Despite the fact that German courts recently decided not to lift the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, OSnews is reporting today that German retailers will technically still be allowed not only to sell remaining stock of the Tab, but to reorder from Samsung as well.


The catch here is that German retailers cannot restock by ordering from Samsung's German branch, but must instead order from other branches, Sammy's Korean branch, for example, can provide more stock to retailers in Germany. OSnews goes on to say that Media Markt, a popular electronics retailer in Germany and The Netherlands is not sure yet how the ban will affect business, but could easily route Tabs through the Netherlands to avoid violating the ban.

What this news boils down to is that German consumers can still get their hands on the gorgeous Galaxy Tab 10.1, but retailers might have a bit of extra work to do if Samsung doesn't decide to reroute Tabs for them.

Check out OSnews for the original story.

Thanks S for the tip!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Matt

    I love a good rule-bending.

  • kam

    not only Germany's ban on the Galaxy Tab is retard, but their ability enforce a "Ban". Apple certainly wasted everyone's time and i'm sure there's more important things to occupy their courts

  • Spartan062

    Gotta love loopholes and I agree with kam.

  • ocdtrekkie

    So, the patents are honestly worthless, the patent system is horribly flawed, and on top of that, these shams of court cases aren't even effective.

    So, neither Apple or Samsung gets hurt or helped by the system, but lawyers pad their wallets. The only real winner of every case. ;)

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      I'd say that's a pretty realistic assessment, unfortunately.

  • djembeman

    So, it's only a ban on distribution from Germany? Sort of??? A seller can still get the tablet and legally sell it? This is wacky s@##!!!

  • Jaz

    Even if its wacky this is good news. Even if somehow samsung did copy apple in design and look the fact is that the unit is still android and runs a completely different OS. Only thing apple I will ever buy is a laptop. Any mobile device will never be purchased by me. This might help apple but it hurts consumers in the long run. Too me it still doesn't look anything like the ipad except for the front which almost every tablet is going to do because of the design of tablets.
    All I can say is get your galaxy tab while you can.

  • Tristan

    So... I guess Germans can has Galaxy Tabs?

    They're probably going to mark-up the devices by an additional 5 to 10 Euros and then go on with their lives.

    I guess Apple and the courts of Germany must be feeling pretty dumb right about now. Long live the grey market.

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Everybody wins... hahaha :D

  • xploited

    BWAHAHAHA! If this is indeed true, then Apple has successfully wasted all those legal fees on promoting Samsung's tablet. :D :D :D