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eBay scalpers hawk iPhone 6 Plus at prices up to $6K

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 15, 2014
Profiteers hoping to turn a quick buck on the shortage of Apple's new 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus have listed their pre-ordered phones on eBay for as much as $6,000.

"The iPhone will be shipped out as soon as I receive it," said seller "bnhkhoi12," who claimed to have pre-ordered a pair of iPhone 6 Plus phones, but did not include a snapshot of a receipt. "And after that I will unlock it for you also!"

Consumers who are eager to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 Plus on or shortly after next Friday have the option of heading to an Apple or carrier store on Sept. 19, braving the likely lines, and hoping for the best. Apple will open its stores at 8 a.m. local time, one or two hours earlier than normal.

The frenzy for the iPhone 6 Plus in the U.S. will be matched in China, where larger smartphone displays are extremely popular. Apple will not be selling the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the People's Republic of China (PRC) next week, however, because the company has not received approval from regulators there.

That will drive some Chinese customers to Hong Kong, the former British colony, where the new iPhones will go on sale Sept. 19, and where online pre-orders were taken yesterday. Apple's Hong Kong online store set a two-iPhone-per-customer limit on purchases in response to gray marketers.

China's state-run media, including the People's Daily, the Communist Party's official organ, have noted the probable profiteering. Earlier this week, the newspaper ran a story about travel plans and costs for those who wanted to get an iPhone 6 immediately, with destination choices ranging from Hong Kong — "the most convenient iPhone 6 procurement site" — and Singapore to Australia or Japan.

Another piece in the People's Daily speculated that the gray market price of a new iPhone 6 Plus could exceed 10,000 yuan, or at current exchange rates, $1,630, well within the range of the U.S. scalpers' prices on eBayz.


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