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The best refurbished iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch deals and sales in February 2020

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Apple refurbished devices are offering big savings on luxury tech this week. That means we're seeing extra discounts on cheap refurbished iPad deals as well as some brilliant refurbished MacBook deals. If you're looking for a new smartwatch, these refurbished Apple Watch deals can save you cash on certain models as well. Apple refurbished items are often up for far less than their original asking price, which means you can save big cash if you know where to look. We've sourced all of these refurbished iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch deals from trusted retailers so you can enjoy peace of mind with your purchase as well. 

There's a knack to picking up good refurbished MacBooks, iPads, and Watches, however. So we're here to steer you towards the most trusted retailers and let you know exactly what you're putting your cash down for. 

Even if you're just looking to replace an item, you'll still be looking at high prices for the previous generation or even a version before that when discounts aren't readily available. That's where refurbished Apple products come in. You can pick up refurbished MacBook deals and renewed iPads and Apple Watches for some great prices at the moment, what with certain models being discontinued by Apple themselves and new releases pushing consumers to trade their old devices in. 

When shopping for refurbished Apple products, you'll want to take notice of the retailer's rating system. It can tell you a lot about the condition of the product you're picking up - whether it's pretty much brand new, or if you can expect a few surface nicks here and there. More often than not, you're picking up a second-hand product which means you may find a few scratches or corner bumps that have brought the price down, but if you're looking for the cheapest way to pick up these expensive products you may not mind some wear and tear. 

We've been scouring the web for the cheapest refurbished iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches to bring you the best prices from retailers you can trust. Plus, we've even got some handy hints for shopping Apple refurbished further down the page. 

The best refurbished iPad deals in the US

Refurbished iPad 2017 | 32GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $329.99 $249 at Amazon
This refurbished iPad deal comes from Amazon's Renewed program, a trusted seller for high quality refurbished Apple products. Plus, this is an absolute steal for $249, offering anyone who's after a cheap iPad quick exactly what they're looking for.

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Refurbished iPad Mini 4 | 64GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $449.99 $249.99 at Amazon
If you're after a cheap refurbished iPad for lighter use - streaming entertainment, a few games, and web browsing, for example - then this iPad Mini 4 should fit the bill well. You're saving $200 by picking it up via Amazon renewed, and grabbing that 90 day guarantee as well.
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Refurbished iPad 2018 | 128GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $304.99 $289.99 at Amazon
This 2018 iPad comes in at a great price at well under $300 renewed right now from Amazon. You're getting 128GB of storage in a Space Gray shell on the previous generation of Apple's flagship model. You'll also receive a 90 day guarantee on all of Amazon's renewed stock.
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Refurbished iPad Pro 9.7-inch | 128GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $299.99 at Newegg
This iPad Pro may not be the latest model, but it still certainly offers a good amount of power for such an astounding price tag this week. You're picking up 128GB of storage with an A9X processor and 2GB of RAM here - perfect for lighter work and streaming. This refurbished iPad deal comes from a Newegg third party seller with an 80% positive rating.
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Refurbished iPad Mini 4 | 128GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $369 $309 at Apple
This iPad Mini 4 is refurbished by Apple themselves and receives a $60 discount this week. That means you're getting the standard one year Apple warranty on this purchase as well as all manuals and accessories and a brand new battery and outer shell to boot. The Mini 4 in question has 128GB of storage to offer - a massive capacity that will be able to handle a wide range of apps, downloads, and multi-tasking.
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Refurbished iPad Pro 12.9-inch | 256GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $949 $579.99 at Amazon
This 12.9-inch iPad Pro sits a generation previous to today's model. However, you can pick up the extremely capable 256GB model for under $600 this week at Amazon. This model has been certified as 'looks and works like new' by Amazon and is also backed by a 90 day Amazon Renewed Guarantee. Such a guarantee makes shopping for refurbished iPad deals a whole lot easier.
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Refurbished iPad Pro 11-inch | 256GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $744.95 at Amazon
Amazon Renewed has given this refurbished iPad Pro a shakedown and clean up before sticking it back up for about $200 less than you'd pay for a brand new one. $744 is a great price on the latest iPad Pro, and this is a smart configuration to boot. Plus, this is backed by Amazon's 90-day guarantee.
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The best refurbished MacBook deals in the US

Refurbished MacBook Air 11.6-inch early 2015 | $394.99 at Amazon
If you want to spend as little as possible and still grab a refurbished MacBook deal that's worth running, this early 2015 Air model is a decent everyday workhorse for lighter tasks. Where it really shines is in its amazing portability, however, as one of the smallest and lightest MacBooks available. You're getting 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD in this refurbished MacBook, with an i5 processor and Intel HD 6000 graphics. This device is backed by Amazon's Refurbished Guarantee and you're picking up a 'looks and works like new' laptop here.
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Refurbished MacBook Pro 13.3-inch 2015 | $899 $699 at Newegg
This refurbished MacBook deal is offered at a great price by Coretek Computers via Newegg. The seller has a 93% positive rating by Newegg customers, with the vast majority of reviews claiming excellent refurbishment service. For your cash, you're getting a 2015 MacBook Pro with 256GB SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. This particular device comes fully tested with the charger included and may show signs of previous use.
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Refurbished MacBook Air | 13-inch late-2018 | $748.90 at Amazon
This 13-inch 2018 refurbished MacBook Air is even cheaper this week at Amazon, meaning you can pick up a 128GB SSD laptop with an 8th generation i5 processor for just $748. Amazon has this refurbished MacBook Air on sale direct, which means you're getting the 90-day guarantee to keep everything worry-free.
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Refurbished MacBook | 12-inch 2017 | $799.99 at Best Buy
This is a refurbished 12-inch MacBook from 2017, offering an amazing 512GB SSD and 8GB of RAM for the price. With a retina display and 10 hour battery life, this is the perfect cheap refurbished MacBook to see you through your portable work.
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Refurbished MacBook Pro | 13-inch 2017 | $819.99 at Amazon
Amazon refurbished MacBook deals are held to a high standard of quality, so you know this 13-inch 2017 Pro model is a safe purchase. You're getting 256GB of storage and an i5 processor inside, and you can rest assured that Amazon refurbishes its products look and work like new, with a 90-day guarantee to boot.
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The best refurbished Apple Watch deals in the US

Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 | 38mm | GPS + Cellular | $189.96 at Newegg
This refurbished Apple Watch deal comes from seller TekReplay via Newegg - a 4/5 egg rated refurbishment expert. This is a grade C listed item, which means you can expect some slight scratching for your $50 saved. That said, you're getting a warranty included as well as all chargers and next day shipping. You can also pick up a 42mm version for $199 at Newegg.
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Apple Watch Series 4 | 44mm | GPS + Cellular | $299.99 at Amazon
Pick up this renewed Apple Watch Series 4 and you're grabbing one of the most expensive versions of this model for a great price this week. Plus, Amazon's Renewed program will provide peace of mind with a 90 day guarantee. View Deal

Where to shop for the best Apple refurbished deals

Apple Certified Refurbished
You may pay a little more than other retailers, but you're getting a standard year's warranty as well as a new casing and battery in most cases.

Walmart
Walmart generally run their refurbished Apple products sales via external sellers, so you'll be paying a great price and if you make sure to check the seller's rating and reviews the quality will be high.

Amazon Renewed
Amazon operate an Amazon Renewed scheme, in which each product is thoroughly tested to be working and looking like new before being given an extra 90 day guarantee.

Best Buy
Best Buy operate a Geek Squad refurbishment program which offers full re-certification of a range of devices and products. This is a dedicated refurbishment service that works under Best Buy directly.

Newegg
Like Walmart, Newegg offer most of their refurbished Apple products through an external seller marketplace, though you can check review scores and ratings easily from the product page. Newegg also offer refurbished iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches direct, meaning you can purchase from them individually as well.

Why buy refurbished Apple products?

If you've been shopping for a laptop, tablet, or smartwatch over the last few years, you'll know that the Apple tax is real. Apple offers luxury products at a premium price tag, and yet it always seems like everyone has the latest model. Refurbished Apple products do away with these luxury price tags, for the most part. By sacrificing the chance of a few cosmetic scratches, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars, and as long as you know where to shop, the process these days can be painless and easy.

Refurbished iPads are becoming more and more common with the release of each new model, and even refurbished MacBooks are now easy to find across major retailers. As each new version is released, expect to see a flurry of refurbished Apple products hitting store shelves after the trade-in period.

Even refurbished Apple Watches are cropping up more and more now that we're into our fifth generation. Plus, with each model supporting Watch OS 6, it's easy to pick up a cheap watch that offers most of the latest features at a surprising discount.

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How to find good refurbished iPad deals

The process of buying a good refurbished iPad starts with the retailer. If you're shopping with Amazon, Apple, or Best Buy, you'll be safe in the knowledge that you've got a solid storefront behind you, offering rigorous testing and guarantees to put your mind at rest. Shopping through more open sites like Newegg and Walmart marketplace, however, require a little bit of review and rating digging to make sure the retailer is up to snuff.

In terms of refurbished iPad models, there are a few out there you might want to consider more carefully, no matter how low the price tag. Generally speaking, anything that won't support the latest version of iPad OS won't be able to hack heavier usage. That includes flagship iPad models up to and including the iPad 4th generation, the original iPad Air, and iPad Mini up to Mini 3. There are still light uses for these models, so you will be able to get away with an iPad Mini 3 or the iPad Air for pure streaming or web browsing on the cheap, but models before these will likely run too slow to be worth your cash. If we list a refurbished iPad Air or Mini 3 here, we'll make sure you know there won't be any further iPad OS updates. 

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Refurbished MacBook deals: how to make sure you're getting a good price

Once you've found a trusted retailer for your refurbished MacBook, you'll want to make sure the model you're picking up is worth its price even if that cost does look low. Some of the cheapest refurbished MacBooks on offer are also the oldest, and despite the alluring price tag, they simply won't be able to keep up with the programs you want to run in 2020. 

If you're picking up a new everyday computer for light email, web browsing, and streaming, but still want that Apple spark, the earliest we'd recommend is a 2013 model. Even then, you'll be grabbing a MacBook at the cheapest price worth paying for a model of its age and will be fairly limited in terms of programs and MacOS features. 

It's generally a better idea to start your search around the mid-2014 / 2015 spectrum for a workable MacBook. These computers hold their value exceedingly well, so a five or six-year-old luxury laptop will still stand up to most of today's mid-range programs MacOS features. 

If you're looking for a Touch Bar or something with a bit more processing power than 2015 could produce, you'll also find excellent refurbished MacBook deals on models up to 2018's offerings as well. 

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Buying refurbished Apple Watch deals: what to look out for

As with a lot of refurbished Apple products, you'll want to start your purchase by finding a trusted refurbished Apple Watch retailer. Amazon, Apple and Best Buy all operate their own renewal programs that offer solid testing as well as varying warranties and guarantees after purchase. If you choose to take a lower price from a marketplace vendor like Newegg or Walmart, you can still pick up a fantastic device but you'll need to do a little more work to check reviews and ratings on the retailer you're buying from.  

If you're still looking for the best refurbished Apple Watch model to buy, it's worth bearing in mind that the only version you may want to fully disregard is the original Series 1. We're seeing prices on this early Apple Watch that come too close to the price of the Series 2 to warrant a purchase of the outdated model. 

If you're looking at a Series 2, know that you'll still be picking up a functional fitness tracker with iPhone integration for notifications, calls, and music, but the processing speed may be slower than the Series 3 and 4. That's fine if you're just grabbing a cheap refurbished Apple Watch to do a simple job, but if you're looking for something with a bit more power, we'd recommend starting your search with a Series 3.