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looking to buy a secondhand ipad3

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markobucko Calculating status...
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Jul 1, 2013 6:58 AM

have located an ipad 3 that a guy is selling...

before i go and buy it,is there anything i can do to check it is an ipad3 and not stolen or refurbished??

any help would be most apprecieated

TIA

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  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to markobucko)

    There is no way to know if its stolen or not.

     

    You can ask the guy for its serial and model numbers to make sure its an iPad 3.

     

    You can enter the serial number here:

    https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to markobucko)

    Glad I could help.

  • appleuser1322 Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 9:57 AM (in response to markobucko)

    Phil 0124 wisely gave you the best advice.

     

    However, please consider that, first, you said "a guy...". That didn't sound as if he's family or a good friend. I would not buy that way.

     

    My recommendation is that if you buy a used ipad that you ONLY buy it from the Apple refurb store, even if it will cost more than from 'a guy' or ebay, etc.

     

    A refurbished ipad (only from the ipad store!) will come with a brand new battery, a full outer cover front and back and a full one year warranty. You can also buy the new extended Apple care + that will cover your ipad for another year and will cover two incidents of glass breakage and/or water damage during those two years. (It's new his year.) That can potentially be a big savings in case you need to repair your ipad. It's $99.00 and you must buy it within thirty days of purchase of your ipad.

     

    Also, I'm not sure what you mean by ipad 3. It's been a little confusing because what many (most?) call the ipad 3 was originally called the' ipad with retina display' and the newest ipad was called ipad 3 with retina display on this site, other websites, and on store displays.

     

    Please note on the refurb website on this Apple website the first 'ipad with retina display' on the refurb website is now called 'the ipad with retina display (3rd generation'.) This ipad was discontinued (though still in Apple refurb store) after only months on the market, so I would pay more if you can to get the ipad 4th generation, either new or refurbed.

     

    So whether you buy a new or refurb from Apple your ipad will have that same warranty and offer of Aple Care +.

    Please buy from Apple or authorized resellers (Apple Care + available from reseller? Or can you buy from reseller and go to Apple directly for Apple Care +?)

     

    Be sure to research how much space you'll need before you buy. Once you buy one, you cannot increase storage space, so be sure when you decide from among, the 16gb, 32 gb, 64 gb, etc.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 11:45 AM (in response to appleuser1322)

    appleuser1322 wrote:

     

    ...

     

    Also, I'm not sure what you mean by ipad 3. It's been a little confusing because what many (most?) call the ipad 3 was originally called the' ipad with retina display' and the newest ipad was called ipad 3 with retina display on this site, other websites, and on store displays.


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    Lets put it simply. An iPad 3 is usually used to refer to the 3rd Generation iPad,  (hence the 3, although it wasthe first to have a retina display).

     

    These are no longer being sold as they were discontinued.

     

    The New iPad with Retina Display currently being sold, in the Apple store, and other retail stores is the 4th generation iPad  or iPad 4. Yes its also called The iPad with Retina Display, but is different to the Third Generation iPad.

     

     

    With that said, I agree with AppleUser1322, in that the Apple Refurb option is the best choice.  And you get a full warranty which can be very handy.

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