Apple iPad 2 Comparative Prices: US costs less again

Here at OSM we’ve been bring our readers a ton of news about the Apple iPad 2 which was released on March 11 in the U.S and today for another 25 countries including the UK. There’s been a lot of talk about how stores were sold out extremely quickly, shipping delayed and difficulty with ordering today for the international release but we thought it would be interesting to find out the comparative pricing of the Apple iPad 2 for different countries.

It seems that the U.S. always pays less for their electronic products and gadgets than anywhere else and once again that appears to be the case with the iPad 2. Over on Reuters a report by Georgina Prodhan has compared Apple prices in different countries to see who gets a good deal and who pays the most. The most basic iPad 2 in the U.S costs $499, that’s for the 16GB WiFi-only version.

In most of the euro zone the same model is priced at €479, that’s equivalent to US $678, and it’s even more expensive in France and Luxembourg. The U.K. has done fairly well as the basic model of the iPad 2 there has gone on sale at £399, but that’s still way more expensive than in the U.S as if converted that would be $642. However we should point out that there’s an extra charge for varying state sales taxes in the U.S which take the basic model price from $499 up to $567, with an average of $547, still a good way cheaper though.

Its the Danish though, that come off the worst, as Denmark is the most expensive country to purchase an iPad 2 according to the report, with a comparative cost of $702. You may also be interested in another Reuters report, this time by Kelvin Soh, about the prices people are paying for the iPad 2 in Hong Kong where it won’t be officially released until sometime in April. The devices have been brought in from the U.S. where people were sometimes paid to stand in line.

What are your thoughts on the varying pricing for the iPad 2 in different countries? Can it be fair that the comparative price for the same device differs depending on where you live? We’d appreciate your thoughts on this so do send in your comments please.