Just saw a scalper return 12 iPads

jp700p

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I was at the Apple Store today to pick up a smart cover and saw someone return 12 iPads. He used multiple credit cards to make those transactions. He said hes returning them because his "friends" didn't want to buy them after all.

Edit: Just incase anyone is wondering, it was a white guy. Looked like he was in his mid-30's.
 
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Lindenhurst

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Hopefully apple verifies those credit cards as being his
I'll bet he wasn't counting on the fact that this iPad is definitely not in short supply
 

MR1324

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Hopefully apple verifies those credit cards as being his
I'll bet he wasn't counting on the fact that this iPad is definitely not in short supply
i don't think anyone could have predicted that.
 

Built

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Awesome!

These jackholes made it so much difficult for those of us last year who made legitimate efforts to get the iPad 2.
 

iPad-Lover

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I was at the Trafford Centre in line and there was a bit of a disturbancy at the top of the line as I could see and this man gave a few people Apple giftcards, just handing them out to his friends don't know if this has anything to do with it, but yeh.
 

eagleglen

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I was at the Apple Store today to pick up a smart cover and saw someone return 12 iPads. He used multiple credit cards to make those transactions. He said hes returning them because his "friends" didn't want to buy them after all.
That's great to hear. Because of them, the Apple store I was at ran out of the model I wanted, even tho I was only about 30th in line. Six of them were at the front and all bought 2 each of the model I wanted, the white 64GB AT&T. My sales guy said he knew they were scalpers, but there was nothing Apple could do. I also learned that the AT&T version is unlocked internationally, where as the Verizon one isn't. That's why that model was their choice, but also only wanted white, which seemed strange. I sure hope they get a lot less than they were hoping for.
 

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I was at the Apple Store today to pick up a smart cover and saw someone return 12 iPads. He used multiple credit cards to make those transactions. He said hes returning them because his "friends" didn't want to buy them after all.
i luv it that the scalpers aren't making any money.
 

iPad-Lover

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That's great to hear. Because of them, the Apple store I was at ran out of the model I wanted, even tho I was only about 30th in line. Six of them were at the front and all bought 2 each of the model I wanted, the white 64GB AT&T. My sales guy said he knew they were scalpers, but there was nothing Apple could do. I also learned that the AT&T version is unlocked internationally, where as the Verizon one isn't. That's why that model was their choice, but also only wanted white, which seemed strange. I sure hope they get a lot less than they were hoping for.
I hope no-one find's this offensive but.. they were all asian that were doing this trick buying the most expensive models... I was in the line and we were relocated to a different part of the shopping centre so it would be easier for people who were shopping... guess what.. about 7/8 of these scalpers ran to the place and took my spot, I was going to tell them to move but then I just moved next to two nice, genuine guy's which were a pleasure too speak too.
 

Rockoar

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I'm really glad to read this. I can't Apple how well Apple planned in comparison to last year. The 16th I was in two different Apple Stores here in my city and they were both well stocked with new iPads. Even more, today I was at Fnac (a very popular store here) and they had lots of new iPads for sale. What was curious tho, was the fact that the price-reduced iPad 2 were more showcased than the new iPad, lol.

*I'm guessing scalpers are making some money by selling the new iPad on the international market where they are not yet available rather tan selling them locally.
 

coolbreeze

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I am baffled that the return was accepted.
What? On what basis would Apple have refused the return?

Anyway, they are listed locally for like $5-$10 after tax profit. Really people? You're trolling for a hamburger?

Lame.

The supply chain wins this one.
 

KPOM

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My sales guy said he knew they were scalpers, but there was nothing Apple could do. I also learned that the AT&T version is unlocked internationally, where as the Verizon one isn't. That's why that model was their choice, but also only wanted white, which seemed strange. I sure hope they get a lot less than they were hoping for.
Apple's retail store policy (and online, too) says they can refuse sale if they suspect you are buying with the intent to resell. My guess is that it is rarely enforced for small sales.

Also, the Verizon one is unlocked internationally. It says so on Apple's website. The old version wasn't, which might have confused the sales person. The AT&T version is the same one sold internationally. However, the Verizon one has exactly the same 3G coverage as the AT&T one. I'm not sure which version Canada gets. But outside North America the AT&T and Verizon one work identically.
 

iSayuSay

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I can totally understand what those scalpers do. Everybody love to make a bit fortune here and there. I blame the demands!

I dread and blame the people who are willing to buy the new iPad from those scalpers with insane rate and price. iPad is not exactly a collector or rare items, maybe it is if you custom order it from Stuart Hughes.

It's just a piece of mass produced electronic gadget. So people should get smarter and wiser about purchasing it. If I'm gonna buy a new iPad on the launch day, I'm gonna get it at normal rate that Apple would charge you. Not a dime more! If I can't get it right away due to scarce availability, I'd wait as long as it needs. I'd wait 2 3 weeks or months until the hype worn off and supplies are normal.

It's not just a matter of you having money to get it at whatever price, it's about being smart. You may don't like scalpers, I don't like their buyers even more. Scalpers wouldn't exist if the demand is low to none. Like this case, he returned 12 iPads due to low demand or profit margin on selling it.

Don't buy from scalpers if you don't want them exist! Even if you're in China and no iPad available yet. WAIT!! It's not like you're gonna die if you get the iPad later than sooner. It's not like they're going anywhere.
 

Spink10

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I can totally understand what those scalpers do. Everybody love to make a bit fortune here and there. I blame the demands!

I dread and blame the people who are willing to buy the new iPad from those scalpers with insane rate and price. iPad is not exactly a collector or rare items, maybe it is if you custom order it from Stuart Hughes.

It's just a piece of mass produced electronic gadget. So people should get smarter and wiser about purchasing it. If I'm gonna buy a new iPad on the launch day, I'm gonna get it at normal rate that Apple would charge you. Not a dime more! If I can't get it right away due to scarce availability, I'd wait as long as it needs. I'd wait 2 3 weeks or months until the hype worn off and supplies are normal.

It's not just a matter of you having money to get it at whatever price, it's about being smart. You may don't like scalpers, I don't like their buyers even more. Scalpers wouldn't exist if the demand is low to none. Like this case, he returned 12 iPads due to low demand or profit margin on selling it.

Don't buy from scalpers if you don't want them exist! Even if you're in China and no iPad available yet. WAIT!! It's not like you're gonna die if you get the iPad later than sooner. It's not like they're going anywhere.
Think makes more sense that all the other posts combined. Including mine :)
 

iSayuSay

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Think makes more sense that all the other posts combined. Including mine :)
Well thank you. It's just insane that many people think if Apple stuff is not exactly cheap and affordable. Some classic haters even say that they're overpriced. But now some people are willing to buy them at muuuch muuch higher price than Apple would charge you for an iPad.

So much for being an "overpriced" item, huh? :D
 

Abazigal

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When you see all the tickets to your favorite concert being snapped up online within 10 minutes of launch, followed by those very tickets going on sale, with those very scalpers advertising in the forums you frequent, I see no reason to empathize with them whatsoever.

They want some cash, go and get a legitimate part time job or something, which doesn't deprive other honest folks who genuinely want said product. I deliberately held off buying a ticket even though I wanted to go the concert. Would rather see that fellow choke on his tickets! :mad: