So I have recently bought an Ipad. I haven’t received it yet. I had an someone help me and purchase it in Taiwan. Why would I do such a thing you might ask, well, it’s simple. China can not be trusted sometimes.
It was a hard decision. I wanted to get the latest greatest and get the newly released Ipad 2. However with not living in America acquiring one can be somewhat of a cumbersome task. I could of ordered one online, and had it shipped to my Dad who would of undoubtedly opened it and declare it his. That was basically the only option. Ship it to someone and wait for them to come over and bring it. 2-3 months, maybe more maybe less. But I wanted one now. I am now in a new position at work where I need to use Excel, read Pdfs, and do an whole bunch of junk. I have to do this in a massive building. I don’t always want to carry a bunch of papers with me when I wonder around to check the status of something. I also need the internet on the go for trouble shooting and fixing problems that come up. My phone doesn’t have internet yet. I’m working on getting an Iphone 4 soon. But in the meantime I thought that a 3G Ipad would be the bee’s knees.
So off I went to do some research on one. What I found what rather troubling. In China you technically can’t sell a legit Ipad 3G. The only Ipads that are approved to sell here are the Wi-Fi version. Those you can find easy. Apple stores and other resellers. But what you can’t find is a 3G version. If you do they are from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, America. Even if you do find one they will probably switch the box or something. A Hong Kong version has a warranty that is valid in China so there is a high demand for that one in particular.
I read a story about a person who went to get one. He asked for a Hong Kong version. They brought a American version. Then one from New Zealand, then Hong Kong but it was opened. He gave up. So I took that advice and just had someone buy one in Taiwan. It will be a 32gb 3G Ipad, unopened, legit and fully awesome. Not grey market, not fake, just plain goodness. It may not have a warranty valid here in China but I’m not worried. The chances of something going wrong is slim. But if something were to happen, my friend goes to Taiwan often. So it will not be a big deal.
Angry Birds, I got you number… Watch your tail feathers.