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Apple Begins Selling Certified Refurbished Sixth-Generation 9.7-Inch iPads at 15% Discount

Apple has added sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad models to its refurbished store in the United States for the first time since their release in March 2018. Prices are discounted by 14 to 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models.


The following configurations are available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold:Orders placed today are estimated to be delivered in the first week of December. Quantities are limited, however, so we recommend acting fast or using Refurb Tracker to monitor when inventory is replenished.

Apple says certified refurbished iPad models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged in a new white box, with all accessories and documentation included. Every refurbished iPad receives a new battery and a new outer shell, making it virtually indistinguishable from a brand new iPad.

Every refurbished iPad is covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the tablet is delivered. The coverage can be extended to two years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+ for iPad, which costs $69 or $3.49 per month for the the 9.7-inch iPad in the United States.

While certified refurbished iPads represent a decent opportunity for savings, better deals were offered on the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad on Black Friday last week. Walmart and Target, for example, offered the Wi-Fi model with 32GB of storage for just $249 brand new, less than Apple's refurbished price of $279.

Those interested in a better deal on the sixth-generation iPad can monitor the price charts in our continuously updated Apple Deals roundup.

(Thanks, Shanmugam!)

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2 weeks ago
15% off with a 20% markup off the top.
Rating: 10 Votes
2 weeks ago
People complain that Apple is making entry-level iPads prohibitively expensive with the most recent release, but these refurbished devices are good options!

If you need/want an iPad for media consumption and creative work, you can pick up one that is practically new for $279—less than an Apple Watch, HomePod, or mid-range iPod touch (when those received more focus) and more capable than each.
Rating: 9 Votes
2 weeks ago
I have purchased refurbished iPads directly from Apple and they are literally indistinguishable from new. The only way to tell it's refurbished is that the box it comes in says it's refurbished. They come with a full Apple warranty and the option to purchase AppleCare.

If you buy a refurbished iPad from some other seller, it is probably a used product (e.g. an iPad that someone sells to Gazelle when they upgrade to a different model) that is wiped with a cloth and minimally tested or inspected. It usually comes with a warranty backed by the seller, not Apple, and is not eligible for AppleCare. You're taking a chance, and it might work out great or might be disappointing.
Rating: 6 Votes
2 weeks ago

I got my 128GB for $329 brand new.

Does everything an iPad Pro does for less. I can even add a pencil and keyboard and still spend less than an iPad Pro.

Apple still hasn't give me reason to spend 2x for a device that does the exact same thing. TruTone displays and bigger speakers isn't going to cut it.


Truetone displays, bigger speakers, considerably faster CPU, considerably faster GPU, neural engine, Tru Motion screen, now USB-C with high quality video out, better cameras, more RAM.

Just because your needs are met by the iPad (which is great! What a value considering what you used to get for $499!) doesn't mean everyone else's are.
Your definition of "exact" may need a little work...
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago
I got my 128GB for $329 brand new.

Does everything an iPad Pro does for less. I can even add a pencil and keyboard and still spend less than an iPad Pro.

Apple still hasn't give me reason to spend 2x for a device that does the exact same thing. TruTone displays and bigger speakers isn't going to cut it.
Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago
$390 for 32GB is still too high
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
If-then Cook's reseller math:
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* Apple resells used products for 85% of original MSRP (never less)
* If Apple acquires trade-ins for 50 cents on the dollar, 50% of MSRP (and that valuation is way over the top.)
* Then Apple receives a lofty 70% gross margin. (1.70*0.5 MSRP[trade-in] = .85 MSRP[refurnished price])

And gross margin goes North from there, as one never receives 50%MSRP on trade-ins.
Just another example of Cook's math.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

I have purchased refurbished iPads directly from Apple and they are literally indistinguishable from new. The only way to tell it's refurbished is that the box it comes in says it's refurbished. They come with a full Apple warranty and the option to purchase AppleCare.

If you buy a refurbished iPad from some other seller, it is probably a used product (e.g. an iPad that someone sells to Gazelle when they upgrade to a different model) that is wiped with a cloth and minimally tested or inspected. It usually comes with a warranty backed by the seller, not Apple, and is not eligible for AppleCare. You're taking a chance, and it might work out great or might be disappointing.


I have purchased many refurbished products from Apple, and they have all been great. You are correct, out of the box, you would never know that they are refurbished.

In many ways, Apple's refurbished devices are better than buying new due to extensive testing that is done.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

I have purchased refurbished iPads directly from Apple and they are literally indistinguishable from new. The only way to tell it's refurbished is that the box it comes in says it's refurbished. They come with a full Apple warranty and the option to purchase AppleCare.

If you buy a refurbished iPad from some other seller, it is probably a used product (e.g. an iPad that someone sells to Gazelle when they upgrade to a different model) that is wiped with a cloth and minimally tested or inspected. It usually comes with a warranty backed by the seller, not Apple, and is not eligible for AppleCare. You're taking a chance, and it might work out great or might be disappointing.



I still find it a lot for a second hand product. 15% isn’t that much of an offer on apple’s part. I would expect at least 40% discount...
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago
OMG it MUST mean they are struggling to sell the new iPad Pros.
Rating: 2 Votes

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