Who doesn’t sell the iPad? Not Tesco?

Not available at Tesco

Tesco have big full page ads in the papers today, to announce the iPad is now on sale at selected Tesco stores, and it’s also available online from Tesco Direct. However Tesco seem to have underestimated the UK’s desire to buy iPads.

Unfortunately it’s no cheaper than the Apple online and offline stores, and the 3G models don’t have the subsidy that Orange, Three and T-Mobile offers, so quite why you would want to buy it from Tesco – apart from the clubcard points you’d get – is beyond us. Although if you choose to buy online with Tesco, there’s the ability to “buy now and pay later,” with six months interest free credit available.

While the Tesco site offers the ability to buy the iPad online, as of 2 o’clock today (10 December) , the Tesco online site showed “Sorry, this is temporarily out of stock” for all models, including the 64Gb models, and the store locator on the site produced this message “This web page is not available. The web page at http://store1.tesco.com/storelocator/ipad.asp might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.”

Sorry the iPads have crashed Tesco

The supermarket, is selling the iPad http://www.tesco.com/ipad at the same prices that are available to anyone  at the Apple web site www.apple.co.uk/ipad  normal prices the iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB version is £429 the 32GB model is £499 and the 64GB is £599, while the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is 16GB £529, the 32GB model is £599 and the 64GB model is £699.

Interestingly the iPad’s on Apple’s UK online store http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad are all next day delivery, while the iPhone 4 is delivered in 1-3 business days, do Apple have a glut of iPads, and are they finding it hard to sell them, or did they – for once – make enough to meet the demand?

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