Readers still considering an iPad 1 purchase better act quick; the official Apple online store is now sold out of certain refurbished models for online order.
As of this writing, the cheapest refurbished iPad 1 model is the 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G model for $479. While still under $500, the asking price is nowhere near the now sold out 16GB Wi-Fi only model, which was only $349 when it was available. The next cheapest model, the 32GB Wi-Fi only version, is now sold out as well.
Apple slashed prices on all first gen iPad models soon after the iPad 2 announcement last month in San Francisco. Check out the official store here for availability updates on each model.
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