Last week Target had a great deal with the trade-in programming involving iPads. The value of iPads were increased to $200, even the 1st gen iPad. This was perfect timing as I was ready to get rid of my 1st gen iPad. My son uses it and it’s gotten so old that many of his apps need to be updated but it can only be updated on a newer version of iOS. Since it’s the 1st gen iPad, it can only run iOS5. In short, he can’t update his apps because iOS is too old and since he can’t update his apps, he can’t run them.
I started to look into selling it on eBay or Amazon. I originally paid $599 for it and got it the first day it came out. It’s been a great device, just old. On average it looks like I can sell it for around $115. Minus the fees and shipping, I’m looking at around $90-100. It kind of made me disappointed at its worth. Fortunately I waited a few days (got lazy) and Target comes with this deal. I quickly jumped on it and got a $200 gift card. I used that and paid the price difference on a new iPad mini for my son. I haven’t given it to him yet and plan to as it gets closer to Christmas. So far he hasn’t wondered about where the iPad is, though he has been playing with ours.
So here’s the last pic I took before I parted ways with my first iPad. I will miss it, being it was the first of its kind. It gets difficult letting go of Apple products, at least for me it has been. It’s been great for my son as a media device (32GB) and the apps.
Here’s what’s replacing it. An iPad Mini 16GB. It’s not as big (storage) as the iPad1 but it should hold plenty of his movies plus it ensures compatibility and capability for another several years.
Target gave me 2 documents about the trade-in, the gift card for the value of my iPad, and on top of that Target was giving a $25 gift card with a purchase of an iPad Mini. The trade-in value was already a great deal for a very old iPad but to even sweeten the deal, I got another $25. Also that week, they had 10% off their iTunes gift card. I’m sure they timed every thing together to entice customers more. If you missed out, hopefully they’ll do it again.