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Given the rush to purchase the iPad on launch day, it's not entirely surprising that some people might have spent their money and then had second thoughts. A friend of mine tweeted over the weekend with what sounded like a case of iPad buyer's regret: "You know, after 3 months with an iPad, the novelty's worn off for me. I like the click clack of a keyboard. Thinking of putting it on eBay."
Another reason for shifting from the iPad might be that, in the wake of the iPhone 4, it's no longer the newest shiniest thing from Apple. Gizmodo's Brian Lam has dumped his iPad for the iPhone 4, arguing that there's still far more useful apps aimed at the latter.
Given that there's still a 7-10 day wait for delivery on iPads ordered straight from Apple, there's clearly plenty of people remaining eager to buy one. But if people don't want their iPad, what's the reason?
To get an idea, I checked out some of the iPads currently for sale on eBay. eBay has some specific rules for iPad sellers, which were largely designed to stop people buying iPads and then onselling them at ludicrous prices, but there's still a healthy market in the device, which even gets its own category.
A large number of iPads are being sold as new by dealers, but there are second-hand choices available. Some sellers obviously are more than happy with the iPad, but regret choosing the Wi-Fi only model. "This item is for sale as I have upgraded to the 3G version," one seller explained. "Have to sell due to upgrade," another explains.
Some clearly have had a bad case of gadget lust. "I love it, it's great, but we couldn't really justify it," writes one seller. Others indeed want to focus on the iPhone 4:
I haven't used it much at all...because now I am getting my iPhone 4...and I simply have no time for it!!!
Some sellers just aren't interested:
I received this as gift. I am not into this and want to sell. I haven't even opened the package, it's brand new.
And for some, the iPad's lack of a integrated keyboard and (for now) multi-tasking is an issue:
Does not suit purpose that it was intended (travel/office). Therefore, hardly used and looking for a quick sale (so I can buy a notebook instead).
None of this suggests that there's a massive anti-iPad move afoot, but it does show that it's not the ideal choice for everyone.If you're tempted by a slightly used iPad, you can save money on Apple's as-new prices in many instances (though you should keep those prices in mind as a ceiling if bidding becomes fervent). And if you do pick up a 3G version, make sure you pick the best micro-SIM plan for your needs.
Contemplated selling your iPad? Couldn't imagine life without it? Share your experience in the comments.
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