Teenager Sells $130,000 Worth of White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits

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    The New York Observer reports on Fei Lam, a 17-year-old student from Queens, New York, who has turned a connection to parts producers for the white iPhone 4 into a six-figure business in just a few months.
    Riding on the publicity generated by tech blogs and mainstream news sites alike, Lam has reportedly managed to sell over $130,000 worth of the conversion kits since August, currently pricing the full kits at $279 for a front and back panel, as well as a white home button.

    Lam's success has not gone unnoticed, however, as he has now received a letter from a purported private investigator claiming that Lam is trafficking in stolen goods. Lam intends to secure the services of a lawyer to defend himself against any possible action.

    Article Link: Teenager Sells $130,000 Worth of White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits
     
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    I think this kid is great, I hope he puts up the good fight!
     
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    It's always depressing to see someone else succeed at such an obvious idea. Maybe next time...
     
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    lol after lawyer fee's he's going to be -.25.
     
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    Stolen goods or not, nevermind that - but $300 per kit? :eek:

    Why not just buy a white case?
     
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    it seems a bit pricey, but if i read correctly, the front glass includes retina display and digitizer. so...

    >White iPhone 4 Front Panel (Pre-Assembled)
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    >- Retina Display
    >- Supporting Frame
    >- Front Glass
    >- Digitizer/Touch Panel
     
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    apple can easily put him out of business by supplying these things themselves.
     
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    This kid is awesome. Good for him. I want one.
     
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    sorry, but I will never put a case on my iPhone. It was made to look sexy as it is, naked.

    Cases just ruin it.
     
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    Does he at least put them on for you or do you just get a kit and have to do it yourself?
     
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    Pretty cool that some kid can take initiative and do what Apple apparently cannot.
     
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    DIY.

    Instructions (fixits) are linked on his site.
     
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    I put a case on mine to hide the fugly. Sorry, but the iPhone 4 is anything but good looking.
     
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    I think the iPhone 4 looks great without a case....but it drops calls without the damn bumper!
     
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    It smart for a teen, who is close to my age (20), to get into contact with a friend to get duplicated iPhone 4 cases in white, The look on the back looks original from Apple. I see Apple suing him for selling copy right infringement material. That would suck for him. I also see a issue for a Foxcomm employee letting material go out the door and Apple would get pissed over that. Apple has no power against the people. Only thing they can do is say "Oh well." :D
     
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    It doesn't. My and my friend's iPhones 4 have no problem without cover. Stop the paranoia and FUD.
     
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    Good Luck

    Good luck to that kid. He'll need it seeing Apple's recent track record with cases like this.
     
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    Lam's success has not gone unnoticed, however, as he has now received a letter from a purported private investigator claiming that Lam is trafficking in stolen goods. Lam intends to secure the services of a lawyer to defend himself against any possible action.
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    If the PI is from Apple, or WHEN Apple does get involved, I predict the kid will be on the Lam pretty quickly! (Sorry, couldn't resist!) :rolleyes:
     
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    well mine does too without a case....:cool:
     
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    Kinda wonder if this "PI" is even real...

    Since the story broke, the guy's website has been posted across every tech news site around.

    Fact of the matter is that I am sure that this situation has netted him a few more sales.
     
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    I'm sure apple is pissed because he is helping delay the white version by buying all the cases.
     
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    So a 17 year old can do it but a gigantic company with $50 billion lying there can't. Seems logical to me. :rolleyes:

    Wake up Steve. Seriously.
     
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    I'm sure it has too. But you just KNOW it won't go on. Apple people read all those tech sites too and know all about it now!
     
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    What the ***** was I doing when I was 17 ...

    Great going for this kid!
     

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