Thousands of mint condition iPad trade-ins spur resales

“Apple’s iPad is in a class of its own even when it comes to gadget recycling. In the wake of the March introduction of the iPad 2, electronics recycler/reseller Gazelle says it has received so many first-generation iPads in good condition that it plans to start selling them directly to consumers, likely next week,” Elizabeth Woyke blogs for Forbes.

“The launch will mark Gazelle’s first time to offer a gadget without the help of big-name retailer,” Woyke reports. “The five-year-old, Massachusetts-based company, which says it is the largest of its kind in the U.S., has been accepting used electronics either through its website or in conjunction with companies like Wal-Mart. But the firm is also interested in selling directly to consumers and views the iPad as the best product to kick off efforts, says Kristina Kennedy, the company’s senior manager of branding. ‘We see this as the opportunity to become an e-commerce player,’ she explains.”

Woyke reports, “Gazelle credits the tech-savvy early adopters who gravitate towards iPads for making its direct sales experiment possible. These people were excited enough about the second-generation iPad that they sent thousands of first-generation iPads to Gazelle to fund their new purchases. The group also took exceptionally good care of its iPads. The upshot is that Gazelle has somewhere between 15,000 and 17,000 original iPads that it can resell… While all these iPads have been previously used, the great majority (more than 90%) of them are in mint condition, says Kennedy.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]


  1. I will keep my iPad 1. It works fine, never a problem, still has better battery life (I suspect) than the new model, and I dont need the cameras.

    Agree with althegeo – why not sell it for decent bucks? I have seen my model, 32GB 3G go for $500.

  2. The high resale value of Apple products is one of the main reasons why total cost of ownership is lower than PCs. Add to it the fact that Mac users tend to LOVE their products and therefore take exceptionally good care of them is another. Hold onto all your original packaging and you’re bound to make out very well. I stick to a 3-4 year upgrade cycle on my Macs and always get at least 50% of my original purchase back allowing me to upgrade at minimal cost.

  3. Are there really 15 to 17 thousand people who have
    no relatives or family members to give their iPads to?
    Or even friends who could get their’s for free or at a
    nominal cost? Are there really that many living in
    their mother’s basement? :):):)

    1. Gave my original iPad to my mother as a birthday present. All her friends are quite impress that she has such a high tech devices. One of my sister is jealous that I did not sell it to her and is trying to trade with my mother a computer for the iPad. Told my mother only if she give you an Apple for an Apple, none of that cheap PC crap.

  4. Gazelle gave me $560 for my first gen iPad which went a long way to my new iPad. That made the process ridiculously easy. Way better than eBay or dealing with the “u wanna trade for my year old Droid” craigslist boobs.

  5. Gazelle has already been selling these first gen iPads “directly” through eBay. I guess they are looking to go even more “direct” through their own web store?

    I bought a used iPhone from them on eBay; it was a good experience. It came in an original box, with the “extras” such as docking cable and power adapter (often not included with eBay deals). There was a 30-day full refund (for any reason) guarantee, and shipping was free.

    They don’t have very many eBay listings for iPads at the moment, so they must be planning something new if they really have thousands of used iPads to sell. If I can get a 16GB WiFi-only iPad from them for around $250, I would consider it. If it’s over $300, I’d rather get Apple’s “certified” refurb (with full warranty); it’s still available (off and on) for $349. OR I’ll get an iPad 2.

  6. I’ve found my used Apple kit usually fetches decent prices.

    A recent example is my old G4 iMac, which made nearly $500 on eBay.

    Sad to say, my (very) old Powerbook 145b didn’t fetch the ‘antique’ value I thought it should, and pulled in less than $60.

    Hey ho, you win some…

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