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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: 741; 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: 1230; 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 (limited) (Posts: 1133; 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: 741; 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: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Maybe you should take that advise for yourself.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 02:22 3

58. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; 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: 870; 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: 79; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


JUST CLICKED THIS ARTICLE TO SEE THE COMMENTS!

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:09 7

66. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 794; 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: 90; 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: 105; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


"WERE"

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 15:52 2

164. Commentator (Posts: 3684; 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.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:25 26

6. Zylam (Posts: 754; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


LOLOLOL typical Samsung. Wow the S6 is a total disaster for the fanbois. Everything they made fun of in the iPhone, the S6 is like a compilation of that list.

Scratchgate, bendgate, no removable battery, no SD card slot.. It's getting worse for them everyday.

The Nexus series and the Chinese Oem beasts are the best line of Android phones, Samsung needs to get things together and stop with all the copying and useless pr tricks.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:38 6

15. Busyboy (Posts: 553; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Agreed. Honestly, I'm not very optimistic about 2015 in terms of smartphones. So far, all the flagships have been a let down IMO

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 01:05 7

33. Nathillien (Posts: 210; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


LOL - try harder

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 01:12 2

37. hohoho (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


"The Nexus series and the Chinese Oem beasts are the best line of Android phones, "

lmao HURRR!

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:05 12

64. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 794; Member since: 11 May 2013)


LoL typical sammy hater who are pretty butthurt lately for the huge appreciation being received by the s6 and s6 edge..

Getting worse for them everyday huh? And every review being released every day have been excellent, let alone the rise in company stocks

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 08:17 4

100. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Have you taken a look at Samsung's own ads? The comment section is littered with Samsung fans displeased with the direction it took. No removable battery, no SD cards, waterproofing gone, higher price. This will either spike an increase in S5s or we will witness a defection.

John B.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 09:10 4

110. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


A bunch of people complaining in the comments section do not make the whole of Samsung fans or even the general public who are going to shell out cash to buy the S6/S6 Edge. Surely you know this.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 11:18 2

126. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


So what you are saying, is that those that applauded the new phones cannot be taken seriously as well? Considering this is an ad constructed by Samsung, how many of the positive comments are fabricated? Many of the initial positives only, were answered by Samsung. The negatives were ignored. Now it appears the positive are ignored as well. Polls and comments can be used as a gauge for real time interests. You simply can't poll every single person in this world. With more than 50% of the comments striking a jab at the exclusion of such options, we can apply it to what may conclude a fair analysis of reasonable presumption. But, surely you must know this already.

John B.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 11:40 4

129. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I'm saying exactly what I've already said. Out of the millions of people who buy Samsung products, those comments don't even scratch the surface of what Samsung fans or the public thinks. Positive or otherwise.

But surely you must know this. We'll let the actual sales tell the tale.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 12:01 2

134. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm sure the phone will sell well. But, usually 1 displeased customer will go out of their way to tell 10 of their friends about a product that has done them wrong. Generally not the case with those that are pleased. As a Samung owner for the last three phones, I am one of those that is going out of my way to inform people of the direction I oppose. I feel i'm in good company. I'm sorry if we are not in agreement.

John B.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 16:04 2

170. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Why don't you let people decide for themselves what they want, instead of trying to sway their opinion? And why not simply vote with your dollars?

On a side note, you do realize that the S6 Active takes care of whatever concerns you may have right? Samsung is merely trying to go after the widest audience possible. There's nothing wrong with that approach.

Don't be sorry that we're not in agreement. It happens. No worries.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 09:01

209. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


That and the s5 got him coved as adding the battery and sd card reader slowed the phone down and makes it look. Like crap , also this blog post as been turned down by samsung a crap and made up

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:07 13

65. archit6371 (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Nov 2014)


Ohh dude.. iPhone at this moment is a piece of s**t in front of s6 edge.. Everything in the s6 is a generation ahead..display, design, storage tech, camera, build quality and most of all atleast some features apart from just apps & apps.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 10:23 2

121. Sauce5 (unregistered)


Are you one of the payed people in this article? LOL.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 18:45 1

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


Yet, Apple is making money and Samsung is struggling.

Not an Apple guy myself, have an iPad2 only, but I laugh at all the Hippos around here that were tossing mud at iPhones on this site over the years, but now they get to ride in the Poser Boat.

Of course, Samsung was throwing rocks, too. Now they just pay people to be Herberts and troll tech sites and show up at release sales.

Classy.

China's already wrecked their game...

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 18:55 2

194. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


To say Samsung is struggling is a bit of a stretch.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:20 2

70. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


I don't think using inferior, cheap parts would make Chinese OEMs the best.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 05:58 3

92. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


Have you been living in a box? The S6 has received very positive reviews on pretty much every tech site (I haven't actually seen a negative review about it).

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 08:19 2

101. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Really? Check out Samsung's own ads. The comment section will surely show displeasure by more than half the comments. Reading tech sites only gives partial reality.

John B.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 11:42 4

131. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1926; Member since: 29 May 2014)


As does reading comments on Samsung ads.

Bobby D.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 13:25 2

138. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


You do know Samsung well be releasing a active s6 with sd and battery that's removable and Chinese phone suck because they just copy and put out no optimization or new tech

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 18:36

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


Preach...

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:27 27

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


That is the stupidest article i have ever wasted my time on reading it. Are you telling me that in Shanghai, Samsung does not have 1000 fans that they had to pay 500 people to show up? Phonearena, you've really Outstupidly outdone yourself this time. I guess Samsung will be paying people to buy their S6 and S6 Edge too???

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 02:00 2

54. NFSHesham (Posts: 269; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


They paid those 500 not just for attending, but for sshowing off the S6 and the S6 Edge

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 09:41

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


hahaha Paximos you seem to a logical guy.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:30 14

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


Waiting for SuperNova......

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:36 3

13. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


+1. I'm about to comment that. Hahaha.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:39 9

16. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


He's gonna say:

"Hey, at least Sammy has lots of money to pay 500 fake fans! Can Sony do that? Sammy is the best! I love you Sammy!".

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 00:42 2

19. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Close enough though for sure he'll think of a long reply for this.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 04:38 15

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


LoL, I like it when you guys seem to be delighted with this baseless article. First of all, there is not enough evidence for that article to be a truthful one. According to Phonearena, Watchchinatimes claimed this was from a Shanghai-base news Paper which is nowhere to be seen. If you have enough thought, why would Samsung need fans while releasing Find me other source with solid proof, photo of those paid people then I would accept this defeat.

I know right? Every illusive stories about Samsung tend to catch your eyes and encourages your trolling to a new level. Your group of purely haters didn't even get through the whole paragraphs, but you guys were trying your best to be the first to spread your lame and mocking comments here. Interesting though!

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