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Would You Pay $406 Extra For An iPad?

Did you buy your iPad 2 yet? If you can’t wait for an Apple store to stock your tablet of choice, expect to pay up to $406 over the retail price on eBay for the most expensive 64-gigabyte version, which retails for $829. Or $189 extra for the 16-gigabyte Wifi-only model, which retails in Apple stores for $499.

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As hungry Apple customers here still experience shortages of the second coming of the iPad, eBay says there has been brisk business in iPad 2 sales, 65% of which are to American customers, a dramatic reversal from the 35% of eBay’s iPad sales in the U.S. last year.

The online auction site and retailer released this global graph covering the crucial two weeks between the iPad 2’s U.S. launch on March 11th and its release in 25 other countries on March 25th, showing 12,000 unit sales in total, or 8,000 in the U.S. alone.

The next most popular overseas markets are Russia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K., France and Poland. Surprisingly, China was one of the least popular export destinations. Australia, where the online wait is less than in the U.S., was also way down the list.

Oddly enough, iPadders either preferred to buy Apple’s cheapest 16 gigabyte Wifi version ($499) or the most expensive 64 gigabyte tablet ($829) with Wifi and 3G connections. For eBay’s customers, they either want the smallest slice of the Apple action … or the whole nine yards.


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    • By WebOsPublisher

      Interior designer Vicente Wolf was just named one of the top twenty icons of design by Traditional Home in its 20th anniversary issue,out this September
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      I’ve just been included in the ‘Twenty Icons of Design’ (not just interior design, but design!) by Traditional Home.
      I was nominated by colleagues in the design industry, and in quite respectable company. Wow. Just to be next to Albert Hadley and on the same page as Robert Stern, John Saladino and Oscar de la Renta makes me giddy with excitement!
      Besides being featured, the rest of the issue is really wonderful with a great sense of classic style and timeless design. You should get it.
      I also hope to see you at the official celebration at the Las Vegas Market in September!
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      #1 by Lara on July 17, 2009 – 10:26 am
      Dear Vicente,
      Congratulations!! This is an honor so well deserved….you are one in a million….okay, one in twenty
      Enjoy and revel in it….
      #2 by judith Thibaut Interiors on July 17, 2009 – 12:22 pm
      Bravo, Vicente … .
      well deserved, indeed.
      #3 by Sonya on July 17, 2009 – 12:51 pm
      How cool is that! Congratulations.
      #4 by Nathalie on July 17, 2009 – 3:09 pm
      Congratulations! Very well deserved.
      #5 by IvГЎn Meade on July 18, 2009 – 12:19 am
      Felicidades! Vicente
      #6 by Brillante on July 18, 2009 – 12:47 am
      Was this unexpected? A tribute to a great designer. Congratulazioni!
      #7 by The Peak of Chic on July 18, 2009 – 12:11 pm
      Congratulations! It would not be a proper Icons of Design list without you!
      #8 by Charlotte on July 18, 2009 – 10:19 pm
      #9 by Anita Berlanga on July 19, 2009 – 10:56 pm
      A well-deserved honor!
      #10 by Max T. on July 21, 2009 – 6:57 am
      You ABSITIVELY POSULUTELY deserves to be in that list, Vicente! Congratulations!
      #11 by Christine Carlsen on July 21, 2009 – 7:46 pm
      If you WEREN’T in that list, I would be surprised! You are a incredible designer with such a clear vision (which is so refreshing). Congratulations!
      Christine (from Vancouver, Canada)
      #12 by The Antiques Diva on July 22, 2009 – 8:00 am
      Congratulations!!! And it DOES NOT SURPRISE me in the least that you were chosen. You rock!
      #13 by FROM THE RIGHT BANK on July 22, 2009 – 2:18 pm
      Absolutely well-deserved! Congratulations!
      #14 by Kelly on July 25, 2009 – 11:02 pm
      A great honor for a great designer… and
      in well deserved company!
      For years, your vision and talent have surpassed most people in many fields of design…..
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