Apple officially sells Refurbished devices which includes MacBooks, iPods and Tablets like iPad, iPad 2 and the New iPad. Now why people prefer Refurbished items is because of the reason that they are comparatively low priced but almost like new ones. Old model device in a new form can only be purchased from Apple Store for less price. Those who do not want updated devices also go for Refurbished items. Recently Apple has stooped the sales of Refurbished first generation iPad.
The only place where you could buy Refurbished first generation iPad was the store.apple.com but it is no more available over there for sales. The new upcoming operating system for mobile devices by apple will be iOS 6 and their latest beta versions do not support iPad 1. The iPad 1 technology was getting obsolete with the passage of time which has forced the Apple to take decision to discontinue even the Refurbished first generation tablet.
Now you can get second generation and third generation iPad with better deals from apple official store. Lets hope that Apple may continue the sales of Refurbished iPad first generation device for users who love these products all over the World. Best thing is to either wait for Apple sales to start again or search the old stock of same devices somewhere else. Remember the say in 2010 when the new first generation iPad was launched by Steve Jobs. It was a device which attracted the attention of whole World but now it is not even produced in Refurbished form. This how the technology improves. Also remember the new iPad Mini is also going to be launched by September 12.