With the release of the 7.9-inch iPad mini, Apple has introduced its first-ever small format tablet, a device some customers have been waiting for since the first iPad was released in 2010. For those looking to replace their full-sized iPad with the new, more portable version, 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.
Because the trade in values have been calculated for iPads in like-new condition, the highest possible payment is shown for each company. Actual trade-in values will vary for devices in less-than-perfect shape, and users can click through the respective links to obtain a specific quote based on the condition of their iPad.
Since many iPad owners are unwilling to trade their old units until their new one arrives, many of the services offer to lock in quotes for at least three weeks. For example, NextWorth, which is currently running a special trade in for old iPads and iPods in response to the mini's debut, will lock in quotes for three full weeks -- meaning you can wait to send them your old unit until your iPad mini arrives at your door.
Below are some current trade in offers on some of the more popular iPad models as of Tuesday morning, October 23rd. If your iPad model isn't specified in the chart, simply click the image 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||$165.00||$120.00||$137.70||$119.00||$130.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$225.00||$140.00||$153.43||$138.00||$150.00|
|16GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$340.00||$204.00||$182.96||$248.00||$230.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 3G||$420.00||$240.00||$230.67||$291.50||$310.00|
|16GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE||$440.00||$300.00||$284.56||$292.00||$300.00|
|64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE||$600.00||$400.00||$520.00||$369.00||$525.00|
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.