Yep, you've seen them on Facebook. A bunch of lucky folks now have iPads here in the Philippines. Thanks to Anonymous who sniffed out a site called Gadget Grocery already selling iPads here in the Philippines. I also received an email from this place called My Gadget Shop. So far, the prices from both Gadget Grocery and My Gadget Shop are much higher than the published price on the Apple Store, but that's to be expected in some ways. It's just the law of supply and demand. Prices after the jump.
Here's a little table I made. A friend in the US told me that the actual price of the iPad includes 9% tax, so I added that below.
Apple Store My Gadget Shop Gadget Grocery
16GB $499 + 9% tax= P24,363 P38,000 P42,000
32GB $599 + 9% tax= P29,244 P43,000 P50,000
64GB $699 + 9% tax= P34,126 P50,000 P61,000
And how much will the iPad cost when local distributors start to sell them? It's anyone's guess, really, but consider this: a $600 Mac Mini costs P33,990 here. Hmmm....
If you want to get in touch with My Gadget Shop, here are his contact details: "Kindly text me at 09178418054 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org." Meanwhile, you can go to Gadget Grocery by clicking on the link.