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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
    I've always purchased refurbished equipment when trying to save money (and I've always had great success) and I've always heard that you can't tell a refurb iPad from a new one... Well, now that I've had the opportunity to see what the refurbs are like (on my 2nd refurb now), I must disagree with those that say you can't tell it from new. In my experience, the refurb units I've received all have some sort of minor issues. The first had intermittent bluetooth issues. The second had a small screen blemish. It's almost as if they put any iPad with a small defect in the "refurb" pile (no idea if there is any truth to that though).

    My point is that if you are considering a refurb iPad, you may want to think twice... While they look identical on the outside, it seems that you are much more prone to receive an iPad with small issues if you buy a refurb... Sure, you can take it back and exchange it for another refurb (like I did), but that becomes a real hassle, especially when you lose the $35 screen protector that you just installed perfectly, only to find a small issue that requires you to exchange it! Plus, like I've found, there is a chance of getting one with an even bigger issue!

    Maybe I just had extremely bad luck and it was just a coincidence that I got two refurbs in a row that had issues, but just figured I'd pass on my experience...

    EDIT - C'mon - nobody has any experiences with Apple refurbished products? I'd love to hear if others had issues with their refurb units as well!
    Intermittent BT issues? Anytime wireless communications are involved, any operation can have intermittent problems. I am not convinced this is a real problem. Sure, a screen blemish counts, for sure.

    You can buy brand new iPads with these same issues. And if someone returns those, then they show up as refurbs. But people return iPad for more reasons than small issues. I think your conclusions are simply wrong. The idea of buying a refurb to save money is a good one. I recently got a Kindle Fire refurb, and it is perfect. I would except even better for Apple. Even though I dont' think you meant harm, I think this post will turn some off on refurbs and this is a bad thing, especially since you mentioned in the BT issue. Just accept that you got two refurbs you didn't like. There are people posting they they returned several brand new iPad for picky little issues. Some people just can't be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidinvirginia
    I received a refurb iPad 2 16GB Wi-fi model on Monday. Could not get it to work more than a few minutes without crashing and restarting. Returned it to an Apple Store today and went with a new iPad 16GB Wi-fi model. So far, it is still going. Actually wanted what I got the second time, but was trying to save money. I think some other force of nature was at work. I've only heard good things about Apple refurbs. Rate of problems with refurbs may be less than that with new ones. My Macbook is early 2008 and when it goes, I will be looking at a refurb to replace that.
    Just curious how much did that one cost the refurbed one
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    a lot of the tuime "refurb" is just an unwanted item, a lot of high street stores have money back garantees, so if you're not happy you can just take it back. Usually it's completely perfect, but the box is open so they have to sell it as refurb than brand new.

    I too have always bought refurbs, can knock off $50 off the price tag, not bad for just an open box. Having said that a lot of people love their Apple boxes and like to collect them,.

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    I've bought a refurbed Imac (4 years ago), 2 refurbed ipods, and just received my refurbed ipad 2 wifi/3g 32gb yesterday...so far, all my apple stuff is refurbed and running strong. Of course, your mileage may vary.

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