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  • Discounted Original iPads Disappearing Fast Around The Globe


    Joining the pronounced supply shortages of the new iPad 2 are the discounted original iPads. In fact, if you haven't visited Apple's online store in recent days, you may have missed the fact that Apple's supply of the original 16GB Wi-Fi iPads is completely depleted. Even refurbished and clearance first-gen iPads are now difficult to come by.

    Within the last two weeks, finding the first generation iPad has become almost as difficult as finding the second generation iPad. Driving demand for the original tablet are the sizable discounts that are now attached to the iPad 1. Apple, for example, is selling the first-gen iPad at a $100 discount. Refurbished models, in fact, are available for $170 off the original price.

    With demand for both generation iPads reaching a fever pitch around the globe, it's no wonder that a plethora of Wall Street analysts believe that Apple will sell upwards of 40 million iPads (original and second generation models) during 2011 alone. Ironically, however, the reduced price of the original iPad is making some willing to pay much more than the typical retail price for the tablet if it means they can obtain the device sooner rather than later.

    Look no further than eBay to see this reality in practice. According to the E-Commerce Times, consumers are more than happy to pay premium prices. eBay sellers, the report notes, "are averaging a $198 markup on the cheapest model and a $406 markup on the fully loaded version."

    Source: E-Commerce Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Discounted Original iPads Disappearing Fast Around The Globe started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Discounted iPad > iPad 2

      Sounds like a great deal.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Saw it being sold by buy.com recently, so I don't believe this info is true. Apple playing this shortage supply to creat artificial demand game is getting old. And this "fever" is more like "luke warm". If there is a fever there would be more people buying iPad 1 at Apple Store last week, I saw 1 person buying one in the 3 hours I had to wait to fix my Mac.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      No left overs.
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Discounted iPad > iPad 2

      Sounds like a great deal.
      Do you own both devices?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Apple playing this shortage supply to creat artificial demand game is getting old.
      Can't wait to see how "limited" the next iPhone will be. I've got the over/under at 5 minutes before pre-orders are sold out. If the servers can hold up.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Is this why used ones are going for more then new ones on eBay?
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      I got a 64gb 3G model from ATT for $300 off!! $529!!! Plus 1 free month of @gb data!! No activation fee.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
      Do you own both devices?
      I don't have to. There's an Apple store 5 minutes from my house. I've had plenty of time to tinker with both devices.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Can't wait to see how "limited" the next iPhone will be. I've got the over/under at 5 minutes before pre-orders are sold out. If the servers can hold up.
      Server never holds up (purposely slowing it down?), which also plays into artifical demand of the thing.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
      Do you own both devices?
      Yes, I love both iPads!


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    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      I believe I will keep my original iPad for a very, very long time and sell it for LOTS of money some day.

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    1. Certde's Avatar
      Certde -
      The Apple Online Retail Store is also out of the First Gen. iPad 32GB Wi-Fi model now. They only have the 64GB Wi-Fi model, and the three 3G models.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I bought a 16gig from $299 from verizon store. I was going to get the iPad 2 but decided saving $200 is better than having the faster speed and camera.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I own Both iDevices BUT..currently using my 1rst Gen until there's a J/B For 4.3.1.
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Saw it being sold by buy.com recently, so I don't believe this info is true. Apple playing this shortage supply to creat artificial demand game is getting old. And this "fever" is more like "luke warm". If there is a fever there would be more people buying iPad 1 at Apple Store last week, I saw 1 person buying one in the 3 hours I had to wait to fix my Mac.
      Don't hate on a good business strategy.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      They're selling quick that's for sure! I know quite a few ppl and a principal who have bought one for themselves and for each classroom. Crazy!
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      I've searched, watched, and bid on the original iPad for weeks on Ebay. The 64GB WiFi+3G in like-new condition is selling for $510-$550, some with extras. I picked one up for $525 shipped with almost a year of Applecare warranty left, mint condition. New factory sealed units run $670-$750. 32GB runs $50-$60 cheaper. There are LOTS of original iPads available. There are a few scammers, so beware.
    1. eddietah's Avatar
      eddietah -
      must be scam
    1. roseolegario's Avatar
      roseolegario -
      this is not true...my source told me that thousands of ipad2's are in stock for shipment..it's on hold until further notice...marketing strategy to create hype...my advise is if you will only use it to watch streaming movies...another alternative is motorola xoom..i predict that in the future genius hackers will be able to run iapp programs in any tablet !!!
    1. Jcowsar's Avatar
      Jcowsar -
      So what happens when my first gen iPad needs to replaced because of a warranty issue?