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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 Appleís 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. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Lmao, and all this for an iPhone.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      LMAO, another crazy crowd over iphone 4s. I am glad i don't live in China.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      iPhone will start a new war in China.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Store was supposed to open by 7. At 715 it was still closed and the chanting started calling them liars and other things.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Why did they have eggs with them in the first place?!?!

      Anybody else wonder this or was it just me!

      ....I've got my wallet aaaaand...got my eggs; k, I'm good to go...
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Its a chinese rule:

      Always carry eggs with you in case of energency lol
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Its a chinese rule:

      Always carry eggs with you in case of energency lol
      You never know when you might need to make an omelet...STAT!
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      ohh the drama over a phone
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Exactly...who happens to have eggs with them at an Apple store opening?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Why did they have eggs with them in the first place?!?!

      Anybody else wonder this or was it just me!

      ....I've got my wallet aaaaand...got my eggs; k, I'm good to go...
      Lol that is funny. I didn't even think about htat. Think I may start brining eggs with me to every opening.
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      perhaps after announcing the store will not open as originally stated at 7am, some people who waited for hours... walked to the store and purchased eggs.. threw the eggs to show there disapproval?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      sorry for changing the subject for just a moment but what exactly does the sexy parrot emoticon supposed to convey?

      just wondering! thanks!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      A parrot moving its head
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      A parrot moving its head
      Sexily.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Sexily.
      A sexy parrot sexily moving its head. Is that better? Lol
    1. DQEight's Avatar
      DQEight -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      sorry for changing the subject for just a moment but what exactly does the sexy parrot emoticon supposed to convey?

      just wondering! thanks!
      You have to actually go on the website to see it as the app dosent display them.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      A sexy parrot sexily moving its head. Is that better? Lol
    1. ccc27's Avatar
      ccc27 -
      i thought it was some blob doing some dance, not a "sexy parrot sexily moving its head". haha! lol
    1. greeneyes5066's Avatar
      greeneyes5066 -
      Ccc27 needs glasses. I heart sexy parrot and eggs. They just go together. Wish I could have sexy parrot on all my text entries. ;-)
    1. alcala315's Avatar
      alcala315 -
      There was egg scalpers ready to sell premium tossing eggs