An investigation by SmartHouse reveals that several web sites are offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet that Justice Amanda Bennett banned from going on sale in Australia, until a full hearing in its patent infringement case with Apple.
Samsung Australia denies that they have organised supply overseas and Australian web site operators claim they are sourcing stock from distributors in Asia.
ChannelNews has been told that a leading distributor who traditionally sells IT products into the consumer electronics and IT market has also obtained stock from overseas. The distributor refused to comment when contacted by ChannelNews.
A visit to Techrific.com.au reveals the disputed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on sale for a variety of prices ranging from $529, $589, to $609 for a 16GB version. The same tablet is selling in the USA for $599.
The recommended retail price of the Techrific Samsung tablet is given as $769 despite Samsung never putting the device on sale in Australia and despite having a phone contact symbol on their web site, Techrific have no number listed for the online Company which appears to operate out of Victoria.
Other web sites listing the Samsung device for sale include eBay operators, simplyelectronics.com.au. Expansys.com.au and dMavo.com.au.
All of the operators offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offered an Australian Warranty with one operator telling ChannelNews that the warranty was being offered by "Samsung".
Last month online retailer Ruslan Kogan was threatened with legal action by Apple after he offered a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for sale. Kogan in a blaze of self created publicity said he was withdrawing the Samsung tablet from sale.