iPad mini 32GB - Refurb or Used?

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  1. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

    KUguardgrl13

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    I'd really like to bridge my Apple ecosystem and have a consumption device that's bigger and has more capacity than my iPhone, but a new iPad is a little more than I can afford as a college student. I'm not opposed to refurbished for the iPad or used either; my boyfriend just picked up a used first gen 16gb iPad mini for $150, and it's in very nice shape. There aren't too many on craigslist in my area now, but I expect there will be more around Christmas.

    Any suggestions? The current refurb price for a 32gb is still a little high for me. Will it drop once the retina models start appearing in the refurb store? Anyone seen any good deals around? Thanks!

    Edit: I should mention that I'm interested in wi-fi only. The VZW family plan I'm on probably doesn't have enough data.
     
  2. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I'd say refurb is your best bet if you can come up with the cash, because you will get a 1 yr. warranty with the device. If that's not important to you there is nothing wrong with buying used as long as you make sure it's in good working condition before you hand over the money. After Christmas should as you say see an uptick in people selling there old devices. Craigslist at least in my area always has iPads for sale. Have you checked eBay and other online retailers? Amazon also sells used iPads.
     
  3. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    I would prefer a refurb from Apple for two reasons. One would be the aforementioned 1-year warranty with Apple, the other would be the fact that Apple replaces the casing and the battery on all refurbished iPads.

    Plus if you're buying used, you don't necessarily know where that tablet's been. :p
     
  4. deeddawg, Dec 3, 2013
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    deeddawg macrumors 604

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    I'd also suggest a refurb. First, if you have a discover credit card, you can go through shopdiscover.com to go to Apple and get 5% online shopping cash back plus 5% Apple ShopDiscover cash back. Second, warranty and new case/battery as mentioned.
     
  5. KUguardgrl13 thread starter macrumors 68020

    KUguardgrl13

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    Thanks for the advice! I'll keep an eye on craigslist and the refurb store and save up in the mean time.
     
  6. CreamyItalian macrumors newbie

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    Only 35% of people use their tablet in the bathroom? Has to be more than that. I bought mine primarily for tinker stinker time.
     
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Regarding craigslist - when I was considering a used mini1 I watched CL for a while and contacted a few sellers.

    All of the "reasonably" priced ones listed were just slimebags pitching penny-auctions.

    While I'm sure there are deals to be found, my personal experience was that it'd take a lot more time and effort watching for them than it was worth to me.
     
  8. KUguardgrl13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    There are a fair number of those in my area. There are also some legitimate good deals. Just have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.
     
  9. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

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    I vote with the Apple refurb crowd, but strongly against a Craigslist buy. Way too many ways to get scammed.
     

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