How to sell your iPad on eBay

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Apple are continuously updating their technology and, as new versions of the iPad become available on the market, it is more than likely that there will be one that catches your eye and encourages you to update your product. But, what do you do with your old one? While you may want to purchase the newer model, your version could be just the one someone else is looking for! Second hand iPads are very popular on eBay and many tend to hold their value, even after a few years – dependent on their condition, of course.   
 
If you are wondering how you can sell your iPad, here is everything you need to know that will ensure you get the best price possible. 
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What condition is my iPad in?

Your iPad needs to be in good condition – obviously having owned it for a period of time yourself, some wear and tear is to be expected. Mild cosmetic damage – a slight scratch or scuff – is acceptable; a smashed screen however, is not.
 
On eBay, an excellent condition is classified as no scratches, dents or chips; good allows for some scratches; poor is a cracked screen or damaged buttons. 
 
The battery must be included and in good working order and the iPad must turn on.
It is very important to be honest about the condition so that the buyer knows exactly what they are getting.   
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What accessories should I include?

The more accessories you can include with your iPad, the more attractive it is to a potential buyer. These could be accessories that came with it or that you purchased later, such as headphones – if the packet has not been opened, iPad covers or cases, wall and/or car chargers, cradles, docks and so on. If you have the original box and/or documentation include them - although neither are required to sell on eBay, they may help sell your product.
 
Make clear what you are including in your photo and description because each accessory increases the likelihood of selling your iPad for more money. 
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How much is my iPad worth?

When working out how much your iPad is worth, you may want to start by looking at other listings to see how much they are selling for. Then you can use our handy tool to find out how much your iPad is worth.
 
Newer models will of course guarantee a higher sale. An iPad Pro, for example, with 128GB, in Silver, with Wi-Fi and 4G  (an Apple Sim and 12.9 inches) in a used but excellent condition with charger and cable plus original box will sell for around £652.
 
Popular iPad models selling on eBay include:
 
iPad 1st Generation, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad Mini 1st Generation, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air 1st Generation, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro.
 
Once the model has been selected, sellers can then add the following criteria:
 
Connectivity
Storage Capacity
Colour
Condition
Carrier (if applicable)
Size (if applicable)

 
Once you have added all the above information in you will be able to see a recommended selling price. Ensure the start bid is set at a price you are happy with, because you don’t want your iPad to sell for less than you expected. 
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How do I prepare my iPad for sale?

You need to make sure your iPad is ready to sell before listing it. This means wiping all your data and purchased apps. You don’t want the buyer having access to your personal information and photos and they won’t want to have to delete everything before they can start using it. Before you do this you need to back-up any files, photographs and videos that you need – this is a simple process, but once your iPad has been wiped the information will be lost and irretrievable.  If your iPad comes with an SD data card or carrier-specific SIM card, you may also need to remove these prior to selling. 
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How do I list my iPad?

Once you are ready to sell your iPad, building a listing for it couldn’t be easier. As iPads are popular items on eBay you can use our catalogue to get the product listed – this will automatically populate the listing with relevant information for that make and model, so you can spend more time getting the perfect photo and less time filling in individual pieces of information. It is important to provide as much information here as you can to attract buyers and ensure a successful sale. Then simply add the photos you have taken and make the listing public for potential buyers to watch and bid. 

What keywords should I use?

Keywords are very important, as they will attract buyers to your listing. It is especially important to use these in the title, as titles are used by eBay’s search engine to surface listings during a search. Think about what words you might use if you were searching for a new iPad, what would you type into the search bar? A good example is – Apple iPad Mini 1st Generation 16 GB, Wi-Fi –White/Silver – New Condition – it is simple, precise, and includes the important specifics of the product to get noticed by the buyer. 
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What photos do I need to use?

Photos are extremely important and will help to sell your product – people are often discouraged if there isn’t a photo to back up what you are telling them about the product – and may believe the reason for this is that it is not in as good condition as you may have had them believe. Before taking the photo it is important to make your iPad look as close to shiny and new as possible – do this by removing smudges and dust and use a lens cleaning cloth to polish the screen.
 
Don’t rely on stock images – it is very important to take bright, clear photos of the device you are actually selling including any accessories, as well as any scratches or scuffs, so the buyer knows what to expect. Take a look at this guide that will advise you on how to take photos that sell. 
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What shipping information do I need to include?

Specifying shipping and handling costs is essential for both the seller and buyer, so it is both upfront and confirmed, before the sale. Shipping costs usually vary by distance – obviously you won’t know how far this is until it has been brought. The best way to assess the price accurately is to include a shipping calculator – eBay will automatically calculate the cost based on the size and weight of your item. You can find more information on selecting the right shipping method here.
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My iPad has sold – now what do I do?

Once your iPad has sold and the buyer has paid, it is down to you to ensure the item is dispatched safely and securely. Your responsibilities include packaging the iPad properly so that it arrives undamaged and in the condition it was advertised. You should also provide answers to any questions that should arise from the buyer during the period after the transaction is completed until it has been delivered.
 
Now you can sell your iPad!
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