So many scalpers!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by campingsk8er, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

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    Okay, to be fair, I don't know these people and they could very well be nice people who just want the newest iPhone. BUT anyway, I'm currently waiting in line at the Park City Store, I'm 7th in line (which is the furtherest back I've ever been for an Apple Product Launch in the past five years, stupid school.). Well, I wish I was joking but literally the next 40 people in line are all Asian, and they came from 8 cars that all pulled in together. I wish their was a way Apple could prevent this.
     
  2. ross1998, Sep 24, 2015
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    But seriously there is no way Apple can catch scalpers. Maybe one day there will be enough iPhones on launch day that it won't be worth for the scalpers to resell
     
  3. iTinker macrumors newbie

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    Do you think they are all just going to buy the T-Mobile phone? Seems like that's the only one they could "scalp".
     
  4. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    Who cares, you will get what you want. But I agree, wish there was a way to stop this.
     
  5. coffeemadmanUK macrumors 6502a

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    To be honest it was exactly the same at Covent Garden this morning. I've never really "noticed" race (especially being in London) but there was a definite racial majority.

    Oh well. It's not something anyone can stop. I took happiness in knowing I was at least in the pre-order queue and had a guaranteed iPhone.
     
  6. supertomtom macrumors 6502

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    Damn Asians? You mean damn scalpers. Many scalpers are Asians yes, but not all Asians are scalpers...
     
  7. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    To be honest I wasn't paying a lot of attention to the walk in line at Kingston earlier. I remember seeing 1 Chinese lady but she didn't look like a scalper. There were some white people, I think one man was eastern Europen and a few Indian/Asian men. The guy behind me in the reservation line had reserved 4 iPhones but they told him he could only have 2. In store I remember seeing a few Asian men but they looked like genuine buyers. They were only buying one or two phones.
     
  8. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

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    eBay does not show a huge premium. There are a ton of 6s+ on there $100 over MSRP. They aren't making money on them.

    The S series phones usually have plenty of stock.
     
  9. starbryte macrumors newbie

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    What if Apple may put a 1 phone per order in effect to keep it fair?
    Unless they see you're part of a family plan(?)
     
  10. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    Then get in line before them and quit crying about it. You're not entitled to an iPhone first just because you're from the area.
     
  11. zzoomp09 macrumors 6502

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    I'm waiting for Short Hills Mall Apple Store to open up the line, Mall Security says they'll allow people to line up at 630am, and I just had conversation with some people, who are scalpers.

    I figured out they are because they were asking me about the specs I'm getting, and then where am I selling it. When I told them I'm not selling it, they were befuddled at why am I keeping it, and blurted out, "you must love Apple".

    Well, it's people like me that you have a market for. But anyway, I have a reservation so I should be good.
     
  12. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    All phone sales should be tied to an account that would require full contract payoff for early termination. Make the pain so high for these scum the market goes away.
     
  13. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    I could be wrong, but I think that there are a lot more iPhones ready than Apple will ever let be known. I am sure that there is tremendous demand but they have this down to a science by now. If I was a betting man I would say that they don't have an abundance just sitting there, but an allotted amount is sent out weekly/monthly or whatever instead of flooding the market on launch day. The "shortage" rumors we always hear is a marketing tactic (I have a business management studies degree and working on a masters in acquisition and supply chain management, so this is an educated guess not conspiracy theory lol) that is used to maintain the appearance of high demand and to do things like form lines across the world that gives them free press out the wahzoo
     
  14. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

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    Does it look like he's crying it about it? If anything, you look like you're crying a bit.
     
  15. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

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    Or not. Some of us like to buy our phones at full price.
     
  16. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    maybe make it to where you can only buy them full price if they are connected to an existing account? and/or you could limit the full price iPhones to one per CASH purchase and require a card afterwards? I dunno, just brainstorming here.
     
  17. Cyberguycpt macrumors 6502

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    What they should do is sale the unlocked phone at launch but make the Tmobile phone only purchasable with a Tmobile account like with all the other carriers. It's not fair our phone runs out fast because it has become the default phone to buy if you can't get it with the other three major carriers on contract.
     
  18. DoofenshmirtzEI macrumors 6502a

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    I have a feeling a lot of those scalpers are going to be very disappointed in the premium they get for their phone. The only exception being those that are shipping to Asia. Asia has over half the world's population, and increasing percentage of which are able to afford luxury goods like iphones, and they're not getting their "fair share" of phones to meet their demand. Ergo, scalpers. First day launch in China should help a lot, but there's still a lot of the Asian population being left out.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Do not know how they get by with it but have seen people with a bag full of iPhones so Apple will sell many to one person sometimes.
     
  20. Jumpie macrumors 6502a

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    I'm 5th in line at the store and all I can hear is people seeing how much the phones are selling for on eBay. Jeez!
     
  21. DoofenshmirtzEI macrumors 6502a

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    Won't help. All you need is someone with an existing account who doesn't want an iphone to front for you.

    Do they even accept cash? There was a kerfuffle a few years back about them not taking cash. But still won't help. Whatever qualifications you throw up, there will be way more people who meet those qualifications than genuinely want to buy an iphone. The only way to stop scalping is to meet demand.
     
  22. Shanghaichica, Sep 25, 2015
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    Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    Yeah they do apparently. When I paid for my phone this morning they asked me if I was paying by card or cash. Obviously I paid by card. I would never carry that amount of cash on me. I saw someone else with a wad of cash in the store paying.
     
  23. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    If remember correctly either last year or the year before macrumors posted a pic of a buncha cash and an asian guy buying lots of iPhones.
     
  24. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

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    Well I actually have service with T-Mobile lol so that wouldn't work for me either. I have T-Mobile and buy at full price.
     

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