Pros: These guys are proud of their certification; often theyll try to meet or exceed the service youd get at an Apple Storebut often, the prices will be cheaper even than what youll find in Apples refurb stock. (And you can also, if youre really hurting for money, probably find even older products: These are the places where first-generation iPads are still sold.) For example, in Philadelphia, where I live, Springboard Media offers most used products with a 90-day limited warranty or, in cases of newer-but-used devices, the remainder of the original warranty or AppleCare coverage.
Cons: Even more than Apples refurb stock, you never know what items will be for sale at independent shops. In fact, with the holidays getting near, you may actually want to wait until after Christmas to buywhen everybody who got an iPad mini under the tree trades in their older device at a discount. Then again, an IOU in the stocking can be a bit of a bummer.
Every time a new iPhone or iPad comes out, we tell you about all the companies looking to buy your old iPhone or iPad. Well, this is why those companies buy those products: To turn around and sell them in the used market. Theres no reason this cant turn out as a successful option for youespecially if you stick to brand-name companies such as eBay or Amazon, that already have a reputation to uphold and systems for keeping it that way.
eBay, for example, has a special section on its site just for the sale of Apple Certified refurbished iPads. When youre looking at the product you want to buy, be sure to carefully examine the seller information in the upper right-hand corner of the page so you know youre dealing with someone you can trust. Similarly, seller ratings are also available for third parties who sell Apple products through Amazon.
Pros: There are enough independent sellers competing against each otherinstead of, as is often the case, Apple competing against itselfthat you can sometimes find the best-possible combination of price and device quality. Hooray for market competition!
Cons: You bear more of the responsibility to ensure you're dealing with a reputable seller. It shouldn't be a problem if you do your researchjust make sure you do your research.