Do iPads ever go on sale?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Sugar Jones, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Sugar Jones

    Sugar Jones DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2010
    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.
  2. momof3ds

    momof3ds Mouseketeer

    Aug 3, 2011
    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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  4. eliza61

    eliza61 DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2003
    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.
  5. clanmcculloch

    clanmcculloch DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2009
    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.
  6. marius97

    marius97 DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2009
    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?
  7. snowgooseltd

    snowgooseltd DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2000
    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...
  8. leagirl12

    leagirl12 DIS Veteran

    Apr 2, 2008
    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.
  9. DawnM

    DawnM DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2005
    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.


  10. disney1990

    disney1990 <font color=royalblue>Wow, it make my heart skip a

    Aug 24, 1999
    Also, places like Target sometimes will offer gift cards when you purchase one -- just keep checking. Lots of time between now and Christmas.
  11. zumbergc

    zumbergc DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2004
    The best price I saw was at a Microcenter. They had some refurbed ipads that were cheaper than the apple price. Just by a little bit.

    Thing is I believe you have to get them in store, and not online. They sometimes list it online.

    We ended up getting one refurb from apple.
  12. dzorn

    dzorn DIS Addict

    Apr 1, 2006
    If you have a target debit card you can get 5% off that way.

    Denise in MI
  13. Sugar Jones

    Sugar Jones DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2010
    There is no refurbished ones on the Apple Canada site :( There are lots on the U.S site, but they won't ship to Canada.

    I will watch the Target online flyers. I live close to the border so crossing over to save money is an option for me :)

    There are a few refurbished iPods though. Also there is a new iPod touch coming out in October. You can pre-order it now.

    Decisions, Decisions lol!
  14. lizabu

    lizabu Disney Maniac

    Jan 19, 2011
    Oooh...I hope you're right. My 11 y/o and 13 y/o both said they want iPads for christmas :scared1: I'm in Canada and never did a black Friday before but was considering it if there were any deals over on the US side. $300 and under doesn't seem so bad though.
  15. lawnmd

    lawnmd Earning My Ears

    Jun 12, 2012
    Apple sells the Ipad 2 for $399.00 I am typing on a refurb Ipad 2 version 3G I bought for $499. Saved over $100 by buying a refurb. If I had to do it again. I would probably buy a Kindle Fire. I love Apple computers, my wife and I have three Mac computers, 1 Ipad2, 1 Ipad 3, and 4 Ipods.

    But I think I would try the Kindle fire just because the WIFI version is cheaper.
  16. hrslvr142

    hrslvr142 Mouseketeer

    Jul 16, 2002
    I bought my IPad 2 at Fry's Electronics a couple of months ago for $339, it is a wi fi, not the 3g or whatever one. I love it, I have a Kindle also but find reading on the bigger screen a little easier on my eyes. With that being said my Kindle (which I also love) is much more portable and also don't worry quite as much about bumping it, etc. If I was buying something for a 10 year old primarily for reading it would be an ereader.
  17. FoundMyPrince

    FoundMyPrince DIS Veteran

    May 17, 2007
    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.
  18. ExPirateShopGirl

    ExPirateShopGirl <font color=blue>My posts are sanitized for your p

    Feb 20, 2005
    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.
  19. AdamRos19

    AdamRos19 Earning My Ears

    Sep 17, 2012
    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
  20. dawnhaze

    dawnhaze DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2012
    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.
  21. SuzanneSLO

    SuzanneSLO DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 1999
    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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