“The buzz around the coming launch of a pair of larger-screen iPhones has escalated in China with dozens of sellers on Alibaba’s online marketplace offering preorders for the new device,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Some Chinese online sellers are encouraging customers to place preorders now to secure the new iPhones,” Luk reports. “One seller even teased an unverified ‘exclusive introduction to the iPhone 6’ in English using a template similar to Apple’s official website.”
“More than thirty sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace said they can help purchase the upcoming new iPhone 6 [units] from the U.S. and Hong Kong. But there’s one catch: consumers have to pay a deposit ranging from 500 yuan ($80) to 7,999 yuan ($1288). Earlier this month, four customers paid 4,999 yuan each for an iPhone 6 preorder, according to the historical sales record of one Taobao store,” Luk reports. “While Apple hasn’t announced the timetable and the price for the new iPhones, one Taobao seller claimed that Apple will unveil the new devices around September 20…”
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