It’s a meaningful day for iPhone fans around the world. Apple’s and have arrived, and despite than previous launches, some die-hard fans have queued as long as 10 days to be among the first to lay their hands on the new phones.
It’s vastly different in China, though, where internet users and local publications have observed queues so short that staff at Apple stores had to remove crowd control barriers. The same has been observed in Hong Kong, reports the South China Morning Post.
That’s not to say the Chinese aren’t excited about Apple’s new gadgets at all. On Twitter-esque platform Weibo, some Chinese internet users say they’d rather wait for the iPhone X, Apple’s anniversary edition which is set to arrive in November.
Others suggest we’re not seeing the usual crowds because it’s so much easier to place an order online now — via Apple’s official website or its official shops on online platforms such as Alibaba’s Tmall, which delivers the phone to your doorstep.
Nevertheless, the lack of enthusiasm is worrying scalpers in China and Hong Kong, who try to cash in on the new phone releases by taking preorders or selling stocks immediately after receiving new devices for profit. In Hong Kong in particular, scalpers may end up with a loss given Apple has tightened return policies there, forbidding exchange and refunds unless the product is defective. One person in Hong Kong who sold two iPhone 8 Plus phones to a Russian trader said he earned only half of what he used to make, according to SCMP. In China, profits are now lesser than 100 yuan (about $15).
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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