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Old May 7, 2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Best (resale) value IPad 3G - 16 or 32 or 64 GB?


i will preorder an IPad 3G on monday (living in germany).

I'm wondering what is the best value version for resale in about 1 - 2 years on ebay, considering that there is a 100 gap between each version right now ?

Is it smart to go by the biggest version with 64GB or maybe the smallest 16GB ?

What do you think which version will be wanted most on ebay in about 1 or 2 years ?

Greetings from Berlin

PS: for my personal use i think the 16 GB maybe just a little bit too small, but i could live with that, so please just consider the resale value.
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Old May 7, 2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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If you want to go by absolutes, you'll get the most money in the future for a unit that you pay the most money for now. A 64 GB wifi isn't going to sell for less than a 16 GB wifi.

What do you think which version will be wanted most on ebay in about 1 or 2 years ?
Who knows? More or less a meaningless opinion question. Any answer you get will the same weight as any other.

Why are you buying something for resale value anyways?
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Old May 7, 2010, 10:43 AM   #3
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It would seem to me the higher the storage the higher the resale value. Whether the difference will be more than the price difference today is unknown, but I think looking at two iPads two years from now for sale on eBay, one being 16GB and one being 64GB, the 64GB is going to sell for more. I don't think the question is meaningless at all.

And not everyone buys things to keep them forever. Resale value is a legitimate consideration for SOME people. To each his own.
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Old May 7, 2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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You are right, but i didnt mean the absolute value. More like the best Buy/Sell-ratio

Usually there is a new Apple IPad/IPhone etc every year and since Apple considers my 1,75 years old IPhone 3G as an outdated product (no multitasking etc in 4.0) i think about selling the IPad next year or the year after to get the new version.
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From a pure dollars spent:dollars recouped standpoint, you will lose less money with the 16GB, however, it may be easier to sell a 32GB. I will not be surprised if a year from now a used 32GB doesn't have more than a $50 premium over a similar used 16GB.

The key to getting a decent price is to sell either just before or maybe after Apple announces a new model. You'll know when that happens b/c invitations and buzz will be all over Mac sites. However, it won't "hit" mainstream until after the announcement. You gotta make the surprise attack on eBay.
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Chupa Chupa: If i remember correctly the 8GB iphones were rendered absolete by the next version, so maybe getting a 32GB IPad isnt such a bad idea. I guess people would think that an old model with a capacity which is lower than even the low-end new model is much less valueable. I mean it would be not just the old/new money loss, but even much more due to the low capacity.

but this is pure speculation.

thanks for your opinions.
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Old May 7, 2010, 01:44 PM   #7
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I debated this too. Originally I thought of getting a 16gb or 32gb Wifi model.

In the end I decided to buy the most expensive, the 64gb 3G model, as I figured I could keep it longer and still maintain decent resale value. I plan on upgrading to new gens each year so I figure I might as well upgrade from the most expensive to most expensive, rather than cheapest model to cheapest model. Easier to sell higher models and plus I might as well experience the best models if I'm going to keep upgrading.

I wouldn't be surprised to see price cuts in a year or two, so the base model's resale model on 1st gen could even be less. Kind of like what happened to those 1st gen iPhone that were outrageously expensive.
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