iPads are great tools. They are super functional, incredibly portable, and just all-around fun. But, they are often a large financial investment. A 64GB iPad Air with WiFi will set you back $499.
If that isn’t enough for you, the newest iPad, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, can retail for up to $1229! While there are certainly perks to having an iPad and there are plenty of great reasons to own one, it can sometimes be hard to justify the cost.
Therefore, we thought we’d detail 5 different ways to save money on your next iPad purchase.
1. Buy Older Generations
Everybody wants the flashy, new device. It’s normal, and we don’t blame you for it. But, it can be worthwhile to look back at previous models when considering your new iPad. You may give up a few features, like the Touch ID sensor, but you could also save $100 or more. Because everyone’s needs are different, we recommend researching your available options and creating a pros & cons list to see the if the money saved is worth the features you give up.
2. Buy Refurbished
As we’ve talked about in previous articles, buying ‘refurbished’ isn’t buying ‘used’. Refurbished iPads are a great way to save some money, often shaving over $150 off the original retail price. Plus, you can rest assured that any refurbished Apple product has been certified 100% functional and covered by a warranty. All the features and a great looking iPad for cheap? We’re interested. In fact, we’ve got some here.
3. Mini Me
The iPad mini, although smaller, is still an amazing device. A 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini 2 costs only $269 – and that’s brand new. iPad mini’s also have other benefits, like being more portable and discreet. Take your iPad Mini to the gym, on a plane, or just move around the house easier, thanks to its small size.
4. Check Your Sources
You can’t forget that there are more places to get an iPad from than just the Apple Store or a major chain. Places like Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, and even your friends or family can also be a great place to find an iPad for cheaper. But, we highly recommend double-checking where you’re getting your iPad from so that you can be sure you’re getting what is advertised. Sometimes, people are just looking to get some money for a device that they don’t use often and are willing to sell a perfect product for less than retail.
What’s great is that you can take any of the above tricks, and combine them. What’s going to be cheaper than an refurbished iPad Air? A refurbished iPad Mini. Buying an older generation iPad from a friend will certainly be cheaper than buying a current-gen iPad, even if it’s from the same friend.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to cut costs and still enjoy all the great benefits of the iPad. Make sure you thoroughly do your research for your particular situation to ensure that the iPad you’re getting still has the features you’re looking for. But don’t be afraid to give up a few smaller things to save some money!