How do you win an iPad 2? Connections, of course

8 Dec 2010

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Irish tech entrepreneur Dylan Collins’ latest venture, group buying site Gruupy.com, has an iPad 2 device up for competition. How did he get his hands on one those? Connections, apparently.

The group buying site is the latest venture by Collins, who four years ago sold his games technology company Demonware to Activision for an estimated US$15m. Since then, the world’s biggest games retailer GameStop has acquired a majority stake in his internet games company Jolt. Last week, Collins launched the first official Playboy app on Facebook in partnership with Hugh Hefner’s empire.

According to Collins, because he and his co-founders are well-connected in the technology business, they were able to get a guaranteed iPad 2 for a competition on Gruupy. The competition is open until Christmas Eve and the winner will be shipped the device once the iPad 2 is officially made available by Apple.

Gruupy.com focuses on acquiring first-rate electronics equipment and gadgets from across Europe at knock-down prices. For example, on the site this morning, Gruupy had 200 iTrip radio tuners for iPods available to purchase for €9.99. They normally retail in stores for €29.99, a 64pc saving.

Logistics are handled by GlobalWare and deliveries go straight to the purchaser’s home or office and e-commerce company Realex handles payments.

Gruupy, iPad 2

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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