Hopeful iPhone 4 buyers are experiencing a disaster on their orders in Apple’s Hong Kong online store during the last few days. What happened? Apple has been canceling some orders, and many customers got pissed off with this unexpected move. Here’s the excuse offered by Apple:
Dear Apple Online Store Customer,
Thank you for your recent Apple order.
To ensure that all customers are given the opportunity to acquire iPhone, we have limited the quantity available per customer. Our records indicate that you’ve exceeded this limit for iPhone orders, therefore this order has been cancelled.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Apple Online Store Customer Support
For those customers who ordered the iPhone 4 on September, their orders were all canceled by Apple. We took a deep research on the local forums, and we found out that almost all types of iPhone 4 orders have been canceled. It’s not about the quantity limit, or shortage of supply, all 16GB and 32GB orders were canceled no matter how much you are ordering. There are no problems with the ordering system of the online store, and we think there’s a good explanation for this disaster.
Previously, we reported the Beijing Apple Store shuts down as fight breaks out over iPhone 4. It’s a breaking story, there were lots of iPhone 4 scalpers sucking all the store’s supply. They were leaving the store with 20-30 iPhones all boxed-up, which they were then seen attempting to sell to passers-by. Looking at this, Apple decided to carry out serious actions and now, they are canceling the Hong Kong iPhone 4 orders to prevent scalpers ordering the iPhone 4 in large quantities from them. At the same time, Apple is trying to stop the customers to sell the iPhone 4 to the local grey market for some profits. However, the iPhone 4 now goes for a higher price on the grey market after this news of canceling orders broke out. Here’s a chart showing the prices a customer could get for selling the iPhone 4 to the Hong Kong grey market.
We need to tell you that we have just sold 7 units of iPhone 4 to Sin Tat Plaza, the biggest mobile grey market at Hong Kong. We earned some profits, and we are happy about it. We’re now trying to order more and sell more.
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