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Selling Your Old iPad? Here's What You Can Expect to Get

Black and white versions of the new iPad 2.
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Black and white versions of the new iPad 2.

With a new iPad poised to hit store shelves on March 16, plenty of current iPad owners will likely hit the used electronics market to sell their older tablet.

So, how much can sellers expect to get back on a used iPad? Technology Live checked out several major online retailers to break down prices.

Prices listed are based on the maximum amount a seller can receive for an iPad in a near-perfect condition. Adjust expectations accordingly depending on the state of your tablet and the criteria each retailer uses to assess value. (Prices for 3G models are in parentheses.)

Amazon.com

Prices for first-generation iPad

16 GB: $245

32 GB: $260

64 GB: $280 ($295 for 3G model)

Prices for iPad 2

16 GB: $320 ($385 for 3G)

32 GB: $375 ($410 for 3G)

64 GB: $445 ($500 for 3G)

Details: Amazon seems to offer the best values of major retailers, but users get an Amazon gift card instead of cash. It's a good deal as long as you plan on using the online retailer to purchase the next iPad (or any other items).

eBay InstantSale

Prices for first-generation iPad

16 GB: $200 ($220)

32 GB: $215 ($235)

64 GB: $265 ($280)

Prices for iPad 2

16 GB: $290 ($355 for 3G)

32 GB: $340 ($380 for 3G)

64 GB: $420 ($475 for 3G)

Details: Users taking this route will need a PayPal account to receive their payments. Interestingly, the 16 GB and 64 GB models of the iPad 2 running on Verizon's3G network sold for a few dollars less than the AT&T -supported tablets. If the price isn't satisfactory, users can list their iPads themselves on eBay.

Nextworth

Prices for first-generation iPad

16 GB: $147.50 ($158)

32 GB: $172 ($181)

64 GB: $185 ($204)

Prices for iPad 2

16 GB:$244 ($303)

32 GB: $277 ($318)

64 GB: $321 ($329)

Details: Definitely on the lower end of the value scale. Prices will fluctuate by a couple of dollars depending on which 3G network their iPad supports (one odd example showed a 64GB iPad 2 valued for more than the same model with AT&T 3G service). It usually takes 10 business days for users to secure payment, once Nextworth verifies the condition. Also, since it's affiliated with retail giant Target, users can go to select stores for Target credit.

GameStop

Prices for first-generation iPad

16 GB: $160 ($175)

32 GB: $180 ($200)

64 GB: $200 ($225)

Prices for iPad 2

16 GB: $250 ($300)

32 GB: $300 ($350)

64 GB: $340 ($400)

Details: The video game retailer features the widest margins between AT&T and Verizon models, with versions of the latter valued at roughly $50 less. The prices apply only to consumers who accept in-store credit. If you choose cash, expect to get back 20% less.

Best Buy

Prices for first-generation iPad

16 GB: $115 ($140)

32 GB: $125 ($160)

64 GB: $145 ($170)

Prices for iPad 2

16 GB: $200 ($245)

32 GB: $240 ($265)

64 GB: $270 ($315)

Details: Normally, having the lowest prices is great in retail, but not so much when it comes to trade-in value. Again, Verizon-supported iPads net a few dollars less. Also, like Amazon, a trade-in here nets you a store gift card.

Remember, before trading in or selling that iPad, be sure to reset your device to default factory settings. This will erase everything on the tablet, including contacts, photos and other personal information.

Readers, have you used these services? Share your experiences. Also, feel free to offer any tips about trading in your electronics.

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