Target Will Give You $200 for a First-Gen iPad

As if you needed another reason to upgrade.

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Now’s a good time to unload your first-generation iPad, with Target offering $200 in store credit for the three-year-old tablet.

To get this deal, you have to find a Target store with a “mobile” section. Look it up on Target’s website first. And don’t bother with Target’s online trade-in tool, or you won’t get the minimum $200 credit. The deal is good through November 9.

Target is actually offering the $200 minimum for any iPad, but the trade-in value for the first-generation model is by far the best deal. I’ve checked a couple other tech buyback services–Gazelle, Nextworth and Amazon–and none of them are offering nearly that much money for the original iPad. Even the auctions on eBay are only fetching around $150.

It’s too bad you have to get store credit instead of cash, especially if you have eyes on an iPad alternative like Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX, neither of which are sold by Target. But if you’re just looking to upgrade to a newer iPad, Target has them all. The trade-in credit would knock the price of an iPad Air down to $300, or an original iPad Mini down to $100. You can also hold out for the new iPad Mini that’s coming later this month, though it may be hard to get.

13 comments
AlexMarsz
AlexMarsz

The Target trade-in program (www.targettradeinprogram.com/trade_in) promotion specifically says "Target Gift Cards or store credit you can use for anything you like".  The card you get is issued by Nextworth and the contract says "use for merchandise or services at Target stores or Target.com".)  Also the card itself says the credit never expires.

So any stores that tell you the credit must be used immediately and only for a new ipad - they are fools or liars, and you should find a different Target.

imanenigma
imanenigma

Target in Deptford NJ gave me a $200 gift card last night.  Call ahead and ask.  $200 for a 3 year old ipad1?  Who would have thought??  Deal ends today.

jmorrison757
jmorrison757

As far as the gift card goes, YMMV. The target I went to allowed me to trade in a first generation iPad for a gift card, not a credit towards a new iPad. Also - some targets DO sell Nexus 7's. I was able to pick one up for $239+tax, which meant $40 out of pocket with the trade in.

JeanieC
JeanieC

Sadly they want you to give them your iPad and then wait for the shipments to come in (because the Air is sold out throughout the country.)  They won't give you a rain check so that you can use your iPad until they are prepared to sell you your new one - nor will they agree to even call you (after they already have possession of your iPad) when a new shipment comes in to make sure you get one. They are, however, more than willing to take your iPad off your hands immediately.  :(   I get that stock runs out but they should not get possession before they are prepared to sell your new one.  Very disappointed. 

josedelmar
josedelmar

What is Target going to do with all of the iPads?

BradyOring
BradyOring

For the record, Best Buy Low Price Guarantee is not Guaranteeing a match to the current promotion Target is offering.  What a great Guarantee.  Thanks again for being nothing more than a showroom, Best Buy!

crytekPwn
crytekPwn

Prior to yesterday, November 6, 2013, the deal at Target actually allowed you to trade in an iPad 1 for a $200 gift card which could be used on anything (groceries, clothing, sell it on eBay, etc.). As other people have noted, the deal was too good to be true and it seems as if Target has switched the promotion to the effect of: "You can only trade in your iPad 1 for a $200 credit towards another iPad. The $200 credit can only be used for an iPad that is in stock at a Target store."

I, too, got into an argument with a guy working at Target who told me this last night. I even posed the question: "Since you don't have the iPad that I want in stock, can I just trade in my iPad 1st Gen for one that you do have, and then simply return the unopened one that I purchase tonight at a later point in time, when you have the iPad Air available again?" He replied that I could not do this. 

I then went to a different Target store where I was able to trade in my iPad for a $200 regular in-store gift card. 

 What I would recommend is that if you get denied at one store, go to another, as it seems that there is confusion regarding this promotion - even from Target's own Mobile employees. 



Sunshine007
Sunshine007

I was also disappointed to learn that the $200 is not actually an in-store credit. It has to be used for a new iPad. I was hoping to use the credit on a new iPod Touch. I knew it all sounded too good to be true. Either way, I think there is a lot of confusion about this deal and consumers need to know this is NOT a gift card they can use on anything in the store.

ParkerDougherty
ParkerDougherty

Went to Target yesterday and got $200 trade in for 1st gen 16gb wifi iPad, the catch was it was not a gift card, but was an electronics trade in card which then had to be used toward purchase of a new iPad that was in stock at the store (SLC, UT)

ChrisGiddings
ChrisGiddings

Can I trade in my Gen 1 iPad and use the "Store Credit via the Gift Card on Target.com to buy a 128GB iPad Air?

RobertLin
RobertLin

This deal is an outlier but only highlights what Apple users have known for a while.  Apple products are just plain better.  Even from a cost perspective Apple's products are a better deal because of resale.  Go check gazelle.com, amazon.com, Nextworth or any resale site.  Nobody even comes close to Apple's resale value for products which means the total cost of ownership of Apple is much lower then the knee jerk sticker shock people get when they see the products' for the first time.

The exceptions would be if you think you're going to keep your device forever and even then I'd say that Apple is a better deal because they support the device way longer then others.  I just upgraded my 6 year old desktop to the latest OS for free.  Dell, HP and the others would probably laugh at you if you called them about your 6 year old PC.

There's a reason Apple can spend only 1/4 the marketing dollars of Samsung and 1/2 the marketing dollars of Microsoft while attracting lines for their products.

oceanspear
oceanspear

@RobertLin  That my friend is your opinion and thats it. and btw I do own an Ipod, have an Iphone sitting in my drawer, and had a macbook as of last year. Great products? yes. Overpriced? absolutely overpriced without a doubt and NOT worth the premium price. I now have a lenovo X1 which I love, and an HTC one which I also like a lot and would Not trade it for an Iphone. To each , its own. Different colors, different tastes..

socavalier
socavalier

@RobertLin No they are not just plain better for everyone. What's good for one person isn't always what's good for another.

As a developer Mac's don't suit my needs, PC's work better. For a tablet I found my iPad to work best for me for what I like to do with it. For my phone I found the Galaxy line of phones to be above the iphone for many reasons, one being that I absolutely hate having to get all my media from iTunes, not being able to use an sd card, or have a spare battery when I'm on call. I also love being able to use my phone as storage by connecting it to my PC.

Also who wants the same computer for 6 years anyway? Technology updates so fast two years is the most you will probably want to keep things for anyway.

I resent people telling me what's best based on one brand when everyone has different needs. People need to be more open minded and stop drinking the Kool-Aid.