First generation Surface owners can get the most money back via eBay

Microsoft may be trying to get iPhone and iPad owners to trade in their old models for at least a $200 Microsoft Store gift card. However, the company has yet to launch any kind of program where people who jumped in and bought the first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets can trade them in for credit to get the upcoming Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 models.

As it turns out, if you did buy the first Surface tablets, you are perhaps better off auctioning them off on an eBay page rather than using one of those gadget buyback companies. Computerworld reports that, according to data provided by eBay, the 32GB version of the Surface RT tablet is currently selling on average for $285 on the auction site. That's compared to price quotes of $117 and $187 from Gazelle and NextWorth, respectively, for the same product. Microsoft continues to sell the 32GB Surface RT tablet for $349.

If you own a 128GB Surface Pro, eBay says that putting the tablet for auction on their site will allow you to get back $741 on average. Again, Gazelle and NetWorth are quoting trade in prices of $370 and $338, respectively, for the same tablet.

The only major drawback to putting up old Surface tablets on eBay is that it's a bit of a crap shoot in terms of predicting just how much money a person will get back for their product. The gadget buyback companies do offer a price that, while it may or may not be lower that what a person can get from eBay, is still a firm quote with no guess work or worries.

Source: Computerworld | Image via Microsoft

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Wouldn't you always get a better option on an Auction site as opposed to a trade in company? Can't think of any place you'd get a better deal trading in as opposed to selling.

Auzeras said,
Wouldn't you always get a better option on an Auction site as opposed to a trade in company? Can't think of any place you'd get a better deal trading in as opposed to selling.
Its like comparing selling a car to Car Max vs on Craigslist. You're always going to get more money on Craigslist, it can just take much more work/time and you may not make a sale.

But that's craigslist, which is like comparing selling a car anywhere that isn't rip off land.

One place here in NZ was offering $27 for a 3GS, a clean sale on TradeMe (like eBay) would net you at least $80. Minimal effort for $27

Auzeras said,
Wouldn't you always get a better option on an Auction site as opposed to a trade in company? Can't think of any place you'd get a better deal trading in as opposed to selling.

That's pretty much a given, just like selling your car to a dealer or trading it in.

You can also find people selling stuff that they don't know what they have. I bought a PS3 that wouldn't read discs that was on firmware 3.01 (prime for jail breaking) for only $90

Of course you'll get the most money on Ebay. This applies to anything you want to sell.
On Ebay, you have millions of people looking at your stuff.

Recently recycled my mobile at one of those sites as heard of just too much foul play on eBay... especially regarding phones. It's a risk I couldn't be arsed to take!

I sold my old phone on eBay and it went really well. Sold it for the Buy It Now price I listed, a few hours after I listed it. Got my money, sent it off. Simple.

I already unloaded both my surface rt and surface pro,and am only out a few hundred total from what I paid. Pre ordered a surface pro 2.

Microsoft should give all us beta testers $250 on trade in. And we should get a free keyboard just for helping them sell the first million. Really looking forward to V.2 with 8.1. Boy what a hit they would have on their hands if they just tossed in the keyboard. That would probably set too much precedent though.

Isn't that kind of common sense? If you're so dumb to not realize that you'll get more money by selling it yourself then you deserve to get ripped off by Gazelle or what have you IMO. To me this is the same as saying that you can get more money by selling your car privately instead of trading it in... DOH!

My best option is to keep my first gen Surface RT for another year and then give to my kids. It still does everything I need it to do for me and more. Then I get myself a Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3.

yea, if MS launches a trade-in program that'll get me a Surface 2 + New Touch Cover for ~$200, I'll go for it. Otherwise I'm going to hold on to Surface 1 since the upgrade, while nice, doesn't justify a whole upgrade. I'll then decide whether to get the next iteration next year or jump ship off MS.

How is this news? Isn't this just stating the obvious? The buy back companies are going to offer you less so they can resell it for a profit. That's the whole point. Who decided this should even be a published article, let alone regurgitated on the main feed of Neowin? Based on this, I've got an idea for an article called, "the sky is blue, the grass is green."

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