Apple now offering refurbished 16GB iPad minis for $299

By , Mar 25, 2013

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Folks thinking about buying an iPad mini, but just can’t get over the tablet’s exorbitant $330+ price tag, will be happy to hear that you can now get one for less than $300 from Apple’s web store.

The company began offering a handful of refurbished iPad mini models, alongside fourth-gen iPads, earlier this month. And they’ve just added black and white 16GB Wi-Fi-only models to the mix…

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple added its entry-level iPad mini to its refurbished inventory online this weekend. The discount is only 9%, good for just $30 off, but it still gets you a mini for under $300.

This brings the 7.9-inch device in line with Apple’s cheapest tablet—the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2. Though it’s worth noting that it sells new iPad 2s at that price, where as these minis have been recertified.

But Apple’s refurbished offerings aren’t your average used products. They’re highly regarded in the consumer electronics space, and come with new batteries, new backs and a one-year Apple warranty.

Of course, you may want to hold out on buying a mini at all, as a new one with a Retina display is expected in the next few months. But if you’re interested, you better act fast. These $299 units won’t last long.

What do you think, deal or no deal?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/angelofchit May T. Win

    just bought a brand new one for $329 :(

    • Manuel Molina

      I’d say take it back.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

        But the one he takes back will end up as a refurb… :P

        Could try to buy it straight back, tell apple you will save them time and effort in taking through refurb process, for a healthy discount. :P

      • Manuel Molina

        I’ve learned that refurb’s from Apple are new devices all in it’s own. Rather buy it refurb than new if it comes from their site. He’s better off getting that 40 dollars back.

      • http://www.facebook.com/angelofchit May T. Win

        the one i got is on 6.1.2 and i already jailbreak it. the refurb one might come with 6.1.3 and i will have the issue jailbreaking it. So i think i will just keep it.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    For 30 USD more you can get a brand new one. Not worth it IMO.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      I get a corporate discount if I purchase through work which amounts to $33, and that’s for a brand new not re-furb.

      Apple could drop to $250 to make it more attractive option over brand new. Unlikely though.

    • Chliii

      Agreed!

  • billypuntove

    I don’t think a $30 is going to change the mind of those who think the original price is exorbitant but I’m glad there is now the option.

  • King

    Apple will ship it with iOS 6.1.3 so no jailbreak which would just be pointless

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

      I don’t know why you got downvoted. That’s a good point. If they’re refurbishing, they’re clearly restoring and, obviously, to iOS 6.1.3, so, yeah, no jailbreak.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

        Except that you’re missing the fact that a vast majority of iDevice users do not jailbreak and that iDB do not only cater to JBers.

    • Matthew

      Some people don’t jailbreak

      • Kurt

        Uff…Can you imagine using stock iOS? hell no

      • Matthew

        I USE stock iOS and I still love iOS. To me stock iOS is awesome. To others it is unbearable. I just don’t get it. What’s so bad about it?

      • Kurt

        No real multitasking is a big problem. iOS is basically just an app launcher. What makes it awesome for you?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.lonsway Tony Lonsway

      maybe it will be one thats been sitting around for a while and was restored prior to 6.1.3

  • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

    Wow what a great discount from Apple! Said no one ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    Refurb should be $249 at the most. You make the risky purchase, you should get a decent discount.

    • http://twitter.com/EdwardDraper Edward Draper

      Buying through Apple, usually if you have a problem, they’ll take care of that.

      • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

        What about on day 366?

      • http://twitter.com/EdwardDraper Edward Draper

        Never had a problem with Apple refurbished products. ‘nough said.

      • Kurt

        You shouldn’t. Buying a refurbished product guarantees it will work perfectly. It goes through more testing than newly produced products.

      • Kurt

        What about if buy an iPhone 5 and the metal has small chips taking out, or the metal has scratches even up to 3 inches long. Apple WON’T take it back. Apple is getting sued here in Korea for this. I saw the pictures. A new phone with complete chips taking out of the metal!

  • http://twitter.com/EdwardDraper Edward Draper

    This makes it easier for me to buy a 32gb, thanks.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I might get one

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

    >under $300
    >$299.

  • Kurt

    Refurbished you say? So they must have fixed there display problem and put in the correct retina display ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      Troll o lol ol lol.