Few days ago, a Chinese woman got tasered by a pair of Nashua polices after she refused to leave an Apple Store. She named Xiaojie Li, 44 years old, a Chinese national who lives in Newton. On that day, Li was carrying about $16,000 in cash to shop for iPhone 5s, but Apple Store refused to sell it to her because the store manager explained she had already bought two iPhone 5s last Friday and the store policy limits customers to two phones each. Due to language barrier, Li couldn’t understand and thought it’s unfair because she saw other customers buying multiple iPhones, so she attempted to record video of them doing so. The manager then asked her to leave for numbers of times and saying she was not welcomed at there, but Li persisted to stay. Shortly, the store called the police officers to escort her out to provide mall security.
We have covered a lot on the unique grey market situation revolving around primarily Apple products. Since the iPhone 4 launch, Apple has been unable to curb this lucrative business in China and Hong Kong. Yesterday, Apple has opened their 7th Apple store in mainland China, and it is located at Shenzhen, which is an emerging megalopolises in southern region of China. Shenzhen is also a home to Foxconn, Apple’s primary contract manufacturer for iOS devices. It also happens to be the center of the grey market business in China, where the city is a turning point of supplying smuggle iPhone from Hong Kong. The new Shenzhen Holiday Plaza store is a significant one as it represent Apple trying to take a bite out of the grey market, which is always a thorn in Apple’s side …
Where to buy an iPhone 5? You can purchase it from an Apple Retail Store, the Apple Online Store, or your carrier’s store. However, if you can’t wait till Friday, the 21st of September, well, if you are in Hong Kong, you can visit the local grey market to get the iPhone 5 first if you don’t mind paying a hefty premium on it. How much? US$1135 for an unlocked 16GB, and that’s a markup of nearly 40 per cent. More details after the break.
Alight, it looks like Apple continues to work to deter scalpers and lineups in China. Apple is sticking to a recent reservation system for the China launch of the new iPad. According to Apple’s website, shoppers will be able to register starting the morning of the 19th local time, and pick up an iPad the next day at the retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai. Unfortunately, Apple only accept a limited amount of reservations each day, and customers who fail to receive one will have to try again another day. Yeah, it’s a lottery again.
The new iPad is expected to hit shelves of stores in Hong Kong on March 16. As China is not among the first countries on the schedule, Chinese scalpers are gearing up to make a fortune from mark-ups on new iPads bought from Hong Kong and brought to China. However, things are a little different at the Apple Store in Hong Kong. While we might expect to see long lines, Apple is warning customers not to bother lining up for launch of the new iPad at its retail store in Hong Kong. Here’s the deal: If you want to buy the new iPad in Hong Kong, you might have to enter a lottery to win the chance to buy it. Scalpers are pissed.
OMFG. Huge lines for the iPhone 4S are seen at all five Apple stores in China, and in the Beijing Apple store, we see hundreds of queuers with red caps getting ready to buy the iPhone 4S to resell later at a profit. A lot of photos and video after the break.
Apple has as yet to launch its new iPhone 4S in China, but the device is already selling by scalpers outside the Beijing Apple store at whopping prices of up to about US$1,100, and Apple is trying to tell customers: DO NOT BUY the iPhone 4S from these scalpers.
Over three thousand people gathered outside the Hong Kong Apple store for the launch of the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong, but Apple only allow 1,250 people to line up. A scuffle nearly broke out, and police were called to keep everything under control. Here’s everything you want to know about the iPhone 4S launch in Hong Kong.
UPDATE 4: Exclusive video of scalpers outside the Apple Store.
UPDATE 3: iPhone 4S is totally sold out at 12pm noon.
UPDATE 2: The launch of the iPhone 4S resulted in a chaotic scene with scalpers and pro queuers purchasing and reselling the phone outside the Apple store.
UPDATE: 7 hours left on this iPhone 4S launch, more police were called in to try their best to keep everything under control. No Apple employees are seen, but we saw special Hong Kong Police force.
Apple did not announce an official release date for the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong and China, but residents can buy them at retail – for a premium, just one day after the 4S launches in the U.S. You will be shocked, a 16GB model (no-contract, unlocked) costs $10,500 Hong Kong Dollars (around $1350) in the gray market, that’s about twice the U.S. price!!! And we discovered that over a thousand people waited in line for cheaper iPhone 4 in Hong Kong Apple store, and sold it at higher price. Video after the break.
UPDATE: More info and photos.
Chinese Apple fans expressed their grief and sadness over the death of Steve Jobs. They placed flowers, cards with handwritten messages and other commemorate staff outside the Apple stores in Beijing. Surprise almost everyone, a scalper has left a bouquet of flowers and some written notes to mourn the Apple’s co-founder…
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