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Best Buy iPad 4 Deal Drops Price to $300, But There Are Better Options

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A new iPad 4 deal at Best Buy drops the price of the iPad 4 to $299 or lower with an iPad trade-in, possibly in response to an upcoming iPad 5 release.

This Best Buy iPad promotion is similar to the free iPhone 5 deal that the retailer re-launched last month, and offers a good deal for iPad 2 owners, but users should check around to get top dollar for an even cheaper iPad 4.

With the iPad trade-in deal at Best Buy, shoppers will get at least $200 towards the purchase of an iPad 4 with Retina Display in the form of a Best Buy gift card. The deal will pay more for some iPad models.

The Best Buy iPad trade-in deal is valid on the iPad 2 and iPad 3, but does not apply to the iPad mini. The iPad must power on, cannot have a cracked screen or water damage.

Best Buy's iPad trade-in deal for the iPad 4 is good, but there are better options.

Best Buy’s iPad trade-in deal for the iPad 4 is good, but there are better options.

We suggest users check the Best Buy trade-in website to see what Best Buy will pay for the used iPad 2 or iPad 3 before going into the store. If the listed price is below $200, round-up. If it is higher than $200, expect that price at Best Buy.

The iPad 2 16GB WiFi is a good device to trade in as it is only worth $150 in average condition on trade-in service Gazelle. Overall this is a good deal, and on par with many online trade-in values for the 16 and 32GB WiFi iPad 2 and iPad 3 models. Users can check their specific iPad value at Gazelle.

Save an Extra $50 to $100 on the iPad 4

If you want to trade in an iPad 2 or iPad 3 and buy the iPad 4, users can use an online trade-in site like Gazelle to get a comparable offer and purchase a refurbished iPad 4 that is already discounted almost $100.

Buy a refurbished iPad 4 and save even more.

Buy a refurbished iPad 4 and save even more.

The iPad 4 16GB WiFi model is $419 direct from Apple with a one year warranty included. Trading in the iPad 3 16GB WiFI model at Gazelle nets $170.

When all is said and done, this method results in a new iPad 4 for $249, instead of $299. Check out the various Apple iPad 4 discounts on refurbished devices and trade-in values to find out which is the best option.

iPad 5 Release Around the Corner

If you want the latest and greatest, it may be worth waiting for the iPad 5. Rumors point to an iPad 5 release in the fall with a completely new design.

The biggest benefit of the new design is that the iPad 5 will likely be noticeably thinner and lighter than the iPad 4 and iPad 3. This is key for users that plan to take the iPad everywhere they go. The iPad 5 leaks point to a device that looks like a bigger iPad mini.

Read: iPad 5 Specs Reportedly Finalized as Production Looms

An iPad 5 will likely start at $499 and could push the iPad 4 price down to $400 in place of the iPad 2 that is currently available for $399 from Apple.

There is no official announcement, but we could see a new iPad as early as October.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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