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RU Sitting Down: 50% of Aussies plan to buy an iPad

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Tax perk to fuel mad rush for iPad




  • 50% of Aussies plan to buy iPad
  • Education refund to drive sales
  • Demand for device "off the charts"

TAXPAYERS eligible for up to 50 per cent in tax reductions for laptops could start a mad rush for Apple's iPad.

The iPad-mania comes as no surprise, with the Boston Consulting Group finding that nearly half of Australian consumers plan to purchase a tablet, or electronic book reader, within the next three years.
According to the education tax refund guidelines, parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student for desktop computers and laptops, and for repair and running costs.
When it goes on sale in Australia on May 28, the iPad will start at $629 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and $1049 for the 64GB 3G version.
What Apple called a "magical and revolutionary product" would be deemed a laptop, the Australian Taxation Office said.

Analysts expect parents of primary and secondary schoolchildren eligible for the ETR to use the scheme to purchase iPads.
They can also claim the cost of establishing and maintaining home internet connections as well as printers and flash drives.
Software for educational purposes is also covered in the ETR, alongside other applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, internet filters and antivirus software.
Ovum Australia public sector IT research director Kevin Noonan said he expected a rush for the iPad as taxpayers took advantage of the tax concession.
"This is the best time to buy technology and the government rebate is a good proposition for taxpayers," Mr Noonan said.
Apple in Australia began accepting orders for the iPad last Monday, and will fulfil them by the promised May 28 shipment date. But people who submitted orders three days later received a June 7 delivery date.
"Demand for the iPad has been off the charts," an Apple spokeswoman said.
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Betcha the kids won't be able to get the iPad away from Mom and Dad.
 

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That is good news that the Australian Taxation Office will treat the ipad as a "laptop"
Our financial year finishes June 30 so this year at least the only problem will be lack of supply however the following tax year will definitely see an upsurge in sales of Ipad's for one reason alone because of the tax incentives. Apple Aust store and Apple owned stores are the only source for ipad's at this time however once the major retailers are able to sell the ipad which I believe will be sometime in July / August sales will go through the roof. We have been fortunate here as the government does offer excellent incentives both to business and education.

I feel the 50% figure for number of Australians to buy an ipad is bit optimistic but knowing that the iphone is number one here I am sure the ipad will have a huge impact in the market place.
I have my ipad wifi 32 on order for delivery May 28 Looking forward to receiving it.
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There would have to be enough iPads to meet the demand, which is not possible even if only 10% of the population bought iPads. However it is good to see government making some effort towards helping education.
 

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Seadog said:
There would have to be enough iPads to meet the demand, which is not possible even if only 10% of the population bought iPads. However it is good to see government making some effort towards helping education.

I agree not sure where the numbers come from. We have 27 million here and 35 million kangaroos lol.
 
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No tax break for you in the USA

Seadog said:
There would have to be enough iPads to meet the demand, which is not possible even if only 10% of the population bought iPads. However it is good to see government making some effort towards helping education.

I agree not sure where the numbers come from. We have 27 million here and 35 million kangaroos lol.

I bet some Aussies count the Roos as dependents on their tax returns.

Here in the states there is no chance Obama will allow the government to give anyone a tax break on the iPads because he thinks they are too complicated (he doesn't know how to operate one) and of no benefit since they only provide the user with snippets of information.
 

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Your quote says that 50% of Australians plan to buy an e-reader or tablet, not specifically an iPad. Thread title is extremely misleading.
 

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dwagner88 said:
Your quote says that 50% of Australians plan to buy an e-reader or tablet, not specifically an iPad. Thread title is extremely misleading.

You are right regardless the 50% is to high even 5% is high let's see what happens in next few months
. At the moment other than a amazon reader their is nothing here to compete
 
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dwagner88 said:
Your quote says that 50% of Australians plan to buy an e-reader or tablet, not specifically an iPad. Thread title is extremely misleading.

You are right regardless the 50% is to high even 5% is high let's see what happens in next few months
. At the moment other than a amazon reader their is nothing here to compete

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