Is it worth buying a reconditioned iPod nano?

Thinking of picking up an iPod Nano but you're balking at the prices quoted online and in stores? Apple have made an extremely profitable business out of their desirable yet expensive products, so you can't be blamed for trying to find a cheaper option!

A lot of people have been considering a reconditioned iPod nano, but is it really worth the bother, and risks associated with buying a second hand product? Well, Apple seem to think it is, as they run an extensive reconditioned iPod nano page on their website at http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod.

If you take a look at this page, you'll see that the price Apple are looking for on reconditioned iPod Nano's really isn't that much less than a brand new one. In fact, in our view it represents terrible value.

The iPod Nano 8 GB retails for around £135-£140, however, on the Apple site, the reconditioned 8 GB model is selling for £109. For a second hand product, this represents poor value.

If you're dead set on getting a second hand model, we recommend checking out gumtree.co.uk or eBay, as models will be available far more cheaply, and with a greater range.

It will also pay to keep an eye on online retailers like www.pixmania.com and amazon.co.uk, as they will slash the price of their old iPod Nano stock when Apple releases it's yearly update to the brand. This move is generally made each Autumn ahead of the Christmas season.

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