Towards the end of 2014 I was on the lookout for a replacement for my iPad.
My preferred replacement was an iPad Mini with a retina screen and I was ideally looking for 64GB (32GB would suffice) which would offer a significant improvement on the 16GB that my iPad 3 offered.
In the second half of 2014 Apple released the iPad Mini 3 which resulted in a price drop for the Mini 2 (this also has the retina screen). The only problem was that the Mini 2 was now only available wirg 16GB or 32GB.
Thankfully there is the Apple refurbished store.
The key is checking regularly and patience. Eventually (well most of the time) the model you are looking for comes along at a discounted price offering good savings (some products are better than others).
Availability on the refurbished store varies depending on which products Apple has available to sell and there is no set quantity available - when it's gone it's gone.
I had my eyes on the 64GB iPad Mini 2, now no longer available, which on the refurbished store would cost me £279 - £120 less than the same size would cost me for the Mini 3 - and a saving of £40 when it was available new only months earlier.
And so, one Saturday morning in January I awoke to see that there were refurbished models available in the size I wanted. Within a couple of hours they were gone but not before I had placed my order.
It's worth noting that a refubished iPad Mini, or iPad for that matter, comes from Apple fully tested and with a new battery and case. In fact the only way you would know it's refurbished is that the box tells you so!