Get a refurbished iPad 3 (16GB) for $379

Yep, that's just $50 more than the smaller, non-Retina iPad Mini. Sellout risk: mammoth.

At $379, the Retina-enhanced iPad 3 is a steal.
At $379, the Retina-enhanced iPad 3 is a steal. CBS Interactive

Mea culpa: In yesterday's post about the free Inpaint program (now expired), I neglected to warn users about the big, blue, fake Download button on Giveaway of the Day's cluttered download page. That's a commonly used adware ploy found on a lot of sites, and I know some people clicked it and got stuck with unwanted toolbars and other junk.

For the record, I did include a direct download link within the post (meaning you needn't have visited GotD at all), but I still feel awful about what happened. It's really important to look before you click, and always a good idea to hover over any link or button before clicking it to see what URL appears. If it's long and/or fishy-looking, it's probably not the download link you're looking for.

Anyway, on to today's deal, while supplies last (and I don't suspect they'll last long), Apple has the refurbished third-generation iPad (16GB) for $379 shipped. Prior to yesterday, it sold new for $499.

You can also get the 32GB model for $469 and the 64GB model for $549. (The 3G-equipped models are on sale, too; check Apple's iPad-specials page for prices.) But for purposes of our discussion, I'm going to focus on the 16GB version.

No doubt you can do the math: that's only $50 more than you'll pay for a 7.9-inch iPad Mini -- you know, the tablet that doesn't have a Retina display. And it's $20 less than the price of new iPad 2.

Ah, but this is a banged-up old refurb, right? Wrong. As I've mentioned before, Apple refurbs rock . The company gives you a new shell, new battery, and same-as-new one-year warranty. Downsides: zero.

Also, unlike the fourth-gen iPad announced yesterday, which comes with the atrocious Lightning connector , this old "new iPad" is compatible with all your docks and sync cables.

I've long dinged Apple for high iPad prices. At $379, the third-gen iPad is a colossal deal. Grab one while you can, because these will almost certainly sell out -- and soon.

Bonus deal: If you missed that Asus laptop from a couple weeks ago, here's a deal that's pretty close: Today only, Tech Woot has the refurbished Asus X54C-BBK13 15.6-inch laptop for $279.99, plus $5 for shipping. Specs include a 2.2GHz dual-core Intel processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and good old Windows 7. It's covered by a 90-day warranty.

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