Apple warns Hong Kong scalpers not to queue up outside

Thu, Mar 15, 2012


Apple’s new iPad is set to launch in Hong Kong on Friday, and it’d be quite the understatement to say that Apple product launches there go off without a hitch.

Unfortunately, scalpers are a big problem when it comes to Apple products as folks looking to make a quick buck are notorious for trying to pick up as many units of a device as possible, and then re-selling them at inflated prices.

To help combat that phenomenon, Apple in China, in the wake of the iPhone 4S release, instituted a new rule requiring interested buyers to place an order online whereupon they can then come in, flash their ID and order confirmation, and pick up their device.

Further, Apple this week began putting up notices around the IFC Mall – where Apple’s flagship store is located – notifying would be scalpers that they won’t be served on a first come first serve basis.

No staying or queueing up here. Apple will not serve on a first come first serve basis for new iPad. Please refer to Appleā€™s official website for the detailed arrangement.

Still, that hasn’t stopped scalpers from congretaging and queing up anyways.

Next Web theorizes,

However, it is more likely that scalpers will approach customers visiting the store to pickup their preordered iPad and offer them an inflated sum of money in exchange for their new purchase.

via The Next Web


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