How long do you keep your iPhone before upgrading to a new model? One year? Here on the Mincey Plantation™, we’re on the annual iPhone Upgrade Program because it’s simple, safe, and keeps us up to date.
How often do you upgrade your Mac? Once every five years? Less? More? How about the iPad? We have a couple of iPad Airs that float around Mincey Mansion™, and half a dozen others of varying ages. Why so many old iPads? Sure, we’ve upgraded, but those little slabs of glass are built like tanks and just keep on trucking on.
It should be no surprise that technology rags have a new rallying cry for Apple’s customers to do their part to keep the economy moving forward. Killian Bell:
New iPads Are Coming! Sell Your Old One Now!
Uh, OK, but what’s the compelling reason to get the new one? What’s the compelling reason to sell the old one? If I sell the old one now, what will I use until the new one gets here?
So many questions. So little time.
The new iPad Pro lineup will be pricey — just like all of Apple’s high-end devices. But raising the cash for an upgrade is a lot easier than you think when you have an older model to sell.
Exactly. While we pay something of a premium for Apple gear– the Apple Tax– some of that gets returned with crazy-assed resale value. I’m not sure what last year’s iPad Pro is worth on the open market, but I am certain it’s worth far more than a comparable Samsung Galaxy Tab-whatever.
Old Apple gear can bring in some surprising amounts of cash.
Especially when you sell it to us.
Uh oh. There it is.
Bell was banging on the drum of capitalism thanks to a built-in buyback program that locks in a cash price for old products for a couple of weeks; ostensibly so you can order a new iPad Pro and get is shipped before you have to deliver the old one.
I checked, and our original 12.9-inch iPad Pro from a few years ago is worth $230 wholesale; probably a hundred or two more if sold retail. Since selling products online is a new age trend, I checked the Gazelle website to see what the same iPad Pro is worth.
What’s that iPad Pro worth at retail? That’s where it gets tricky. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE (ours is Wi-Fi only) is available for purchase for $529 on Gazelle, or about half the price of a new iPad Pro. Only a fool would buy a new iPad Pro a week before an Apple event likely to be all about iPad Pro 2018, but the exercise does give you an idea of what value there is in old Apple gear, both wholesale and retail.
I need a little more information about how the new iPad Pro models will be so much better than the old models before I sell or buy.