There’s a huge market for refurbished iPads and with the possibility of a new one just around the corner, that market’s only going to get bigger. Generally speaking, something that’s refurbished — aka a refurb — is a used product that’s been tested or otherwise reconditioned 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 in shipping or it was a retail floor model used for demonstrations. Going the refurb route can not only save you money compared with new models, but you can also get cheap older iPads that might no longer be available, but still meet your needs. Plus, it keeps perfectly good tech out of landfills. Still, buying something stamped “refurbished” can be a dicey proposition because the word can mean different things to different retailers. What good is saving money if you’re just buying someone else’s problems? The key to getting a great refurbished iPad is to buy from a reputable retailer that clearly details not only what condition the refurb is in, but its own return and warranty policies. In this case, the best place to start is with the manufacturer. Now playing: Watch this: How to choose your next iPad 2:18 Check Apple first There is a whole section of the Apple Store dedicated to its certified refurbished products. (It’s a bit hidden. Just scroll down to the site navigation at the bottom of any page… [Read full story]
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