dealsapple 32gb ipad tablet w/ wifi/3g for $229.99…

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@morriea: My point is if you are spending over $200 for a tablet it better be in like new condition. I am with the "this is way over priced" crowd. It really says something about an Apple junky that is willing to pay this much for something in crappy condition. 30 days isn't much of a guarantee. There is no telling when something that has signs of having been battered or dropped will fail. Very risky.

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@miniskunk: They are advertised as used...look closely at the stated condition of each one and choose the best available. You still have Best Buy backing for 30-days.

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These are used and not refurbed. One of the images I looked at clearly showed case denting. Buyer beware.

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@sdc100:

I wouldn't completely go that far, especially considering the comment @morriea made. The OS is current, it's basically an iPad 2 without a front camera that's a little fatter, and it still accomplishes nearly all the tasks that most tablet users are interested in.

Besides, the fact that something IS upgradable to ICS doesn't mean it is officially supported by that product. One of the main benefits to Apple products is the less DIY approach. For example, I currently use and love my HP Touchpad, but it's not exactly out-of-the-box awesome, and running ICS is still a pain sometimes because of all the bugs you have to deal with. It was a struggle with my Viewsonic gTab, too. That thing was a hassle and a half, but it still sold for $180 when I listed it. Sometimes things just hold value.

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@sdc100: actually iPads all run the same OS.

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@princeendo: Those Android tablets on Craigslist are generally current generation or are easily upgradeable to be current generation, i.e. Ice Cream Sandwich. This iPad is 1st generation, while the iPad is now up to its 3rd generation. It's almost like buying an Android tablet with Android 2.x (or even 1.6) .. which generally goes for around $100 or less, brand new.

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If you're worried about holding value, the main page has the XOOM for $300... So there's that. If you don't think this is a good deal, just vote it down, that's what the buttons for.

On the topic of the main deal, seems pretty good, especially with a 30 day return/warranty from a reputable seller.

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$229 doesn't seem bad, but I'm not buying one. :)

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Aren't most tablets still holding their value at $200+? I look at Craigslist fairly regularly and people still want $200 or above for their Xooms, Iconias, Transformers, and Galaxy Tabs. Even the Viewsonic gTab was selling at $150+ until somewhat recently.

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@spyder69696969: Exactly. It's why white earbuds were so popular years ago, even among non-iPod owners. There was nothing practical about being white -- in fact, they soiled easily. But it was "cool."

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@nyy4life: Completely invalid comparison. A car will function as long as gasoline doesn't change. Not so with a computer. A computer's functionality depends on more than electricity. It needs software and connectivity. So a better comparison is a VCR or video game. It doesn't matter how well-built the machine is. If it can't keep up with the latest applications, then it becomes useless. I still have a working Windows 95 computer with a dialup connection and CRT monitor that cost me over $2000. Would you pay for it? Charities don't even want it.

I also have a Palm Pilot PDA that is perfectly functional. It's filled with great apps from 8 years ago. What do you think its resale value should be?

While this iPad can still run many apps, just as my Win95 computer can run many of today's software, you can't compare it to a car. In fact, it's worse than a PC because the iPad isn't upgradable. You cannot put in a retina display or add memory. By all logic, this is overpriced.

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Get $10 off to bring it down to $219 w/ this promo code:

CowBoom10

Helps with the Sales Tax... :)

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@johns43: I think 1st gen 3g iPads work with at&t.

*This iPad model supports both 3G data (UMTS/HSDPA -- 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - 7.2 Mbps) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) data networks.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ipad/specs/apple-ipad-original-3g-gps-specs.html

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It's listed as a 3G model, but doesn't say whether it's for AT&T or Verizon.

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When they first came out I went to the Apple store. All I could see was that it's an iPod that won't fit in my pocket.

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@nyy4life: Congratulations! You're a victim of marketing hype!

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@nuangel: So long as people will pay outrageous prices for iThings and obsess about the latest model with some inconsequential difference, they will continue to sell for above and beyond what they're worth. Sadly, for many, it's far more about brand recognition:

"Oh noes! I don't want my kid to be the only one that's using a Motorola Xoom when all the cool kids have iPads!"

It wouldn't matter if the Xoom was 1,000 times better than the iPad, people would still make excuses to go with Apple just because "everyone's buying it."

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@drmithra: I think getting it from a Best Buy company with 30-day return is better than CL.

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Price is about what you pay on Craigslist around here. (Virginia Beach)

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Yes nuangel, you are crazy lol
There is a reason why Toyota and Honda vehicles hold their value. Well made products are worth more than POC products.

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I can't be the only one who thinks the prices on these things is over inflated! Right? I mean, you try selling a laptop you bought for only $500, 3 years ago. It's depreciated way more than 50%! So has any cell phone that old! What makes the "iPad" hold its value so well? There should be a glut of first gens out there, prices shouldn't be this high, right? Am i crazy? I might be crazy.