Video appears to show Apple iPhone purchases made for black market sales in China

Video appears to show Apple iPhone purchases made for black market sales in China
You might remember the name of Casey Neistat. He is the filmmaker whose documentary of the lines for the Apple iPhone 5s launch was taken off YouTube by Apple. The Cupertino company edited the video, removed Neistat's name from the credits, and showed the revamped video to customer service reps at a motivational rally. Nokia, upon learning about this, presented Neistat with a free Nokia Lumia 1020.

Neistat is back in the news after filming the lines that gathered around various Apple Stores in the Big Apple, in preparation for the launch of the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Neistat's new film reveals his theory that the Chinese Mafia is placing elderly Chinese line sitters at the front of the lines to buy iPhones to ship back to China. Unlike last year, China was not included in the initial launch of of the new models on Friday. Apparently, regulators in the country have not yet finished their jobs. Regardless, there is a big black market developing for the iPhone this year in the country.

As Neistat's film shows, a large number of older Asians were waiting on the line, some for more than two days. And instead of the excitement that you used to see amongst those waiting for the next iteration of the iPhone, these people act as though it is a job they are doing. Neistart employed a translator who was told by some of the Asians on the line, that they were buying the phone for themselves or loved ones. But they weren't convincing.

Around midnight, New York's Finest told those on line that they had to sit up since sleeping is not allowed on the sidewalk. The cops weren't exactly the friendly sort, with one asking those in line if they had ever heard of soap. "You f-----g stink," growled one policeman. And you wonder why New York City cops have a reputation for being unfriendly. But we digress.

Returning to the high probability that many on line outside Apple Stores were purchasing iPhone models to be smuggled into China, Neistat noticed that most of the Asians who purchased a phone after waiting on line, would immediately turn around and hand off the purchase to what could only be described as shady looking characters. These guys peeled off hundred dollar bills from a thick wad of cash, to pay off those who waited on line for them.

We wonder if Apple will once again be hijacking Neistat's work for its own purposes.



source: CaseyNeistat via TheVerge

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24 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

This is why you don't buy iphones there.

4. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Apple needs to stop behaiving like a jerk. Im not a fan of apple. Not because of their hardware, but because of their arrogant attitude and how they act. Apples attitude stinks, maybe they need the soap

10. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Apple don't do anything bad. Only the these Chinese people who selling the phone they buy in a higher price.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

This guy Casey is becoming known, Apple should "HIRE" him, instead of stealing from him. O.o

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"You people ever heard of soap? You furking stink." Either that cop is so f*cking mean or he desperately hates Apple and people who want an iPhone. Or both. Like really, what the heII is that attitude? He's such an @$$hole. Anyway, being in line is a pain. My friend pre-ordered his iPhone 6 through T-mobile and he got it yesterday. No hassle. xD

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

watch ur mouth hurry or ill put the soap in your mouth

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Haha.

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's called NY attitude, you weren't born and raised there, you don't know what it's like.

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I'm glad I don't live there.

5. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

The same thing happened in Apple Stores in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Since Apple can't sell their phones yet in China, resellers can earn a lot of money by selling to people in China, so a lot of people buy the phone just to sell it to the resellers.

6. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

that's a lot of BAD breath. poor associates.

7. cybertec69

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Idiots and their $ part so easily, this is 2014, no reason to sleep on a sidewalk or wait on line, what a waste of the human race.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

u seen the people most of them are illegal aliens,they should check ids

8. seung

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

this is why i dont like some of Chinese

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

it i not just chinese but other poor ppl too.....i live in Pakistan where iphone reach after a month of its launch but i saw iPhone 6 in a guys hand yesterday in local mobile market......there are many country retailers and dealer who are doing this,not just chinese ppl

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Let's face it, humanity is getting worse these days, especially ignorant racism.

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That's because China is the biggest consumer market, just by their sheer size, which is about 5 times as large as the US (the biggest high-end consumer electronic market). There is real demand for this garbage back in their country, and the people reselling it are making anywhere from x2-x4 the profit of the MSRP of the terribly lackluster product. Don't blame them for their ethnicity though, look at it as a result of their circumstances.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I personally don't respect the black market, but they also happen to drive up Apple sales. Look at the amount of people who sees the iPhone as a status symbol in China and you'd know what I mean.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's hilarious. That's great marketing for Apple. Makes their products seem like legal crack so the guy at the end is oh so wrong. Lol

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Last year's Apple Launch day line video from the same guy is arguably even more embarrassing than this somber turn out of resellers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRwcIumf-mI&list=TLLZwygaCD4RtH3NskDhcY04EyI8n-Ujkj People literally can't even explain why they're there or why they even like the product so much to put themselves through such unreasonable and incomprehensible circumstances.

19. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I really don't get it one bit, I almost tripped over the queue forming on Thursday 18/09/2014 as you forget these things now happen. But on Friday the news was "saturated" with this non-event, people are leaving stores with 2 iPhone hands raised as if they had just completed their first marathon The specs or lack of them, as NFC is only incorporated for Apple pay After a 2 year contract with the iPhone5 you upgrade to the iPhone6http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-6,Apple-iPhone-5/phones/8346,7378 That is what I don't get when you see the specs side by side this is the phone, which cost a lot more and is the upgrade I did not read the full article and missed its mention so replayed it time and time again, in shock that a policeman spoke those words To expand on your last paragraph even if they could explain, it would not make any sense, Apple Pay is NOT technology and as Apple will be paid 15c per transaction and NFC serves no other purpose even between iPhones well Apple are simply reselling the same device over and over again, do they have access to a phone comparison website

20. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Singapore, Hong Kong and I think japan also have same situation. People lining up early just to get their iPhone then selling them right away outside the store.

23. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

not bad if you think about it, you bring a friend, buy 4 phones and resell them immediately for 200 profit each that's 800 dollars, a free iphone for spending one night in front of the store is a pretty good deal

24. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lololol arrested trying to buy an iPhone, smh , apple you make me sick

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