Date
11 December 2017
Anything to do with the name 'Apple' is a big draw for shoppers in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay district. Photos: Apple Store, Internet
Anything to do with the name 'Apple' is a big draw for shoppers in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay district. Photos: Apple Store, Internet

Apple shop draws queues, but it’s not just for iPhone 6

Apple’s online store will begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 at 3 pm Hong Kong time Friday. With the new gadget expected to fetch as much as HK$14,000 (US$1,800) on the grey market, compared to the official price range of HK$5,588 to HK$8,088, one can expect a flurry of orders from those seeking to make a quick buck.

Anticipating the rush, Apple has imposed a limit of two phones per customer. However, that won’t stop people from trying to snag as many phones as possible by putting in orders through different accounts and using different names.  

The Apple buzz, meanwhile, is leading to some confusion and avoidable situations for shoppers in the physical world.

Some people were seen lining up outside the Apple shop in Causeway Bay district on Thursday, not knowing that the new phones won’t be available for many more days at the store.

A few shoppers, meanwhile, were said to have landed at the wrong Apple store, as they had queued up outside the Texwood & Apple shop which sells jeans. 

Pictures soon surfaced on the internet, with netizens mocking the shoppers — mostly mainlanders and Southeast Asians – for queuing up at the wrong place.

Also, an Apple Shop employee told Ming Pao Daily that about 20 to 30 people had lined up outside his store looking for limited edition shoes being sold by a shop next door.

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