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  • Chinese Launch of iPad mini Brings Out The Worst in Scalpers


    On Friday, the iPad mini arrived in orderly fashion for the thriving Apple user base in China. With Apple having required Chinese customers to participate in an online lottery in advance of the iPad mini's arrival, there was no chaos or general retail insanity in China today. But among scalpers... well, that's a different story.

    The popularity of the pint-sized iPad is driving scalpers mad. According to published reports out of China this morning, scalpers are going to great lengths to get their hands on the new tablet.

    On Friday morning, Apple’s Sanlitun store opened to no crowds, but a large group of scalpers was standing a hop and skip from the store entrance collecting iPad Minis from Chinese customers in exchange for cash. Behind them, on a nearby bench, sat tall stacks of the devices.
    The WSJ says that one group of scalpers surrounded a Wall Street Journal reporter on location. Why? The scalpers were allegedly perturbed by what they said was "an invasion of their privacy." But that didn't remedy the matter. "After the reporter pointed out that they were conducting business in a public place," the report reads, the scalpers proceeded "to kick, swat and push him as Apple and mall security stood by."

    As of this writing, it isn't clear what percentage of the Chinese launch inventory of iPad minis went to scalpers. But from the looks of it, these individuals got their hands on more than a few.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chinese Launch of iPad mini Brings Out The Worst in Scalpers started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      People here pulls a gun/knife and rob you of your idevice, so there are things worst than beating a reporter up for sticking their nose to where it do not belong.
    1. TTGSteve's Avatar
      TTGSteve -
      Just think -- all of that for an iPad Mini.
    1. bai's Avatar
      bai -
      算一下大陆和香港差价

      香港2588港币x0.8028汇率x(1+关税y)= 大陆官方价格2498RMB

      解得关税或者增值税y=20%

      增值税到底是啥?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      People here pulls a gun/knife and rob you of your idevice, so there are things worst than beating a reporter up for sticking their nose to where it do not belong.
      I think the consequences for the crimes there are higher than that here so some people avoid that situation.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      That's sad; Never happens here where i live At least.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by bai View Post
      算一下大陆和香港差价

      香港2588港币x0.8028汇率x(1+关税y)= 大陆官方价格2498RMB

      解得关税或者增值税y=20%

      增值税到底是啥?
      What?!?!?!?!

      I'm Chinese/American so I can say that!!! LOL!
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by bai View Post
      算一下大陆和香港差价

      香港2588港币x0.8028汇率x(1+关税y)= 大陆官方价格2498RMB

      解得关税或者增值税y=20%

      增值税到底是啥?
      You make a valid point, but I completely disagree.

      JK no one knows what the heck that means, english dude, english.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by bai View Post
      算一下大陆和香港差价

      香港2588港币x0.8028汇率x(1+关税y)= 大陆官方价格2498RMB

      解得关税或者增值税y=20%

      增值税到底是啥?
      Google Translate:

      "Count on the mainland and Hong Kong, the difference

      2588 Hong Kong dollars in Hong Kong x0.8028 exchange rate x (1 + the tariffs y) = mainland official price 2498RMB

      Solution customs duties or VAT y = 20%

      VAT in the end is what?"


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      I still don't understand what that means. VAT is "Value Added Tax", I believe.