to buy from ebay or not - iPad dilema

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kultschar, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. kultschar macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #1
    I do not live in US (im from UK but now live overseas with no Apple shops :mad:)

    Anyhow found myself constantly on ebay last night weighing up the pros and cons of gettting an ipad ASAP!

    Cheapest 16GB is around £400 mark (from US). Not a great price if you live in US however it is most likely to be the actual UK price from what I gather. Hence looking at it from this point of view its like buying one from the Apple UK shop in advance (if UK pricing rumours are to be believed)

    However I normally buy my Apple gear from US (all 4 iPhones I have had are from ebay and decent cost) so should I just wait for a good US deal after all the hype has died down. Im guessing as this is different then an iPhone (i.e. not having to go thru carriers etc and contracts) that the ebay market will soon be selling them at normal Apple prices like ipods and Apple hardware etc or........... Am I being naive and the prices will be sky high for a long time due to either:

    1) Apple cannot meet demand
    2) US ebayers will continue to sell for profit due to other countries having to wait until the iPad is launched?

    I gather that preorders have now stopped and Apple shops are now telling people if you have not pre-ordered then good luck getting one soon due to demand so I guess ebay prices are going to increase over nex few days before launch and who knows what after????

    Any advice appreciated especially from overseas people (non us) like myself!!! Got a damn itchy trigger finger but not sure what to do - ARRGHHHHH!!:)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #2
    Remember that there will very likely be customs fee(s) if you import in from US. eBay sellers don't include that in their prices so you may end up paying more than it would cost in UK
     
  3. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #3
    Actually no custom fees where I live (im lucky!!)
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #4
    Any reason why? AFAIK if you import from US to any EU country, you will be hit by custom fees, not 100% sure though and great if you don't have them.

    Just to remind you so there won't unpleasant surprises :cool:
     
  5. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #5
    I live on a British Island which is not in the EU!!!!! We are tax free but sadly no Apple shops, hence why I have to use the internet for purchases!
     
  6. Dodgeroo macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2010
    #6
    Jersey?

    Might be better off waiting for Amazon. I'm pretty certain they'll be getting them. They did have them listed a while back (availability for June!) but those listings are gone. But a) you won't get scalped and b) you'll have an easier time with any return that might happen.
     
  7. kernyboy macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2007
    #7
    Or...you COULD just ask a forum member to purchase and mail you one. No ebay fee no worries.


     
  8. Mpalmieri1203 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    #8
    I just ike to say buying one of these off ebay so close to launch and having it sent to another country is just a recipe for disaster.

    Scammers will be running hard with these on ebay for the next month or two.
     
  9. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #9

    Falklands!!!!!!
     
  10. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #10
    Im not too bothered about this as I am a pretty experienced ebayer who has bought over 15 iphones from US ebay (everybody here has them due to me!!)

    I have had no prob getting money back off the odd scammer via paypal over the last 8 years!

    Just the decision of shall I wait or not lol. News now saying iPad stock all pre-sold for this week so guess ebay prices due to rise with such news
     
  11. harry*333 macrumors 6502a

    harry*333

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    #11
    well if you wait prices might go down but probably not by much
    I think in the first week prices will sky-rocket due to the number of people who stood in line but did not get one
     
  12. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #12
    Sod it - I will try and snag one off ebay, using the projected UK prices as my maximum bid!!!!!

    Now the storage size dilema lol
     
  13. baronbuzby macrumors regular

    baronbuzby

    Joined:
    May 23, 2006
    Location:
    Maidenhead, UK
    #13

    Let us know how you get on!
     
  14. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #14
    Will do!!

    Willing to pay 100 dollars extra per model, quite a few on ebay but postage prices set are a bit daft on the ones which are cheaper (usual trick)
     
  15. marksman macrumors 603

    marksman

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    #15
    What happens though when demand shoots through the roof and you have an auction won for 400, but the seller pulls it says he doesn't have it or whatever, so he can relist it for a much higher price when he finds out he can get twice as much for it.
     
  16. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #16
    They seem to be going for a steady inflated price i.e. 600 odd for 16GB model, there don't appear to be any "bargains" and sellers guaranteeing the profit from the off
     
  17. Morro Bay macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    Location:
    Northern California
    #17
    Kultschar, there was a similar topic on one of the other iPad forums and the poster was UK based. One suggestion was to use a third party service such as this one.

    http://www.bundlebox.com/

    They act as a middleman, handle the forms and repackaging, and apparently have had good ratings from people who have used them.

    All the best!
     
  18. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    #18
    I looked at this and it ended up with cheaper options on fleabay.

    Cheers anyhow!
     
  19. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

    CylonGlitch

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Location:
    SoCal
    #19
    I live in the US near 4 different Apple stores, if you want I can help you out, just PM me.
     
  20. guycross macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Location:
    London
    #20
  21. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

    Jaro65

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2009
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #21
    Agreed. I would also exercise caution.
     

Share This Page