So What Good is a Writer for an iPad Site Without An iPad?

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That’s the question I am trying to answer as I wait for Wednesday with my fingers crossed, hoping that the rumors of a quick iPad release are true. Like so many others have done, I put my iPad on eBay in advance of Apple’s impending announcement, hoping to get ahead of the impending price drops. I ended up doing ok, I guess, but the prices on eBay and Craigslist are already starting to fall a bit. After Wednesday, you can expect those prices to take an even bigger dip, so if you are planning on selling to raise a little cash for the iPad 2, you should probably act right now.

If you do decide to go ahead and sell, be sure to keep a couple of things in mind. If you go the eBay route, you can do a 1-Day auction and be assured of making a sale if you are asking a reasonable price. However,  just remember that the fees are murder, and you probably won’t get that bill until after your new purchase has already been made. Between PayPal, eBay, and shipping charges, you are looking at around a 15% loss. Ouch. That’s a lot to give up, but you do get more security than the alternatives in return.

If you go the Craigslist route, be VERY, VERY CAREFUL! I tried that first, and I got at least six scam emails in two days before giving up. I was asking a very reasonable price for my iPad, and I didn’t get any legitimate offers. If you go with Craigslist and get any emails asking you to ship out of town, shoot them down immediately. It is probably a good idea for you to go ahead and state that you will only do local, in-person sales with no exceptions in your listing, as this might ward some of the scammers off. Also, watch out for people offering to pay you more than your asking price, and for broken English in response messages, as many of these cons originate overseas.

I am going through slight withdrawals so far, but overall I am glad that I went ahead and got the money together for my next favorite tech toy. I might regret my decision if the new iPad doesn’t go on sale until the end of March, but it will still be nice to be able to preorder online as soon as soon as Apple allows. Is anyone out there planning on a last-minute sale before Wednesday at 12PM Central Time? If so, we would love to hear about it in the comments. Also, if anybody has already sold their device in preparation for the iPad 2, feel free to share your experiences with us, as well. Especially if you can give any helpful hints for those who are contemplating last-minute sales of their own.

Now, for those of you who may be a little more value conscious, and don’t necessarily have to have the latest and greatest device,  Thursday might as well be Black Friday for you. There will be plenty of deals to be had on original iPads from those who decide to wait until after the announcement to sell, even more so if the iPad 2 goes on sale immediately. Keep a close eye on eBay, Craigslist, and other sites through the weekend and after, because there will be no shortage of options to choose from, with a whole lot of price competition going on.

Whether you are buying or selling, good luck out there. Be wary of any buyer or seller who makes and offer that feels a little off, and just use your common sense as your guide. If it seems too good to be true, just say no and walk away from the deal. Whichever path you are taking this week, I hope it works out well for you. Happy Hunting everybody!


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4 thoughts on “So What Good is a Writer for an iPad Site Without An iPad?”

  1. New one is on sale one week after the announcement, March 9th. That’s going to be a long week for you! ;)

  2. That would be a longer wait than I am hoping for,but one week is better than three or four. Besides, then I could do a preorder and pay less tax. I live in North Mississippi, and the Apple store is in Memphis. The sales tax there is 25% higher, so that savings will pretty much cover a decent slip case for me. I can live with that.

    Who am I fooling? It will still be a long week. :)

  3. I’m hanging on to our WiFi iPad for the kids, they have a lot of games and stuff on our iPad. I’m thinking of turning our “old” iPad into the kid’s iPad (ages 4,2,1)…they definitely will have some fun with it!

    It will be nice so I can make it “kid friendly” and remove some adult apps (Adult Swim, Rage HD) and some adult iTunes music…

  4. Sound like a great use of a “retired” first-gen iPad. My kids are still cool with iPhone and iPod Touches, so we are sticking with those for the time being.

    Considering your user name, I would imagine that you have a jailbroken ipad, right? If so, there are several emulators that open up a world of classic arcade titles for use on the iPad. A few of them even offer Nintendo Wiimote or iPhone support for external control. I know my kids absolutely love them. I’ve been known to dabble in them a bit myself.

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