UK eBay offering iPad 2 for staggering $4,000 USD

Seriously, just wait a couple of weeks. Image: MattsMacintosh/Flickr.

After combining the draw of Apple’s brand appeal with the allure of its upcoming iPad 2 tablet, chances are there are prospective buyers in the UK willing to pay well above the odds to secure a unit before the official March 25 launch.

Bearing that out, we here at The Tech Herald have found plenty of unscrupulously predatory eBay traders only too willing to slap all manner of outrageous price tags on the hotly anticipated computer.

So, if you really want to splash horrendous amounts of cash for little more than short-term bragging rights, current ‘Buy It Now’ prices on everyone’s favourite auction service range from ‘steep’ through to ‘wallet-busting’.

Specifically, the lowest price we can find is 570 GBP, which secures a 16GB Wi-Fi model in return for an approximate 150 GBP mark-up. Meanwhile, the highest eBay price is presently a staggering 2,495 GBP ($4,000 USD!), which is attached to a 64GB unit with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

It should also be noted that the majority of available iPad 2 units are being offered from the United States (including the above items) and, as such, do not carry the inevitable extra tax and shipping duties often connected to trans-Atlantic product postage.

If such shockingly inflated eBay prices indicate a new device’s pre-launch consumer traction within a specific region, Motorola’s rival Xoom may struggle at retail when it arrives in early April.

Moreover, current ‘Buy It Now’ prices for the Android-powered tablet range from a tempting 530 GBP through to an unpalatable 700 GBP (approx. $1,125 USD).

Both are 32GB models with Wi-Fi support. And, again, both are located in the United States with prices that don’t include extra charges.

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