300.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE||$550.00||$400.00||$520.00||N/A||$475.00|
Although Amazon offers store credit instead of cash, we've included the retailer in the comparison chart along with the other cash-paying services because of its high trade in quotes and the broader selection of general merchandise that can be purchased with its store credit. However, it should be noted that the Amazon gift cards can be used on items available on the retailers main site, they are not valid for use at the Amazon Wireless store, which is the site that sells smartphones. In the case of each trade in services, trade in values are subject to vary on a daily or hourly basis until they've been locked in.