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How to Sell Your Used iPad 2 on eBay or Craigslist [TIPS]

by on March 10th, 2012

Want to sell your used iPad to help pay for your ‘new iPad’? You have a few options, either sell it on eBay or use a free online classified service like Craigslist or Kijiji. Here is a brief overview of your possible options:

eBay

Good ol’ eBay auctions. It’s pretty much a guaranteed way to sell your used iPad. Some simple tips include a juicy description, detailed pictures of what’s included, a reasonable shipping price, and a $1 starting auction price to drive up those bid wars.

Don’t forget to check ‘Completed Listings’ to see what recent auctions have ended at to gauge how much you should expect for your iPad 2.

If all else fails, try the eBay InstantSale, where you will be given an instant offer for your iPad based on its capacity and condition. As you can see below, my 16GB WiFi iPad 2 was given an offer of $290US, which will be paid via PayPal instantly. Sure, this is slightly lower than what you can get on Craigslist, but it’s a time saver for those who just want some money back to subsidize that new Retina Display iPad.

Facebook or Twitter

Let your friends/family/followers your are selling your iPad 2. Come up with a reasonable price and offer up a deal for people you know. You can feel good knowing you’re helping someone out with a decent price on an iPad, plus you know you’ll get paid.

Local Craigslist (Kijiji, etc)

Another option to deal locally is to list on Craigslist or Kijiji. Check out other listings to see what the market is willing to pay for an iPad 2 in your area. Once you decide what you want for your iPad 2, add $20 to the price so you can give yourself some ‘wiggle room’ (you will get offers). Include a detailed description and upload real pictures. State accessories, whether your iPad has been protected by an invisibleSHIELD or Wrapsol, and also where you’re located.

One way to reduce any confusion is to justify your selling price. List what your iPad 2 + accessories would cost brand new plus tax, then state your price, and also the ‘savings’ potential buyers will receive.

It’s a guarantee the Craigslist lowballers will be emailing you ridiculous offers or some sort of made up sob story (also ignore the request to send it to Nigeria). Delete those emails–you don’t want to sell to them.

Meet in a public place, and especially avoid dark alleys at night or the the brown van down by the river (no matter how much candy is offered). Be patient and firm with your price, and also don’t forget to login to your Craigslist account every couple days to “renew” your listing so it goes back to the ‘top’.

I was able to sell my 16GB WiFi iPad 2 with Smart Cover for $395 CDN on Craigslist by following my advice from above. My list price was $395, and it sold for that price.

Good luck with your iPad 2 sale! Share any other tips below in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/Maky8889 Macky

    Don’t really like this article. The main piece of advice is missing here.  How to prevent fraud.  With the exception of Ebay where you use PayPal to receive the funds, selling via CraigsList or Kijiji is extremely risky.  How many of us are experienced in identifying fake or counterfit bills? Exactly.  Once again, as Canadians were suppose to believe everyone is so trusting and honest?  Did everyone forget about the clay iPad returned to Best Buy?

    Before giving any advice how to sell something, address all the issues of how to prevent fraud.

    And as far as Ebay goes. That too has it’s risks. Unless you send the item by signature required registered mail, the buyer can easily deny receiving the item or even say it’s damaged and file a dispute with PayPal to recovery the money they paid via auction.

    Bottom line: you bought something and unless you sell it to a consignment store or a professional seller, expect the unexpected in selling your item.

  • Casey Callaghan

    You could just do the transaction from Craigslist/Kijiji at their bank, that way you’re guaranteed to get legitimate funds and you’re at a secure, safe location to sell your item.

  • Wkoniowalski

    I have been selling stuff on eBay (to fund new purchases) for years without trouble. I always ship with tracking and insurance to cover the selling value. I did have someone claiming they did not receive it and all I had to do is forward the tracking link that confirmed delivery to PayPal during their investigation.
    A good idea for Craigslist purchases is to arrange to meet the buyer at their bank in order to watch them withdraw the money. Just make this a condition of the sale.