I have been looking for a used iPad for my kids to share (and to stop the fighting for mine). I looked on the typical sites like Craigslist and was shocked to see how much money some people are asking for a used iPad 2 or the new iPad. Talk about a product that retains its value!
Beyond the cost of the device, though, there are a few other issues to think about when considering an iPad purchase from a non-retail environment like Craigslist:
- There is no way of knowing if there something wrong with the iPad beforehand.
- The owner could have the iPad as a result of theft.
- The person could be planning on taking your money without giving you the product, maybe even by force.
- The iPad could be a fake.
The above concerns inspired me to check other options. Apple has a section of its online store where users can look at refurbished iPads, which come with a full 1-year warranty from Apple. This started to look interesting considering the cost was very similar to what the people on Craigslist were asking for their used iPads.
I found out that the Apple refurbished units are actually a very good deal, because they could actually be considered better than new. A new unit goes through an assembly line whereas a refurbished iPad will get the dedicated attention of a tech who will look over the whole unit and then fix whatever was wrong. They also install a brand new battery and a new outer shell.
Basically you get a new iPad, remanufactured by a real person, for less money than a new one in a retail store.
If you are looking for a used iPad or a less expensive one, take a look at a refurbished version. For a similar price to a used one that you find on Craigslist or nolongerneedit.com you get a practically new one with warranty.