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Apple on Friday quietly reduced the prices of its refurbished iPad 2 units even further, offering as much as $100 off the price of a new unit and $50 less than the previous refurbished prices for some models.

The new discounts at Apple's online store apply to both Wi-Fi-only and 3G-capable versions of the iPad 2. Prices now start at $419 for the refurbished 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, a savings of $80 off its regular price.

The discounts grow to $100 starting with the 32GB Wi-Fi model, which is priced at $499 refurbished. Similarly, the high-end 32GB Wi-Fi model is available for $599, or 14 percent off the regular price.

Apple is also selling the entry-level 16GB 3G-equipped models for $80 off, with the 12 percent discount leaving a price of $549. Like with the Wi-Fi-only models, the savings grow to $100 starting with the 32GB 3G model for $629, and 64GB for $729.

All refurbished products from Apple are tested and certified, and they include a one-year warranty. The refurbished iPad units also include a brand new battery and outer shell.



Previously, a refurbished iPad 2 came with a $50 discount, pricing the entry-level 16GB model at $449. Friday's increased discounts offer an additional $30 off all 16GB models, while the 32GB and 64GB capacities have been doubled from $50 off to $100.
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Hopefully they are clearing the way for my iPad 3.
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Hopefully they are clearing the way for my iPad 3.

Can't wait! Retina display, here I come.
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That's looking tempting.

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Apple on Friday quietly reduced the prices of its refurbished iPad 2 units even further, offering as much as $100 off the price of a new unit and $50 less than the previous refurbished prices for some models.



How is it that Apple has so many returned iPads 2 that it needs to blow them out at lowered prices? Are a lot of people returning their iPads? Are a lot of them defective? Are the refurbs from those that failed QA?

Why does Apple have an overstock of repaired iPads?
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How is it that Apple has so many returned iPads 2 that it needs to blow them out at lowered prices? Are a lot of people returning their iPads? Are a lot of them defective? Are the refurbs from those that failed QA?

Why does Apple have an overstock of repaired iPads?

one of them is the one that i dropped on concrete by accident a few months back and apple replaced for free
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samsung already going to beat the ipad 3 in resolution. apples needs something amazing up their sleeve or it's lights out
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samsung already going to beat the ipad 3 in resolution. apples needs something amazing up their sleeve or it's lights out

You could have said the same thing about the i4S.

Apple does NOT need to have anything amazing up its sleeve. Not every time. They can get many existing customers to upgrade with a mere, well, upgrade. They can also land many new customers with a mere upgrade.

So long as these markets are quickly growing, Apple's strategy will yield huge profits. Once they are mature, I don't know what will happen.
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samsung already going to beat the ipad 3 in resolution. apples needs something amazing up their sleeve or it's lights out

I looked hard, read harder and still didn't pick up on any sarcasm.
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I looked hard, read harder and still didn't pick up on any sarcasm.

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I looked hard, read harder and still didn't pick up on any sarcasm.

Well, he did call himself "reality check" so clearly he needs one.

It's not just the upgrade of the iPad, it's the update of every other service that it seamlessly works with designed by Apple. Nothing that Samsung can release will ever be better because it will just be a single unit, not a device that connects to an ecosystem.
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samsung already going to beat the ipad 3 in resolution. apples needs something amazing up their sleeve or it's lights out

You can have a device with better resolution, but if there are no apps that take advantage of it, how does it matter? That is the challenge they all face when trying to compete with the iPad. We knew eventually someone would catch up to the iPad hardware wise, you just can never get the rest of what makes the iPad the best choice.
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$419? Come on, drop it to $399 already!
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Well, he did call himself "reality check" so clearly he needs one.

It's not just the upgrade of the iPad, it's the update of every other service that it seamlessly works with designed by Apple. Nothing that Samsung can release will ever be better because it will just be a single unit, not a device that connects to an ecosystem.

I'm not so sure about seamlessly.

For that to happen Apple would have to learn to test thoroughly and make sure that functionality works well across iOS and OSX.

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post #15 of 25
Missed the Black Friday sale, still got what I wanted, cheaper yet. Refurb=just as good.
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post #16 of 25
That's it, I'm getting one.
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post #17 of 25
Well, looks like my 1st gen ipad is going to be getting a 3G friend!
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How is it that Apple has so many returned iPads 2 that it needs to blow them out at lowered prices? Are a lot of people returning their iPads? Are a lot of them defective? Are the refurbs from those that failed QA?

Why does Apple have an overstock of repaired iPads?

It's possible that $50 off wasn't enough to get around the potential stigma of buying a refurbished unit.
post #19 of 25
Could I suggest to the author that the lead needs rewriting? the statement "...offering as much as $100 off the price of a new unit..." is misleading at best, and wrong in the worst case. You might instead say, "offering prices as much as $100 lower than the price of a new unit..."

I hope the difference is evident.
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How is it that Apple has so many returned iPads 2 that it needs to blow them out at lowered prices? Are a lot of people returning their iPads? Are a lot of them defective? Are the refurbs from those that failed QA?

Why does Apple have an overstock of repaired iPads?

You're kidding, right? How many millions of iPads has apple sold? How many do you think it has to have to list them on the refurb list? I've seen numerous refurb items available and only hours later, off the list, suggesting the number of units available was very small (what percent of shoppers at an apple store or online do you think even know where and how to navigate to the bargain "refurbs" items? Not many, I'd wager.

And btw, what constitutes an "overstock" of repaired iPads? More than one, maybe? They're not gonna throw them away, nor should they. So when they accumulate enough to make it worth listing them on the refurbs, they sell them. I've gotten great deals on Mac Pros and MBPs that way.
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How is it that Apple has so many returned iPads 2 that it needs to blow them out at lowered prices? Are a lot of people returning their iPads? Are a lot of them defective? Are the refurbs from those that failed QA?

Why does Apple have an overstock of repaired iPads?

When you're selling 50+ million units of ANYTHING, you're bound to have a few slip through with some minor problems. If one tenth of 1% of iPads are returned for technical problems, that leaves Apple with the potential to refurbish and sell 50,000 units.

Why not drop the price? It's 2 weeks before Christmas, an iPad refresh is coming in the next few months, and there's no reason to sit on stock.

Personally, I'm thankful. I picked up a 64GB for my wife for Christmas today.
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I've had 3 iPad 2s. The first tow I dropped on the cement. One just had a couple dented corners, the other had broken glass in one corner. Told Apple the truth they replaced both without issue.

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It's possible that $50 off wasn't enough to get around the potential stigma of buying a refurbished unit.

I think that's it, although not the stigma part. Refurbs can be great but, really, $50 off on a $500 item for a refurb version isn't enough to generate any interest. This is much more realistic in terms of moving refurbs.

Now that I think about it, they probably did have a backlog of refurbs not due to big numbers of failures but because the refurb price wasn't attractive. Now with the new model rumored for Feb. gotta move 'em now.
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...the 32GB Wi-Fi model, which is priced at $499 refurbished. Similarly, the high-end 32GB Wi-Fi model is available for $599

Come on Katie, read what you type
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Nothing that Samsung can release will ever be better because it will just be a single unit, not a device that connects to an ecosystem.

It's precisely because of the ecosystem that I don't want an iOS device. Apple (or any other corporation) acting as a moral arbiter for me? No thanks.
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