Price Drop: Apple Offering Refurbished iPad 1 for $299

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple has lowered the price of a refurbished entry-level 16GB iPad 1 to $299.

    The price seems to have been dropped this weekend and is the lowest price we've seen for an iPad direct from Apple. All Apple's refurbished products come with the same warranty as new ones and include a new battery and aluminum outer shell.

    This weekend HP slashed the price of its now-cancelled TouchPad tablet to $99 in order to clear stock in the wake of its corporate reorganization. By all accounts the TouchPad has been selling extremely well at that heavily reduced price point. Apple continues to sell every iPad it can make.

    Thanks Ronald!

    Article Link: Price Drop: Apple Offering Refurbished iPad 1 for $299
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Don't they all come with an aluminum outer shell?
  3. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    Wow. Actually that's nice i'll probably get one for "at-home" iPad. You know to sit by the tv with the apple tv. It'll look good.
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The battery and shell are new, I take the wording to mean.
  5. macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    I think the 'new' applies to both the battery AND shell :)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    This statement is saying that the refurbished products get a new aluminum body. Especially since a new part number (and I assume new serial number) is laser etched on the aluminum.

    Where as if you get a refurb from other companies, many times it is the same "shell" with a fixed interior (if that is even needed).
  7. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    Read the whole thing please.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    $199 and they may get a lot more sales in
  9. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Hanging around in NJ with his cutie. :)
    Well that's not a bad price for a almost-new iPad. :) Personally I wouldn't mind Apple selling more than one revision of the iPad at a time, similar to how the iPhone 3GS is still being sold.

    I can envision an iPad 2 for $399 and an iPad 3 for $499. At least that's just my two cents... selling the original for $199 or $249 would do really well. I myself bought (or tried to buy) an HP TouchPad simply to use as an interactive photo frame for my Grandmother, purely because of the price.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Anddddd it's already sold out


    Don't think that will ever happen...I'm pretty sure parts alone run Apple $270. They're barely turning any profit as is.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
  12. macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA

    The original iPad is still three times as expensive as the HP TouchPad.
  13. macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2006
    Pure Michigan
    so much for resale value

    That only brings the resale value of my 1st Gen iPad (32gb+3g) down some more. Thanks
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2007
    LOL. Oh Apple. You can't stand for the media spotlight to be on someone else for a SECOND!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    Or they might want to also clear out their supply as much as possible.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Mar 11, 2009
    And it still sold faster.
  17. duk
    macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    "Apple continues to sell every iPad it can make"

    Not true, I was out shopping this weekend, and every store I was in had an abundance of all models of ipad 2 sitting in the display case. Best buy, target and walmart all had plenty of unsold stock sitting on the shelf.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA

    I wonder how the original iPad runs WebOS considering that the iPad 2 was supposed to be double as quick as the TouchPad.
  19. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    And do you know exactly how long they have been sitting there?

    I know just about every store that carries the iPad 2 in my area hardly had any in stock due to overwhelming demand.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    West Drayton, UK
    Wish this one on the UK store too. I'd have snapped one at that price.
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Haughton, LA
    Hence, they have been sold by Apple to "Best buy, target and walmart"
  22. macrumors 65816

    Mar 11, 2009
    Admittedly every outlet doesn't have people lined up waiting for the next shipment to head for the shelf.

    There's a difference between "a shipment came in and will be gone in a few days" vs. "they've been sitting there a while and we're concerned shelf-space costs are eating into our potential profit". Ask 'em how long that "plenty of unsold stock" has been sitting on the shelf.
  23. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Says a lot, doesn't it?

    Apple obsolete devices are outselling the competition's current ones (and in some cases their best effort.) Take the 3GS, for example.
  24. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    You guys are not taking into consideration how many Refurbished 16GB iPads Apple had in the inventory right? I doubt there were many remaining, unless the failure rate of iPads is high.. Refurbished as you know are generally ones that were defective or returned..

    So long story short, the Touchpad sold in about 2 days ? and Best Buy alone had 270,000 in the inventory, god knows how many were produced..

    I don't think its fair to say that Apple sold any quicker, at least not without knowing how many Apple had in its inventory..

    I honestly think for $99 HP Touchpad must have sold quicker, you can't even get a netbook for $99, its an amazing price for a product like that..
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    oh great, my dad's going to be bugging me about this. He wont buy it, he will just talk about buying it for a couple of months :(

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