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Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

The latest Apple iPhone is due to hit shops Sept 25, but counterfeits are already on sale behind closed doors in southern China.

The shops inside a bustling technology mall in the southern Shenzhen city do not openly display fake iPhone 6S at their counters.

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch
Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

But at one mobile phone stall, the sellers went to their inventory to fetch two fake iPhone 6S’s when Reuters reporters requested them on Sept 21. The trip to fetch them took about half an hour.

Priced at 580 yuan (RM395), a tenth of the price of a real phone at 6,088 yuan (RM4,145), the gold phone appears authentic, complete with the letter “s” engraved on the back.

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The sellers said it runs on the Android system even though its display appears similar to iOS.

But it is slow for a new phone and the photos it takes appear fuzzy.

The sellers also described their sales as mediocre, having sold fewer than 100 units since they arrived less than a week ago.

Some Chinese consumers, such as 22-year-old Zheng Zhuangjian who works as a wholeseller of Apple products and is using an iPhone 6, said they would not buy counterfeits.

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch
Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

“I think if some people are short on money and want a 6S, then maybe they’ll consider buying a fake phone. After all its appearance is 99.9% similar to a 6s. So it depends on the buyers. But I won’t buy it. If you support fake goods, it means you’re hurting the real ones,” Zheng said.

Outside the mall, over 30 stores along a one-kilometre stretch of shops carry Apple’s giant white logo. But Apple only has one official store in Shenzhen and five authorised dealers in that shopping area.

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With signs that read “authorised Apple resellers”, some of these stores resemble Apple’s signature white outlets, with clerks wearing blue uniforms and wooden tables displaying an array of Apple product dummies from the iPad to the iWatch.

A local resident, 40-year-old Mark Li, said the Apple logo still draws the younger crowds.

“Many people, especially people in their 20s and 30s, really like Apple. The Apple logo attracts them. When they see a shop sells Apple (products), they will go inside the shop, and if they don’t sell Apple maybe they won’t go inside. Even if the shop doesn’t sell real Apple products, they think getting a pirated or refurbished one is not bad either. They think they have face (status). Face is very important for many people,” Li said.

 

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch
Fake iPhone 6s Sold In China Before Official Launch

Store clerks and phone vendors say these shops often resell genuine iPhones, sourced from official channels in China and overseas markets like Hong Kong and the United States, to consumers who can’t wait for weeks for their new gadgets to arrive.

Several shops charge almost double the official price tag for consumers who want to get the latest iPhone models as early as this Friday (Sept 25).

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