Special Limited Time Price: Apple offers up to $100 off Certified Refurbished iPads

Apple is offering Certified Refurbished iPads, some with limited time pricing. All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell.

Apple Certified Refurbished products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple’s stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. All Apple Certified Refurbished products are covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty. For extended coverage, you have the option of purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan with your Apple Certified Refurbished product.

Supply is limited and availability is guaranteed once Apple receives full payment.

Refurbished iPad, 16GB Wi-Fi
• Special Limited Time Price
• 16GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $70.00, 14% off – $429

Refurbished iPad, 32GB Wi-Fi
• Special Limited Time Price
• 32GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $100.00, 16% off – $499

Refurbished iPad, 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G
• 16GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi + 3G (3G data plan sold separately)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.6 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $50.00, 7% off – $579

Refurbished iPad, 64GB Wi-Fi
• Special Limited Time Price
• 64GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $100.00, 14% off – $599

Refurbished iPad, 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G
• 32GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi + 3G (3G data plan sold separately)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.6 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $50.00, 6% off – $679

Refurbished iPad, 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G
• 64GB flash drive capacity
• Wi-Fi + 3G (3G data plan sold separately)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
• 9.7-inch widescreen display
• Multi-Touch screen
• 1.6 pounds and 0.5 inch
Save $50.00, 6% off – $779

See all of Apple’s Certified Refurbished Macs, iPods, iPads, and Apple TVs here.

Canadians: Apple Certified Mac and iPod special deals at Apple Store Canada here.

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13 Comments

  1. When a current shipping model is also offered as refurbished, there is absolutely no reason to buy a new one over a refurb, other than getting it in a white cardboard box, instead of brown.

    Refurbs are tested to make sure they work, so likelihood of getting a defective unit is zero (whereas, with a virgin factory unit, there is a chance of getting a lemon), in addition to saving at least the amount of money you’d pay as retail tax, and sometimes even more.

    The only thing about refurbs is that the discount isn’t really all that much. They tend to be 10% less expensive. Considering that the educational store gives you almost the same discount (between 5 – 10%, depending on the item), and the fact that some outlets, such as MacMall, offer 3% lower pricing across the board, in addition to no tax and no shipping, the savings are fairly small (around 2-3%).

    Still, getting a refurb guarantees a working unit with full AppleCare, for slightly less money.

  2. @Predrag
    Now this was 2 years ago, but my original iPhone crapped out 6 months in (partly my fault), and I went to the Apple store who recognized that it was partly my fault, and agreed to provide a refurbished replacement. Truth be told, he pulled out 3 refurb units that did not work!! The fourth unit did work, and in fact, is still working, as my 8 year old now uses it as an iPod touch.

    Just a little scary that 3 units in a row did not work.

  3. Over the past 8 years, I have gone through about 12 refurbished Macs. Every single one is still working (for whoever I sold them to) and never needed any repair. This summer was the first time I did NOT buy a refurb; I took advantage of the educational offer (free iPod touch, free printer, edu discount) to get a new MB and 21.5 iMac. The deal was just more attractive when you included the value of the iPod touch. I actually sold one of the touches for $180 right away, making the total lower than if I had gone for the cheapest available refurbs at the time.

    In general, I had absolutely stellar refurb experience. Overall, cheapest way to get a new Mac. And now, an iPad too.

  4. got a refub’d 27-inch iMac on my desk, saved like $250, it’s perfect. Typing this on a refurb’d current gen white macbook, saved $150.

    It’s a significant savings, and both products rock. I’m sold on refurbs.

  5. I agree with all the other comments. Apple Refurbished is the way to go. Exact same warranty, brand new battery, case, and glass. I will always buy Apple stuff refurbished, when it’s available.

    That is a great price for an iPad. The only problem with the iPad is one isn’t enough for a family.

    Everyone I know who doesn’t already have an iPad is getting their family one for Christmas. Many people are getting their family their second iPad for Christmas.

    The only downside to buying an iPad now is I expect Apple will drop the price $100 in April when the iPad 2 is released.

    Am I going to pay $500 for a second iPad right now, when I think I can get the same thing for $400 in April.? Probably not.

    But, am I going to spend $430 for a second iPad right now, when I’ll only save $30 by waiting until April? That is much more likely.

    I see these refurbished prices being much more palatable for people buying their second or third iPads, and a down-right steal for first time buyers.

  6. @Predrag
    In the case of iPads there is no educational discount, or if there is I haven’t been able to find it. So the refurbished iPad would still be a substantial discount.

  7. Good deals (better than “Black Friday”). However, the savings are less substantial, if you include sales tax. It is close to 10% where I live, so a $429 purchase at “$70 OFF” has a tax of about $41, so my actual net gain is only $29, compared to buying a “brand new” one from Macconnection (or other vendor) for $499, where I don’t pay sales tax.

    On the high end deal (Refurbished iPad, 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G) at $779, my tax would be about $74. That one is $829 retail (so “new” is LESS than refurb if no sales tax).

    (Of course, your local sales tax may be somewhat less, or you may live in a state that does not require sales tax for an online order from Apple.)

    There is also a matter of the packaging. The refurbs are in perfect external condition (like new), but they usually come in generic brown packaging. For something like an iPad (or iPhone), you may want the fancy retail packaging, if you plan to sell it used when you upgrade. I bought a used iPhone, and I appreciated the seller having the original packaging.

  8. I usually buy refurb’d from the Apple Store, BUT, the $429 refurb’d iPad is not much less than what a new iPad cost on Black Friday, $458, and I got it engraved with gift packaging etc., as a Xmas present.

  9. My day-one iPad got a dead pixel and another hardware issue this thursday. Took it to an Apple Store and they gave me one of these units. I went over it and it looked as good as a new one out of the white box. The battery was low, but it seems as good as new and it took me five minutes to get it replaced.
    I’m sold on Apple refurb’s myself.

  10. I bought my daughter a Apple refurbished MacBook in March 2006. It still runs great. The only thing we did is get a larger hard drive installed a couple of years ago. Refurbished is a good way to go. I’m thinking of a refurbished 13″ MBP and give my daughter my four year old MBP.

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