How To Sell Your “Old” Tablets Using eBay’s New Simple Flow; It Just Doesn’t Get Any Easier!

How To List Your "Old" Devices with eBay's New Simple Flow

My iPad mini was listed on eBay using their new Simple Flow Interface

I’d recently written that if Apple upgraded their iPad mini with retina and 128GB, I’d be buying one, so when the announcement came that my hoped for upgrades were imminent, I had a decision to make: what would become of my “old” iPad mini? Thanks to eBay’s new Simple Flow listing interface, it will soon become money in my pocket.

I have to admit that in the past, I have found the idea of listing my slightly used and typically less than a year old devices on eBay a bit daunting; not only did I have to make sure that I didn’t fat-finger one of the letters in my item’s name (possibly leading to it being missed in searches), I had to make sure that I remembered to collect all that device’s specifications, so I could make sure potential buyers were as informed as possible.

eBay recently upgraded their selling interface for mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and other electronics to make listing them easier than ever. How easy? Watch this …

I have a 64GB 4G AT&T Apple iPad mini to sell. So I started at eBay’s new tablet listing portal.

How To List Your "Old" Devices with eBay's New Simple Flow

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Obviously, my tablet is made by Apple, so that’s what I selected. Mine has AT&T wireless, so I indicated that, and then I scrolled through until I found my tablet …

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… there it is. Mine is white, and it is 64GB, and it is used albeit excellent condition. Based on what I entered, eBay popped up with a possible price that my iPad might bring. Obviously there is no telling if mine will go that high, but considering that I wasn’t even sure if it would be worth selling, seeing $496 as a possibility was pretty awesome.

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Just like that, my auction was populated with a stock photo of a white iPad mini, but best of all it had all of my particular device’s specifications spelled out. It should go without saying that the more information that you can provide in an auction, the less questions people will have about the particular item you are listing.

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Before I called it good and hit “List It”, I hit the blue “Edit” link in the first section. That’s where I added the particulars about my specific device, including the fact that it has a small dent (ding-dong) next to the headphone jack. This is also the time to mention if your device comes with any extras like a screen protector or a case; mine has both.

Thank you for looking at my auction! As you’ve probably noticed, I am selling my gently used white AT&T Wireless 64GB iPad mini. It comes with the original Apple iPad mini box which also includes the charging cable, USB plug, and SIM removal tool intact and unopened.

The iPad works perfectly, although it has one small ding-dong next to the earphone jack. The one time I didn’t have it in a case or a protective skin … ugh.

Please see my pictures, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

This mini comes with a Bodyguardz Ultratough Clear ScrenGuardz ($15.96) protector installed, and the back has a BodyGuardz Ultratough ClearSkin ($19.96) installed.

I am including a brand new never opened Arriba Adaptor ($20), which can convert old Apple 30-pin cables or standard microUSB cables into a Lightning cable; it’s a pretty cool gadget.

I’m also including a barely used Oberon Design iPad mini cover ($69.50); it’s black, and it is hand embossed in their “Bold Celtic” design.

I’ve included lots of pictures, so hopefully you can see the great condition everything is in. Of course, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. =)

Relying on the stock photo is okay, but not ideal — especially when you have a used item. You are allowed to add 12 pictures for free, so why not use them?

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I also altered the generated title to include “w/EXTRAS”, so that anyone looking would know that mine included more than just the original box and unused charger.

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Next I had to specify where and how I was willing to ship; I always appreciate free shipping, so I figured my (eventual) buyer would, too.

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One last look at everything before I approve it and list it …

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… and just like that, I was done — and my listing was FREE!

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I received an email showing all of my auction’s details …

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… and over the past few days I have had fun watching my iPad mini’s auction via computer and the eBay app on my iPhone.

Hearing the cash register’s ca-ching from the app on my phone every time a bid is placed is pretty satisfying, I must admit. And while I may not actually hit the estimated price that eBay gave me, I am still much further ahead than I was when I started … back when I was considering keeping the iPad mini as a spare to use around the house (like we need another one). The ease of using this selling tool definitely makes me wonder what other devices I have lying around that could be making money for me. Hmmm. 😉

Do you have devices that you aren’t using? Whether they are lying on your desk or hidden in a drawer, they have one thing in common: the longer they aren’t being used, the more money you are losing. Check out eBay’s new Simple Flow Tablet Selling Tool, and if you are ready to sell then you should get started on your listing now!

My blog post was written as part of our collaboration with eBay.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

4 Comments on "How To Sell Your “Old” Tablets Using eBay’s New Simple Flow; It Just Doesn’t Get Any Easier!"

  1. Update: My iPad mini sold for $470!! W00t! =D

  2. Wow … that is amazing!

  3. Is it tempting you to sell yours? Or are you going to keep it as a “house” iPad? =)

  4. Oh definitely – the iPad 2 is the ‘house’ iPad, loaded up with music!

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