From Iceland — Shortage Of iPads For Christmas

Shortage Of iPads For Christmas

Published December 23, 2013

iPads are sold out at most vendors’ and 1,500 people are on a waiting list for a new iPad, which seems to be THE Christmas present this year.

The cheapest iPad tablet cost around 50,000 ISK whereas the most expensive one cost 190,000 ISK.

Yet, iPad seems to be Christmas present of the year; all iPads were cleared out of the stores of (the commercial agent for Apple in Iceland) a few days before Christmas and now there are only a few available in the iStore in Kringlan mall.

“This just happened in a few days, maybe the last three to four days, that people were buying mobile phones and computers,” Bjarni Ákason, manager of, told RÚV on Sunday.

He said that this December, there’d been an increase in computer sales since last December of around 20-30% “We’ve haven’t had a downswing at all, there’s only been a steady increase in the past few years.”

He added that a new shipment of iPads would arrive on Monday, but that wouldn’t go far as the waiting list for iPads is long. 1,500 people are waiting but only 500 of them will get their new iPad before Christmas.

The 23rd of December is the biggest shopping day for Christmas in Iceland, with most stores open as late as 23 or even till midnight.

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