The Apple iPad Comes To Canada

After a month long delay because of huge demands in the home market, the Apple iPad had finally landed in Canada and nine other counties. Now that everyone in the country can buy an iPad, I am no no longer special for having one since April.

Simply Computing invited me down to their store on Broadway to be part of the iPad launch and maybe make fun of people lining up for the magical device. While there were huge line ups at the two Vancouver Apple stores, the line up at Simply was a lot shorter, which made the iPad customers happier I’m sure.

While the iPad starts for $499 in the US, a Canadian buyer will have to fork over $549 for the same unit. With the US and Canadian dollar almost equal, some may wonder why Apple it trying to get an extra $50 out of customers from the great white north. The answer: because they can.

If you want an Apple iPad but don’t want to pay for it, I am giving two away. Go here for details.


53 thoughts on “The Apple iPad Comes To Canada”

  1. Perhaps they think the shipping from the US to “far up north” is sooo expensive? ;-( Customs? Other costs? Or perhaps you are right, they just can ask more because everybody wants one NOW! SY

  2. Addy Kho says:

    Huh, John. Everything seems for far for me. To get a copy of your book, I have to wait for so long since I am in Malaysia. And by the time I get the book and finish the reading…and finish the review… the ipad is gone already 🙁

  3. AtaArticles says:

    Well, you certainly are becoming quite popular offline aswell. I’m sure they paid you well to be part of their launch.

    Also, there seems to be mixed reviews on this Apple Ipad. Some love it while others hate it. The haters reasons are:
    ‘looks terrible’,
    ’embarrased to carry it around’
    “frustrating experience of putting the Ipad in and out”

    In my opinion these silly reasons are quite frankly childish as i assume most people love it!

    1. ‘embarrased to carry it around’

      Well that is really surprised reason … infact people would love to show it to your friends and to their relatives.

  4. You are a real brand John, a walking advertising agency.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I like the way you put that, very true indeed!

      1. But I think only one person recognised him … so do you think that tagging him like walking advertising agency is good ??

      2. Definitely. I remember reading posts from 2-3 years ago about case studies involving testing monetization strategies, etc

  5. Tom says:

    When it came out here people went crazy for it.

  6. Sweet, I want an iPad!

    1. PPC Ian says:

      You and me both, my friend!

      1. Let’s each hold a contest, and we can rig it so we each win each others’ contests!

        (or would that not make sense?)

        1. You’re not meant to talk out loud about practices of this nature! It makes sooo much sense that people will automatically start muttering about things like honor and reputation and….nevermind, I’m sure you get my point here.

    2. SEO Results says:

      That makes three of us! Apparently Sony is launching an iPad competitor in the form of their own ebook reader, and they are doing so before the iPad launches in Japan, in order to corner their Japanese market. I do expect to see those units heading for non-Japanese shores too. Sony has good products, and this could be one to watch.

    3. Lakhyajyoti says:

      I’ll also buy one.But don’t know when it’ll come to india.

  7. This must be very exciting news for the Chow family

    1. ??? What are you referring to ??? Which news, that the ipad came out in Canada? John had one earlier, I think he wrote somewhere that he was the first Canadian with an Ipad 😉 SY

      1. He is having more than one … IPAD

  8. John you must feel superior when people were waiting in q for a thing and you already have and using it from past few months.

  9. fas says:

    What is the point of taking customers for a ride, like this?

  10. Kimi says:

    To be honest, i am not a fan of ipad, i guess it’s very useful for people who need to blog while they are away from home. But i am a mom which mostly stays at home, and i can use my pc better than ipad lol

    1. Kimi … you can not compare Computer with iPad.

      Basically iPad is boon for those people who love to read or watch.

      Like ebook or any movie on the move.

      So get it one and try it.

  11. My wife really wants a Kindle, but I’m thinking about getting her an ipad instead.

    1. d3so says:

      Get her the ipad. You can do so much more with it.

      1. If you will give her kindle than after few months she will demand for iPad … so better give her iPad now and save your kindle money.

  12. PPC Ian says:

    While I was a skeptic at first, I now definitely want an iPad (and one of those vests that John was reviewing that hold the iPad)! My plan at this point: See if I win one from the two contests on JohnChow.com. If I don’t, I’m probably going to go buy one. I take the train to and from work most days and the iPad would be perfect for getting some work done.

    1. Agreed I too was skeptic but now I want one more than anything looks like the best gadget of the year by far.

  13. Video didn’t load John did you get to pick one up?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes I got to pick one up.

      1. You picked another one ??

        What is the reason ?

        1. d3so says:

          Because he can 😉
          sucks that apple is ripping you guys off. You should try to do a boycott and see what happens.

          1. Jay says:

            lets not boycott Apple, reminder they are the good guys and Microsoft is bad. i might be wrong though

  14. I can’t wait to get one. Wow, why did Canada have to wait so long?

    1. d3so says:

      Different countries have different release dates.
      This applies for most products.

  15. Jay says:

    John, please review the Ipad and tell us whether the device is worth it. I’d be delighted to hear your thoughts on this new Apple invention.

  16. For now I’ll remain firm and resolve to wait for the launch of the second generation iPad, or at the very least hang around and wait for the bargains to appear. I like the ultra-portability, as notebooks are still not quite yet there.

  17. Lakhyajyoti says:

    John,is it launched in india?

    1. John Chow says:

      No it is not available in India yet. Don’t know when it’s going there.

  18. Now that the 3G version is available here and seems to be without major bugs, I plan on saving up for one. I have gotten to play with a friends and its super cool. I was so impressed I bought a book at B&N on iPad app development. Look forward to seeing what can be done.

  19. The iPad is going international last I heard.

  20. Silly bandz says:

    It is good to be a big company. You can do what you want. Apple is selling the ipad $50 more in Canada, and I know customers would still buy it. Congratz to Apple.

  21. Good luck getting one of the 24 units that were shipped to Canada :P. This thing is SO hard to find even here in california. Best buy and the Apple store areout of stock all the time, and it would take weeks to order it from Apple. 🙁

  22. So how long did you have to wait in line to get yours?

  23. wall phone says:

    It’s about time! Nice to see they’re getting into other countries.

  24. Free Picks says:

    another ipad :-s why? gifted to me lolz

  25. Earl says:

    Cooool I got to be on video. Got me that 32 GB 3G iPad. Mmmm apple-y goodness.

    1. lol ya you did, I saw you, nice cameo 😀

  26. Wow, lol everything Steve Jobs touches turns to platinum, regardless of how im/practical it is.

  27. Hi John,

    I wonder if it’s really Apple charging more or if the stores in Canada are taking the liberty to charge more.

    Either way, I hope that I’ll win the iPad thanks to my honest review of your new Make Money Online book.

    Whoever haven’t read that book yet is invited to read my review of it. And you, John, should read the review so that you can see what I think you could have done better.

    The bonus video is really very valuable too. The book is a must have if you care at allabout making money blogging. Even those who know a lot will want to read John’s story.

    Vance

  28. What prevents them from having someone buy one in the US and send them one? I guess being in the US, I just don’t quite get it. Or is it a cell service thing for the 3G?

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