Apple Stores fighting back against scalpers

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JayDH, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. JayDH macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    I waited in line at my local Apple Store this morning to try and find an AT&T iPad for my mother-in-law. I was second in line. The guy behind me was Asian. When the manager came outside to hand out tickets, she refused to allow the guy behind me to purchase any iPads because he had purchased two yesterday. They should have done this all along, however, it is probably difficult to prove that a person has previously purchased iPads when they pay in cash and can rotate to different stores.
  2. Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Sunny Southern California
    They didn't give him a ticket because he was Asian? Or they conclusively proved that this individual had already purchased two iPads?
  3. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I seriously doubt it was because he was Asian. It was because they remembered him coming in yesterday and buying two.
  4. hlr element macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    i doubt they aren't letting asians buy... that would destroy a store. It sounds like they recognized the person and that makes sense.
  5. JayDH thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008

    She was the same person who handed out tickets the day before. I should have been more clear. It wasn't because he was Asian, but because she remembered the same guy buying two iPads the previous morning.
  6. Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Sunny Southern California
    I completely agree and was being a bit sarcastic. That particular Apple store better be careful when automatically sending people away just based on recognition. If I were the store manager, even if I was 100% sure he was a scalper, I would still check his name in the system to cover my a** from a lawsuit.
  7. JohnStar macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    I find it interesting how you avoid reflecting on your own actions. There's an underlying logic in your post I do not understand.

    Why is buying iPads two days in a row different from having secured an iPad for yourself and now securing an additional unit for your mother-in-law?
  8. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    1+1 = 2. 2+2= Scalper:D
  9. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2010
    wow, that is totally racist. Bad apple!
  10. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    that's an example of that "new math," isn't it?
  11. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2010
    Then why did you mention he was Asian? If he was Jamaican would you have stated so?
  12. NWI73 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    Why was it necessary to make it a point to mention he was asian in your post? Isn't that irrelevent information regarding your story?
  13. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    This is just wrong. Maybe the guy has a big family, and they all want ipads.

    How can the manager be absolutely sure that it's the same person?

    How is it the manager's problem anyway? The store is selling products and making money.

    Even if he is reselling them for profit, and someone at the end of the line does not get one as a result. It's not a big deal. They could get one later, or order online. It's not like they're lining up for something essential like food or water.

    The dude came early, and waited in line, and wants to spend money.
  14. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    If Jamaica was well-known in the news for sending people to the US to buy iPads to send back abroad to sell at ridiculous prices, then yes, I'm sure he would have.

    I'm Chinese, and I wasn't offended at all by his post.
  15. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    What time do the scalpers start lining up?.

    There must be a better way of getting these to individuals and not scalper resellers.

    Apple should vigorously deal with this. There are PLENTY of ways to make everyone happy.

    After all, if the scalpers get the shaft, they aren't going to complain, and they aren't' going to go away mad (actually, they won't go away at all, but the peking order could shift in favor of single purchasers, like it should).

    Apple is just lame about this. And these threads are disturbing.

    Note: No ones is really a racist here, except maybe those of the same race. People are just mad as heck.
  16. Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Sunny Southern California
    I think the issue not that the scalper was Asian but that the Apple store employee made a very big, and possibly problematic decision, based on a judgement call.

    I personally have absolutely no problem with buying iPads and reselling them abroad. So what?! If you really want an iPad, get up sooner and put in the effort to obtain one. Why do you (meaning people) deserve an iPad just because you want one? Life isn't fair.
  17. Kauai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    Because those iPads were made for the US market, not for other people to buy in bulk and then sell on the foreign market. When it creates a shortage in the intended market, that's a problem.
  18. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    Exactly. I'm asian too and I wasnt offended because I spent 4 days in lines with other Asians who took the entire inventory leaving real customers empty handed. But for some reason theres this army of people who can't resist "standing up for minorities" that they hunt down every mention of ethnicity and then slam rush in to attack the perpetrator. But you know what? These "minority defenders" cause more problems than good because in the end they sidetrack conversations to be about non-existant race issues rather than the actual subject of iPads and Internation Resale. NOBODY is picking on the Chinese people, they are simply describing the people who come by EVERY SINGLE DAY and snatch 90% of daily inventory... who happen to be Asian.
  19. iWannaBeAdored macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2010
    He said Asian because it's highly known for Asians to buy many iPads and sell them in the black Market abroad. It happened last year.
  20. Built, Mar 31, 2011
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    Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    How many Jamaicans do you see standing in those lines, day after day?

    Well said. You have no idea how much respect I have for what you wrote.
    Thank you.
  21. JayDH, Mar 31, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 31, 2011

    JayDH thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Thanks. I didn't mean to offend anyone at all. I only mentioned that he was Asian because it seems that the majority of scalpers reported here and other news sites are Asian.

    If I didn't mention that he was Asian, I bet the first reply would have been, "Was he Asian?" You just can't win sometimes.

    There's a huge difference between someone buying the maximum amount of two iPads on a daily basis only to sell them for a profit internationally and me doing my mother-in-law a favor and camping out to get her an iPad. She doesn't live anywhere near an Apple Store, so I thought that I would camp out and surprise her.
  22. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I'd rather be in line for whatever a Jamaican was waiting for. ;)

    As much as I hate scalpers, if there wasn't such a dicrepancy between supply and demand, the scalpers wouldn't be as bi a factor. I are with a two per cutomer per day, but when you try and single out repeat customers, you may run into trouble. Do you limit 2 per week..per month...per lifetime?
  23. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    How about limit one per customer in line. Then when you get to the end of the line and there are extras people can pick up a second. That way more of the real customers get one they want.
  24. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Nothing that can't be solved by just getting more scalpers in line.
  25. KingOfScalpers macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    I overheard an Apple employee say it was two per customer lifetime. I was like wtf??? So if I you accidently break both of them your screwed.

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