iPad Best Buy Open Box iPad

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  1. roguebear macrumors newbie

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    Just noticed that Best Buy has open box iPad Air 2s for $380 for the 16 gig. Has anyone purchased a Best Buy open box iPad and if so how was it? I've previously purchased refurbished iPad's from apple and had no issue. Not sure if the quality will be as good here, but I'm sorely tempted at that price.

    Also, any idea how the warranty works? Is it one year from my purchase or would it be 1 year from whenever it was first purchased?
     
  2. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502

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    Open box means that somebody returned it to Best buy for some reason, and best buy just put it back in the box and on the shelf. There could be damage or something wrong with the iPad itself, you do not know why the person returned it.

    Warranty IIRC is typically one year from the original purchase date.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    As mentioned they are customer returns so YMMV. Be sure to open the box and check carefully. Apple will NOT change the warranty start date - I just went through that with several techs and with executive customer support.
     
  4. SimplyiOS macrumors member

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    Agreed with the above post. Returned for one reason or another, warranty from original date of purchase.

    Wanted to chime in, if you act fast today only, BestBuy.com has the iPad Air 2 starting at $419.99 brand new. Act quick, as the email stated 4 hour sale, ending at 3pm CST.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. roguebear thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's that 4 hour sale that got me on the site in the first place. Even then, I wasn't really in the market for one but then I saw the possibility of sub $400 for an iPad Air 2.

    I'm not as much of a stickler as some people so I'm debating the option still. That extra $40 or even $50 for a non-geek squad certified one may be worth it for me. I'm guessing some of these returns are probably people who are worried about warm screens, or cool screens, or dust beneath the screen, or something like that. None of which I would probably notice.
     
  6. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased an open box iPad 3 the summer after their release from Best Buy. The iPad was still under full warranty and the price was right. I noticed after several hours of use that there was indeed an issue with the screen where a full line of pixels were wrong, not dead, just wrong. I could either a) return it for a full refund at Best Buy or b) take it to Apple and hop in the replacement lottery. I chose option B and got it exchanged at Apple, but the replacement had a very poor screen with yellow to pinkish tint. I replaced that one and ended up with a very clean screen and perfect battery.

    One thing to keep in mind if you didn't figure it out. Once you replace the iPad at Apple, you can no longer return to Best Buy. So know this upfront if you have any thought that you may have buyer's remorse.
     
  7. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    I bought four Apple products open box, one from Fry's and three from Best Buy. Apple wasn't able to move the purchase date on any of them. Be prepared that the warranty could be three months over by the time you get the iPad. Usually on mobile devices the period isn't as long, for instance on my Apple TV it was originally purchased less then a week before I purchased it. I was able to add AppleCare to it too.

    All the items looks new (iPod nano 7th Gen, Apple TV 3rd Gen, Apple/ATI Radeon 5770 video card) except the Mac mini that I got from Best Buy. It was actually a floor model, but condition wasn't terrible (few nicks and dings there). I actually got $230 off of it though. Not bad, it was actually the the base 2012 i5 model.
     
  8. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Go for it, it's a great deal. Even with open box you still get Best Buy's 15 day return policy. If you see any issues with it, just return it within 15 for a refund or exchange.

    As far as warranty, everyone else is correct. It started from original purchase date so it all depends on when it was purchased and returned. That being said, as long as it is still under the one year warranty you can still add AppleCare which extends you for an additional 2 years past that first year.
     
  9. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Yes, this makes sense. I'd even play with the device at the store for a while and verify all is well before taking it home. You should be able to tell fairly quickly if something is amok. Overall, there is nothing wrong with open box items provided they pass the usage tests and the price is right.
     
  10. rappr macrumors member

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    I bought my iPad air 2 from best buy open box over the holidays. I looked it over before I bought it, and I've been very happy with it since.
     
  11. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my mini 2 best buy open box this past week. Unfortunately, the hardware buttons proved flimsy and I had to go to Apple for a replacement. Fortunately, Apple started my warranty on my purchase date and I got a perfect replacement iPad mini 2 and added AppleCare too. I may have gotten lucky in that regard, but a 32gb iPad mini 2 wifi for $235 out the door was worth the trip to the Apple Store for an exchange. Paid for my AppleCare buy on eBay too!

    If you're willing to do a little bit of shopping more than the one store visit if need be and some online hunting, you can get a great deal and extended warranty.
     
  12. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    No iPads are different and are treated like the iPhone's AppleCare. It must be added within 60 days of purchase, you can only get the AppleCare+ and it only extends it 1 year (2 years from the DOP).
     
  13. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    My apologies, thought they were the same as Mac's.
     
  14. Americasteam macrumors member

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    Best Buy Open Box iPad

    I purchased an open box iPad when the 128gb were on sale for $100 off back in January I believe. Ended up getting it for ~$150 off retail. Works perfect.
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    bestbuy usually rates the quality of the returns: geek-squad certified, excellent, good, fair, poor. I would check that status first :)
     
  16. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    I bought a mini 2 64gb+4G for $360 open box at best buy yesterday. It was in mint condition, no issues so far. I couldn't pass up that price.
     
  17. sanandreas1234 macrumors newbie

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    I was able to score a brand new sealed mini 2 128 gb with cellular from my best buy last week at a clearance price of $449. Couldn't pass it up. Also ended up getting the free 200 mb data from T-Mobile which made it well worth it.
     
  18. Marine0621 macrumors member

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    If you bought it open box, can't you still go purchase AppleCare anyway? I believe you have a full year to buy AppleCare but of course they check the device works and all that so as long as you don't get scammed by Best Buy you could add AC.
     
  19. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    There is no way to move the date either so if the iPad you buy is more then 60 days old your stuck with the remaining warranty.
     
  20. newellj macrumors 601

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    You're confusing AppleCare for computers with AppleCare Plus for iOS devices, which can only be purchased within sixty days of the original sale.
     

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