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New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.
March 25, 2011 / 4:06 PM / 7 years ago

New iPad most expensive in Denmark, cheapest in U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - Apple’s new iPad went on sale in 25 countries internationally on Friday, but the United States is still the cheapest place to buy the latest version of the tablet computer.

<p>Members of the pubic wait in a queue outside an Apple store in Paris before Apple's iPad 2 became available for direct purchase in France March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon</p>

Prices in the United States, where the iPad 2 has been on sale since March 11, start at $499 for the most basic model -- with 16 gigabytes of storage and Wi-Fi only connectivity -- while the same model in Denmark costs the equivalent of $702.

Customers lined up in their hundreds outside Apple stores in Europe and Asia, many waiting overnight or longer, to get their hands on an iPad 2 amid fears of shortages.

In Hong Kong, where the iPad 2 will not officially go on sale until next month, enterprising Chinese businessmen were already selling devices bought in the United States for up to HK$ 15,000 ($1,900).

In the United States, sales tax varies from state to state between zero and 13.725 percent, giving a maximum price to the consumer of $567 and an average of $547.

In the euro zone, the basic iPad 2 is selling at 479 euros ($678) in most countries, although it is slightly more expensive in France and cheaper in Luxembourg.

Unusually, it is cheaper in Britain than in continental Europe, selling for 399 pounds ($642).

Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by David Cowell

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