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How to Save Money on an Ipad

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Read on for our top tips on getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to purchasing iPads and other tech products!

Wait until the holiday sales.

If you don't have a specific need for an iPad and are looking to save money, it's worth waiting around until November or December. That's when most retailers will offer some great deals on the device. For example, Walmart offers a $100 gift card with any purchase of an iPad (and other tablets) during the holiday season. The savings you'll make on your new device combined with the gift card might be enough to justify buying one now rather than saving up for a few more months and getting one at full price.

You've got plenty of time before Christmas arrives!

Shop around at different stores.

There are a lot of different places where you can get your hands on an iPad, and each store has its own pros and cons. The most obvious place to buy one is through Apple, but if you're looking for more options or a better deal, try looking at other stores in person. For example:

  • Online retailers like Amazon often have competitive prices that are hard to beat in person. If you're willing to wait for delivery, this could save you money over buying right away.
  • Many big-box stores like Best Buy sell iPads with warranty coverage included. Even if they don't come with the latest version of iOS installed out-of-the-box (a common bonus with smaller retailers), this can be useful if something goes wrong while using it - especially since Apple doesn't offer repair services at their retail locations anymore!

If none of those options seem appealing enough though then there are other ways as well! Check out these additional tips below:

Buy refurbished.

  • Buy refurbished.Refurbished products are products that have been returned to the manufacturer for reasons such as damage or defects and then resold at a discount. The item you receive may have minor cosmetic blemishes, but it will work just like new. You can find many refurbished Apple products on the Apple website, including iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macbooks at up to 30% off.*
  • Check the warranty before buying it.Refurbished items must come with their original factory warranty if they were bought in store; however if they were purchased online you need to check what kind of warranty is provided by the seller before making a purchase (and if there's no warranty at all).

Buy used.

Buying used is a great way to save money on an iPad. You'll get the same device as new, but at a fraction of the price.

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However, you need to be careful about where you buy from. Here are some tips for buying used:

  • Buy from a reputable seller (check reviews)
  • Get a good return policy in case it's not as described or broken
  • Define what "like new" means in your agreement so there are no surprises later

Trade in your old device.

You can trade in your old device to get a discount on your new one. You'll want to do this before you commit, but if you're planning on getting an iPad for yourself or someone else, there's no point in waiting until after Christmas is over.

If you've got an old iPhone or other smartphone lying around (particularly one that was popular when it came out), Apple will give you up to $300 for it at the time of purchase. If that sounds like a lot more than what's offered by other companies, don't worry—it's still possible to get better deals elsewhere. In fact, we've done all the legwork for you with our list of top places where to sell used tech items online so that all that remains is making sure they quote fair prices and deliver fast shipping.

You don't have to pay full price for an iPad

  • If you’re planning on buying an iPad, don't pay full price for it. Although the newest models are always exciting, prices drop dramatically after the first few months.
  • Wait until the holiday sales to buy a new device. Stores have plenty of deals to offer during this time of year, so keep an eye out for them!
  • Shop around at different stores in person and online if possible. Compare prices between retailers and look up refurbished models on Amazon or eBay if you're looking for something less expensive.
  • Buy refurbished iPads if they're available in your area: these are usually newer devices that were returned due to some type of defect but can be sold again at lower prices than those who are brand new out of box (or OOB). If there aren't any local options available then consider searching out used ones over Craigslist instead—just make sure they work before purchasing anything!


It’s easy to forget about the many ways you can save money on an iPad, especially when there are so many other priorities in life. But if you want to spend less and get more from your tech device, then these tips are a good place to start!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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