Even prior to Apple sent invitations for a Tuesday launch eventuality where it will expected betray a not as big iPad, consumers were unloading their aged tablets in augmenting numbers so they can traffic up to Apple’s latest, according to tool buy-back organisation Gazelle.

Today, rivals of a Boston-based association pronounced which trade-in volume a single after another to climb, with owners of 7-in. tablets from a likes of Google as good as Amazon fasten a bandwagon.

A week as good as a half ago, Anthony Scarsella, arch tool military officer during Gazelle, remarkable which inscription trade-in volume was up 80% in a prior thirty days over a same widen prior to that.

“Volumes proposed starting up in mid-September, when they doubled in a single day,” pronounced Scarsella. “Since then, they’ve stayed flattering stable.”

Although rumors of a not as big iPad — customarily pegged as a inscription with a 7.85-in. display, extremely not as big in sum area than a 9.7-in. iPad — have circulated for years, speak in mid-September centered around a inscription attack prolongation during a vital Apple supplier.

Follow-up conjecture a couple of weeks after tapped Oct. seventeen as a launch date, with a Nov. 2 on-sale debut. Those rumors did not vessel out; final week, Apple invited reporters as good as analysts to an eventuality tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 23, where probably everybody expects it to exhibit a tiny “iPad Mini” — a name many have used as a until-launch label.

“Most of a tablets being traded in have been strange first-generation iPads,” pronounced Scarsella, adding which 60% of a requests for quotes were from users seeking a cost upon a 2010 model.

“It looks identical to upgraders wish to spin in their first-generation iPads,” Scarsella. “I pretence which they’re seeking for a some-more updated model, given a reputed specs [for a iPad Mini] have been identical to an iPad 2.”

As of 4 p.m. ET today, Gazelle was quoting $ 125 for a 16GB first-generation, Wi-Fi iPad in “good” condition, $ 130 for a 32GB indication as good as $ 140 for a 64GB device.

Although iPad Mini prices have not nonetheless been suggested — Apple has not even reliable which Tuesday’s eventuality will deliver a not as big iPad — bets by experts as good as pundits have ranged from $ 249 to $ 329 for a entry-level configuration.

Other trade-in vendors have seen wake up burst as well.

iPad trade-in prices

NextWorth’s stream allude to for a first-generation, 16GB iPad is $ 130, about half a lowest expected cost of an ‘iPad Mini.’
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