Just one week before the Apple will supposedly announce the iPad 3, Auction giant eBay says that tablet trade-ins have increased tenfold compared to last year.
The auction reseller collected the results from its Instant Service, which allows users to swap their old hardware devices for cash. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, eBay found that 97.6% of tablets being traded in were iPad 1 or iPad 2 tablets.
The overbearing opinion is that these are users preparing to gather the funding for an iPad 3, although it is also thought that iPad 1 shortages on launch meant that some users only had their tablets for a matter of months before the launch of the iPad 2.
Apple looks likely to launch the iPad 3 in San Francisco on March 7.