Chinese Apple fans, your iPhone 6 might have been smuggled in a twinkie box!

Chinese Apple fans, your iPhone 6 might have been smuggled in a twinkie box!
If you thought the black market for new iPhones in America is crazy, check out what's happening in China. As the government is yet to approve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for an official launch, scalpers keep steep prices for Apple's latest phones. The iPhone 6 is said to be running for the equivalent of $1900, while the iPhone 6 Plus is being sold for as much as the equivalent of $3250. Reportedly, the most popular color choices - Gold and Space Grey - command a steady $500 premium.

Scalpers from China and other areas where the new iPhone is not yet available flocked iPhone 6 launches over the world, with more than a dozen members of two rival import rings breaking into a fight over the limited supply at a Connecticut Apple Store. The markup smugglers get on successful re-sales can be upwards of 300%.

Chinese iPhones smugglers have to be especially creative to get their valuable stock past the heavy-handed customs. Their latest trick is to import phones in what's basically Chinese Twinkie boxes, removing the knock-off golden sponge cakes and putting iPhones inside. So if you scored an iPhone in China before the official launch, this could explain the odd sweet smell emanating from it. Additionally, smugglers have used coffee tins, toothpaste boxes, and just about anything unconspicuous and spacey enough to get an iPhone through customs. 

Recently, Hong Kong customs officers managed to stop a batch of 138 iPhone 6 units heading to mainland China. They were put on display as a warning towards smugglers - check the gallery below.

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

It looks like there's too dumb people to spend $1900 for an iPhone 6.

2. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Busted!

3. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

If you're dumb enought to spend that much on a phone, I've got a bridge to sell you. And what happens to the confiscated ones? I'm guessing that instead of breaking them up with fire axes, they go to some high-ranking officials.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LMAO so now the Chinese people will be eating Apple's instead of twinkies?

5. krypticsoul

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 18, 2009

Where's the CREAM filling?

6. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Dem Chinese. Good at smuggling ;)

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