How I Justified the Purchase of the New iPad [3rd Generation]

Late last night, just after 1:00am, I hit the “Purchase” button on one of the New iPads, representing the 3rd generation. I had teetered between getting one and not getting one more than a few times and had convinced myself that it wasn’t worth it.

But it all changed when I realized that Amazon’s Trade-in program was offering over $300 for the iPad 1 and up to $500 for the iPad 2! Wahhhhhhhhhh?!?

Yes, that’s right. Pretty nuts!

I quickly scanned the opportunities (since we have both the iPad 1 and 2) and decided to trade-in our 1st Generation system:

The result? I was able to get $220 for my iPad 1 (wasn’t “Like Brand New”) so that my total out of pocket cost (including tax) for the new iPad was around $300 exactly – a much smaller hit than the full $500 for the 16GB version.

Here’s the catch: It’s not exactly the same as cash as you get store credit – if you’re not a big Amazon user then it might not be the best, but for my family, since we use Amazon Mom and Amazon Prime it’s fine since they suck us for recurring purchases each month. In other words, it’s the same as cash in our situation.

Including some “business needs” that I “may” have to “test” new applications (teehee!) I found the purchase doable and rational (as logical as any 1:00am purchase is) and I clicked that button. I’m not crazy enough (or am I?) to do the in-store pickup so I’ll just wait a few more days to get it in the mail.

Whew. That wasn’t too bad, was it? Are you buying one of the new iPads? Is the Amazon Trade-in program going to sway you? Don’t blame me please, I’m just a humble messenger!

Love to hear your thoughts!