You may be craving the new iPad, but your wallet has a different idea. Acquiring new tech is an expensive habit so finding a site to make the process more affordable can be an exciting discovery.
Glyde, developed by the Simon Rothman, the founder of eBay Motors, is a site that could help you afford an iPad. Whether you’re looking to sell your old iPad to help you afford a new one or you’re interested in buying an earlier model, Glyde may make owning an iPad within reach.
I recently spoke with Drew Lieberman, CEO of Glyde, about the services the website provides. “Glyde is designed to make buying and selling very easy on the Web, taking the friction out of selling and buying a product. You don’t need to be an expert to use Glyde.”
Glyde is a peer-to-peer marketplace, but Glyde restricts its listings to electronics and books. Glyde emphasizes ease of use, value and a pleasant user experience. The site is clean and uncluttered with straight-forward listings giving you the basic information about the product, the price and the condition.
“For the buyer, Glyde produces a clean and intuitive, almost curated buying experience. A buyer can find a product very quickly and easily and see it at a very good price,” explains Lieberman.
If you’re looking to buy a device, such as an iPad, searching on Glyde gives you a choice of available models. You can search by device name or by other terms such as “AT&T” to find devices compatible with your carrier. The supply of iPads is abundant now so you should find all models available:
- original iPad and iPad 2
- 16, 32 and 64 GB
- Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G
- AT&T and Verizon
- black and white
You can also choose what condition you would like the device to be in: Excellent, Good or Acceptable.
Prices are set, there’s no bidding on items, and can vary significantly between models. You may have your heart set on a white 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad in Excellent condition, but by exploring Glyde a bit you might discover that the black 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad in Good condition is much less expensive. Or maybe you decide to save even more money and get an original iPad for less than $300.
Glyde doesn’t sell only iPads. You can also find other tablets, iPhones, a variety of Android phones, ereaders, iPods, video games and books. If you’re looking for a specific model of device and Glyde doesn’t have it, check back in a few days to see if it pops up.
Selling on Glyde is designed to be simple and streamlined. When you sell an item on Glyde, you are asked for the model and the condition. Glyde suggests a sales price for the item, but you can raise or lower the price. You are also shown how much you will be paid by Glyde if the item sells at that price. You don’t pay anything to list an item, if you sell it, Glyde takes a cut.
You don’t need to add a description or photo of your item, Glyde takes care of that for you. Glyde also helps you with the shipping process. “Glyde takes all of the pain points of other sites out. We do the work for the individual,” says Lieberman.
After your item sells, you’re sent a pre-paid, pre-addressed mailer. You put your item in the package and mail it directly to the buyer. After the buyer receives the item, Glyde releases the money into your account, arranges for an electronic transfer of funds to your bank account or mails you a check. There is no Paypal option for payment. “The vast majority of our products sell within four to seven days,” says Lieberman.
Glyde recently introduced a Speed Sale feature that will guarantee you a price and pay you more quickly than a regular Glyde sale. The trade-off is that the sale price for a Speed Sale is lower than for a regular sale. “Speed Sale is based on feedback from our customers who said that in some cases they would be willing to trade a few dollars for immediacy and certainty of the sale going through,” explains Lieberman.
Glyde vs. Other Resale Sites
I asked Lieberman the difference between selling on Glyde versus other resale sites. “Typically our sellers see a premium versus other trade-in sites. In our standard marketplace offering, it averages between 30-60%. It takes a couple more days so you may be trading in a little bit of time, but you get a 30, 50 or 60% premium in price which could mean real money. Even our Speed Sales are about a 20% premium versus other trade-in options. We’re as easy as other trade-in sites with even more value.”
I compared the prices on Gazelle versus Glyde for selling an original iPad 64 GB Wi-Fi plus 3G in Excellent/Flawless condition. The price offered on Gazelle was $180, with payment via an Amazon gift card (with a 5% bonus), check or PayPal payment. Glyde’s suggested sale price is $320, with the seller getting $286.90. The Speed Sale price from Glyde for the iPad was $240. (Note that Gazelle locks in its price for 30 days without an obligation to sell your item and promises to increase the sale price if it determines your device is worth more than was quoted.)
If you’re looking to buy a used electronic device, check out Glyde to see if you can get a deal on the item of your choice. Try to be flexible with the model you want to see if you can get a better price.
If you’re selling an item, compare prices you can get on Glyde with other resale sites. Weigh the benefits of both and consider how quickly you would like the money to be paid.
Between buying and selling on Glyde, you may just be able to afford the iPad you covet. Or, if you want to get a second iPad for your kids, Glyde could make that purchase much less expensive.
Are you craving an iPad but your budget is a bit tight? Would buying an original iPad or iPad 2 at a discount be enticing? Are you looking for an easy way to sell your iPad or other device? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Child with iPad image by Mike Licht