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I would prefer new always, but if money is a little tight, a used iPad probably is a pretty safe risk functionally, although there is always the chance that it may not look very good cosmetically. All in all, I would consider saving up a little longer to purchase new, or perhaps look at something a little less expensive. I’ve had missed success with various refurbished items - sometimes they looked like new, sometimes they looked used but worked well, and a couple of times they had to be returned. It’s just luck, to some degree, but Apple’s refurbished items do at least have a decent warranty.