All iPads iPad Mini holds its resale value after a year better than iPads?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Reminisce32, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Reminisce32 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    I looked at some recently sold iPad Minis and iPad 4th gens on eBay [both 16GB, Wi-Fi only] and it seems that the minis are selling in the mid $200 range and the iPad 4th gen is in the mid $300 range.

    Last years iPads seem to have lost about $150 in value with iPad minis losing only about 50-80. Even the prices on Apple's refurbished store seem to reflect this same value.

    Do you think this is because there are less iPad minis than regular iPads in the market due to their only being one generation of iPad mini thus far or do you think it's because since iPad minis are the cheapest way to enjoy an Apple tablet experience that that fact makes it retain its value?

    Which iPad [type & size] do you think will hold its value best after a year and why do you think that?
  2. 1251division, Oct 27, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

    1251division macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2012
    One of those mini's was mine. Can't wait for the Retina mini!

    To answer your question, I believe your 2nd point is the main reason. The less expensive something of value is, the more people will be able to afford the item, therefore more competition/demand, thus higher relative price.
  3. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    As a percentage of purchase price, then the cheapest models are bound to hold their value better.
  4. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    The iPad4 "feels" too much like an iPad3.
    The mini is a stand alone product.
  5. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    This definitely applies only to the lowest end iPads. I lost about 30% on both an iPad 4 4G/64GB and a 32GB 4G Mini.

    But ebay is all over the place. Their ended auction results are a loose approximation of market value. You can literally support nearly any theory about market value by searching completed/sold auctions. Sometimes Apple goods sell for ridiculously low prices, sometimes ridiculously high prices.
  6. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    With two new models coming out, the past may or may not be an indication of what resale values will be.

    In the end, a unit is worth exactly this:

    The amount a seller is willing to sell, and what a buyer is willing to buy. Those two variables change rapidly.

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