While Apple and its retail partners have been unusually generous with prospective buyers of the iPhone 5c, 5s and both iPad mini generations lately, iPad Air promotions have always been hard to come by and mostly crappy.
A few bucks shaved off here and there, a couple of slightly more considerate but highly time-sensitive deals and chiefly worthless refurbished discounts. $80 off on a refurb nine full months after iPad Air’s rollout? That’s laughable, Apple, and not in a good way.
Good thing there’s a little auction website called eBay, where a top-rated seller by the name of Blutek charges a measly $489.99 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi-only fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad. No bidding needed. So yeah, less than $500 buys you an iPad Air flavor that the US Apple Store still lists at a preposterous $599.
Meanwhile, Amazon offers it at a slightly more sensible $545.97. Which is still no match for Blutek’s amazing bargain. Just hurry up, limited inventory is available, and at the time of this writing, nearly 500 units have been already snatched.
Oh, and by the by, you’re looking at brand new iPads, factory sealed and covered by Apple’s standard warranty. Sweet! You know, as long as you’re not hung up on the prospects of an iPad Air sequel with a beefed-up processor, sharper display and Touch ID fingerprint recognition.