Refurb vs. New

Discussion in 'iPad Reviews' started by jtrosky, May 3, 2011.

  1. jtrosky

    jtrosky
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    Messages:
    272
    Thanks Received:
    0
    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!
     
    #1 jtrosky, May 3, 2011
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  2. iluvmyipad

    iluvmyipad
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    226
    Thanks Received:
    11
    I purchased an "open box" iPad, from best buy. I got their warranty as well. It worked well for months, then my email app wasn't working, every time I tapped the mail envelope it went to a black screen, then back to home screen. I took it back, and ended up with a brand new iPad.

    I also got a refurbed iPhone, no problems at all. No scratches, works great. Guess I've just be lucky. I've had it over 2 years.
     
  3. HKWrite12

    HKWrite12
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Addict

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2011
    Messages:
    1,043
    Thanks Received:
    7
    My mom raised me cheap and I buy refurb. I bought my iPhone 3G refurb no problems. She got me a free upgrade brand new samsung jack n it's so freaking effed up.

    I got my iPad 2 straight up yay but I don't feel like I would have any problems With a refurb.
     
  4. Veritas

    Veritas
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Refurbs aren't bad if they come with a warranty. That would be the only concern I would have. I thought about buying an iPad 1 refurb from apple because of the price but ended up grabbing a iPad 2 because the price wasn't that much off. ESP with my sisters wal mart discount. :)
     
  5. cypress

    cypress
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Thanks Received:
    1
    refrubs are hit and miss at times. ive gotten 2 laptops refurbed from DELL and one looks brand spanking new the other just had some light scratches. neither have ever given me problems though

    when it comes to Ipad i wouldn't go refurb though. rather just spend the money and get a new one.
     
  6. DQ

    DQ
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Messages:
    103
    Thanks Received:
    1
    I have to buy new. Just the idea that someone else has touched my precious electronic is enough to drive me nuts. I want it brand new, out of the box and if I find a flaw, it goes straight back, lol.
     
  7. morb

    morb
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Noob

    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Messages:
    5
    Thanks Received:
    0

    Most open box items at places like Best Buy are usually alright. Just try and have them open it and look at it before you leave the store.
     
  8. tkflyer

    tkflyer
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Just bought a refurbished iPad 2 from the Apple store WiFi 32 gig for $499. It comes with one year warranty and I cannot tell it from brand new, shipped in a new box with all the bit that come with a new iPad. Have been using the pad for several weeks and no problems.
     
  9. tlbaker

    tlbaker
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    2,484
    Thanks Received:
    111
    Nice!! Enjoy!!

    Sent from my Verizon Black 64GB iPad 2 With IOS 5.01 Update using iPF
     
  10. MadChef

    MadChef
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    373
    Thanks Received:
    44
    Congrats on your purchase. I purchased a refurbished iPad last December,I have never had one problem.

    ☮ ♥ 
     

Share This Page



Search tags for this page
apple ipad refurbished review
,
apple refurbished ipad reviews
,

ipad refurbished review

,
ipad refurbished vs new
,
refurbished ipad
,

refurbished ipad review

,
refurbished ipad reviews
,
refurbished ipad vs new ipad
,
refurbished ipads reviews
,
reviews on refurbished ipads