If you’re thinking of selling your iPad to upgrade to a newer model, you need to take a few steps to make sure your data is wiped out before you hand over your iPad to a buyer. No need for the buyer to see pictures of your Aunt Millie’s 90th birthday party or whatever other photos you may have on your iPad. Your contacts, documents, passwords and other confidential information should not pass into the hands of the buyer when you deliver the device.
Also, when you’re buying a new device, it’s important to know what factors to consider for resale. Will a certain color bring more at resale? What about more storage space?
You may be wondering whether it’s worth getting your iPad repaired before you offer it for resale.
Glyde has kindly provided me with its guide for preparing your devices for resale as well as factors to consider when purchasing your new iPad, which I am passing along to you, with Glyde’s permission.
1) Cracked screen? It may be worth getting your screen fixed before selling it online. It’s a small cost that can often mean a significant dollar difference.
· Repairs on LCDs or glass & LCDs typically cost $150-$250. Fixing your device makes it sellable on a marketplace and you will likely be able to make up the spend on repairs by selling vs. settling for a trade-in on the broken device.
o For example, Gazelle will only give your $70 for your cracked iPad 2, but you could sell that same repaired device on Glyde for up to $411 as a general sale or a guaranteed $330 as part of their speed sale offering.
2) If your iPad has these things, expect to get less value when re selling:
· Don’t get your iPad engraved! Engraved iPads sell for approximately 30% less.
· Put a case on it! Excessive scratching or dents can reduce the price by approximately 20%.
· Storage capacity matters, color doesn’t (as much)! Expect to get 10-20% more on each storage level up (16 vs. 32 vs. 64gb, based on Amazon trade-in and Glyde suggested market prices on iPad 2 wi-fi), while color makes little to no a difference.
3) Remember to wipe your data before you sell your iPad. There is a quick version (from the device itself) and a longer version (from your computer on iTunes with iPad connected), which will ensure that all wiped data is backed up to your iTunes account for future use. Glyde recommends backing up your info for the next iPad you buy!
· Quick and Easy version (all data permanently erased):
o On iPad, tap the “Settings” app, select “General”
o You’ll see a “Reset” option at the bottom. Tap it, and you’ll see all sorts of options for resetting your iPad.
o The option you need to select is “Erase all content and settings”.
o After tapping “Erase” through a few warning messages, you will be finished, and all data will be wiped from the iPad, returning it to its original factory settings.
· Slow and Safe version (all data is safe and backed up to iTunes account):
o Connect your iPad to your computer with USB cable.
o Connect to the iTunes Store on your computer, and make sure that all apps, photos, notes and media are transferred back over (this should happen automatically).
o Manually back up your iPad by right clicking on the iPad icon in the upper left corner and selecting “Back Up”
o Go into the iPad Summary pane on iTunes and select “Restore”. You’ll need to click through a few warning messages, but eventually your iPad will show the same “Connect to iTunes” screen it had when you first brought it home, and it will have been completely wiped, returning it to its original factory settings.
Many thanks to Glyde for this helpful advice!
By taking a few steps to prepare your iPad for resale, you can be sure that everyone is happy with the transaction!
Do you make purchase decisions based upon resale value? Have you ever discovered data on a device you bought? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Hands on iPad image by Joseandres Guijarro
* Happy iPad owner image by Josh Fassbind