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Apple today updated its sales policy in Hong Kong to indicate all products purchased at Apple's online and retail stores in the country on and after August 15, 2017 cannot be returned or exchanged indefinitely.

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As an exception to the rule, Apple will still honor exchanges for defective products in Hong Kong at its sole discretion.

Apple didn't provide a reason for the policy change, but it's likely a precautionary move ahead of new iPhone models expected in September. The same policy went into effect in Hong Kong on iPhone 7 launch day last year.

Hong Kong is a hotbed for black market electronics due to the lack of import taxes and duties added to foreign goods purchased, as is the case in neighboring mainland China. Scalpers often attempt to illegally smuggle new iPhones across the border to mainland China to make significant profits.

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Hong Kong scalper spotted "walking strangely" across the border into mainland China in 2015 via South China Morning Post

When the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launched in Hong Kong last year, for example, the smartphones hit the black market for as much as $15,000 in Hong Kong dollars, which was slightly over $1,900 in U.S. dollars.

Apple's standard return policy in Hong Kong is already stricter than in some other countries. For volume purchases of four products or more, the return window is seven days, and there is a 25 percent restocking fee per unit.

Apple will likely revert back to its standard return policy in Hong Kong at some point, but it didn't specify when.

Article Link: Apple Stops Accepting Returns and Exchanges in Hong Kong Ahead of New iPhones
 
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When I first saw the pics, hadn't read the title yet, I thought he was a suicide bomber. When I finally found out that he's just a dude stealing and selling iPhones on the blackmarket, I was truly relieved. I guess everything's a matter of perspective.
 
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That's kind of strange that people in mainland China have to pay an import tax on goods made in their country. I guess Apple is a foreign company in China because it doesn't pay tax on its profits in China? I'm actually asking; I don't know. How do you determine the native country of a company once it makes and sells stuff all over?
 
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And here I thought Apple was getting into the clothing industry with some sort of high tech thermal long johns, the "iTermals". :D:p
 
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nicho

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Not that it matters now, but I noticed this a few days ago. It definitely wasn't updated by Apple today as the story suggests.
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That's kind of strange that people in mainland China have to pay an import tax on goods made in their country. I guess Apple is a foreign company in China because it doesn't pay tax on its profits in China? I'm actually asking; I don't know. How do you determine the native country of a company once it makes and sells stuff all over?

Free trade zones (where things are made for export) are usually outside of a country for the purposes of customs and things. That means you don't have to pay export duties to send them worldwide, or taxes on imported components etc. Lots of places around the world have them, China isn't unique in that regard.

It is nothing to do with the fact it's Apple, it is simply a case of where the phones are made and what status that place has. Phones are technically imported to China.
 
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deany

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In that photo I can imagine a customs officer saying
"is that an iPhone in your trousers or are you just pleased to see me?".:)
 
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And here I thought Apple was getting into the clothing industry with some sort of high tech thermal long johns, the "iTermals". :D:p
Close but no cigar.

They’d be called the “Long Jony’s.” They’d be in silver only, have no fly, no pockets, and no drawstrings, lined with a single piece of “aluminium” for heat distribution and cost $199 ($299 for XL).
 
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That's kind of strange that people in mainland China have to pay an import tax on goods made in their country. I guess Apple is a foreign company in China because it doesn't pay tax on its profits in China? I'm actually asking; I don't know. How do you determine the native country of a company once it makes and sells stuff all over?

I think that Hong Kong is treated as a separate nation from China, economically speaking. After Hong Kong was given back to China from the British, China left many parts of it as it was under British control. That is one reason it is still very westernized.

Anyways, I could be wrong though.
 
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