iPads are some of the most sought after consumer items in the world right now. Ever since Apple released the first version of the iPad, it became a much sought after item, creating a market for tablets where none existed before. And the strength of the appeal of the iPad is such that other manufacturers are unable to compete with Apple, giving the iPad a huge lead over the rest of the market.
When a new iPad is released, consumers are ready to wait for a lot of time to queue for the iPad, and when somebody offers a great deal, one cannot withstand the pressure of temptation. In such cases, people are even willing to throw away any safeguards with regard to buying the iPad. Otherwise, how can you think of the case whereby a lady managed to buy a wooden iPad in the hope of getting a good deal (link to article):
The golden rule is that if you're buying grey market products, always take the device out of the box to check it before you go home. The secondary golden rule is that you don't buy from a dude who has a gold tooth in the middle of a McDonald's parking lot. And that is the story of how one Ashley McDowell of Spartanburg, South Carolina ended up with a wooden iPad.
Ms. McDowell, age 22, met two men at the back of a McDonald's. The two dudes explained to the girl that they had bought iPads in bulk, and wanted to sell them for $300 per device. She didn't have $300—but she did have $180—so they agreed to give her one for the cash she had on her. Do you hear warning bells going off? I THINK SO.