It’s not just Apple who are making a fortune from sales of the new iPad 2 — some regular punters are raking in the dollars too.
College student Amanda Foote queued for nearly 41 hours for the iPad 2 release at Apple’s flagship store in New York, had a stranger eat her doughnuts and slept for a total of 3 hours 10 minutes — and then sold her number one spot for $900 to app developer Hazem Sayed who said he needed an iPad 2 for a business trip. Foote says she plans to spend the money on tickets to see Lady Gaga. Ahem. Others in the New York line were being paid US $100 to wait for friends, and Craigslist was littered with similar ‘I’ll stand in line for you’ offers priced at up to $1000.
With shipping delays increasing to 3-4 weeks, others are turning to eBay to get the tablet computer of their dreams, spending up to US $4,000 (with free shipping!) for the privilege. The $4,000 auction is for a 64GB model — see the image above. Others are trying to sell iPad 2s on eBay for up to US $200,000 (including $0.01 shipping), although that looks like one Buy it Now price that may not result in a sale. Others are more realistically asking a US $200 premium for most models, promising full availability of all models.