Apple's 'Secret' eBay Store Offers Best Deals on Refurbished iPads and iPods

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. 


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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.