The Apple Store is a hectic place in China, so hectic that if you try to go in for a repair without an appointment, you can expect to wait all day. No big deal. This is what the black market for Genius Bar appointments is for.
We knew people in Asia were paying people in the US to line up for iPad 2s to ship overseas, but we didn't know it was this bad. The NY Post says more than half of the 400 people in line at 8 a.m. gave their iPads to a guy in a BMW X5 for cash.
Scalpers at the Beijing Apple Store just won't quit. First they caused the store to close. Now Apple has reportedly tripled the store's security and requires customers to be escorted upstairs to buy their iPhone 4. Madness!
Yesterday, one of Apple's Beijing locations lifted the two-per-customer iPhone 4 limit. The result: chaos, confusion, and the temporary shutdown of the store. Sounds like the scalpers did pretty well for themselves, though.