Apple Will Give You A $100 Refund On Any iPad Bought In The Last Two Weeks

Apple Will Give You A $100 Refund On Any iPad Bought In The Last Two Weeks

We were warning pretty much everyone we knew for months that if they hadn’t bought an iPad yet, it was a sucker move not to wait until Apple at least announced the new one… but if you or one of your friends is one of those unfortunates who caved to temptation within the last two weeks, good news: Apple will give you a partial refund for your brand new but now obsolete first-gen iPad.

Apple’s handling it the same way as they handle their refund process for Macs that have been obsoleted within a couple of weeks of a new revision being announced: just go into your local Apple Store or call up Apple, prove you bought your iPad within the past fourteen days, and they’ll give you a refund of $100, €100, or £100.

Giving refunds on obsoleted products is one of the nicer things Apple does. I mean, yeah, it’d be nicer if they actually allowed you to return your iPad, but hey, what are they going to do with them now?

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  • Haydn

    Just rang Apple in the UK and they’ve not heard of this at all.

  • Paul

    ‘Obsolete’ – “no longer in use, outmoded in design, style, or construction.”
    ‘Outmoded’ – “no longer usable or practical”

    Because the original iPad is not outmoded, neither is it obsolete. It’s not the current model, but that doesn’t make it outmoded.

  • Reivax

    Superseded, yes. Obsolete, not so much.

  • Rxcketeer

    or, you can just return it and get and iPad 2

  • intbt

    From Apple’s web site

    Return and Refund Policy

    If you are not satisfied with your Apple purchase of a product, please visit online Order Status or call 1-800-676-2775 for a Return Material Authorization (RMA).

    For iPhone returns, please refer to the iPhone Return Policy section below. For eligible Mac, iPad, iPod, and third-party products, you have up to 14 calendar days from the time you receive your item(s) to initiate a return.

  • CharliK

    Mactrast is talking about a price adjustment. Down to the new price. But they are very very strict about the timing. And you have to go into the store with a receipt. You can’t just call. Because they will basically have to return it for the full price and then resell you the same one at the discount and refund the difference.

    Or if you bought it within two weeks,you back it up to your computer, wipe it and return it. full refund. use the money for the new one.

    Or you can do what my roommate did. He went in yesterday, showed them that he bought one a week and a half ago, which will be more than 2 weeks ago come launch day. He told the manager that he’s a student and his books are on it so he can’t just return it now. The manager put a note on his receipt to allow an exchange only (not a straight return for money) through March 13th. the added days were apparently in case there was a huge line and they ran out.

    Kyle was very polite, admitted he knew he was asking for an exception etc. No cussing or yelling that he wasn’t told about the new one (unlike some folks might). That probably helped convince the manager to do him a favor

  • Alex

    Wow, i will stand in front of an Apple store and buy recently purchased iPads for $101, then sell them for $350 – $360, or less than a refurbished model.

  • mhsrandall

    If you kept your reciept Apple gives a full refund for any returns withing 14 days….just keep the box and all contents.

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