Where to Find Cheap Refurbished iPad & iPhone Deals

Updated on October 6, 2018
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Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant who has a passion for helping others get the best out of their technology.

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What is a Refurbished Device?

Refurbished devices can definitely save you some hard earned cash, but are they worth it? It depends. A refurbished iPad or iPhone is typically a device that was returned or repaired and then restored to a condition that makes it available for sale again.The restoration may have been completed by the manufacturer, or it may have been completed by the seller. Either way, Apple refurbished products are typically superior to those that are restored by the seller.

Refurbished devices can described in different ways. For instance, some products are listed as open box, while others may be called certified used. It usually means the same thing. However, you should not that the condition of a refurbished device can vary.

In conclusion, a cheap, refurbished iPad or iPhone is a great buy, so long as you are careful and shop with trusted sellers. Here are some options.

Apple's Refurbished Store

The first place to look for a refurbished iPhone or iPad is Apple's Certified Refurbished store. It's an online store that is dedicated to selling refurbished devices. These devices are not always the cheapest refurbs that you will find online, but they are always in excellent condition and they come with a warranty that is hard to beat.

Apple's refurbished iPhones and iPads include a brand new battery and new outer shell. This means that they look and function like a brand new device. They also come with a full one-year warranty, and this gives you a peace of mind that is hard to find elsewhere.

Apple's refurbished stock ships in a plain white box, as opposed to the retail boxes you may be used to, but they are still a great option if you are looking for to save some money on a new iPhone or iPad, or are shopping for a gift for friends and family. Stock varies depending on the time of year, but you can shop for Apple Refurbished Products here.

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RefurbMe for Apple Refurbished Products

Another worthwhile place to look is RefurbMe. This online store has a selection of refurbished and certified pre-owned products. RefurbMe is like a clearing house for products that are sold on other websites, and they earn an affiliate commission from the retailer every time you buy from a store that they list on their site.

Refurbished iPhones and iPads that are listed on RefurbMe will be in one of three cosmetic conditions. Those are:

  • Excellent – The screen and body are in perfect condition.
  • Good – The screen is in very good condition. There may be scuffs or nicks on the side or back.
  • Fair – There are scuffs and nicks. It will look used but will be fully functional.

This gives you the chance to save even more money. If you are just looking for a half decent device to last you until the next big release from Apple, then you can definitely save some money by opting for something in Good or Fair condition. However, warranty terms will vary, so be sure to check the small print.

Not all models will be in stock, but RefurbMe lets you set up product alerts where you can choose the color and specifications that you want. For instance, if you are looking for a silver iPhone X with 256Gb of storage that works on Verizon, and none are available, RefurbMe will send you an email as soon as they see more in stock. Head over to refurb.me to get started.

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Best Buy: Geek Squad Certified

The next time you are browsing for an iPad or iPhone at Best Buy, be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the product listing to see all your buying options, because it is here that you will often find open box models that can save you some money.

Open box listings are typically customer returns that are sold in a variety of different conditions. The ones listed in excellent condition are like new, still eligible for Apple Care, and come with all the original packaging and accessories. You can also return them to the store if you change your mind. For peace of mind, look for the Geek Squad Certified items. These are put through a multi-point inspection, cleaned, and returned to an "as new" condition. They are cleaned, tested and reset to factory settings.

You can find these cheap, refurbished iPads and iPhones in store, or online at the Best Buy Outlet. Stock varies a lot, but I know people who have got great deals from buying open box electronics at BestBuy.

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JemJem: Cheap Refurbished iPad & iPhones

JemJem offer a variety of preowned, refurbished Apple devices. Their iPads and iPhones are rated as either Excellent, Good or Fair, and they are cleaned and sanitized before they are shipped free to your door. They have a generous 30-day return policy in case you are not satisfied with your purchase and all JemJem refurbished devices come with a 90-day warranty which begins the day you receive your product.

All devices are 100% functional and tested. They come with a charger, but will be repackaged in a JemJem certified box. If you buy a refurbished iPad or iPhone at JemJem, you will also get a 1-year battery warranty. Devices come in Excellent, Good or Fair condition, and are priced accordingly. Learn more at jemjem.com.

Swappa for Refurbished iPhones & iPads

Swappa is an online marketplace for people to buy and sell their favorite gadgets. They describe themselves as "a user-to-user marketplace for gently used technology." Devices that find on sale at Swappa are typically not refurbished, however, you can still find some careful owners who have taken good care of their iPhone or iPad, and sometimes you will get a good deal on new devices too.

Pictures are included for all listings, and PayPal gives peace of mind to both parties when money is exchanged. Swappa have been around since 2010 and have a good reputation online. To date, they have handled over $100m in seller proceeds, so they are definitely worth a look. Visit the store at swappa.com.

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Did You Buy Refurbished?

Did you get a deal on a cheap refurbished iPad or iPhone? If so, leave a comment below and let us know about your buying experience. Where did you shop and how much did you save? Did the device meet your expectations?

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