Getting ready to order an iPad 3? (Sorry, a "new iPad"?) For some, the answer is a resounding, "Hell, yes!" I'm fairly tempted myself, what with that lovely Retina display, blazing A5X processor, and sweet, sweet 4G LTE.
Of course, if history repeats itself, a year from now we'll all be getting ready to order an iPad 4 (or "Newer iPad," if Apple's nomenclature department is feeling lazy once again). And that means we'll be looking to unload our new--er, old--wait, huh?--iPads.
It may sound crazy today, but if you want to get the most bang for your resale buck, it's best to plan ahead--starting right now. Here's how to make sure you get top dollar when the time comes to list your new iPad on eBay--sometime around March 2013.
1. Skip the engraving. Much as you might like to take advantage of Apple's free engraving option, informing the world, "No one touches Rick's iPad but Rick," or dedicating it to "My sweet baboo," an engraved iPad will fetch less than a pristine one. If you want customization, slap on a skin.
2. Buy a case. A scratch here and a scuff there won't diminish your iPad's capabilities, but it will lower its resale value. Think about it: wouldn't you pay more for a used one that's "like new, not a mark on it," than one that "has a few scratches and dings"? Apple's Smart Cover ... [Read more]