Refurbished iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cabrewolf, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Cabrewolf macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2003
    Does anyone have educated thoughts based on prior history re when we can expect to see these things discounted as refurbished? I'm not in a rush to buy, but I would like to buy in the next three months and don't want to wait just to have the same price and miss out on three months of use.
  2. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    iPhone refurbs (2g) showed up about 8 weeks in. I don't know if the iPad will be the same...remember the $100 battery switch-out? I am sure they will build up a pile of refurbished ones to ship out...but...I really don't know
  3. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
    i am curious as well. i might pick one up for my folks if the refurbished price is a nice discount. my guess, however, is that the refurbished price will be about $30 or $40 less then MSRP... not really worth the wait.
  4. fishepa macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2009
    They will probably all be iPads with one or two dead pixels in them since everyone is returning theirs.
  5. psychotropic macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2008
    Refurbished Ipad

    I'm wondering when we should expect to see refurbished ipads on apple's website?

  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'd say soon. I returned mine after a few days for a defect in the overall construction. Many have returned theirs within the 14 days after 4/3 (launch) to get the 3G (or due to buyer's remorse). I'd suspect you'd see them hit after the 3G is released in the US. Why? because the discount may entice people to buy the refurb wifi model instead of the 3G and I'd venture to guess Apple would like to keep 3G sales at the maximum.
  7. RunOverProducti macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2008
    Not trying to step in any toes huh LOL:p
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I'd say you have at least another month before refurbs show up, maybe longer. With demand so high, returns are probably being turned around into brown box iPads within days.
  9. noah82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
  10. 0101001 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
  11. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    50$ off is my guess
  12. gigaguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2010
    I'd be very surprised to see Apple dilute early retail iPad sales by offering refurbs so early on, but I'd love to be proved wrong. I've bought Mac mini refurbs for years and many came with unadvertised, free upgrades in RAM and HDD.
    would love to buy a refurb 16gb iPad and receive a 64gb one! but that ain't gonna happen with iPads.
  13. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2009
    Refurbished iPad?

    Do you think Apple will ever carry refurbished iPads in their online store? How long do you think it will be?
  14. trssho macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    Want to bet. I have not read a lot of complaints of refurbs being anything but A+ quality. And if it is not, same as new warranty.
  15. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Most likely you won't see refurbs till July or August or Sept 2010

    The iPad's are like hotcakes!

    They sell out quick

    One April 30th, an apple specialist told me to come and try my luck at an apple store before the iPad 3G's are sold out!

    People are actually liking the iPad

    Plus people in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania won't be able to get iPad wifi or 3G till May-June!

    8 weeks from now will be late June early July.
  16. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    Apple's Refubished-line products are always restored to original condition, and may have a lower rate for defects since they are checked over thoroughly.
  17. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I have stopped trusting refurbished products from anyone. It is probably more bad luck than anything but the 3-4 things I have got refurbed all broke down in weird ways within a couple months.
  18. 0101001 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    Always got pristine refurbs from Apple I think in 6 weeks they will start to show my price guess will be starting at 449.00
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Apple is different, VERY different. Do you have issues with Apple refurbs, if so, pony up some examples.
  20. jlmba08 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2008
    I had my first generation iphone exchanged for a refurb, and the same with my 3g. I've never had an issue the refurbs. I would actually think that you have a greater chance having something go wrong with a brand new item than with a refurb. Can't speak for what the ipad refurbs will be like, but based on the iphone refurbs, you shouldn't be able to tell them apart from a brand new one. I don't think apple will release refurbs for several months at least. The ipads are selling like crazy, and the 3g version hasn't even come out yet. They are going to milk the profits from the full price versions most likely until demand levels or dies down, at which time we might see a slight price drop and/or the release of refurbs.

    If you followed apple's earnings release this week, the ipad actually hurts their profit margin due to the ipad being a new product with the price of components high initially. (they are making a profit on the ipads, but less of a profit margin than on the ipods/iphones/macs, so it brings down the profit margin ratio) I feel that the refurbs, having been produced, and then repaired/restored again, are marginally profitable, if at all. Sorry for the tangent, I just don't think we'll see refurbs anytime soon.
  21. mrwilmoth macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    I would like to see a refurbished 3g ipad for $499!
  22. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    That wouldn't be refurbished but rather considered "B Stock".
  23. jkrutch macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    Refurb Pricing

    I'd look for around 10%. Maybe a few more % points at the most. Not enough to wait for....IMO.
  24. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    Seeing how the iPad is roughly 100 percent profit on the parts, I would be looking for a 25% discount on refurbished units. I wouldn't expect to see any until the end of the summer though.
  25. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Mroogled and didn't see this posted anywhere.

    Refurb iPads in the Apple store.

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