So you're thinking of buying a new iPad are you? Great! Then you've come to the right place. Here, we'll help you find out the best place to buy an iPad, whether you want the brand-new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, or one of Apple's older iPads such as the iPad mini 2, original iPad mini or the original iPad Air. We also explore ways to get cheaper iPads through refurbishment services and by buying second-hand.

Still trying to decide which iPad to buy? Check out our complete iPad buying guide

Where to buy an iPad: Best place to buy new iPad Air, iPad mini

Of course, the most obvious place to buy your iPad is from Apple itself, but that's not the only way. Here, we take you through the options.

If you do want to buy your iPad from Apple, there are two ways of doing so. The first is to head down to an Apple Retail Store and pick one up. You can buy the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 or iPad mini. Read next: iPad mini 2 vs iPad mini 3

Ordering online will mean you'll have to wait for your new iPad to arrive, but it's a quick and easy way to buy a new iPad. Apple's Online Store is taking orders for the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, priced as follows:

iPad generation

iPad capacity

Apple's WiFi-only price

Apple's WiFi plus Cellular price

iPad Air 2

16GB

£399

£499

iPad Air 2

64GB

£479

£579

iPad Air 2

128GB

£559

£659

iPad mini 3

16GB

£319

£419

iPad mini 3

64GB

£399

£499

iPad mini 3

128GB

£479

£579

iPad Air

16GB

£319

£419

iPad Air

32GB

£359

£459

iPad mini 2

16GB

£239

£339

iPad mini 2

32GB

£279

£379

iPad mini 1

16GB

£199

£299

It's not just Apple that sells iPads, though. Retailers including TescoJohn Lewis, Argos and Curry's also sell iPads, including Apple's latest iPads. They tend to be the same price as they would be from Apple, but occasionally these retailers will offer deals on iPads so it's worth keeping an eye out.

You'll also find iPads available from Apple Premium Resellers. You can find out where your nearest Apple Premium Reseller is here. For us here in London, the nearest resellers include Albion iStore, CompuB and Stormfront.

Carriers such as ThreeEE and Vodafone also offer iPads, though you'll only be able to get a cellular iPad with a contract from them.

Where to buy an iPad: Best place to buy refurbished or second-hand iPad

To get more for your money, you can buy a refurbished or reconditioned iPad from a reselling service such as the one we offer here at Macworld UK. With our partner mResell, we run a service that you can use to sell your unwanted Macs, iPhones and iPads, and buy those products at reduced prices, too. If you're looking to buy an iPad, make sure you take a look. It's a risk-free way of buying second hand. What's more, we buy the device and check it, refurbish and recondition it, and then you buy it from us, so there is no risk of getting stiffed by someone dodgy.

At time of writing there are several iPads available to buy from our Buy/Sell channel so check it out.

Another option is to buy refurbished from Apple, if you've not got your heart set on one of Apple's newest iPads, is to visit the Apple Refurbished Store. You can save loads of money by opting to buy a refurbished iPad from Apple rather than splashing out on a brand-new iPad.

For example, at time of writing, you can pick up a 32GB WiFi plus Cellular iPad mini 2 for £319, the same price as the 16GB WiFi-only iPad mini 3 (which is hardly any different from the iPad mini 2 aside from the addition of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the option to buy it in gold).

You'll also find WiFi-only iPad 4 models available starting at £239, and WiFi + Cellular 32GB iPad Air models for £389, which is a saving of £70.

If you're interested in buying a refurbished iPad, read: Should I buy a refurbished iPad?

If you want to save even more money, you could try sites such as eBay and Gumtree for second-hand iPads, but you should ensure that you carefully read the description of each item and collect as much evidence of purchase as possible. Pay through PayPal or via Credit Card to help ensure that you aren't left out of pocket should you unfortunately find yourself dealing with a con artist.