Original iPad Now Harder to Find than iPad 2

Going, going, gone. That’s the reality of original iPad supplies at Apple these days.

Discounted original iPads are becoming increasingly more difficult to find almost anywhere in the world.

Not helping matters much is the fact that Apple has stopped selling first generation iPads through the company’s online store – at least for now while supplies are fully depleted.

Since March 11th, the launch date of the iPad 2, finding the first generation iPad has become almost as difficult as finding the second generation iPad.

Driving demand for the original tablet are the sizable discounts that are now attached to the iPad 1.

Apple, for example, is selling the first-iPad at a $100 discount. Refurbished models, however, are available for $170 off the original price.

With demand for both generation iPads reaching a fever pitch around the globe, Wall Street analysts now believe that Apple will sell upwards of 40 million iPads (original and second generation models) during 2011.

Incredibly, the slashed price of the original iPad is making some willing to pay much more than the typical retail price for the tablet if it means they can obtain the device sooner rather than later.

According to the E-Commerce Times, eBay consumers are more than willing to pay premium prices. eBay sellers, the report notes, “are averaging a $198 markup on the cheapest model and a $406 markup on the fully loaded version.”