Where Do You Get a New iPad 2 Cheap?

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  1. iMacBookPro macrumors member

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    I was thinking about getting an iPad 2 for my son. I was just wondering if there was a website or store to get a brand new iPad 2 cheaper than Apple.com. Should I just get a refurbished one or is there another place to get one. :apple:
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    You wont get much cheaper than Apple, Apple discounts are rare, even through third party vendors and e-tailers.

    Check slickdeals.net
    And as you mentioned refurb is an option
     
  3. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Even a place like Amazon with a marketplace of third party vendors competing, new price starts above Apple's.

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  5. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    Just pick up a refurb, new shell and new battery with warranty. Wish I'd even known about them when I bought mine or I'd have got one myself
     
  6. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    You would be wise to wait until the ipad3 is released, which reportedly will be in about 60 days. It has been rumored to expect a significant price drop on the ipad 2 then, in order to literally destroy the other tablet competitors.

    If Apple does drop the ipad2 down to around $250, say goodbye to any sort of competition.
     
  7. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

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    That's a pretty big "if." In the first place it assumes that either (a) Apple continues to manufacture the iPad 2 and sells it as a significant loss or (b) it has a huge unsold inventory of unsold iPad 2's when the next model is introduced. Neither assumption seems likely. Furthermore, if the iPad 2 were sold for $250 it would not only undermine competition, it would significantly undercut the sales of the iPad 3.

    I suspect that the unsold inventory of iPad 2's would be priced at about $100 (or less) than the current retail price. That would place the least expensive iPad 2 at about slightly less than $400. And without any further manufacturing the sale wouldn't last long.
     
  8. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    It costs Apple around $320 to manufacture an iPad. Now that they've recovered R&D and other costs they can sell it for $349. Its not so much for profit, its for eliminating the competition.
     
  9. Heebeejeebies macrumors regular

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    Something lower would be awesome, but even that price is enough to give the iPad's competition a run for it's money.

    I have been itching to buy an iPad 2 and this is what I'm waiting for.
     
  10. JonnyBlaze macrumors regular

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    Check places like quidco. I managed to get £20 off my new ipad 2 (standard apple price, but from carphone warehouse) and new deals are always popping up.
     
  11. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    That price is probably for the 32GB cell-enabled version. Drop the memory to 16GB (8GB??), make it wifi-only, and they might be able to sell it for $300 (I'm assuming that manufacturing & part costs have dropped a bit).

    Source: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110314PR200.html
     
  12. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    If you find a new iPad 2 for much less than what Apple sells you need to be very suspicious.

    iPad 2 units are still in great demand. Even used one sold on eBay or CL are not cheap.

    Apple products do hold a lot of their value.
     
  13. chimpboy74 macrumors 6502a

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    Every apple product I have owned (except iPhones) have been refurbs. I won't buy any other way. I got my 32gb iPad 2 wifi only with I think £60 off list and comes with full warranties. Other than it coming in a "refurb" box I defy anyone to be able to tell the difference between it and a new one.

    Same for the mac mini, appletv, and MacBooks I have bought.
     
  14. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

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    No it doesnt.

    It costs way less. Where did you get that figure from?

    1 year ago might have cost near that but i doubt it.

    Today the ipad costs hardly anything. Flash and Dram is cheap and screens after getting cheaper than ever
     
  15. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Where are you getting YOUR figures from?

    Your "iPad cost hardly anything" does not say anything for your intelligence
     
  16. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    FWIW, I bought a refurb just after christmas, I love it. My girlfriend and her family got new ones, and there is no way to tell the difference. I haven't had any issues with mine, plus it has the normal 1 year apple warranty. It's a pretty good deal :apple:
     
  17. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Either go with a refurb direct from Apple (which is virtually indistinguishable from new other than the box it comes in), or if you must have a brand new in the retail box iPad 2, Micro Center has them for $50 off MSRP. The only catch is that they only sell them in store and not online.
     
  18. E.Lizardo macrumors 65816

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    I've bought some macs from mac mall.My laptop came with two rebates,a really nice case and some other stuff I can't remember.They may have similar stuff on iPads,at least some free extras if not a lower price.I was happy with the customer service for what that's worth.
     
  19. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    Even though the prices have dropped, I don't think it'll have reduced to less than $290. And this is for 32GB 3G model. Cheaper models may cost around $~250. Apple can easily drop $200 off each model when the iPad 3 comes out.
     
  20. NickkyJ macrumors regular

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    i have been saving for an IPAD 2 White 16gb refurbished. I dont see any bad part with getting it it seems like a sweet deal for me. 466 after taxes.
     
  21. jdugan4859 macrumors newbie

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    If you have a MicroCenter near you check them out. I bought my 32 gig 3g for $679 VS Apples $729.
     
  22. musika macrumors 65816

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    Do refurbs come in retail box? Anybody know? How cosmetically "new" is it?
     
  23. The Sweet Love, Jan 15, 2012
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    Actually if you look at the Apple website it has a picture of the box and states that refurbished iPads come with a new battery plus new outer shell.
     
  24. Jedi5 macrumors 6502

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    When I was looking for my iPad 2, I was always on CL refreshing every so often.

    Finally got lucky today and bought a brand new sealed 16gb for $400.
     
  25. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    Comes in the same box as a new one except for that it says Refurbished in grey at the bottom of the front.
     

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