There is a huge market for refurbished iPads and withThat market will only be bigger.
In general, something that has been renovated – aka a refurb – is a used product that has been tested or otherwise refurbished by the manufacturer or a third party for resale. It could be something that was returned under warranty for a defect, or maybe its box was damaged by shipping or it was a retail model used for demonstrations.
Going to refurboden can not only save money compared to new models, but you can also get cheap older iPads that are no longer available, but still meet your needs. In addition, it keeps the very good technique out of landfills.
Still buying something stamped "refurbished" may be a dicey proposition because the word may mean different things for different dealers. What good save money if you only buy other people's problems?
The key to getting a stylishly refurbished iPad is to purchase from a reputable retailer who clearly describes not just what refurb condition is but its own return and warranty policy. In this case, the best place to start with the manufacturer is.
Check Apple First
There is a lot of Apple Store dedicated to its certified refurbished products. (It's a little hidden. Just scroll down to page navigation at the bottom of a page and look for Refresh and Clearance under the Apple Store heading.)
Getting a refurbished iPad right from Apple is the safest and best option. Not only have prices been the best, but Apple puts in a new battery, giving each one a new outer shell and testing them completely. They are put in fresh boxes with Apple's own accessories and a 1 year warranty included, as well as free shipping and return. In principle you get a new iPad at a discount and it's amazing.
What's not awesome is that you're in love with what Apple has in stock. Because the accessories are limited and it does not offer many older models, the exact iPad you may not be immediately available – or ever again. Current models are your best bet, but they can also be difficult to come with. Are you looking for a refurbished iPad Air to give to your children? Forget it.
Then check all other
Here things can get confusing. If you're looking for "Refurbished iPads," you'll get a lot of store options – from Best Retailers, Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, to smaller sites that specialize in selling used products like Gazelle – and there are my eBay shopping areas. They have all different standards for refurbished gear and have a number of return guarantees and guarantees available to the resellers they sell. Even if you may buy it on Walmart or Amazon, it's not necessarily who sells you iPad.
Best Buy is the Next Best Purchase
If you do not find the iPad you want from Apple, check Best Buy. Look for models listed as "Open-box Excellent Certified." It's basically Best Buys version of what Apple offers minus the new battery and shell. It includes a one-year warranty and qualifies for Apple's extended AppleCare coverage. The discounts are not big, but that's something.
For deeper discounts, Best Buy also offers older, refurbished iPads that are "repaired and reset to a similar new state". A 90-day warranty is included and refurb is also covered by the shop's return and exchange promise. The advantage here is that if something goes wrong you can actually go into a store instead of trying to handle things online or on the phone.
Best Buy also sells used iPads, which usually results from the store's invitation, so they have been opened and used. They have been inspected and verified to work properly, and they will be cleaned and reset to original factory specifications. But do not expect original packaging or accessories. Confused? Here are all the details on Best Buys website.
Be Careful With Market Dealers
Walmart and Newegg sell refurbished iPads. They also have third party sellers, like Amazon, use their websites to do the same. The problem here is that guarantees and return rules may differ between the two.
For Amazon, Stick With iPads Sold Under Its Amazon Renewed Label. To get this designation, they must be "inspected and tested to work and look like new by an Amazon-qualified and performance-driven vendor who is either the seller of the mail, when it is not Amazon.com or a third-party vendor, when Amazon. com sells products that it purchases from third party suppliers. "Amazon Renewal products include at least 90 days warranty and supported by Amazon's return policy.
Finding this information for Walmart's sellers in the market requires some more effort: You must click on the seller's name. But frankly, it's better to stick to products sold and shipped by Walmart, simply because you can go straight into a store if you want to restore it within your narrow 15-day window.
Join Gazelle for straight-up used
Gazelle buys and sells all used mobile devices including iPads. Its products are "certified before owned", which means they get easy refurbishment, including a 30-point functional and cosmetic inspection and a factory reset. The return period is less than 30 days.
The beautiful part of Gazelle shopping is that it grades its devices – excellent, good and fair – so if you do not mind a cosmetically incomplete device, save some extra money.
This story originally published March 16, 2017.