BestBuy Open Box Ipad

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Has anyone bought one of these? I saw that they were offering around $85-100 off retail price for an open box ipad. I am worried that someone returned one of these because of a screen defect or issue with the ipad. I know a lot of people buy ipads and test drive them and then return them because of form factor or just regular buyers remorse. Does anyone have experience buying an open box ipad?

*Edit - I just saw another thread about this. Feel free to delete.
 
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Max Your Macs

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I bought an open box 10.5" this past weekend at Best Buy in Sanford FL and it was in perfect condition. It was listed as 'Satisfactory' since they have different grades but this one did not have a mark at all and all the original parts and box. Price was dropped down to only $558 too! Sweet deal but I'm not decided whether I'm keeping it or sticking wit my Gen 1 12.9" IPP.

Decisions, decisions....
 

stflush

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I bought one from the website, 64gb 12.9 gen 2 in excellent condition, it just arrived today. There were a few light case marks on the back but otherwise it's in great condition. I'm happy with it. Their return policy is pretty good also, you shouldn't have any issues if it's not in the condition you expect, especially if you return it fairly quickly after receiving it.
 

DougFNJ

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I've always been skeptical of the open box items as you never know what you will get. If you are able to purchase AppleCare Plus for it, then it may be worth it so you know you are fully protected.
 

Relentless Power

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I've always been skeptical of the open box items as you never know what you will get. If you are able to purchase AppleCare Plus for it, then it may be worth it so you know you are fully protected.
The Problem with Best Buy, is Geek Squad is to inspect any returned items that are deemed to be sold as open box items. I think Geek Squad members are poorly trained, lazy and have sub par knowledge with basic tasks.

I have purchased open box items before and it's comical that the item was never even looked over for damage and had missing accessories. I know Best Buy will rectify the situation, But they could use improvements.
 

CE3

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If you consider the sales tax you’ll pay on top, it isn’t that much of a savings. You can order brand new from a site like Sweetwater or B&H with no sales tax and save about the same amount of money.
 
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funnyboy88

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My Apple Watch is open box from Best Buy. It was $100 cheaper and in perfect condition. I even added AppleCare to it.
 

comptr

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Well I have bought Open Box Apple Products like my First Gen iPad & a 2014 MacBook Pro. In both cases I called Apple CS and had them reset the Apple Care to the day I bought it from BB. If I could find a Open Box 12.9 Open Box I would go for it, but I would assume that if one was to wait till Black Friday they will be on sale & Possibly a 150.00 Off as Last Year on Black Friday iPad Pros 9.7 inch were a 150.00 off at Target so some retailer may do it again for the 10.5 inch.
 

Relentless Power

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Well I have bought Open Box Apple Products like my First Gen iPad & a 2014 MacBook Pro. In both cases I called Apple CS and had them reset the Apple Care to the day I bought it from BB. If I could find a Open Box 12.9 Open Box I would go for it, but I would assume that if one was to wait till Black Friday they will be on sale & Possibly a 150.00 Off as Last Year on Black Friday iPad Pros 9.7 inch were a 150.00 off at Target so some retailer may do it again for the 10.5 inch.
I agree with this. I think once the holidays, more specifically Black Friday, the 10.5 iPad will see generous sale prices with third party retailers, similarly as the 9.7 Pro did.

The $329.00 2017 iPad likely won't see much of a price drop, because it's already priced significantly low as is.
 
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comptr

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I agree with this. I think once the holidays, more specifically Black Friday, the 10.5 iPad will see generous sale prices with third party retailers, similarly as the 9.7 Pro did.

The $329.00 2017 iPad likely won't see much of a price drop, because it's already priced significantly low as is.
I bet also the 12.9 will be on sale too with similar discounts since target did discount the larger iPad last year too.
 

Relentless Power

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I bet also the 12.9 will be on sale too with similar discounts since target did discount the larger iPad last year too.
I would agree with that. Ironically, the 12.9 iPad Pro is heavily limited at the moment with availability, compared to the newly designed 10.5 iPad which is primarily available everywhere. I would imagine by November, with the iPhone absorbing most of the attention, both of the iPad Pro's will likely have plenty of available stock and caught up in production by then.
 

thadoggfather

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I snagged an open box 256gb 10.5 for $681 last week. Thought I was doing good until I read Max Your Macs post. LOL So far (knock on wood) I've had no issues with it


If you don’t have problems now it’s unlikely you will any time soon. iPads are typically rock solid when you’ve found yourself a keeper