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Old Nov 27, 2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Are refurbished iPads noticeably different?

I mean they have no scratches and a new battery and a warranty is there any disadvantage at all to buying refurbished? Aren't they pretty much a new product aesthetically? And anything that could break internally because of use is under warranty.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Assuming you are buying refurbished directly from Apple, yes. They are cosmetically new and carry the same warranty as new.

Some think they are better than buying new because they are checked more thoroughly than a new retail unit. I have never had problems from a refurb unit.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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Refurbished means any defects they were brought back with have been completely replaced. They can't sell it as new however, hence refurbish. There is nothing cosmetically wrong with them.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 04:49 AM   #4
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I've bought 3 and they had less light bleed and were cleaner then the 2 new iPads I bought.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:38 AM   #5
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I've had a string of defective iPhone 4s's and recently got help through Apple corporate in an exchange. I asked if they would be able to tell me what caused the problem with my old phone once they got it back and the rep explained what they do with defective items. Apparently they disassemble them and test each part to see which ones are defective and which ones can be reused. They assemble new units from these good parts to offer as refurb and replacement units (for exchange at the Apple store). Essentially you're getting a unit that is like new, but assembled more or less in the states.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:17 AM   #6
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Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
  • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
  • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
  • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
  • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
  • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
  • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
  • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
  • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
  • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
  • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by luthier42 View Post
Essentially you're getting a unit that is like new, but assembled more or less in the states.
This is not always true. Every refurbed iPad I've purchased was shipped to me directly from China. The last refurbed iPad I purchased was in July.
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