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Thread: Chinese iPhone Supplier Caught Using Housewives to Smuggle iOS Devices

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    Default Chinese iPhone Supplier Caught Using Housewives to Smuggle iOS Devices


    One of China’s largest iOS device suppliers, Lanyou Shuma, was recently tried in court for evading taxes by smuggling iPhones into the country. It was discovered that over the past two years, Lanyou Shuma managed to smuggle over $80 million worth of iPhones into China. The most interesting part of it all is that they did all this by having what looked like typical housewives smuggle them into Hong Kong.

    The smugglers were typically described as housewives who frequently travel to Hong Kong. They were supposedly paid roughly 20 to 30 yuan in commission for each iPhone the brought back to the mainland. The devices were typically hidden under clothing or strapped to the woman in a way that would conceal them while on the flight. The main reason suppliers like Lanyou Shuma smuggled iPhones into the country in the first place was to avoid import and other kinds of taxes that they would otherwise have to pay on merchandise. As of right now, a total of 26 defendants were arrested on charges of smuggling phones into the country. It hasn’t yet been confirmed if all of them worked for the same supplier though.

    The Chinese government started taking the import and export of devices like the iPhone and iPad more seriously over the last few years. The government has gone as far as even taxing individuals who have iPads and iPhones imported for personal use as opposed to business.

    Source: Reuters, Image via NDDaily

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    Dude is smart as hell sucks he got caught

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    So, we smuggles drugs into our country, they smuggle gadgets into theirs... Nice. SMH

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    Desperate housewives for sure.

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    So thats why they keep making them smaller! And why would you need to smuggle something in thats made there in the first place? One thing the story didn't tell us is exactly how much tax is on an iPhone in China? Aren't they the worlds largest user of iPhones?

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    Taxes for owning a iOS device? LMAO....

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    @fatalcrixer: he was talking about import taxes.
    @luvmytj: I believe that regardless of that the phone is still considered an import of goods with a high import tax, reason why such a huge black market exists in China and Latin America

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    Where exactly were they strapped to the smugglers? Don't think I'd want to put one of those iPhones against my ear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
    Desperate housewives for sure.
    Lol

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    wait isn't 30 yuan like $4.81 usd per iDevice, lol he is smart to get them to do it for less then the taxes we actually pay for our iDevices in the US, the taxes on my new iPad mini was like 20 something dollars.

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