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After introducing its new iPad and discounting last year's iPad 2 to $399 or $349 refurbished, Apple has now listed its original 2010 iPad model refurbished for just $299.

Availability fluctuates for Apple's refurbished products based on inventory, but the company is currently offering the base model 16GB WiFi iPad for $299, and either the 32GB WiFi version or the 16GB AT&T 3G version for $399.

A variety of second generation iPad 2 models are also available refurbished, starting at $349 for a 16GB WiFi model, $449 for the 32GB WiFi iPad 2, or $479 for the 16GB AT&T or Verizon 3G iPad 2.




The Apple Certified Refurbished iPads are tested and come with a one-year warranty, new battery and outer shell.


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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

My iPhone 3GS is a Kindle Fire killer
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

Agree, that is a great price on a device that is far more capable.
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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

Agreed, especially in light of the rumored selling of the Kindle below cost, and Amazon's corresponding alleged practice of selling ebooks at below cost.

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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

I, for one, am all broken up.
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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

Until their stock is finished, sure. And I still think they are targeting different niches, only a small percentage of Fire buyers will root it and run stock Android, the rest will just use it for what its built for, viewing Amazon content. The iPad has a whole range of other uses. So even if the 299 model was permanent, I doubt most Fire buyers would shell out half again the cost for the iPad 1.
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The funny thing is Apple is still getting margins on the original iPad.
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Agreed, especially in light of the rumored selling of the Kindle below cost, and Amazon's corresponding alleged practice of selling ebooks at below cost.

Yeah, how does that work? Lets sell Kindle Fires at below cost in order to gain marketshare. Then people will buy lots of content... Oh, and lets serve a double whammy and sell the content at a loss so that people will buy loads of Kindle Fires.

Not that it will a happen but theoretically Apple could put Amazon out of business in no time just by lowering their content prices.
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After introducing its new iPad and discounting last year's iPad 2 to $399 or $349 refurbished, Apple has now listed its original 2010 iPad model refurbished for just $299. ...

For the record this is only 20 bucks cheaper than it's been for the last few months though. So no big change really.
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Agreed, especially in light of the rumored selling of the Kindle below cost, and Amazon's corresponding alleged practice of selling ebooks at below cost.

It's okay because Amazon is planning on making it all up with volume.


On another note, at $299, Apple is getting dang close to the price of an iPod Touch! (...and the price point of the yet-to-be-announced 7 inch iTouch).
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There's your Kindle Fire killer.

And it's really kind of sad.

What an inane thing to say!
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Recently some people had the brilliant idea of selling the 3rd gen iPad with a Retina Display for $299 to corner the market. I wonder if they still think that makes financial sense.

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I wonder if we'll see Apple go this direction when the next new iPad comes out next year.

iPad 2nd Gen - $299

iPad 3rd Gen - $399

iPad 4th Gen - $499+

Apple could straight up dominate with a lineup like that, at least in my opinion.
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I wonder if we'll see Apple go this direction when the next new iPad comes out next year.

iPad 2nd Gen - $299

iPad 3rd Gen - $399

iPad 4th Gen - $499+

Apple could straight up dominate with a lineup like that, at least in my opinion.

Maybe, but not this 1st gen iPad is on their refurbished page so they are no longer producing it. That said they do sell 3 YoY models of the iPhone and yet stopped making the original iPhone way too soon as they had no supply in May 2008.

I could see it happening but for some reason having only 2 YoY models like they do now seems to be most practical. Maybe it's because of the size or perhaps it's because they already have 18 SKUs for the US market.

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Apple will certainly find takers at these prices, but the cuts aren't really enough. The iPad 2 is roughly twice the original iPad and the new iPad roughly twice that. By those standards, the original iPad should be selling for about $125.

Looked at another way, the original iPad will no longer supported by iOS upgrades or by the latest and greatest apps about two years sooner. Divide $200 by 730 and you find it will cost about 27 cents a day to avoid that too-soon forced upgrade.

Or from another perspective, these are the per-day costs of a enjoying a much sharper display and a much snapper response based on different upgrade times.
  • Keep for one year: 200/365 or 55 cents a day.
  • Keep for two years:: 200/730 or 27 cents a day.
  • Keep for three years: 200/1095 or 18 cents a day.

And that's not factoring in that the new iPad will have a higher resell value. Assume that value is a mere $100, and all those daily costs are cut in half.

I've ordered the new iPad and I suspect I'll keep it for at least three years. And I imagine the difference will be worth a lot more than 18 cents a day.

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Apple will certainly find takers at these prices, but the cuts aren't really enough.

That makes no sense at all. If Apple can sell every single iPad at the price points that they set, then why in the world should they make it even lower? Apple is not a charity or a welfare office.
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This is what as known as a full court press. Apple is basically squeezing the life out of every non-Apple tablet on the market. Go, Apple.
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Originally Posted by Soundvision View Post

I wonder if we'll see Apple go this direction when the next new iPad comes out next year.

iPad 2nd Gen - $299

iPad 3rd Gen - $399

iPad 4th Gen - $499+

Apple could straight up dominate with a lineup like that, at least in my opinion.

Don't you mean

iPad2 - $299
the new iPad - $399
the newer iPad - $499+
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This is what as known as a full court press. Apple is basically squeezing the life out of every non-Apple tablet on the market. Go, Apple.

I like Apple and their products. But competition is good and in fact essential. Rejoicing over a company "squeeze the life" out of competing products shows ignorance at a multitude of levels.
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I like Apple and their products. But competition is good and in fact essential. Rejoicing over a company "squeeze the life" out of competing products shows ignorance at a multitude of levels.

Sometimes that's exactly what the market needs to spur innovation. Just look at where the smartphone market as a whole was before the iPhone. Wait... make that the whole handset market because since the iPhone people have been dropping their dumb phones for various smartphones at an alarming rate... and being happy to pay more money per month for the service. You can't learn to pick yourself up if you don't experience a fall.

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This is what as known as a full court press. Apple is basically squeezing the life out of every non-Apple tablet on the market. Go, Apple.

A full court press would be if they continued selling the original iPad for like $250. Not saying they should. But its proof that if Apple was mostly concerned about marketshare, they could easily wipe the floor. But theyre less concerned about that than fragmentation, which is what I admire about them. Any other company would have kept older models alongside and sold them for dirt cheap to pad their sales #s.
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I like Apple and their products. But competition is good and in fact essential. Rejoicing over a company "squeeze the life" out of competing products shows ignorance at a multitude of levels.

Survival of the fittest. The weak deserve to die out. That is what raises the bar all around.
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Glad to have this info yet I'm still for the new ipad, with the retina display could be the most amazing thing in 2012....
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I do hope people know before they purchase the original iPad that apple won't be supporting it for very much longer. It may get iOS 6 and one update if that.

It already doesn't support apples iPhoto. You know the company that made the device and the app on a device that was still being sold 1yr ago.
If the specs are that low, apple should be put additional ram in all their devices to give it that extra bit of life OR improve the coding to make it work, it can be done.

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Don't you mean

iPad2 - $299
the new iPad - $399
the newer iPad - $499+

iPad 2 = iPad 2nd Gen

New iPad = iPad 3rd Gen

Newer iPad = iPad 4th Gen

We're just arguing semantics at that, I'm sure you get what I'm implying. Either way, I could see Apple going this route come next year. Just like the 3GS is perfectly fine for a lot of people, I could see next year the iPad 2 being just fine for many people.
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I do hope people know before they purchase the original iPad that apple won't be supporting it for very much longer. It may get iOS 6 and one update if that.

It already doesn't support apples iPhoto. You know the company that made the device and the app on a device that was still being sold 1yr ago.
If the specs are that low, apple should be put additional ram in all their devices to give it that extra bit of life OR improve the coding to make it work, it can be done.

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Uh, the're not a chance in hell it will get iOS6. Hell, Apple's new apps (iPhoto) don't support it anymore. It got 2 major updates, and since Apple hasn't sold the iPad for more than a year there's nothing to suggest it will get the next major update. It's sluggish enough with iOS5.
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Uh, the're not a chance in hell it will get iOS6.

Wanna bet?

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Hell, Apple's new apps (iPhoto) don't support it anymore.

Neither did iMovie, but that doesn't apply.

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It got 2 major updates, and since Apple hasn't sold the iPad for more than a year there's nothing to suggest it will get the next major update.

The iPhone OS 3.2 to iOS 4 doesn't count, in my mind.

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It's sluggish enough with iOS5.

Mine's faster than ever with 5.1.

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Survival of the fittest. The weak deserve to die out. That is what raises the bar all around.

It is not the weak that die out, but those who are unable to adapt.

This is a common misunderstanding of Darwin's theory.
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Wanna
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If it does get iOS 6 it would most certainly be the last usage it gets. I doubt it will get it though, they need to motivate all those origional iPad users to buy a new one. IOS 6 would also be very close to the end of 3 years which is the general life of an apple product.
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These are amazing deals.
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Originally Posted by Inkling View Post

Apple will certainly find takers at these prices, but the cuts aren't really enough. The iPad 2 is roughly twice the original iPad and the new iPad roughly twice that. By those standards, the original iPad should be selling for about $125.

Looked at another way, the original iPad will no longer supported by iOS upgrades or by the latest and greatest apps about two years sooner. Divide $200 by 730 and you find it will cost about 27 cents a day to avoid that too-soon forced upgrade.

Or from another perspective, these are the per-day costs of a enjoying a much sharper display and a much snapper response based on different upgrade times.
  • Keep for one year: 200/365 or 55 cents a day.
  • Keep for two years:: 200/730 or 27 cents a day.
  • Keep for three years: 200/1095 or 18 cents a day.

And that's not factoring in that the new iPad will have a higher resell value. Assume that value is a mere $100, and all those daily costs are cut in half.

I've ordered the new iPad and I suspect I'll keep it for at least three years. And I imagine the difference will be worth a lot more than 18 cents a day.

--Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

Your first paragraph is not how companies determine market price. Price is determined based on market value, not performance or any other spec.

Look at Intel's chips. When you get to the high end, prices go up rapidly for even a tiny increase in performance.

More to the point, perceived value is about what you can do with the device, not specs. Take the iPad. Perhaps I have an iPad for myself and want to get one for a wife or kids. They don't need anything fancy and will never use the performance of the third, or even second, generation iPad. The original iPad is more than sufficient. So for that purpose, the original iPad meets 100% of the requirements but at just over half the price. Why not buy the first generation?

And resale value is not a very useful argument. Very few people think of resale value when they buy consumer electronics.
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As an owner of a launch/release day 16GB Wi-Fi 1st Gen iPad, I think it's amazing how well the device has held up. In fact, aside from some software being made only compatible with the iPad2 (looking at you, iPhoto), I still feel like I have a viable, fresh tablet PC. I still use it every single day, despite also owning an iPhone 4S and a 13" MacBook Pro.
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Apple could sell it for less. What Apple should do though, is sell a discontented iPad 2 for $299.

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Apple could sell it for less. What Apple should do though, is sell a discontented iPad 2 for $299.

They could, but why should they when they know it will sell out at this price even faster than a new Android tablet? This is $100 cheaper than T-Mobile's price for the Galaxy Tab and still wipes the floor with it.
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Apple could sell it for less. What Apple should do though, is sell a discontented iPad 2 for $299.

Should? Based on what?

I'm sorry, but your selfish desire to buy cheaper products does not override Apple's obligation to maximize shareholder value.
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What Apple should do though, is sell a discontented iPad 2 for $299.

I'd personally be discontented if they sold the iPad 2 at $299. That's just dumb to me. There's no sense in pretending an eReader is tablet competition. And the iPad is already going to kill off absolutely everything else anyway; why should Apple forgo more profit when people will pay it and it's not extortion by any stretch of the imagination?

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And resale value is not a very useful argument. Very few people think of resale value when they buy consumer electronics.

Perhaps not, as an aggregate of all CE buyer, but for those that are considering on selling their device typically a year later with Apple kit in order to buy the latest model its definitely something worth considering. Case in point, part of my decision for getting the AT&T iPad was because of the consistently higher resale value over Verizon.

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iPad 2 = iPad 2nd Gen

New iPad = iPad 3rd Gen

Newer iPad = iPad 4th Gen

We're just arguing semantics at that, I'm sure you get what I'm implying. Either way, I could see Apple going this route come next year. Just like the 3GS is perfectly fine for a lot of people, I could see next year the iPad 2 being just fine for many people.

It was written in jest, for Chrissakes (taking account some of the ribbing that Apple has taken for the naming scheme, know what I mean?)
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It is not the weak that die out, but those who are unable to adapt.

This is a common misunderstanding of Darwin's theory.

Isn't that basically the same thing though? If somebody is unable to adapt, then they are weak.
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