O.K. so, you bought the new iPad and decided that the best way to justify your purchase is to sell your iPad 2. You ask around, but your brother wants a “family discount,” and you have that one friend who keeps telling everyone that your old iPad isn’t worth what you are asking for because they can get a brand new one for $100 less than the original price from Apple, making it much more difficult to sway potential buyers.
Well, forget about all of that hogwash and take advantage of one of the many trade-in options available to you.
Through May 24, Target, in conjunction with NextWorth, is offering a trade in price for the first generation iPad of $200 and the iPad 2 for as much as $350. All you have to do is pack up your old iPad and head on down to one of the 1,450 participating Target stores nationwide and they will give you a Target gift card for the trade-in value of your iPad.
Amazon has its own trade-in program and is offering even better deals on iPad 2s right now. The lowest-end model, the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2 in “Like New” condition has a trade-in value of $291.50 and the highest-end model, the 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad 2 in “Like New” condition can be sold to Amazon for $500. The company even offers free UPS drop off shipping.
So if you are tired of listening to your naysaying friends or politely rejecting your mooching family member’s low-ball offer, you can feel comfortable knowing that your iPad 2 is worth more than they think. Trade it in today and forget about the hassle.
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DigiTimes is reporting that industry sources in the Apple supply chain have predicted that the company is likely to ship 65 million iPads in 2012. While 40 million of them are expected to be the upcoming third-generation iPad 3, 25 million reduced-price iPad 2s are expected to make their way to consumers’ hands as well.
This information comes as DigiTimes reported that Samsung Electronics became the top supplier of iPad display screens in January with 2.45 million units shipped in January 2012, up from 1.65 million units in December 2011.
LG Display has long been Apple’s top iPad display supplier, but was overtaken by Samsung in January. The company shipped only 1.7 million units in January, which is a significant drop from its performance in December, shipping 2.1 million units.
Total shipments of iPads for the first quarter of 2012 is expected to be as much as 9 million for the iPad 3 in addition to a predicted 8 million iPad 2s, bringing a total of approximately 17 million units for the first quarter alone.
Shipment of iPad 2s is expected to continue to be high because of the rumored price reduction of the second-generation model. When the iPad 2 hit the market in 2011, Apple slashed the price of the first-generation model by $100. The same is anticipated to happen this year with the iPad 3, which we hope to hear about in two days.
Apple shipped 40.5 million iPads in 2011. If these predictions are correct, the iPad will be one of Apple’s fastest growing products of all time.
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A lot of people have wondered if the launch of the iPad 3 would result in sales discounts for the iPad 2 devices that are already in the channel. Normally this isn’t the trend we have witnessed coming out of Apple, but major retailer Meijer is balking that tradition and selling the 16GB iPad 2 with WiFi for USD $429.00 until February 25, 2012.
This USD $70.00 discount is pretty significant and may encourage sales of the iPad 2, but it may also backfire and cause people (myself included) to wonder if Meijer knows something we don’t know –are the iPad 3 devices even closer than we’ve heard rumored?
Other deals are out there right now too. It seems WalMart is offering a USD $50.00 gift card to those buying the Amazon Kindle Fire for the regular USD $199.00 price. Moves like this may be necessary for the other devices to compete and not lose any ground with the launch of the much-anticipated iPad 3.
Lower priced devices like the Kindle Fire will always have appeal for those not looking or able to spend the bigger dollars on the iPad and the impending release and surrounding media hype may also work in their favor as well because more consumers will be window-shopping and may just be persuaded that the smaller units will do the job ‘well enough’ (in fact a current television ad campaign has a mother indicating that she was able to buy 3 Kindle Fire devices to satisfy all of her children for the same price as as single iPad).
Whatever the motivation it’s certain that Meijer will see a lot of traffic from this promotion. I would say that if you are interested in grabbing an iPad 2 at this amazing sale price, you might want to act fast. I can’t imagine stock will last with that kind of discount.
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According to RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky, RIM has sold about 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets since its release on April 19th, and sales have remained steady.
RIM’s PlayBook is selling slightly faster than its counterpart, the Motorola Xoom, which sold 250,000 tablets in two months. However, both companies are far, far behind Apple’s tablet sales, which reach over a million per month. Apple sold 4.7 million iPads in the March quarter alone.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a solid device with a smooth user interface, but it lacks the appeal of the iPad, mainly in the app department. While the Playbook can run Android applications, there are only around 3,000 apps made especially for it. The Apple App Store has tens of thousands of apps available for the iPad. It’s popular among BlackBerry users, but may fail to reach a wider market because of restrictions with the email and calendar functions – they don’t work without a BlackBerry and Bluetooth.
Another thing holding back PlayBook sales is the requirement that it be tethered to a users Blackberry phone, greatly reducing the pool of potential customers. In initial reviews, The PlayBook was knocked for shipping without a built-in calendar, address book, or e-mail app. Users must have a Blackberry phone and then pull this information via Bluetooth using RIM’s Blackberry Bridge app to access it on the PlayBook tablet, certainly not the most elegant solution. RIM has promised that native version of these apps will make it to the PlayBook in a future software release.
If the current sales trends continue, RIM can expect to sell approximately 500,000 units during its first fiscal quarter, and 2 million units over the course of the year. This is below RBC’s current projection of 3 million units this year, but still a promising figure in comparison to other Android tablets.