My old first-generation iPad has mysteriously become the property of my son Karl, so I took a look at the price of a new one. Yikes!
On the other hand, used, first-generation iPads have fallen to around $300, or about one-third the price of a new one that’s similarly decked out with 3G and lots of memory. iPads are built like tanks and have bright screens, and are up to the challenge of being used at a Farmers’ Market.
One practical use for the iPad is accepting credit cards, using teeny-tiny card readers like the one from Square, which plugs into the headphone jack. Square has made their product very easy to use (they’re saying, “Use it at your next garage sale,” and they’re giving it away for free. I like it — the money shows up in my bank account within a couple of days.
So I’ve purchased a used first-generation iPad and am very happy with it. It has 3G, but I haven’t activated it, since so far I haven’t needed it, and I’m not going to pay for it until I do. Since 3G-equipped units don’t seem to cost more than WiFi units when purchased used, it’s a good idea to get all the bells and whistles, just in case.