How to find the perfect USED iPad Mini

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Dying for an iPad Mini but dont want to pay full price? Fear not! I have got you covered!
I am a HUGE fan of purchasing used items off eBay, because who doesn't like high end items for cheap? One of my BIGGEST fears is purchasing a used item and it being defective or having some cracks or scratches that the seller didn't list. Unfortunately this happens more often than not, but hey! That's what I'm here for!
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Step one: Searching for the perfect iPad Mini
This is where you should choose the color, Retina or without Retina Display (basically a more crisp screen resolution), GB (16, 32, 64), and if you want a Wifi or a Wifi AND Data enabled (if you choose this option you MUST also type in the search bar what cell phone carrier you plan on putting the iPad Mini on, this will narrow the search results down significantly) iPad Mini. This might actually be the easiest part. Go to the search bar at the top of the page and type in these 4 options like the one pictured and click "Search". You should have a lot of overwhelming options, but don't you worry! I will help you narrow it down in the following steps. If you didn't want to search, don't worry! I have done it for you. Click the link below. You will also notice that eBay gives you a box that will let you choose which the criteria of the item you are searching for. Way to go, eBay!

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR4.TRC1.A0.H2.Xipad+mini+16+gb+black+&_nkw=ipad+mini+16+gb+black+&_sacat=0&_from=R40
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Step two: Narrowing down the Search
Now that we are here, if you look to your left side there is a series of boxes within the side column. Go ahead and start checking off which ones you are looking for, this step will also narrow down your search. You can see in the picture to your left, I have screen shotted the options that best interested me, not these may not be the same ones you are interested in as well, so bear that in mind. I have also included the link to my search. 




http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&LH_ItemCondition=4&LH_FS=1&LH_RPA=1&_nkw=ipad%20mini%2016%20gb%20black&LH_PrefLoc=1&_dcat=171485&rt=nc&_pppn=r1&Product%2520Line=iPad%2520mini&Internet%2520Connectivity=Wi%252DFi&Storage%2520Capacity=16%2520GB&Screen%2520Size=7%252E9%2522&Brand=Apple
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Step three: Reading the listings *KEY PART*
This is the most IMPORTANT (and final) part in the process. Make sure to read the listing very carefully, and completely. You want to make sure that you know exactly what you are buying. In most cases, the seller will list everything that is wrong with the item (i.e scratches, cracks, cuts, etc.). If they don't, which DOES happen, make sure you take pictures of it the day you receive it and on most cases eBay will have you send it back and issue a refund. 

I have included the link to a random listening that interested me. Now this listing says it is packaged in aftermarket packaging, which is why the price is lower than it would be if you purchased it from the apple store and they have a 60 return policy which is what I always look for when purchasing a high end electronic through a third party. You always need to make sure you look for a return policy and for their seller feedback. An important part to remember is that just because they have a lot of reviewers DOES NOT mean all of the reviews are good. You must make sure to read at least 3 or 4 pages of good reviews and look through ALL of the negative reviews as well. I have included screen shots from the seller I have picked and what I look for the most. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPad-MINI-16GB-Wi-Fi-7-9in-Black-Slate-M1U-/141295577703?pt=US_Tablets&hash=item20e5df6a67
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