Why You Should Consider a Refurbished Apple Product This Holiday Season

When Apple released its Apple iPad 2 in March, 2011, the newest iPad had additional features that the original Apple iPad did not. Lighter in weight, the addition of two cameras and a faster CPU were all highlighted in the ‘new and improved’ advertisements.

Toward the end of April of 2011, I wandered over to the Apple Store after being advised by one of the writers here at LockerGnome that Apple was selling the original refurbished iPads with 16 GB and Wi-Fi only for $349.

This price was $150 less than the original price and included the following:

  • Tested and certified including a one-year warranty
  • New battery
  • New outer shell
  • Free shipping

Upon receiving the iPad, I was surprised at the condition, since in my opinion it appeared new. The unit came in a new box with instructions, limited as they were, and one could not distinguish it as being refurbished or new. The iPad worked and continues to work perfectly with no issues. During the course of 2011 I continued to buy refurbished products from the Apple store including an additional refurbished iPad for myself and two refurbished iPods as gifts.

Why You Should Consider a Refurbished Apple Product This Holiday SeasonThe last iPad I bought was also one of the originals and included 32 GB of storage, Wi-Fi and 3G, and was priced at $399, a savings of $230. Again the unit was in perfect condition and also came with the original one-year warranty. Both refurbished iPods were given to younger family members and have performed perfectly. I believe that this perfection of hardware is a credit to Apple and its high quality that extends to its refurbished products as well.

Why You Should Consider a Refurbished Apple Product This Holiday SeasonThe refurbished iPad 2 models are not heavily discounted and you may only save $50 when purchasing one of these units. But if the rumors are true and Apple plans on releasing its new iPad 3 next March, I would expect that the iPad 2 will also be heavily discounted at that time.

Because of my personal experiences in buying refurbished products from the Apple Store, I can highly recommend buying these products with confidence. Apple backs its refurbished products with a full one-year warranty, which itself instills confidence that you are purchasing a quality, slightly used product, at significant savings.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://twitter.com/darren_lock Darren Lock

    Good article – but I bought a refurbished 27″ iMac in May this year from Apple UK and there was a problem with the unit. The monitor kept corrupting and I had to return it. The return process was not a problem, but it is a shame that they can’t replace like for like, instead you have to wait a couple of weeks for your refunded cash to go back on your credit card.

  • Daniel

    If it came in a “new” box, there’s a chance it’s overstock rather than refurbished. That’s been known to happen, and preferable IMO. The refurb MacBook I bought came in a generic cardboard box. I know of no fewer than 4 refurb Macs and they’re all still working perfectly years later. Highly recommended.

    • Sosolisalisa

      Thanks for sharing! I have seen these refurbished Apple products from time to time & never considered it… Now I will! I love everything Apple & it usually takes some time to save up (not complaining – TOTALLY WORTH WAITING FOR!) To get a lower price is a great opportunity!

    • Anonymous

      According to the Apple Store description of refurbished products, the units are ‘repackaged’ which could explain the new box also. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MerryMarjie MerryMarjie

    Thanks for sharing this.  I’m always a little leery of refurbished products but earlier this year I bought a DVD player refurb and it’s perfect.  At the price of new tablets, I’ll be checking out the deals on Apple’s site.

    • John Ponti

      One question: do refurbished Macs qualify for the extended AppleCare warranty if you should choose to buy it?

      • Anonymous

        Sorry John for the delay in replying to your question. Yes, you can purchase AppleCare warranty for refurbished products.

    • John Ponti

      One question: do refurbished Macs qualify for the extended AppleCare warranty if you should choose to buy it?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve now bought my last 2 macbook pros refurbished and recommend it to any of my friends who want apple stuff. It’s literally a no-brainer. The only disadvantage was my computers came in non-oringial boxes, but when you’re saving literally hundreds of dollars that is a very very minor quibble. If the smaller stuff like iPads come in original packaging, it’s an even easier decision. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve now bought my last 2 macbook pros refurbished and recommend it to any of my friends who want apple stuff. It’s literally a no-brainer. The only disadvantage was my computers came in non-oringial boxes, but when you’re saving literally hundreds of dollars that is a very very minor quibble. If the smaller stuff like iPads come in original packaging, it’s an even easier decision.