Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: the price of the Apple iPad 2

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: the price of the Apple iPad 2
It's not everyday that we get to quote Shakespeare, but the launch today of the Apple iPad 2 in 25 more countries has given us this rare opportunity. According to Reuters, the U.S. is where you can buy the sequel to the hugely successful Apple tablet for the least amount of money. The most expensive location to buy the iPad 2 is in Denmark.

For example, in the States, a 16GB model limited to Wi-Fi connectivity-the most basic model of the iPad 2 available-costs $499. In Denmark, the same exact iPad 2 is priced at the equivalent of $702 USD. This does not include areas where the tablet is not officially on sale and where black market prices for the device have soared. For example, in Hong Kong where the Apple iPad 2 is not scheduled for launch until next month, the device is being sold as high as the equivalent of $1,900 USD. These prices do not include any taxes.

Over in Europe, the price for the basic iPad 2 set-up is approximately equal to $678 USD while in the U.K. the price tag reads the equivalent of $642 USD.

Some of the differences in pricing from location to location has to do with the value of the U.S. Dollar. Since January, the currency has been in a major decline against most of the major trading partners of the country. A lower dollar allows Apple to drop prices overseas and still produce higher profits when foreign currency is converted to dollars. On the other hand, any contracts written in dollars for parts bought from foreign suppliers will cost the Cupertino based company more because of the sliding buck.

source: Reuters

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18 Comments

1. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Look, this is not another Apple bash. I understand that you guys at Phone Arena have a tremendous collective boner for their products. But of what interest is this to anybody? Was it an extra slow news day?

2. Alex unregistered

we get it for the equivalent of 850$. sold from the largest online store in RO

3. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

I have no clue why people want this so much >.>;; they're just going to come out with another one next year. It's not like getting the iPad2 any sooner will change it. Maybe give you "bragging" rights for like 4 months before they start rumors on another iPad.

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Just probably like they have no clue why their wants should be any of your business.

5. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Cool story bro

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

wel thats kinda life right there... its like saying whyy buy food it will just go bad...

7. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Cause I'm going to eat it so I can live. Food is a necessity.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"...they're just going to come out with another one next year." Um, maybe sooner than 'next year'. Rumor has it that iPad v. 2.5 will be released around September, 2011.... Just in time for the rumors/leaks about iPad v. 2.5 to pee in the bowl of Cherios of the non-iOS tablets that will start to be available for sale (summer of 2011).

11. JeffdaBeat unregistered

But that's technology. It kills me when people come in and say they are going to wait for the next one because in technology, if you wait for the next best thing, you will be waiting forever. Apple's product releases are awesome because they release updates for the products once a year around the same time. I bought my iPad 2 right around the time it came out and I know this will be the model for the next year. I know I'm not buying old Apple technology. Same thing for my iPhone. People who are buying 3GS's and iPhone 4's should know that a new phone will be coming out in just a few months with a bit of research. Folks can gauge if they want to wait or not because the release season doesn't change. No other company will do that. In fact, one big example is Motorola and HTC with their Android phones (this is not a diss on Android). One month they may come out with one Android phone and then 4 months later come out with a better one. That's all okay, but the consumer can't tell when it's a good idea to buy...

14. JeffdaBeat unregistered

You know you have a problem when a person on the internet can make you that angry. Oh, and learn to spell before you attempt to insult me...otherwise I can't take it personally since you sound like a lunatic. kthanksbye!

17. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

No love for AppleSux. but JeffdaBeat, you did contradict yourself though. you said that you know that you're not buying old Apple technology but then admitted you bought an iPad2.

18. XxVerbalxX unregistered

while he does have an anger management problem, the put down "I hate your face" cracks me up. i keep hearing the guy in Grandma's Boy doing it in a robot voice.

16. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I have no clue why people want an Android tablet... they're just going to come out with another one in two months.

9. Yep unregistered

iPad 2... cheap hooker... iPad 2... cheap hooker... I'm gonna go with the hooker.

10. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Well, Denmark is a very expensive country, but also one where people make a LOT of money. Wages and standard of living are very high there, so this is not much difference to the Danes.

13. Mari unregistered

LOL thats nothing...here in South Africa, the ipad 1 is still about $557 usd for the plain spec (16gb wifi)! How crazy is that!!!

15. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

A lot of americans haven't ever been anywhere to know what prices are actually like. They think every country is a market of 300 million people where the retailers can make a few dollars on each and make it up on volume, It's like explaining things to children.

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