Want to own an iPad but not really keen on spending a lot of money for the tablet? You’re in luck, because there are definitely several places where you can find cheap iPads for sale.
We did some research and found the following avenues to help you in your quest (if you know another channel just send us a tip!).
1. Apple Online Store – Refurbished Offerings
Not many people know it, but Apple also sells refurbished products, including iPads. You just need to visit the online Apple Store, either the one in your country or the U.S. one, and navigate to the right section. You can get as much as 30% discount on these refurbished iPad units. What’s good about buying cheap iPads through Apple’s Refurbished selection is that you are assured that those units are working properly.
2. Social Networks
Social networking sites, particularly Facebook and Twitter, represent another way to find cheap iPads online. You’ll basically be looking for individuals who are disposing their used units, or for people who got an iPad (e.g., as a gift or on a contest) but don’t really need or want it. You can search on Google for “site:facebook.com selling ipad”, for example, to get a list of posts on Facebook mentioning an iPad for sale. Similarly, you can go to search.twitter.com and look for people tweeting about selling their iPads.
3. Local Small Stores
Another good place to check for cheap iPads for sale is of course your local electronic stores, especially the small ones. These stores might be selling iPad units sourced out from the grey market, so they can sell the tablets at a much higher discount when compared to official dealers. And don’t forget to ask if they have showcase units for sale, as those can go for very low prices.
When it comes to sourcing out cheap gadgets and other products, eBay is still one of the better options. Whether you are buying an used iPad or brand-new units, you are sure to get a big discount by buying from eBay. Just make sure to buy from reputable sellers, as there are many scam artists on eBay.
5. Penny Auction Sites
Another source for buying cheap iPads online is through penny auction sites. Every now and then these auction sites offer the iPad up for bids. Just be careful when participating in these sites and make sure that the site is legitimate. One you might wanna try is PennyAuctionSite.com.
6. Deals and Group Buying Sites
Deal sites are getting popular today. Most if not all of them really offer nice deals. Although not too much on gadgets and accessories, you can still find considerable number of deal sites offering iPads at cheaper prices. A couple we recommend: Groupon and Living Social.
7. Online Forums
If you’re into online community forums, there are several iPad-specific forums with their specific marketplaces. I’m pretty sure you’ll find cheaper iPads being sold by Forum members. IpadForums.net is one of the most popular, so check it out first.