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While we'll need to wait until the April 20th Q2 2011 Apple earnings call to get the official figures on exactly how many iPads and iPad 2s have been sold, CNET has published some stats from online auction house eBay on how many of the new iPads have changed hands through its service. If eBay's numbers are any indication, Apple shareholders will have a lot to smile about.
Just under 12,000 iPad 2s were sold in the two weeks between the introduction of the iPad in the US and the international launch last Friday. The surprising statistic was that many of those iPad 2s (65%) were sold within the US. At last year's launch of the original iPad, the majority of eBay purchasers were outside of the country (also 65%).
International purchases of the iPad 2 are mainly going to Canada, Russia, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. Last year's figures showed a large volume of 16 GB iPads heading to Russia, and Russian buyers also paid the highest average markup at a whopping $306 over retail for the 32 GB model.