Refurbished iPad 3rd gen

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Nevzorus, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    Hi! I would like to know what's wrong with a refurbished iPad. I know you can't find any refurbished iPad 3's yet but i know you will soon. If everyone says that a refurbished iPad 3 is like the normal iPad then why won't you people buy it if you can save some money? :eek: What's the difference on a refurbished and a not refurbished iPad? How much would this model be if it was refurbished:

    iPad 3rd gen, 32 GB, Wi-Fi only, white

    English is not my native language so don't complain, i'm trying my best. :)
  2. WILLDOGS macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2007
    Refurbished (Especially from apple) is as good as a new one. Nothing wrong with it and it comes with a warranty as well.

    Reason more people don't buy refurbished is because some people absolutly want NEW vs. refurbished. Its only personal preference.

    The price is usually about $50 cheaper for refurbished models but you may be waiting a while before they show up on Apple's website.
  3. Nevzorus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    Oh, 50 dollars cheaper?! Omg, that would be FANTASTIC :D What's the downside of the refurbished ones?
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    Because some people have enough disposable income to buy new and therefore don't need to save the $50 bucks on a refurbished item.. simple as that...

    Then there are some uninformed people who think refurbished is a bad word and see it in a negative light.

    And then there are some who have purchased refurbished products from other companies who are not as meticulous as Apple, and have had a crappy experience, so they are put off by refurbished.
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Define "soon". With the first and second generation iPads, refurbished units didn't go on sale until around August / September. Saving $50 is certainly worthwhile, but is it worth $12.50 per month to have it now vs. waiting?
  6. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    I rank Apple higher than most companies on refurbs but I have had a negative experience. I've purchased several refurb Apple items but I had a refurb Macbook Pro with a bad optical drive out of the box. I suspect it was just a return and they reloaded the OS but they certainly didn't do it via the optical drive. Perhaps a drive swap. They obviously didn't check the optical drive in the process. I had Applecare on it and eventually sent it in when a few things were going wrong with it. (It also had the bad series of graphic chips.) When I got it back it was fine. They would have fixed it with the regular warranty anyhow. On the downside, I'm nowhere near an Apple store. So, it was all FedEx shipments.
  7. tranceFusion macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
    I return ipad -> apple makes sure nothing is wrong with it (or fixes it if there is something) -> apple sells to you as refurbished

    The "downside" is that you have my cooties on your device.
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    For iPads, iPods and iPhones you really can't tell the difference between a refurbished product and a new one from Apple. The discount on refurbished units is not great, and they often aren't available right away after a new product launch so many people just buy new. Refurbs are also not available at physical Apple stores (unless you are getting a warranty replacement) so there is also a convenience factor.

    The refurbished macs are not quite so flawless. They sometimes come with cosmetic blemishes and other defects though most of the time they are fine. I've had many refurbished iPhones that are indistinguishable from new, but when I got a refurb macbook pro it arrived so warped that it wouldn't lie on a table flat and rocked back and forth when I typed on it.
  9. batotman macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    This. Exactly this.
  10. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Actually you won't, Apple replace the outer case on refurbished products. They only reuse internal components.
  11. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    The main downside of refurbished is that it can make it harder to sell -- in general "refurbished" has a bad connotation.

    I've bought a few Apple refurbs that I though were especially good deals even after paying sales tax (Airport express, 24" Cinema display) and I'm very happy with them, and also no plan to flip when a new model appears like I do most Apple products.

    One important consideration - only by an refurbished Apple product from Apple. They are the only ones that come with a 1 year Apple warranty. Other sellers also sell refurbished Apple product but they usually only come with a 90 day warranty, and do not guarantee genuine Apple repair service.

    Also you do need to look at total cost. Many times you can find new Apple products on sale at legit resellers going for the same price as an Apple refurb. A good example of this was the iPad 2 last holiday season. Many resellers were selling for $50 off.
  12. CD27 macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2012

    When possible, I prefer to buy refurbs (from Apple) over new because I know that someone has at least had a look at it. I have always had excellent luck.
  13. Nevzorus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    Does the battery suck on the new refurbished iPad?
  14. Mk4Jetta macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    It's the same. If apple didn't tell you it was a refurb, you would have no idea it was.
  15. urkel, Mar 31, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    The negatives for buying Refurb:
    -No original packaging Apple owners love their boxes. I've got a closet full of them
    - Lower Resale Value Buying used is risky enough. But being the 3rd owner? No thanks.
    - Peace of mind. Refurbs probably have LESS risk for problems but that wont stop us from saying "its because its a refurb" if something goes wrong.
    - Used and Cutting Edge don't feel right. It's pretty weird to want "the latest and greatest" product that someone else owned.
    - Genius Bar Geniuses know its a refurb. While standard support is the same, geniuses have the power to bend the rules sometimes. I've noticed they'll be less likely to do that for a refurb rather than a brand new one purchased at that store.

    Who told you that? Most returns I've seen/owned have had minor scuffs or signs of use so while Apple does an amazing job at cleaning them off, the chance for a cooties infection still exists.
  16. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    But I'm guessing they only mean the back shell, not the front glass.
  17. technounion macrumors newbie


    Mar 31, 2012
    I bought different refurbished apple devices in the last years and nothing went wrong. Every single device was like new. If I didn't know it better, I wouldn't even have noticed it.
  18. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Most refurbs end up being returned iPads that can no longer be sold as new, even if they are flawless. And obviously, if there were any major dings/dents, the iPad couldn't be returned, especially when a product is brand new.

    However, as time goes on and iPads are returned to Apple from product failure, that's when it's possible to get an iPad made from salvaged parts.
  19. Nevzorus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
  20. mac.junkie macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    Apple puts a new battery in refurbished iPads, so no.
  21. Jackintosh, Mar 31, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012

    Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    With all the screen problem returns (bleeding, color blotching, display inconsistencies), don't you think those will now become part of the refurb pool?
  22. Nevzorus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    I don't think that the refurbished ones will have color blotching, display inconsistencies or something like that. Apple problably checks them and i'm sure you can return it if that happens.
  23. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    That might be true. But then why didn't Apple check them or notice these issues when originally sold as new, I wonder.
  24. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Doubt it, otherwise they'll just have to deal with people returning them again.
  25. Nevzorus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    If it's true that you can buy refurbished ones in August/September, then you'll problably understand why. Apple is REALLY busy right now and checking iPads while your busy is kinda hard, but i really think they should do that though.

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