Scapler Sightings?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by theMaccer, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. theMaccer macrumors 6502a

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    any scalper sightings recently?

    Havent seen a new thread about scalpers for a while.
     
  2. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    Are you referring to native Americans? That is racist!

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    #racistGate !
     
  3. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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  4. castanzarules macrumors member

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    Scalpers

    I picked up my reserved 6+ today. I asked the Apple employee that cashed me out if they have to deal with scalpers and she said the same people are at the door waiting every morning they open up and they tend to be first in line. She also said that just this morning the three scalpers bought up all ten 6+'s they had. And the worst part is that there were about 20 people in line behind them.

    I may have resorted to physical violence if it were me in line...
     
  5. whitehall macrumors newbie

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    Why resort to physical violence? Bes the scalpers at their own game ... get in line BEFORE THEM :)
     
  6. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    And just when did the OP mention anything about race? Good Gracious! :rolleyes:
     
  7. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    If you ever noticed, every "scalper" post leads to race of a "certain" minority.

    I just changed it up a bit.

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    BTW, if you couldn't see the coronation between "scalper" and "Native American", then...
     
  8. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    I ate at a Chinese buffet today. (Forced to, couldn't find food anywhere else.. damn Chinese bought it all)

    Can you believe those people buy the ingredients, make the dishes, then sell the stuff for more than they paid?

    Good lord, there's food shortages in other parts of the world. The nerve of these people! Whatever company owns all the food should put a limit on how much food these Chinese buffet people can purchase in a given day.

    This world has gone mad, I tell ya.
     
  9. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    Actually no. Who are you referring to as a native american?
     
  10. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Do they not have the two per transaction limit anymore?
     
  11. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    If you didn't understand it in the beginning, then you wouldn't understand it now.

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    It is 2 per person.
     
  12. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    No problem. You weren't worth it anyway.
     
  13. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Then please explain this, "the three scalpers bought up all ten 6+'s they had. And the worst part is that there were about 20 people in line behind them".

    Also, it's two iPhones per transaction. That's how scalpers were able to get back in line and buy more.
     
  14. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple person mentioned to me that it is 2 per person, but a person and get back in line and purchase 2 more, and continue to do this.

    It is up to the apple employee to enforce the 2 limit rule.

    If the 3 "scalpers" were able to obtain all 10, then I can inly assume the 2 limit was not enforced. Who knows, that apple employee could be friends with the scalper.

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    How articulate.
     
  15. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Then it's not two per person. The Apple employee misspoke.

    That's why I was asking castanzarules if the Apple Store was no longer imposing that restriction.
     
  16. haruhiko, Oct 8, 2014
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    Apple requires online reservation with SMS confirmation codes and government ID check in Hong Kong to tackle the problem of scalpers - and guess what? The scalpers use automatic bots/scripts to reserve all the iPhones and yes, they claimed to have cracked the SMS code and can fake government IDs too.

    Most online reservation availability are gone in mere seconds. So being able to queue in line is already very fortunate. When there is profit, however small it is, there will be scalpers. I'm hearing that some scalpers are happy to sell at par or only $2-3 above retail price because they can earn the bonus points in credit cards. You know, some of these people don't even have a day job. (And to some of them, scalping IS their day job.)

    Nevertheless, I have to confess that I sold an unlocked iPhone 6 Plus 128GB on the launch day in Hong Kong for ~USD2,200 to a Chinese guy before getting the one for myself from my carrier a few days later. The profit is too much for me not to sell it. After a week, the profit then soon collapsed with the increased availability of the devices. However, it seems that the Plus still carries as much as $130 profit now.
     
  17. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    2 per transaction is probably the best wording.
     
  18. 420brady macrumors newbie

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    I had a day off yesterday so I drove about 40 min to the nearest Apple Store because one of those online stock status sites indicated there may be 6 pluses available.

    When I arrived (about an hour before the store opened, there was a family (or group of well acquainted folks) of seven already waiting. It actually looked to me to be a three generation family. (Four very elderly senior citizens, a 60-ish man and two twenty somethings.).

    Needless to say, when the Apple Store rep came out to ask us what we're waiting for and check stock I had no chance of getting a phone. The first guy snatched up the AT&T phone (the only AT&T phone and the one I was hoping for), then he got a T-mobile. They went right down the line until the store's inventory was gone. The best part, and the clincher for me was when she asked the first guy his name and then said 'you think I'd know that by now'.

    I left feeling furious...I still can't believe I saw this process first hand.
     
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  20. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Amazing. I had no idea the shortage situation was that bad. What part of the country are you in? At my local Apple Store, they have plenty of stock; and no more lines for checking out anymore.
     
  21. 617aircav Suspended

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    What kind of person are you to even think of this, instead of getting in line earlier, or better yet just wait till its available.
     
  22. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    castanzarules was obviously joking around about the physical violence, try not to take that part so literally ;)

    Also saying , "why didn't you get in line earlier?", doesn't really help when you have 20 people who basically have a professional job to get/stand in line everyday before everyone else. More often than not they are going to be in line earlier and it's not a realistic expectation for a customer to stand in line even longer than the scalpers just so they can get the product you (Apple) intended for them.

    Wait until it's more available is always an option but really why even launch the ****ing phone in the U.S. first if you are just going to allow scalping/sending off to other countries?
     
  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Yep. Everyone has the same opportunity to line up early. Only difference is how badly one wants it. Someone in line ahead of you? They wanted it more. Want to be first in line tomorrow, go get in line now. :cool:
     
  24. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    I saw one!

    The guy was a white, blonde investment banker who drove up in a BMW about 4 hours before opening.

    I asked him why he was waiting outside the door so early and he said "I gotta buy and flip iPhone 6's, how do you think I can afford this beemer?"
     
  25. DigitalPharmcst macrumors member

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    And this is why I preordered at Radio Shack Day 1 and got my 128GB 6+. I waited in line for the 3G when it launched and I wasn't going to do it again, especially if there were people in line that did that day after day.
     

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