How to Pawn or Sell an iPad

February 03, 2020 - Electronics

Most people thought that the iPad was just a larger iPhone – a novelty item that no one would actually want.

6 versions within 10 years later, the iPad has become essential to daily lives of many people and businesses, making it very valuable to pawn shops. If you have an iPad that you would like to pawn or sell, here are a few things you should do to get the highest offer possible.

Backup Your Information

Before you sell, you’ll want to backup any pictures,videos, music, or information either to your iCloud or any other external hard drive. You don’t want your valuable information and files in the hands of the person who happens to purchase your iPad from the pawn shop.

Restore Your Phone/Sign Out of iCloud

Once you’ve saved all your information and files to an external hard drive, the next thing you want to do is erase all content on your iPad and restore it to factory settings. Go to settings> hit the General tab>Reset>Erase all content and settings. You’ll also want to make sure you are completely signed out of iCloud and Find My iPad.


If you have any of the original packaging and accessories that came with the iPad, bring those along with you. Bring accessories like the charger, case, keyboard, or Apple Pen; these are essential to ensuring that you get the highest price possible for your iPad.

Let’s Talk Offer Price

It’s really hard to gauge what your offer price could be on your iPad because there are so many variables such as generation(age), condition, storage, and if it is cellular compatible, but here’s an estimate:

If you have an iPad 1st-7th Generation, you could get between $1-700, based on the condition of the iPad.

In 2012 apple introduced the first iPad Mini, and then the following year the iPad Air. iPad Minis go for $1-$250, iPad Airs go for $1-$230

These offer prices apply only if your iPad is in good condition (minor scratches) to new.

Additional Information:

    • Before you take it into the pawn shop make sure you clean off any dust or dirt that it may have. You want to make your iPad as new as possible to get you a high offer price.
  • Have the iPad you wish to pawn or sell fully charged so that when the pawnbroker evaluates it, he can play with it a little bit just to make sure it works smoothly.

If you follow all the instructions I’ve given, you should be able to get a great offer price on your iPad. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email. We’re eager to help!

Jordan Birnholtz
Jordan Birnholtz

Jordan Birnholtz is the cofounder of PawnGuru. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Jordan started PawnGuru in 2015 with Jon Polter, David Stiebel, and Jessica Zahnd. When he's not working at PawnGuru, Jordan volunteers his time to support undergraduates in building socially-responsible businesses and organizations through Optimize, a program at the University of Michigan.

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