eBay offering up to $475 for iPad 2 trade-ins

eBay today announced a limited-time offer for eBay Instant Sale, eBay’s electronics trade-in program, allowing customers to lock-in top-dollar values for tablet trade-ins, including up to $475 for the iPad 2. From today through March 10, customers can hit it big and secure limited-time trade-in offers for their current tablets, in both working and non-working conditions, using eBay Instant Sale. After locking-in their trade-in offer, customers aren’t required to ship their tablet for trade until March 20, ensuring they won’t go “tablet-less” before the new iPad is available on March 16.

Guaranteed top-dollar trade-in values during the offer period apply to all tablet devices accepted through eBay Instant Sale. Examples of trade-in offers for popular tablets include values of up to:

iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G (AT&T) – $475.00 – $200.00
iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G (AT&T) – $380.00 – $176.00
iPad 2 16GB – $290.00 – $127.50
iPad 1 16GB – $200.00 – $75.00
Motorola Xoom 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G/4G – $240.00 – $48.83
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 32GB 4G – $225.00 – $71.06

How it works: After securing their guaranteed eBay Instant Sale trade-in value anytime between today and Midnight PT on Saturday, March 10, customers have until Tuesday, March 20 to postmark their tablet for trade-in using the free shipping label provided. Customers will receive payment in the amount of the trade-in value they initially secured once the tablet is received and its condition is verified, even if values decline from the time the customer locks-in their offer to when they ship the item.

eBay Instant Sale is also introducing an easier way for customers to identify the condition of their tablets to secure the best offer available. Instead of asking customers to choose from multiple “condition options” when describing the condition of their tablets, eBay Instant Sale allows customers to simply select between “working” and “not working” conditions. This helps reduce customer confusion in instances where their product is determined by a trade-in program to be in a lesser condition than the customer initially indicated.

• eBay Instant Sale is an online tool that gives people a cash offer for tablets and other electronics in 60 seconds or less. To date, customers have used eBay Instant Sale to generate more than 7.3 million trade-in offers for electronics products.
• eBay Instant Sale Tablet Offers At-A-Glance – Since launching in October 2010:
– More than 640,000 tablet trade-in offers have been generated through eBay Instant Sale
– Of the total tablet offers generated, 94% have been for iPad models, 4% have been for Android tablets, and 2% have been for tablets running other operating systems.
• Additional details about eBay Instant Sale and the trade-in process are featured in this video.
• Anyone can visit instantsale.ebay.com and enter basic information about their tablets or electronics devices to receive a cash offer.
• Payment will be deposited into the customer’s PayPal account once the item has been received and its condition has been verified.
• The eBay Instant Sale mobile app for iPhone lets people get an instant trade-in offer for their tablets and other devices on-the-go.
• In instances where a device has no trade-in value, eBay Instant Sale will responsibly recycle it free of charge. According to Demos, a public policy research and advocacy organization, Americans own 3 billion electronic products with a turnover rate of about 400 million units each year, yet less than 14 percent of those gadgets are recycled. eBay Instant Sale provides an engine for the reuse of functional smartphones, keeping waste out of landfills and preventing new manufacturing.

Source: eBay Inc.


  1. Hmmmm. I just did this and it does say I’ll get $475. However, the terms & conditions state that I must send it in within 7 days. There’s nothing about a March 20th extension. From my checkout page:
    “This offer is good until 3/14/2012, so ship it fast.” anyone else try this and get the same thing.

    1. I gave up on Ebay Instant Sale after emailing alltechwholesale who manages this program for Ebay to find out about the discrepency. They came back and said that 7 days was required. Forget it, not worth the hassle.

      So, for $3.10 I listed my iPad 2 64 3G on ebay for $650 and it sold in 9 hours.

  2. Where is the trade-in? There is none. This is a sale not a trade-in.
    Why do tech blogs repeatedly call these sales trade-ins?
    Some brainless idiot started using the term incorrectly and other sheep follow.

    1. True, it’s a sale subject to verification re condition. The price quoted would be for an iPad 2 in excellent condition. Anything less yields a lesser amount.

  3. As far as SAVING/BUYING on eBay goes:

    If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

    Use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Especially good for “Buy It Now”s priced right.

    If the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

  4. I’ve been trying for over twelve hours to complete my sale. Everything goes fine till you get to print a mailing label. At that point you get a message from eBay saying they have not been able to contact the buyer’s server. Try back later or list on eBay. Anyone else seeing this?

  5. Seller beware of Ebay instant sale. I tried this program in October for my iPhone 4. I was quoted $375. When they received it they requited me $37, saying that it was scratched, glass was cracked and had liquid damage. This was in pristine condition. I had it sent back to me, it was still in perfect condition. I was expecting a bait and switch and not get mine back. I sold on ebay auction and got $325

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