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Sunday, March 16, 2014

The second hand market for the iPad

By Amy Rice

Used Apple iPads
Due to new generations of the iPad many used ones exist
Apple first introduced the iPad to the general public in 2010 and since then it has gone through various updates which has culminated in the ultra-thin iPad Air in late 2013. The iPad Air is actually the fifth generation of iPads. It is true to say that this device has revolutionized the technology market and of course other companies like Google and Samsung have introduced their tablets.

While many people only want the very latest technology!

Others are happy if they can get a second hand iPad as that will work out much cheaper. These often almost new iPads will still give us great technology at second hand prices. There are only four years between the first iPad and the iPad Air so it is a safe bet that many of the iPads available second hand will not have been used a whole lot. It also makes sense that many iPad users want to trade in their older models for the latest version. This is one of the reasons why the second hand market for the iPad is thriving!

While a tech person would possibly only want the newest version and trade in his or her older one, many people simply want the great functionality and possibilities of the iPad and it is not a problem for them if the iPad is older or not. So where are the places to shop to find a second hand iPad?

There are many websites that offer re-sale iPads and a quick internet search is all you need to get started. However, websites such as Gaxelle nd uSell.com operate their whole business in buying and selling used electronic equipment. As far as iPads are concerned, it is safe to say that as soon as Apple releases a new version, the older version second hand sales will start booming. It makes perfect sense as not everyone wants the newest and so-called ‘best’. Another avenue is gadget websites where consumers can buy and sell their old iPads.

Here are some other websites that you should take a look at before you commit yourself to buying an iPad second hand:

www.gumtree.com
www.freedom-mobiles.com
www.preloved.co.uk
www.store.apple.com/uk
www.secondhandipad.co.uk

However, make sure you do your due diligence whatever website you decide to go with and a little research could potentially save you quite a bit of money. It is important to check on the reputation of the seller and if they have a money back guarantee and some second hand retailers even give a limited warranty of around three months. Also the device should be in fine working order.
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Another option you could consider if you are a tech wizard is buying an iPad that you know does have a fault. This could mean a simple repair you could do yourself or you could hand the device over to a shop that does iPad repairs. This is always rather risky as you will not really know what is at fault until you received it and you could end up paying a lot of money to repair it.
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Another option you could consider if you are a tech wizard is buying an iPad that you know does have a fault. If you're not a techie, this isn't the best option, as there could be problems with the iPad you weren't even aware of. This could mean a simple repair you could do yourself or you could hand the device over to a shop that does iPad repairs. This is always rather risky as you will not really know what is at fault until you received it and you could end up paying a lot of money to repair it.

Auction sites like eBay.com also do a great business selling older iPads and even the latest ones as well! In fact when Apple releases the latest version of their iPad, eBay sales volume increases significantly. You can often get real bargains at auction sites as you simply have to have the nerves to wait until the last minute to make your offer. Also, it makes sense to check out the photos of the device closely and if you have any questions at all, contact the bidder before the auction starts. iPads can also be offered very reasonably with the ‘buy now’ feature, if you are lucky.

The thing is that many people have yet to realize that the iPad truly does have a strong resale value as many of us have no problem buying an older version of this tablet. Also people in markets like Asia and South America where Apple products are not so prevalent as in North America, will happily buy re-sale iPads. Another huge website is happy to offer second hand iPads. At Amazon you can buy the newest and latest iPad Air or go to their many resellers to get a bargain with an older version.

Also the longevity of the iPad is fairly long and in fact significantly longer that what Apple suggest. The product is a high-end device which is in a very stable case and the screen itself is hardy so it is no wonder that they can be passed down to many owners before their use is over.

So if you want an iPad, check out the second hand ones before you go to the Apple Store!


About the author: Amy Rice enjoys writing for PC Help at Home and other IT blogs. When not writing she enjoys watching motor racing, playing adventure golf and visiting the cinema.
Citation: Find out all about the history of the iPad   Image license: Blake Patterson, CC BY 2.0

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