So you lent your iPad to your little brother or your (soon to be ex) best friend, and all you got back was a brick, or worse, something that looks like this picture? You can try to call Apple Care, but more often than not, if the iPad was broken due to human error, you will be denied any kind of coverage. And sending the iPad back to Apple for repairs could cost you almost as much as a brand new iPad.
Everything is not lost though. If you really have no choice but to buy a new one, don’t toss the old one away. Many companies like BuyMyTronics are willing to buy them, albeit at a large discount.
For instance, BuyMyTronics offers up to $184 for a broken 64GB 3G iPad with a cracked screen, about 22% of the US retail price for the device. Not that much compared to the initial cost, but still pretty nice for nothing more than a paperweight.