DSG International’s (DSGi) two-month monopoly on Apple’s iPad has finally come to an end. From this week you now no longer have to skulk around with the spotty youths running PC World, Dixons Travel airport shops, or Currys. You can now buy your iPad from grown up people who don’t smell of Lynx in John Lewis and Comet.
Since its launch on 28 May, the iPad has only been widely available in Apple stores and DSGi’s PC World and Currys stores. US retail giant Best Buy has also taken stock of the product at its first three UK stores, which opened this summer. As expected, the channel, including distributors and Apple premium resellers, has only been afforded limited numbers of the popular device.
It seems strange that Apple are happy to sell iPhones online and through practically every network you can name, yet they’re being very exclusive with the iPad. But still it seems to be working, they’re selling like hot cakes and nobody is moaning. It’s also a bit depressing to see that the prices for the iPads are the same at every retailer John Lewis, Comet, Currys. So much for the free market.
If you don’t have a John Lewis and Comet near you then you can always wait for September when they’re expected to go on sale in Argos, and at Tesco sometime before Christmas. Hopefully the traditionally low-cost retailers will reduce the price a little.
Expect to pay
iPad with Wi-Fi
iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G
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