Low Turnout for iPad Mini Launch in China, But Scalpers Still Hoarding Supplies

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Wall Street Journal reports that turnout for the launch of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad in China today was fairly low, with Apple's lottery system and two-per-person limits for in-person sales of the iPad mini said to be making it more difficult for scalpers to run their operations.

    iPad mini on display at Apple's Sanlitun retail store in Beijing
    The scalpers were still present, however, as the report notes that a number of them were set up some distance away from Apple's Sanlitun store in Beijing to collect units purchased by others.
    A Wall Street Journal reporter was accosted by the scalpers after he tried to film the scene, but Apple and mall security declined to intervene in the situation.
    Apple continues to hold a dominant share of the tablet market in China as it does in many countries around the world, and with China now responsible for 15% of the company's revenue, Apple is no doubt hoping for strong sales of the latest devices heading into the end of the year.

    Article Link: Low Turnout for iPad Mini Launch in China, But Scalpers Still Hoarding Supplies
  2. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    A local resident was interviewed about his interest in an iPad Mini, and said, "I build the things all day long, I sure as hell don't want to see one at home..."
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    This sounds very familiar. In Hong Kong, scalpers were there on launch day for the iPhone 5, and iPad Mini, with "collectors" waiting right outside the door with stacks of them. Nobody did anything about it.

    No one I know has been able to win the "lottery" for an iPhone 5, despite playing it every single day.

    But scalpers... they always win.
  4. macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2012
    Mr. Kappa over there looks like he's pretending not to use one of those minis. Lol
  5. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    what I don't get is how do you have thousands of dollars worth of apple products just sitting there and no one comes up and tries to rob them....
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2012
    They cleaned out every store in the US, so they have gotten their fix. Some regulation would have been nice.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    There may have been no lines, but it still looks like there are a lot of people in that store.
  8. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Erm no because they are not even build in Beijing!
  9. macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    Why are the prices much higher in China?

    16 GB WiFI iPad4 sells for 3688 RMB $593. This is higher than in Hong Kong.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    At least there were 1. no riots and 2. no legit customers being turned away.

    And seriously, doesn't Apple China advertise how and where to pre-order?
    And isn't shipping free in China? You'd think pre-ordering would stop scalping.

    Attention citizens of China: http://www.apple.com.cn
  11. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    There *were* legit customers being turned away, you just don't see it because it was done via a lottery that was rigged. Why bother coming in when you know there are none available to buy?
  12. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Probably because this is China, a very strict communist country with probably more severe criminal penalty laws than your average western nation.
  13. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Only if people buy from scalpers.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Moulton, TX
    Just curious... How does this lottery system work?
  15. macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2010
    I have a solution for scalpers. Why dont apple sell high end (64gb) iphone in majority for the first couple of months so u pay 200 extra weather you need the storage or not and apple makes money hand over fist. That way, instead of paying premium to a scalper you at least pay for storage.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    That makes sense. So if the scalper was dealing with loan sharks and can't unload inventory fast enough.... Make the scalpers take a loss. Not Apple's problem and everybody gets cheaper iphones. They aren't the ORIGINAL owner, so Apple doesn't have to honor them returning 20 at once either. That should get some legs broken when the scalpers can't pay the loan sharks... That's always fun to see.

    Do that just once and the scalping will stop. And you are not cheating legit customers in any way... They get the BEST phone ... As Apple limits cheaper models to 8GB the 64GB models hold value longer even when a new model is released.
  18. macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2012
  19. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2011
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    Well, that's always going to happen with the limited supply Apple are giving to China, plus the delay in releasing it in the mainland because of regulators.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
    To be fair, they're the last race of people that most Americans have little problem with being openly racist against.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2011
    The Chinese don't queue very nicely, so this lottery pre-order system is a very good way for Apple to control the crowds.

    I don't believe it was rigged - two of my staff in China were able to get units - but the scalpers were buying units from those who purchased them legally for a tidy, immediate profit.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Probably the exact same reasons that people don't steal them in other countries.

    MR moderators must have their hands full trying to keep out racism in every single China-focused post. It's unbelievable.


    What value does your comment add to MR? Is it even related to Apple in the slightest?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Meanwhile, back in England, the iPad Mini my girlfriend ordered last week with a "2-week" lead time has a scheduled arrival of December 28th... If China don't want 'em, we'll have 'em. :)
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    What about Arabs? Maybe they aren't a race, but still.

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