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Scalpers Spur Apple To Require Reservations For iPhone 119

Posted by timothy
from the cash-on-the-table dept.
thana103 writes "Apple is attempting to block scalpers by instituting new restrictions preventing walk-in sales of the iPhone at Apple Stores in China. Customers must first reserve an iPhone on Apple's website before visiting an Apple Retail Store to complete the purchase."
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Scalpers Spur Apple To Require Reservations For iPhone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 10, 2010 @10:27AM (#33852092)
    China has had "scalpers" before the USA (or the UK for that matter) was even founded.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 10, 2010 @11:33AM (#33852546)

    You're right... in the long term.

    However, looking short term, iPhone4 supply is being overwhelmed by enormous demand from China, Korea, and other Asian countries. Enough opportunities for scalpers.

    I live in Korea, so I know that -- over 300k units have been supplied to Korea alone in September. After China joined in the fray, Korea too is suffering from lack of supply -- there are more than 150k unfulfilled reservations right now. You can bet there are people willing (more like desperate) to pay 20-30 % mark-up for one "right now". Problem is there are not too many people willing to offer their precious iPhones even at such a mark-up since KT (the mobile provider) has placed a strict one-reservation-per-person policy. (now relaxed to 3-reservations-per-person)

  • by uglyduckling (103926) on Sunday October 10, 2010 @12:02PM (#33852754) Homepage
    Have you actually seen an iPhone 4? It absolutely does have a raised exterior ridge, and is actually less prone to scratching than the previous designs where the thickness was greatest at the centre. AFAIK, the issue with the glass cracking/shattering seems to do with a sharp object (like a small stone) getting between the iPhone and a case, and scoring the glass just as a glass cutter does.
  • Re:Ya, right (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dogtanian (588974) on Sunday October 10, 2010 @12:27PM (#33852938) Homepage

    As if people in China can really afford a real iphone to begin with, they just buy a knock off. Only the snobs in China care about buying a "real" iphone.

    You might find this article [mir.com.my] of interest. It's a few years old, but the basic story is that Nikon sell a low-end, mediocre-quality camera made by Cosina under their own name to developing markets like China because people there want to own a leading brand like Nikon, regardless of the actual quality of the camera. (As the article states, the Centon camera- which was intended for expert to the West- was a higher quality device).

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