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Gazelle ups iPad 2 trade-in price, but better deals can be had

Trying to outduel eBay and Amazon, Gazelle has bumped its price for a used iPad 2. But you can find better deals on certain models elsewhere.


iPad 2 owners looking to unload their tablets will find some tempting offers online.

Online buying site Gazelle is now offering the following deals for iPad 2 owners aiming to cash in their tablets:

  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi (16GB) - $260
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (16GB) - $275
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi (32GB) - $290
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (32GB) - $320
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi (64GB) - $300
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (64GB) - $370 for AT&T and $450 for Verizon.

These prices are for iPad 2 tablets in "flawless" condition, meaning no noticeable defects or scratches, no dust under the glass, and still in its package or like new.

Prices for units in good or broken condition naturally aren't as lucrative. An 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 in good condition ("works great but has some scratches or signs of wear") will earn you $250 from Gazelle, while a broken version (doesn't power on, has a cracked screen, or is missing parts) will net you $100.

Gazelle claims it's outshining the competition by offering higher prices for iPad 2 trade-ins. But I uncovered even better offers among some of Gazelle's rivals.

Amazon will give you $291 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 in "like new" condition and $262 for one in good condition. For a 32GB Wi-Fi-only model, the retail giant is offering $340 whether it's like new or just in good shape. A 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G version from Verizon will earn you $440, but that price also covers models that are like new or good.

eBay's Instant Sale site is kicking in $270 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only unit in working condition. The 32GB version will earn you $320 and the 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Verizon edition $440.

Gazelle offers one advantage in that it will pay cold, hard cash for your iPad 2. In contrast, Amazon gives you a gift card that you have to spend on its own site, while eBay's Instant Sale site deposits the money in your PayPay account.

Selling your iPad directly on eBay or Craigslist is also an option that lets you set your own price. As with most deals, it always pays to shop around.