Buying a used iPad and not getting ripped off - help!
May 17, 2014 2:00 PM Subscribe
I want to buy a used iPad - third or fourth generation, and avoid Apple's high refurbished prices. What should I know? Where and how should I look? How to avoid eBay scams?
posted by catatethebird to Shopping (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My beloved iPad 2 was stolen a few months ago when I was robbed. Now I am ready to replace it. I want to get a 3rd or 4th gen iPad, not a mini. What do I need to know to avoid getting ripped off? I plan to look on Craigslist and eBay. Craigslist is appealing because I can check it out before deciding. But what do I need to know? What should I look for to be sure everything is as it seems? Other tips? Craigslist always seems slightly shady to me.
Alternatively, is eBay a better idea? I've never bought expensive electronics on eBay (or much of anything.) What do i need to know? What are common scams? How do I know the item is what it says it is? Specifically, what are the identifying features of the 3rd or 4th gen iPad I should look for? I don't know how to tell different models apart.
Please give me your general and specific eBay advice.
Alternative ideas on where to buy a used/refurbished iPad are also appreciated. I am mostly looking for a good price. And of course a reliable iPad in good condition! I've always bought new from Apple before, so any advice is appreciated. Thanks guys.