How to Find & Buy a Cheap Used iPad Under 200 Dollars

If you were to  go ahead and buy the latest iPad brand new from Apple directly (through a store or online) -- the cheapest possible model (iPad 2, 16 GB) will cost you $400 (there is also the iPad mini, 16 GB, w/o retina display which will cost you $300) -- now don't get me wrong I think iPads are awesome! However, if you do a bit more research and shop smart -- you can get an iPad for well under $200.

And 'that' is what this article aims to do -- be an informative guide (with tips & hints) to helping you find and buy an iPad for under 200 dollars relatively quickly (through exploring 2 main online avenues). Granted they may not be new (i.e used) or the latest generation (more likely to be gen 1 or a gen 2 iPad, with the latter being on the smaller side in terms of memory & coming without 3G) -- it might even be a refurbished iPad under $200 -- but they will all -- still will be very decent (despite being cheap) and will offer the same primary functions as the latest Apple iPad.

The first place to head to is Amazon -- and apply the following search filters -- "electronics, computers & accessories, tablets, Apple IOS, head to the price range: insert $0 to $200 (or you can just go through the link)" and you will come across mainly iPad 1 models -- with memory ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB with & w/o 3G (hence the best being the 64 GB & 3G from the range) -- now and again you will also have an iPad 2 under 200 dollars (16 GB w/o 3G) be in that selection too.

Why Amazon?

Because you can really trust them. As you will be buying through a third party seller (they are either an individual selling their old iPad or are a company who fixes & trades in iPads ) -- you are protected by their A-to-Z guarantee scheme (for up to $2,500), so if you come across any problems (in terms of the 3rd party have given you a defect & won't refund you or reply back etc.) -- you will be automatically refunded your money from Amazon themselves. However, follow the advice below in selecting the right 'seller' and it won't ever get to that stage (but its nice to have that kind of backing).

 Important Note: Although, you will notice their 'new' listed prices being well in excess of 200 dollars -- you aren't interested in these -- you want to be looking at the second price below that -- the 'used' price and you will see from the range of iPads they are usually around the $160 mark. The following Amazon elements all host iPads that are in this selection of being less than 200 dollars -- but display the prices as new -- so don't be put off by these & go through them to see the used price on offer. 

Apple iPad (First Generation) MC497LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + 3G)
Amazon Price: $829.00 $509.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2013)
Important Note: just to reiterate please ignore the price above, this is the price listing when bought 'new' -- go the product overview to see the 'used' & refurbished iPad prices which you will see are usually well under 200 dollars.

Selecting Your Model

The next step is to select the iPad model for you -- what size memory are you after? do you want wi-fi + 3G or just wi-fi? how heavy? etc. (this is all personal preference, but most would want as much memory as possible and for it to be with 3G -- so go for the 64 GB + 3G & wi-fi, which is model above: MC497LL/A). Now, once you have selected the iPad model you are after -- you will see near the brief product details (at the top, opposite the image) either two or three different price lists e.g. 18 new from $xxx, 23 used from $xxx & 9 refurbished from $xxx -- it is the latter two you are interested in (or there is a link saying available from these sellers).

The Cheapest iPad (usually under $150)

Apple iPad (first generation) MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi)
Amazon Price: $499.00 $337.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2013)

The Sellers

This is where you have to your wits about you a bit more. You want to buy from a third party seller who is reputable -- to do this the following answers have to be 'yes' (in my eyes): i) do they have a positive rating over 90%? ii) do they have over 150 ratings? iii) do they sell similar products (e.g. apple macbooks, other tablets etc.). 

The Condition & Details

You will then want to inspect the details that the sellers have had to say about the iPad they are selling -- you will come across its condition state (e.g. Used - Acceptable, Used - Good, Used - Very Good, Used - Like new, obviously the more towards the latter descriptions the better) as well as some further info. It is here where they will usually state any defects and problems (usually describing damaging, scuff marks etc.). Some will also provide photos.

Apple iPad (First Generation) MC496LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi + 3G)
Amazon Price: $729.00 $591.95 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2013)

Ask Questions

Make sure you contact them (before purchasing) and ask them questions about the iPad -- from their answers (the more in-depth/specific, how compliant they are & how fast) you will get a better general overview as to how good of a 'Amazon third party seller' they actually are.

But,  make sure you ask important questions as well: i) does it come with the original box (or a box?) ii) the charger? iii) if photos weren't provided, ask for them (back, front, side)? iv) guide & manual? v) the warranty it has left? vi) how old is it? vii) how long ago did you repair it (if it was refurbished)? viii) general history (previous ownership), ix) engravings? x) does it hold power/charge? xi) is everything just functioning like an iPad should? xii) their refunds and returns policy? etc. Basically anything and everything, you want to know.

iPad 2 for Under $200

Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi, Black) 2nd Generation
Amazon Price: $399.00 $389.45 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2013)
If you don't find an iPad Generation 2 for under 200 dollars at Amazon, be sure to try at eBay -- unless you are willing to stretch your budget by an extra $50 or so. Look for refurbished models as well.

Then Buy, When Happy.

Then if you are satisfied with everything -- I would say you are good to buy.

The alternative avenue I would take is eBay -- with many of the principles above applying here: make sure you ask numerous questions, be sure they are a 'top eBay seller', match the specs & info they listed to an actual iPad (from mac & apple forums to confirm it exists) etc. For me it is a little riskier than Amazon, but at the same time you might get an even better bargain than Amazon is offering.

Moreover, if you have any queries, concerns or general remarks regarding either the guide: on cheap iPads under $200 or after any specific advice on shopping around for a good yet cheap iPad then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section (which you will find just below the fold) and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Apple iPad (first generation) MB293LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi)
Amazon Price: $599.00 $340.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2013)