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Old 09-26-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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Do iPads ever go on sale?

I am really wanting to get my 10yr old one for Christmas. He shares an iPod with his little brother and its only an 8g not nearly big enough. I was thinking the iPad would be great option for him. He loves reading but is intimidated by the amount of pages in a book. He could use iBooks to read.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:39 AM   #2
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You can check the apple site, they sell refurbs for about $50 off.

During the holiday sales, stores like best buy might have deals, like buy an ipad, get a gift card as well.

You could try ebay also.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:41 AM   #3
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depends on what you mean by "sale". will you see best buys selling one for 30% off? Nope. apple keeps really tight control on their price points.
Like mom above said, you can catch promotions where you get freebies.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:53 AM   #4
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If you only want it for him to be able to read, why not get an e-reader? They're significantly cheaper than iPads. Many e-readers have expansion slots where you can put in a memory card for additional storage.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:56 AM   #5
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Think about a refurbished Itouch. I've gotten probably ten ipods through the years that were refurbished by Apple and have had no problems. They all comes with a 1 year warranty. How about something from the Kindle Fire lineup?
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:00 AM   #6
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I second the post about buying refurbished directly from the Apple website. I've purchased every Apple product that I own....ipods and ipads, from their site. The products are warranted exactly the same as a new purchase and come packaged as new. You'd never know the difference except for the price. On the Apple website there is a link to refurbished products on the lower left side of the home page. These products change daily as they are purchased and replenished. Go for it...
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:07 AM   #7
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The rumored Ipad mini may be an option. It is rumored to be announced in October and released in early November. It will have all of the options of the Ipad just smaller in size and price. Rumors are it will probably go for $250-$300 range.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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I was going to suggest this as well.

The ipad is a 10" screen, the new one will be around 7" or the size of a Kindle Fire.

Older Kindle Fire models can be found for around $139 now. That might be an option too. It has wifi and you can download apps. Amazon has a free app or two per day.

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The rumored Ipad mini may be an option. It is rumored to be announced in October and released in early November. It will have all of the options of the Ipad just smaller in size and price. Rumors are it will probably go for $250-$300 range.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #9
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I am really wanting to get my 10yr old one for Christmas. He shares an iPod with his little brother and its only an 8g not nearly big enough. I was thinking the iPad would be great option for him. He loves reading but is intimidated by the amount of pages in a book. He could use iBooks to read.
I'm sure this is a long shot...but, did you happen to take part in the Southwest Airlines 50,000 rapid rewards credit card offer? You can redeem those 50,000 points for $500 in Best Buy gift cards. That will at least get you a little closer to the purchase.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #10
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Apple officially puts some of their more popular products on sale one day a year: Black Friday.

It's never a huge discount but every dollar counts. Last year we bought my mom a new iPad2 on black friday and it was $40 or $50 off.
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They tend to just do like gift cards or ridiculous bundles like add a car charger or a case with most of there products. Last year was 40-50$ off which really is nothing when you consider talk of the iPad 3 coming out a few months later. Unfornutate but I'm a suckered in apple fan user probably for life
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:20 AM   #12
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I sell iOS devices for a living and I always recommend refurbished iPad 2 for kids. Saves mom and dad some cash while still running the new OS.

Sales are pretty rare directly from Apple (think Black Friday), and only bundles are common at third party retailers.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:59 AM   #13
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I sell iOS devices for a living and I always recommend refurbished iPad 2 for kids. Saves mom and dad some cash while still running the new OS.

Sales are pretty rare directly from Apple (think Black Friday), and only bundles are common at third party retailers.
Not that it helps the OP, but this last summer, iPads were included in Apple's back to school special: buy an iPad and receive a $50 iTunes/App store gift card. -- Suzanne
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #14
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We have purchased 5 or 6 refurbished products from apple and they area great way to save. They are virtually indistinguishable from new and they come with the 1 year warranty . Also if you have a Discover card use the shop Discover portal for 5% back on your purchase.
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