Scalpers seeking $400 for Apple iPad Pro pencils on eBay

Apple started making its 12.9-inch iPad Pros available last week, but with the complementary Apple Pencil in short supply at the outset, some tablet buyers must be wondering: What's the point?

As originally reported by 9to5Mac, scalpers are swooping in and pricing the $99 pencils on eBay for anywhere from $150 to $400. Apple's site says pencils aren't available for 4 to 5 weeks. 

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Apple's Smart Keyboard is also backordered that long.

MacWorld's Susie Ochs got ahold of an Apple Pencil early and gave it a solid review: "It's for pressure-sensitive drawing and painting in apps as simple as Apple’s own Notes app, or as complex and professional as the demonstrated Procreate or AutoCAD." She liked the feel of the pencil as well as its handy Lightning charging design.

As for the rest of you interested in Apple Pencil, the company suggests being patient. Here's what an Apple spokesperson told Mashable:

"Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit Apple.com for online availability and delivery dates.”

But not everyone is able to sit by idly waiting for the special pencil.

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