Apple iPhone 14 pre-sale scalper prices in China hit equivalent of almost US$1,000 for the standard model
Alleged iPhone 14 pre-sale scalper prices have been shared on Weibo and clearly offline retailers are looking forward to taking advantage of fans in China who are desperate to get hold of Apple’s latest and greatest. As mentioned above, in this example the standard iPhone 14 costs 6,699 yuan (~US$966) while the iPhone 14 Plus is set at 7,399 yuan (~US$1,067). Those planning on using this particular outlet to purchase an iPhone 14 Pro model better be ready to pay out, as the Apple iPhone 14 Pro is listed at 9,899 yuan (~US$1,428) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is an eye-watering 10,899 yuan (~US$1,572).
This is just one example of pre-sale scalper prices that were discovered on a display board outside a retailer in China; however, it is likely there will be many like this dotted around the country and in other regions, too. Official prices on Apple China are higher than those on Apple US, but they will still likely be considerably cheaper for the iPhone 14 range than these unethical scalper prices. For instance, an iPhone 13 from Apple China costs from 5,999 yuan, which is about US$865, while the same model on Apple US is priced at US$799.
The latest predicted Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro prices have pegged the former to start from US$749 and the latter to start from US$1,049, while the iPhone 14 Plus (previously known as iPhone 14 Max) is listed at US$849 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is estimated at US$1,149. Even if Apple China adds an additional surcharge, it’s clear to see that the pre-sale scalper prices are still taking a lot of advantage out of those who just cannot wait for availability from official sources. As shown in viral video clips from the iPhone 13 launch in China (see below), crowds of excited fans raced to be one of the first to own the device, leaving stock rapidly depleted.
Hundreds of people were seen running into a shopping mall in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province to buy the new iPhone. pic.twitter.com/coBPsTrQ1A— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) September 27, 2021