Enterprising minds smuggle iPhone 6 units to sell in China

Enterprising minds smuggle iPhone 6 units to sell in China
As we've heard a few times already – Apple is having trouble with bringing its newest smartphone units to markets in China. The exact cause of the delays has not been officially stated, though rumors point towards certification hiccups. China was supposed to be one of the countries to receive the iPhone 6 today, according to data that was on the Apple website, however, it quickly and mysteriously disappeared from the list in an overnight edit.

Resourceful minds can always sniff out profit, though. Reuters reports of numerous people finding different ways to smuggle iPhones from Japan, Australia, and Singapore to sell them at an insane price, no doubt. One such individual is Justin Leung, a financial planner from Hong Kong, who sent money to friends of his in Japan and gave them the task to obtain 35 iPhone 6 units, though, unfortunately for Justin, they only managed to get a hold of 25.

Chinese buyers are also in Tokyo, looking to obtain as many smartphones as they can. Reuters did not name them, though.

In Singapore, young people can actually make a fast a buck on lining up for an iPhone. Clarence Chen, 18, confirmed that he and at least a dozen of his friends will make a profit of around $150 each for leaving the Apple store with an iPhone 6 in hand and passing it over to a dealer; though, he refused to name his "boss". Another chinese man can be found in the queue here, who says he's planning to buy 2 phones and resell them for a $300 profit.

We can only shudder at the thought of how much these smuggled units are going to end up costing once they reach their final destination. After all, as we know, the iPhone is not exactly cheap in China. Adding all the expenses it's going to cost for smugglers to get it in, and the fact that it's going to be a rare commodity for the time being, means that it's probably going to cost a little more than an arm and a leg.

source: Reuters

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1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Chaching!!! :)

2. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

4 times the retail price... $$$

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Smuggle them to the place where they are made. Hmm.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Literally thought of that five months ago.

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

How do those buyers know they aren't just getting a very well made clone/knock-off. Shelling out that much in cash to some guy on the street who won't be there tomorrow.

6. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

That's the problem...too many people want to be the few who own something first, so they can show off and feel that their nose can actually bend upwards the reach their foreheads when holding an iphone 6 among their peers or friends...

8. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

LOOLL!! That description is funny, but unfortunately true!

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2392; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Those who spent some odd-several thousands worth of cash to get the device first are going to feel really stupid in a few weeks when they just see a bunch of the same ones sitting there in some class case cabinet lined up in multiples, at typical MSRP price, that they could have bought 3-4 times over. Or even got imported to their country for multiple times less once the initial demand subsides and the stock replenishes. Those wacky iHeads.

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

'Enterprising minds' smuggle poor phones to sell to poor people (I would add more about the country, but I'll hold that back)

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