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How to Upgrade to the iPad 2 for $200

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There are a lot of Apple fans out there debating whether or not to upgrade from the original iPad to the iPad 2. Of course you can always try your hand at selling your iPad on eBay or Craigslist, but good luck standing out from the crowd, especially now that Apple’s selling the original iPad in its refurbished store for $349. So how am I and many others upgrading from the old iPad to the new iPad 2 for $200 or less? Read on to find out.

We already wrote about why some people are upgrading to the iPad 2, including some of our writers.

iPad 2 a Good Value, But Still Expensive

The iPad 2 is cheaper than the competition and brings a lot more value to the table, but it’s still an expensive device. There are a whole lot of folks out there that simply don’t have an extra $499 sitting around to make the purchase. If you’ve used the iPad WiFi-version or one with just 16GB of memory for the past year, you may have run into some limitations that would be alleviated with the 3G model or more storage capacity. The top-end 64GB WiFi+ 3G iPad 2 model can sure look tempting, but $829 is some serious coin for a what’s a secondary device for many.

Don’t forget that you’ll need to buy a new case, such as the iPad 2 Smart Cover, and you may end up spending more cash on the HDMI adapter and all the new apps that were shown yesterday. Whatever way you cut it, $499 is just the beginning.

Pain Free iPad 2 Upgrade

If you already own an iPad and aren’t feeling generous enough to hand it down to a friend or family member, now is the time to sell. Time is money and there’s no reason to waste much of it on selling your old iPad. Instead, the easiest and most painless route is to sell the device to a buy-back service. These services buy used gadgets, freshen them up a bit and then resell them for a profit. I’ve used Gazelle.com quite a few times, but hear good things about eBay’s new service. I recommend Gazelle simply for the fact that I

Gazelle.com Upgrade Process

As I wrote earlier, Gazelle is paying me $434 for each of our used iPads with 32GB and WiFi only. Not a bad deal considering the original price was $599 and Apple’s selling the same model refurbished for just about the same price. But I secured that price BEFORE the iPad 2 announcement. Those looking to upgrade now will have to deal with the flood of other iPad upgraders looking for a quick sale.

With Gazelle.com, you simply need to search for the word ‘iPad’ and select your specific model.

You then need to check one of three boxes to tell Gazelle if your used iPad has any serious dings, normal wear and tear, or is flawless.

You also need to tell Gazelle if you have the original iPad charger and USB docking cable. If you don’t have these items, Gazelle will ding you a few dollars.

Currently, Gazelle is only offering $300 for the 16GB WiFi iPad. I recommend taking this offer, or one from a competing service as quickly as possible. Otherwise you’ll likely get less once March 11 rolls around. You might be able to get a little more cash by relying on eBay or Craigslist, but you’ll have to pay fees with eBay and deal with strangers via Craigslist.

You can then choose a payment method. You can select from cash or gift cards. Or if you’re rolling in dough and just want your old iPad out of your life you can donate to charity. If you are in the giving mood, please note that Gazelle doesn’t actually send your iPad to a charity, but the ‘value’ of your iPad. There are countless schools and organizations that could really use an iPad, so we recommend donating directly if you want to go that path.  I typically ask Gazelle for a check to avoid PayPal fees.

Gazelle will send you a box with pre-paid shipping so you don’t have to dig up your original iPad box or pack it up yourself. You have 30 days from the time you get your quote for Gazelle to receive your package. If you’re a day late your iPad buyback offer is null and void, so make sure you ship it as quickly as possible.

Since Gazelle does give you 30 days to ship in your old iPad, you can wait a week or two until the iPad 2 goes on sale. That way you don’t have to go iPad-less for any period of time. I’ve seen other upgrade services, such as eBay’s that only allow for a 10-day window.

Using the eBay Buy Back Program to Upgrade to iPad 2

The eBay Buy Back Program offers are very similar to Gazelle’s, but there are two important limitations. eBay will only send money via PayPal, so you may have to pay a transaction fee. This is an inconvenience for those without a PayPal account and a way to withdraw money quickly, such as a PayPal debit card. As I mentioned above, you only have 10 days to turn your iPad in, which may not be enough time to get your hands on the iPad 2 you’re upgrading to.

Best Buy Buy Back Not a Good Way to Upgrade to iPad 2

Best Buy offers a buy back program, but I can’t recommend it as a good way to upgrade to the iPad 2. According to their site, they will only offer you up to 40% of your iPad’s original purchase price if it’s more than six-months old. What’s worse is that you’re limited to a Best Buy gift card, which means you have to upgrade to the iPad 2 at Best Buy, which may have limited stock of the new tablet early on.

The upside of the Best Buy buy back program is that you don’t have to deal with shipping or waiting for a check in the mail. If you like instant gratification, the Best Buy method might be right for you.

iPad Upgrade Conclusion

Regardless if you use eBay’s or Gazelle’s buyback programs, you’ll be able to upgrade to the new iPad 2 for $200. That’s a relatively small price to pay for all the new features, provided you’ll actually use them. Just remember, when the iPad 3 rumors heat up, try to get your offer ahead of the official announcement like I did to minimize the cost of upgrading.

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  1. tivoboy

    03/03/2011 at 7:47 pm

    I THINK that for ebay transactions like this, there is not a paypal fee. Could be wrong, will know in a couple days. Actually did the sale to ebay of a 32GB WIFI for 477$ on Monday (tuesday actually since they had sent me a “get 10% more” offer after declining) and it should be there Friday or Monday, hopefully in time. Money should hit two days later, I’ll let you know if there is a paypal fee. Yeah, the sweet spot was monday or tuesday, by Weds early AM prices had already dropped 100$ PRIOR to the apple announcement

  2. Meg

    03/04/2011 at 1:01 am

    Please do keep me posted on the paypal fee (I’ll check back here), my iPad is currently on the way to be inspected. I was quoted $370 for my 16GB WiFi. It was in perfect condition, so let’s hope they don’t reject it and try to give me a lower offer. Fingers crossed that I can get the money in a paypal account and off to my bank before the 11th.

    • tivoboy

      03/09/2011 at 3:19 am

      yep, no fee at all from ebay sales. Got the whole 477$ as promised, this was a 3/1 offer. The device actually arrived to them 1 day late, due to fedex, but they honored it no problem. NICE!

  3. Kford1999

    10/02/2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have an iPad what I want to dois send it to the apple store and upgrade the same original iPad because mine means to much

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AirPods Deal Matches All Time Low

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The new AirPods deal at Amazon brings one of our favorite wireless earbuds back down to one of the best prices we’ve seen on a new pair. You can buy AirPods for $129 shipped or get AirPods with the Wireless Charging case for $169 shipped.

We love AirPods for the H1 chip, being able to say “Hey Siri” to get your assistant in your ear and the ease of switching between Apple devices. You can use these with your iPhone, then switch to your iPad, MacBook Pro, and even your Apple TV.

AirPods are normally $159, and this deal takes $30 off both versions of the popular earbuds. These fit many users well, but if you want noise canceling and a tighter fit, you may want to go with AirPods Pro.

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  • Automatically on, automatically connected
  • Easy setup for all your Apple devices
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
  • Double-tap to play or skip forward
  • New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices

The AirPods are a good deal and a very good value. Here is a list of the things that you can do with AirPods. If you want to add to the style, check out our favorite AirPods cases and skins.

While we expect new AirPods, it’s starting to look more like Apple will push 2020 AirPods to next year. So if you buy these AirPods today, you aren’t likely missing out on brand new models in September or October.

18 Cool Things AirPods 2 Can Do

Take a Call Automatically When You Put Them In

Take a Call Automatically When You Put Them In

When you put an AirPod in your ear it will automatically switch a call from your phone to the AirPod as long as you have "Automatic Ear Detection" set to On. 

This is on by default for most users, but you can check this by putting your AirPods in your ears, connecting to your iPhone and going to Settings. Tap on Bluetooth and then on the i to the right of AirPods. Make sure Automatic Ear Detection is set to On

Now anytime you put an AirPod in while you are on a call, the call will automatically transfer as soon as the AirPod connects. This works with both the original and AirPods 2, but the newer model connects faster.

I love using AirPods to take calls so that my hands are free to work on something or simply take care of our dogs. This is also super handy for FaceTime calls so that you can talk without everyone around you hearing what the other person is saying. 

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Best Madden 21 Deals: Save Up to $20 Today

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There are a few Madden 21 deals available today, with more discounts expected later this year. You can save up to $$20 on Madden 21 right now depending on the edition you buy, plus there are some free items that may push you over the edge.

EA unveiled a host of new Madden 21 features this year, and we have a look at the gameplay changes for Madden 21, which will help you decide if this is an upgrade you want to make. There are three Madden 21 editions this year, and you can save on each of them. Expect to see more deals this fall, but you can already find several deals ahead of the release if you have EA Play.

You can buy Madden 21 at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and digitally on PlayStation and Xbox as well as Origin and Steam.

Best Madden 21 Deals

The best Madden 21 deals.

The best Madden 21 deals right now are on the digital versions through Origin, Sony, and Microsoft with an EA Play membership. To get these deals, you need to pay for a month or a year of the EA subscription service. With this deal, you get 10% off any of the editions. This means that you can save up to $9.99 if you go for the MVP Edition. If you also have Madden 20, you can save an additional $10 so you are saving $20 on the Madden 21 MVP edition.

Save up to $20 on Madden 21.

To save the additional $10, you need to open Madden 20 and choose the save 10% tab on the main screen. This takes you to the MVP edition on the Xbox Store. You should see similar deals on other platforms.

Sign up for EA Play and then buy on PlayStation, Xbox, and Origin.

Best Buy doesn’t offer a discount on the game right now, but you can get a free Lamar Jackson Funko Pop! when you buy the disc-based version of Madden 21 right now. This is valid on all the editions that Best Buy sells and it is a $9.99 value according to Best Buy.

GameStop offers an Elite Tony Romo in Madden Ultimate Team when you pre-order Madden 21 directly. This works with any of the Madden 21 editions at GameStop.

Target offers a free Bullseye Gold Pack with 5 Gold players and 1 Core Elite player in Madden Ultimate Team. This is available. with any Target Madden 21 pre-order.

Walmart offers a Ravens Hall of Fame Pack that includes Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Shannon Sharpe with any of the editions when you buy online or in-store at Walmart.

If you choose the EA Play subscription, you also get Free Trials through the subscription service and you get full games for older games. This includes Madden 20 right now. You can buy this from Amazon, Microsoft, or directly on your PS4.

EA Play 12 Month Subscription – Xbox One [Digital Code]
  • EARLY TRIALS: Try new EA games before launch day. Your progress carries over if you decide to buy.
  • MEMBER DISCOUNTS: 10% off EA digital in-game purchases; including Ultimate Team and Apex Coins.
  • VIDEO GAME SUBSCRIPTION: A great value!
  • DOZENS OF GAMES: Get instant access to a massive game collection.

When to Expect Bigger Madden 21 Deals

If you are looking for Madden 21 deals that help you save more, then you will likely need to wait until after the release. Yes, we may see $10 off Madden 21 in August at some retailers or possibly some trade-in bonus items, but the biggest deals will come a month or more after the release.

We could see Madden 21 around the $30 price range near Black Friday. Last year we saw Madden 20 under $30 on Black Friday, and this is a pretty standard price around Black Friday. Keep in mind that you will need to wait months after release.

From there, we expect to see a number of Madden 21 deals through the rest of the year.

Madden 21 vs Madden 20: Exciting New Features

Skill Stick Upgrades

Skill Stick Upgrades

The Madden 21 Skill Stick features allow you to use the right analog stick to link together skill maneuvers in new fluid ways. IN most cases you will be using this when you re running, but this also includes Pass Rush Moves and plenty of defensive features. 

You're likely already familiar with using this to spin, juke, and hurdle, but now you get more control and will be able to link these moves together in more fluid ways so that you can get past your opponent. 

This year, there are dead-leg and slide hurdles that you can combine with the rest and then use the ball-carrier system upgrades to show your opponents that you can really do. 

There are also now pass-rush moves and combos and you will need to vary your moves since repeated attacks will be met with counters by the offensive line. Combine this with diversified playcalling and you will be ready to dominate. 

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Amazon Fire Kids Edition Deals Take Up to $50 Off Tough Tablets

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Save on the Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablets today.

  • Save $20 to $50 Today
  • Fired HD 8 Kids Edition is the Best Deal
  • Kid-Friendly Case and Warranty

The Amazon Fire Kids tablets are on sale for $20 to $50 off right now. This sale is dropping the price of the Fire 7 Kids Edition as low as $80 right now and taking the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to $89.99. You can even buy the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition for $149.99.

With these deals, you get the newest models, and on the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, you also get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included, which boosts the savings significantly.

All models come with a kid-ready case and a 2-year worry-free guarantee that covers a broken tablet, even if your kid dropped it.

Most buyers should spend the extra $10 to get the Fire 8 HD Kids Edition over the entry-level 7-inch model. That’s a great way to get a bigger, better screen and a year of kid-ready content with no ads or in-app purchases.

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  • Save up to $89 on a full-featured Fire 7 Tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee, versus items purchased separately.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • The included 1 year of Amazon Kids+ gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Your subscription will then automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99 per month plus applicable tax. You may cancel at any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
  • Over 20 million kids (and their parents) have enjoyed the award-winning Amazon Kids (FreeTime) service. Amazon Kids parental controls allow you to set educational goals, create time limits, and filter content.
  • Stream through Wi-Fi or view downloaded content on the go with 16 GB of internal storage and up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Add a microSD card for up to 512 GB of expandable storage.
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All-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, 8" HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • Stream over wifi or view downloaded content on the go with 32 GB of internal storage and up to 12 hours of battery for reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music. Add a microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage.
  • Now with USB-C for easier charging. Includes a USB-C cable and 5W power adapter in the box.
  • Amazon Kids+ includes thousands of Spanish language books, videos, apps, games, and Audible books.
  • Save up to $94.98 on a full-featured Fire HD 8 tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee, versus items purchased separately.
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  • Save up to $99 on a full-featured Fire HD 10 tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee ─ versus items purchased separately.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • The included 1 year of Amazon Kids+ gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Your subscription will then automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99 per month plus applicable tax. You may cancel at any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
  • Over 20 million kids (and their parents) have enjoyed the award-winning Amazon Kids (FreeTime) service. Amazon Kids parental controls allow you to set educational goals, create time limits, and filter content.
  • Stream through Wi-Fi or view downloaded content on the go with 32 GB of internal storage and up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music. Add a microSD card for up to 512 GB of additional storage.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition arrived in 2020, the Fire HD 10 in October 2019, and the Fire 7 in June 2019.

With the overall features and the current discounts, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best value of this deal.

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$30 Off Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablets Today

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Save $30 on the Amazon Fire HD 8 today at Amazon.

  • Newest Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablets on Sale.
  • $30 to $50 Off all models.
  • Limited time deal.

The new Amazon Fire HD 8 is on sale for $30 off at Amazon right now. This is one of the biggest deals we’ve seen on the new model, and it may be the best price until Black Friday.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is now $59.99 and the Fire HD 8 Plus is $79.99. You can also score the same deal on both models without special offers.

Amazon goes even bigger with $50 off the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition that includes a kid-ready case, a year of Freetime Unlimited, and a two-year worry-free guarantee that even covers accidental damage.

Check out the different models available below. For most users, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is the best value, but if you want a higher resolution screen with a few additional features the Fire HD 8 Plus is a good pick.

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  • All-day battery life - Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.
  • Now with USB-C for easier charging. Fully charges in under 5 hours (with included cable + adapter).
  • 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz quad-core processor.
  • Enjoy your favorite apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported).
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  • 8" HD display, 2X the storage (32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card) + 3 GB RAM.
  • All-day battery life & wireless charging - Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.
  • Now with USB-C for easier charging. Fully charges in under 4 hours (with included cable and adapter).
  • 30% faster thanks to the new 2.0 GHz quad-core processor.
  • Enjoy your favorite apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more through Amazon’s Appstore (Google Play not supported).
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All-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, 8" HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • Stream over wifi or view downloaded content on the go with 32 GB of internal storage and up to 12 hours of battery for reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music. Add a microSD card for up to 1 TB of additional storage.
  • Now with USB-C for easier charging. Includes a USB-C cable and 5W power adapter in the box.
  • Amazon Kids+ includes thousands of Spanish language books, videos, apps, games, and Audible books.
  • Save up to $94.98 on a full-featured Fire HD 8 tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee, versus items purchased separately.

 

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Free Galaxy Note 20 5G Deal Available Today

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Save up to $1,000 on the Galaxy Note 20 5G or Galaxy Note 20 5G Ultra.

You can save up to $1,000 with a free Galaxy Note 20 deal at AT&T. This is available if you are an existing customer that upgrades, if you add a new line or if you switch to AT&T.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G is available to order now and it ships by August 21st with this deal.

To save $1,000 on the Galaxy Note 20 5G or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G you need to choose the phone you want, select trade-in and choose an unlimited plan.

The phone is paid for with monthly bill credits over the next 30 months, so you are effectively tied to AT&T for over two years, but you aren’t paying for the phone. The fine print mentions that the credits may last up to 36 months, which is three years. If you leave before the credits pay the phone off, you will need to pay it off.

$1,000 is the base price of the Galaxy Note 20 5G, and you can still get $1,000 off the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G with this deal. You can read the full breakdown of requirements here.

Here’s a look at the cool things the Galaxy Note 20 can do, plus a look at the reasons you should buy the Note 20 5G now and why you should wait.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order the Galaxy Note 20 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Want a Galaxy Note 20 ASAP

Pre-Order If You Want a Galaxy Note 20 ASAP

If you've already decided to make the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra your next device, and you want it in your hands as soon as possible, you'll want to place a pre-order. 

Pre-ordering should ensure you get the device in the color/storage you want on the first day of availability. The Galaxy Note 20's release date in the United States is August 21st. 

We expect some Galaxy Note 20 pre-orders to arrive a few days early. In some cases, we'll probably see the device hit doorsteps a few days ahead of the official street date. 

We don't expect the Galaxy Note 20 to sell out so there's no reason to rush into a pre-order. If a variant does happen to sell out, we'd expect stock to return fairly soon. 

That being said, if you just want peace of mind or you simply need a new phone as soon as possible, pick the Galaxy Note 20 option that suits your budget and needs and order. 

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