Apple Certified Refurbished Products tend to be the best deal for your money. Often, but not always, the units are cosmetically like new. And they come with the same 1-year warranty as a new product. Apple has long had a Special Deals section of its website where you can buy refurbished and clearance items. But, as AppleInsider has noticed in recent months, Apple is offering even better deals through a "secret" eBay store where it's moving a lot of inventory — with savings on iPad and iPod of as much as $50. For example, a 32GB 3rd-generation iPad with cellular, which originally retailed for $729, is currently available as a refurb on Apple's site for $599, and is only $549 through the eBay store.
The eBay store has a dozen different iPad models available, all 3rd generation, except for a 64GB Verizon iPad 2, which is going for $529.
The eBay store also is selling a 32GB 4th generation iPod touch at a pretty good price, for $179, and again, with a 1-year warranty.