Cheapest way to get an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PhaserFuzz, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
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    I'm thinking about buying one in the near future and was wondering if there are any places that sell it cheaper than Apple? Also does the online Apple store offer refurbs? Thanks for any help.
  2. Peter.Howard macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    you can pickup some good bargins on ebay

    just remember to look at the sellers history before buying a large ticket item like this.
    Look at their feedback, past sales etc..
  3. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I believe I saw on one of the threads on this forum that the Apple Store does have refurbished units.

    I have also read that in 99% of the cases these are better than new because they go through extra testing that isn't done on units straight from the factories.
  4. redshift1 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2010
    Cheapest available unless you want to navigate the ebay/craigslist waters
  5. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madison, WI
    From what I understand the refurbishing process on the iPod touch / iPhone, and presumably iPad is that they take the internals and put it in a new case. That way you get a brand new device (from the outside) with pre-burned in hardware. Win win, and considering the cost, win. Too bad they don't sell refurbs in retail stores.
  6. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    If you want to buy new, I suggest going through retailers where you don't have to pay sales tax.
  7. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    Try Beezid. For only $3,400 in bid purchases you can get an iPad for like fifty bucks!
  8. unixfool macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006
    Northern VA
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    If you can hold off for a few months:

    1) There will be a glut of used iPads for sale in March ahead of the presumed iPad2 launch. All the early adopters (like me, I admit) will be rushing to dump their original iPad as soon as the next model is announced.

    2) Just wait to see what iPad2 brings. More storage? Faster proc? More RAM? Better screen? And the inevitable killer s/w feature that won't be available on the original iPad b/c that's how Apple rolls.
  10. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Penny auction sites.
  11. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    Enter in a Starbucks, steal one and run very fast?
  12. Airmark1 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
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    I got mine Open Box'ed at Best Buy. That was 40 or so bucks off. Then if I bought it in Oregon, another 9% or so off (no sales tax). My open box iPad was in perfect condition and I loved the small discount.
  13. cav23j macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
    prolly some Black Friday deals in a few weeks
  14. kbright1892 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I just got a 32GB Wifi + 3G for $520 shipped on eBay with the Apple case. It just needs a wall charger. I got lucky and jumped on one. I was a little nervous (too good to be true) but it came today and I've been using it all afternoon. Perfect.
  15. jjayasekar macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hahaha ftw!
  16. sman789 Customer Support


    Dec 25, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    If you know anyone military...We received a few coupons for various Exchanges, they're scratch off for 5, 10, 15, 25, 50% off. My dad purchased on from the Navy Exchange and scratched off 10%, saved 70 some dollars off a new 32gb 3g (got it for gps, not data). The great thing is a 14 day return window with no restocking fee. :cool:

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