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iPad Dummy Costs 1/10 the Price of Regular iPad, Doesn’t Work

Any big product launch opens up lots of side markets (can you say custom iPod docks?), but we could not have possibly anticipated this: A company called iPadDummy.net is selling fake iPads for just $49. But these are no iPeds; they truly are dummies, in the sense that they contain no electronics at all and do not function. But they seem like handy facsimiles! Dummy iPads look a whole lot like real iPads, nail the dimensions, and even have a heft to them (21.76 oz versus the 24 oz of the real iPad).

Note that they are made of plastic, not aluminum; sorry, metals speculators.

Maybe the best part of the site is the FAQ, which was clearly designed to fend off insane and/or scheming MacHeads.

Do you sell working iPads?
For people browsing around this site with the idea they can get an iPad for $49, here the definition of ‘dummy’: ‘a model or replica of a human being’. And that’s exactly what we sell. We sell non-working – without electronica – ‘iPad-looking’ replica’s of iPads, not real iPads. The dummies, however, have real weight, and look really close to a real iPad, but the parts of the dummy model cannot be used to replace original iPad parts. We don’t sell any working and/or original Apple stuff, please remember this. We sell not-working, non-original dummies aka display models.

Can the screen be used to replace a real iPad screen?
No, the screen of the dummy is made of plastic. It is not not realistic to use it as a replacement for your real iPad.

Can the screen be used to replace a real iPad screen?

No, the screen of the dummy is made of plastic. It is not not realistic to use it as a replacement for your real iPad.

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(iPadDummy via Boing Boing via Gizmodo)

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