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Psst, hey, want an iPad? Apple fans hit gray market
Apple Inc's decision to delay the sale of its iPad overseas may frustrate customers in Germany, France or Japan -- but it brightened the day of at least a few crafty fans closer to home.
So-called resellers, opportunists who scoop up hot products and sell them over the Web at inflated prices, have recently been charging premiums of more than $500 on sites like Craigslist or eBay for the iPad.
They could soon jack up prices even more, thanks to Apple's announcement on Wednesday that iPads will not go on sale outside the United States before late May. Until then, shoppers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East who can't wait for the touchscreen device to arrive in local stores will have little choice but to pay up over the Web.
"There is huge demand. I'm buying as many as I can," said Todd Davis, proprietor of ToddsToyz.com, a Boston-based Web retailer that ships consumer electronics around the globe.
Source:Digital Media Online.
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