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Apple offers iPods $169 and up, refurbished (Updated)

The Apple Store is offering impressive deals on third-generation refurbished iPods, including a $169.00 entry level 10GB model, a $249.00 20GB model, a $279.00 30GB model and a $329.00 40GB model, each with free shipping. The iPods, which are being sold as Apple Certified Reconditioned hardware, include a one-year limited warranty and standard accessories.

Update (8/21 11pm MST):  The 10GB and 20GB models are no longer available.

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wait, so you can save $70 by getting a 3rd gen instead of a 4th gen?  oh wow..Apple must think the ClickWheel is God’s gift to man.

Posted by dethbrakr on August 20, 2004 at 11:28 AM (CDT)


They’re refurbished pre-owned ipods.  You don’t buy used cars for the same price as the new ones, now do you?

And yes the click wheel is God’s gift to man.

Posted by Drew-Tang on August 20, 2004 at 11:54 AM (CDT)


I purchased a 30-gig G3 refurb a few months ago from the Apple store. I paid $279. I was VERY pleased with my iPod, it looked brand new and came with all the accessories. Only problem was a defective wired remote. I contacted Apple and had a brand new remote in a week.

Posted by iTony on August 20, 2004 at 12:06 PM (CDT)


I assume a refurb unit works as well as a new unit.

I was hoping to sell my used 40 3rd gen on eBay in favor of a 4gen, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get above $300 for it—maybe so as long as this deal doesn’t reach the mainstream.

Posted by dethbrakr on August 20, 2004 at 12:14 PM (CDT)


I upgraded to a refurb 20GB 3G. It was indistinguishable from a new one. Came with the Dock and everything except the retail box. Only the Firewire cable was bad and Apple overnighted me a new one.

Posted by someguy on August 20, 2004 at 12:27 PM (CDT)


Kind of hit or miss on the refurbs… I bought an original (first gen) 5GB more than a year ago as a refurb - came completely new w/new Apple packaging.  Then I sold that when Apple had 15GB 3G refurbs - the unit I got was in a brown box in perfect working condition but not so great cosmetic condition (scratches all over).  It was missing the wired remote but it was sent to me after a call to AppleCare.  Then, a few weeks ago, when the 30GB 3G’s first hit for $279, I sold the 15GB one to get a 30GB.  Brown box again,  iPod was cosmetically perfect, but NOT in good working order (unit had a VERY noisy drive and beeped whenever accessing the drive).  I was able to get that exchanged at the local Apple store for a brand new unit.

Net - you may not get a cosmetically perfect unit, but Apple will stand by the warranty and get you a perfectly functioning unit.  It was a good deal to me!

Posted by me on August 20, 2004 at 2:30 PM (CDT)


A 4G is worth the price when you figure I was sticking my 3G on the charger once every other day and now with the 4G I’m putting it on every 4 days.

Posted by yomoo on August 20, 2004 at 3:17 PM (CDT)


Thats pretty cheap.

Posted by jasontho on August 20, 2004 at 3:33 PM (CDT)


That’s how I got mine and it works perfectly with no scratches when it came.  This is an even better deal for me because I get the educational discount (another $20 off)

Verry happy!!

Posted by teenwhoneedseverypenny on August 20, 2004 at 3:51 PM (CDT)


i got the 10gb one a few weeks ago and im very pleased it works perfectly

Posted by brian on August 20, 2004 at 4:16 PM (CDT)


$249.00 in the same price students/faculty/staff are paying for new 20gig 4G models on academic campuses across the US.

Posted by Cutter on August 20, 2004 at 6:36 PM (CDT)


My 3g 20gb refurb was pristine as well, but ‘twas $299 a few months ago when I bought it.

Posted by alt on August 20, 2004 at 8:31 PM (CDT)


It’s been going on for a while wonder how this is considered news.

Posted by WaSAi-mikE on August 21, 2004 at 12:23 AM (CDT)


Well, I’m pleased that iPodLounge posted this. I had no idea, and went to the link and bought a 10GB 3G for $169 right then. Considering that it’s 10GB for just pennies over what someone would pay for a 128MB flash player maybe 256MB, I just couldn’t resist!

Thanks again iPodLounge! Pity you can’t get a commision for the sale.

Posted by Dave M. on August 21, 2004 at 2:39 AM (CDT)


I’ve always had good luck with refurbs. I got a refurbished Logitech diNovo Media Desktop system for $129.95, vs. $249.99 at retail.
The refurbished 40GB model was tempting, considering all the accessories it comes with, but I bought a new one instead.

Posted by Galley on August 21, 2004 at 1:43 PM (CDT)


Some of the G5 prices are amazing.  A 35% discount on a $3000 machine is a great deal.  Since they are refurbished, I wouldn’t be surprised if the refurbished gear went through more stringent tests than new gear.

Posted by Ender on August 21, 2004 at 7:56 PM (CDT)


the problem with the refurbs is the battery is not new the leave the old one in there so u could end up with only 2 hours of battery life. i bought one 2 weeks before the 4G came out it had a battery life of a 4 hours

Posted by rage on August 21, 2004 at 9:57 PM (CDT)


Out of six refurbished units I have bought in the past year, only one died within a month of the purchase.  A quick call to Apple, and it was promptly replaced.  In my opinion, it’s a great deal.  In case you are interested this is what I have bought…

Two   10 Gig (2nd Gen)
One   15 Gig (3rd Gen)
Three 10 Gig (3rd Gen)

And yes, family reunions are also iPod reunions…some old members some newer! 

Posted by Bill Sanders on August 21, 2004 at 11:18 PM (CDT)


I’ve purchased two 3g 10gb refurbished ones now and both have come looking brand new and have functioned flawlessly. In fact the first one I bought when the price was still $199. A couple of days later Apple dropped the price to $169. I called them up and they quickly refunded the $30 difference. They carry the same 1 year warranty as a brand new one so how can you not like that! $80 cheaper than a mini with 6gb more storage!

Posted by LeoFanatic on August 23, 2004 at 12:10 AM (CDT)


Did any of the 10GB 3G ones come with the dock?  I thought the website said w/dock but when it arrived it only had the firewire connection and such.  Thanks.

Posted by Jeremy Goettel on September 3, 2004 at 10:59 AM (CDT)

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