How do you kill time as you camp out overnight in a long queue outside an Apple store, hoping to be among the first ones to land an iPhone 6?
Well, how about playing some Mahjong!
This is indeed what some people in Australia did to while away the dark hours as they lined up outside stores Thursday night, ahead of Apple’s launch of its new smartphones on Friday.
In Melbourne, where thousands had camped out at shopping centers, some Chinese were seen playing Mahjong as they waited in a massive queue outside the city’s Apple Store in Chadstone, according to Weibo posts uploaded by Chinese netizens in Australia.
Setting up a Mahjong game requires quite a bit of preparation as one needs to bring a table and a set of tiles, so it’s not usually associated with outdoor activity. But that didn’t deter the shoppers, and their efforts ultimately helped them turn the boring waiting in the queue into a group activity of fun.
As mainland China, the third largest market for Apple, has been excluded from the initial round of iPhone 6 sales, it has given rise to a huge grey market. Chinese all over the world are rushing to buy the latest models and send them back to China, hoping to make a quick buck.
In Hong Kong, the price of a new iPhone 6 that is equipped with 16GB storage is expected to fetch about HK$13,000 (US$1,677) in the grey market, compared with Apple’s official selling price of HK$8,088. And an iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB storage is priced at more than 24,000 yuan (US$3,900) in Beijing’s Zhongguancun market, according to some media reports.
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