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Report: Samsung paid 500 fake fans to attend Chinese press event for the launch of its new flagship phones

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Report: Samsung paid 500 fake fans to attend Chinese press event for the launch of its new flagship phones
According to a report out of Shanghai, Samsung paid 500 people to pretend to be Samsung fans at a press conference held Friday in China to show off the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The 500 fake fans represented half of the 1000 who attended the event. According to someone who recruited "fans" for the manufacturer, Samsung was seeking people under 30 who looked like students. They were each paid the equivalent of $4.80 USD once they stuck it out at the event for at least an hour. The recruiters received the equivalent of $3.20 USD for each person they got to attend.

The phoney fans were told to tell the press that they attended the event because they were Samsung fans or because they were interested in Sammy's new phones. Yet, half of the people at the event were taking pictures of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge with an Apple iPhone. One attendee said that she answered an ad on WeChat, an IM app in China. She earned the equivalent of $8.14 USD for staying more than 15 minutes at the media event. Every hired person had to post their picture, name and phone number on WeChat. They also had to "like" the Samsung Galaxy Baidu page.

Samsung might feel pressured to rebuild its market share in the country. The iPhone earned a market share of 27.6% in China between December and February, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The most popular phones in China during that time period were the Apple iPhone 6 (with a 10.2% market share) followed by the Xiaomi Redmi and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Thanks for the tip!

source: WantChinaTimes

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posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:13 27

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


ROFL.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:36 37

12. Kumar123 (Posts: 890; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


This is pathetic. Samsung You ought to be ashamed!. Now that they can't win against Apple they resort to cheap trick like this. Shame on you Samsung.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:40 27

18. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I'm not sure if this is true? Now a days everyone can just make up story not that I'm defending samsung, still there's a billion of people in China and if it's just a thousand people attend the event most likely they don't need to pay for those, I'm mean come on at least pay 10k people for the event to be notice.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 01:00 29

31. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Sammy has a very long history with this alike.

Koreans say so beautifully: "Shamelessness and pridelessness are Sammy's greatest strengths"

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 07:58

219. Scorpion67 (unregistered)


“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”
"Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal"
"When i want to come up with an original idea i get out my tracing paper" ~Steve Jobs

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 09:37 4

113. aryanfr1 (Posts: 121; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Its may or may not be be true as, any manufacture does that even apple.They pay the reviews guys money and websites for their product and buy fake fans.In the case of China I somewhat believe untrue as China is crazy place and 500 people as fake fan does not seems to be that perfectly synced as if samy want, it can buy 50000 fans and aslo its the game of tarnishing Sammy image.The people eaisly point out that its done against apple but actually samsung main rivals are cheap Chinese Android vendor not apple and the apple fans will buy apple regardless how much good or dumb there phone is. Ferrari does with their cars, Intel does with there processor.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 14:44

210. muadibe (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Apple doesn't pay fake fans. Stop spouting nonsense to defend a shameless practice.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 19:49

214. Paximos (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


aPole is god

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:49 30

23. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1225; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


That explains papasmurf is missing recently, wonder how much he's received

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:54 8

27. Kumar123 (Posts: 890; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


LMAO. +1

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:58 19

29. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


Probably watching Samsung hardcore in their Samsung phones with Supercrap(a.k.a. SuperNova)

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 04:52 7

85. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


And for your nice attempt of trolling Samsung, you win a ban for 1 week. Go out to get some fresh air, sleep well, eat well, and watch some halerm shake videos on youtube to reduce your anger on Samsung. LoL

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 07:17 11

98. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Maybe you should take that advise for yourself.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 02:22 3

58. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Almost forgot papasmurf. He's probably thinking a way to this kind of article.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 13:21 1

137. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


phonearena is not stupid they know articles life this will start wars but since the gs6 can't out nut many people on the site or articles. Plus you got to keep your apple sponsorship and apple fans happy

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 01:30 10

41. KENTOZ (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


Samdul also admits dirty tricks in Taiwan

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 01:46 7

48. Cicero (Posts: 889; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Yep! This iphone owners are so cheap that they want to earn around $5 spending one hour watching Sammy presentation. This os the social status of iphone owners? LOL

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 02:00 6

52. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Now that u mentioned it that seems indeed to me fishy. You own an iPhone yet accept a few dollars just for this gimmick? Haha

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 02:56 8

61. Tanujtiwari (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


JUST CLICKED THIS ARTICLE TO SEE THE COMMENTS!

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:09 7

66. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


This type of article is the best place for the haters to speak up coz I cant see them at articles/reviews praising s6 and s6 edge, new technologies/innovations that their beloved companies will never achieve, camera comparisons, preorders and status of company's stocks haha

so Go and Enjoy the article !!! :)

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 08:08 3

99. imran86 (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


You mean there aren't at least 500 Samsung fans in a city of 15 million population. I bet they can gather 50 thousand if it's an open invitation.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 13:13 2

136. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


Why didn't they just do what apple does have employees that clap or thay are fired. It's not much money but easier.
But this sites sound like a fake story no one under the age 30 will stand around to promote anything for $5. Unless yet really are fans if the and just got $5 for ding what they wanted to anyways

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 18:26 2

188. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


No worse than the apes they pay to post on this site...

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:32 1

72. Gadgetex (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


That is funny lol.. Them Korean love face here in Asia. Do not want to lose face in China to the Chinese or in Asia to the locals. Most Chinese are iPhone fans now.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:13 1

2. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Wow. 5char.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:13 8

3. isaias (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Wahahaha! Very funny...

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:18 26

4. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


and they was paid by apple to say they was paid by samsung

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:33 3

9. Boybawang (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


"WERE"

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 15:52 2

164. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


See, I always want to correct people like that too, but then I realize there's a good chance they're from a foreign country and don't know perfect english grammar.

Then I put myself in their shoes and realize that I wouldn't even know where to begin were I commenting on a Chinese or Indian site. I typically let them slide.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:18 15

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Well that's embarrassing.

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