Cult of Mac
Photo by MIC Gadget: http://www.flickr.com/photos/micgadget/5692949614/sizes/z/in/photostream/
Apple’s flagship store in Beijing attracted a massive crowd of customers and scalpers, who started lining up at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Overnight customers were treated well: there was a special waiting room for them to sleep in, and everyone got a wristband, allowing them to leave the line for an hour and return to their place in line.
There was even a special section for scalpers, who set up shop behind a barrier. Here’s the details:
MIC Gadget: “This big yellow board says that this district forbids scalpers to sell stuff to customers… Behind the yellow board, it’s a special zone for scalpers to gather around.”
MIC Gadget: “Scalpers will sell the iPad 2 outside the Apple Store for a markup of just 200-400 yuan ($30-60) For those customers who failed to get one from the store, some of them may buy it from the scalpers.”