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  • Beijing iPhone 4S Launch Soured By Violent Scalpers and Angry Crowds

    Who knew the recipe for the Chinese iPhone 4S launch would be one part angry mob, one part eggs, and two parts scalpers.

    The iPhone 4S launch in China at Apple’s flagship Beijing store quickly turned from a combination of scalpers and genuine buyers waiting patiently in line to an an angry mob when those waiting in line were notified the store opening would be delayed. The delay, caused by the massive number of scalpers in line, resulted in the crowd chanting to open the store before eventually tossing eggs at the store facade.

    The Beijing SWAT team even arrived to break up reported fights between gangs of scalpers. The delay eventually turned into an outright cancellation of the launch at the Beijing Apple Store. Other Chinese stores reported no such violence, and China Unicom officials sent out texts reminding buyers they could order their phones online for home delivery.

    It appears the battle to prevent teams of scalpers working together to purchase massive amounts of available stock to create an artificial demand resulted in no phones for anybody at Beijing's flagship Apple Store. Hopefully tomorrow the doors open to a more civil crowd devoid of scalpers.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Beijing iPhone 4S Launch Soured By Violent Scalpers and Angry Crowds started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Why does a parrot shake its head??

      The head shaking could be one of two things. Your mealy is either responding to a reinforcing cue from you - or she’s mimicking you because she understands the concept of her head in relation to yours, which would be an exciting development indeed.
    1. JordanV's Avatar
      JordanV -
      Haha! I was there!!!!! Never see something like this in Beijing before!!!!
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by greeneyes5066 View Post
      Ccc27 Wish I could have sexy parrot on all my text entries. ;-)
      There's a app for that lmao
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      All of this just so they can talk to Siri.
    1. Alluziion's Avatar
      Alluziion -
      So it seems that instead of artificially raising demand for the phones, all these scalpers managed to do was artificially raise demand for eggs?
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      WTF! this is crazy, over a phone??? It goes to show you that there are loonies everywhere. I would honestly feel like an idiot if I pulled a stunt like this over a phone. Looks like China has some true Apple fans lol