In a move that is sure to agitate brick-and-mortar retail stores (not to mention Apple), Australian online retailer Kogan is now selling iPad 2 tablets at signficantly lower prices. The site currently has all iPad 2 models available to order, ranging from the 16GB Wi-Fi model to the 64GB 3G + Wi-Fi version.
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At the Australian Apple Store, these models would cost you $579 and $949, respectively. By contrast, Kogan has them listed at $489 and $789 (excluding delivery) - easily the cheapest price we've seen them for in Australia.
Crucially, the deal includes a 12-month global Apple warranty, which means you can simply walk into an Apple store if your tablet runs into any problems.
The various other iterations (32GB Wi-Fi, 16GB 3G + Wi-Fi, etc.) are also available, in a choice of black or white.
The inclusion of brand name products on the Kogan website marks the next phase in the company's business model. In addition to the Apple iPad 2, Kogan is also selling Motorola Xoom tablets and DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon; all at reduced prices.
"Kogan now sells more of the world’s most popular consumer electronics brands and products at the world’s best prices," Kogan explained in a press release. "...By cutting out the middle-men - sourcing brands higher up in the supply chain, and selling direct to you through Kogan.com."
We're not sure how Kogan managed to pull this off, but you can't argue with the above prices. If you're looking to buy an Apple iPad 2 (or a DSLR for that matter), Kogan seems to be an excellent place to order.