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

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You can save plenty of cash with refurbished Apple products this week, with big savings on refurbished iPads, Macbooks and Apple Watches offering big money off luxury devices. Grabbing top Apple tech for less is the deal-hunter's dream and these savings are offering just that. There's a knack to picking up good Apple refurbished iPads, MacBooks 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. 

When shopping for Apple refurbished 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 Apple 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 Apple refurbished iPad deals

Refurbished iPad 2017 | 32GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $329.99 $255 at Amazon
Coming from Amazon's trusted renewed program, you can purchase this high-quality apple product with confidence at the bargain price of just $250. This 2017 model is a great entry point if you're looking for a quick deal, but you'll have to act fast for this refurbished iPad deal as stocks are running low. This has been a particularly popular deal, but you're still able to grab your refurbished iPad at this price - you just might have to wait a little for shipping.
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Refurbished iPad 2018 | 128GB | WiFi | Space Gray | Now $349 at Amazon
For just over $300 you can bag yourself a great price on this 2018 iPad. This is Apple's previous flagship model, coming in an attractive Space Gray aluminum shell with 128GB of storage and an excellent A10 Fusion processor. Amazon also ensures you can buy with confidence, offering a 90 guarantee on all purchases from their official renewed store.
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Refurbished iPad Pro 9.7-inch | 128GB | WiFi | Space Gray | $313 at Amazon
With this $313 refurbished iPad deal from Amazon you'll get a lot of power for the money. Sure this tablet isn't the latest model but it stills packs in a decent A9X processor, 128GB of storage and 2GB of RAM which lends itself well to web applications and streaming. Buying this deal directly from Amazon's official renewed store ensures you won't regret your purchase, with over 73% of users providing 5 star feedback. 
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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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The best Apple refurbished MacBook deals

Refurbished MacBook Air | 13-inch late-2018 | $778 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 $781. 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 Pro | 13-inch 2017 | $829.99 at Amazon
Refurbished MacBook deals from Amazon should be regarded as a safe purchase due to their guarantee that the product will look and work like new. With this great 2017 entry you'll get 256GB of storage, an i5 processor and that handy 90-day guarantee from Amazon that you're product will be fully covered just in case.
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The best refurbished Apple Watch deals

Apple Watch Series 4 | 44mm | GPS + Cellular | $320.20 at Amazon
This is one of the last gen's most expensive models, and now you can pick it up for an absolute steal at $320. Buying through Amazon's renewed program will also ensure you can buy with confidence, with a generous 90 day guarantee.View Deal

Apple Watch Series 5 | 40mm | GPS + Cellular | $379.99 at Amazon
This is the latest Apple Watch to hit the market, and a pretty premium version of it at that. You're picking up a 40mm GPS and Cellular model of the fantastic Apple Watch Series 5 at a great price thanks to Amazon's renewed program.
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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.

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 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.