By Quentin Fottrell
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.
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.