We all love to own the latest technology and in the case of the iPad it’s called the iPad Air, a fifth generation of these wonderful devices in just four short years since Apple released their first version of the tablet. A lot of people with an excess of money just love each new release and greedily swallow up any new incantation with glee. We’ve all seen the endless news coverage as each new model is released. I love watching as the techy geeky ones queue for many hours and sometimes days in advance, waiting for a store to open so they can get their hands on a new bit of gadgetry.

Nearly new iPads

For the rest of us mere mortal humans this is an opportunity to get our hands on some great equipment at second hand prices. After all if you’re that keen to buy the newest model you just don’t want an older version. The great thing being that these iPads have barely been used and may in some cases only be a few months old. Are your friends really going to notice that your iPad is a version 2, 3 or 4? As long as it does the job who really worries about it?

Delboy and Rodney are long gone

It will come as no surprise to most of us that there is an absolutely enormous second hand market for used and refurbished iPad’s and tablets and you won’t need to resort to buying from Delboy. The key to getting the most out of your purchase is working out how much of a risk you want to take and which course to take once you have decided to buy this way. Generally speaking the greater the risk the cheaper you can get a tablet.

Visit your local shop

The first port of call and the safest, least risky option is to actually visit your local iPad or laptop repair shop. More often than not they will have a selection of models for you to have a look at. You’ll be able to pick it up and inspect it and obviously see it working and make sure that you get everything with it that you will need. This way you’ll know it’s in good working order and know about any bumps and bruises it may have before you buy.

Online Auction or click to buy

If you can’t find what you are looking for locally you might want to search at one of the larger online options such as eBay or Amazon. There are some great bargains to be had here particularly if you leave your bidding till the last minute. You’ll need to pay close attention to the photos that are used and try to ask any questions you may have before bidding or going for a buy it now choice. It’s not an insignificant amount of money you’re spending so if you get a seller with a reticence to answer your questions discount them from your search.

Specialist websites

Another port of call available is the myriad of other second hand specialist websites which offer iPads for sale. Before you make your choice it’s well worth having a serious look around at sites such as:

There are lots of others to choose from as well, so a little bit of research could save you a lot of money. Whatever option you choose do check that all is working ok and have a close look at their reputation and money back guarantees. A number of second hand retailers give a limited warranty – typically three months – so make sure you get as much peace of mind as possible.

High risk but possible high gain

One final option to consider is to buy an item that you know has a fault and handing it over to your local friendly iPad repairer. This way you can potentially save an absolute fortune since no one wants something that is broken. But if you take the risk and then hand it over to your repair shop to bring it up to a great working standard you could be onto a winner. At this time of year you may just find the ideal Christmas present, there can be some great bargains to be had with a little effort. So if you can’t afford to buy new do consider this route.

The apathy of others could be your key to owning a great piece of technology.