With the iPad mini launching in China today, it was a surprisingly quiet turnout. It’s speculated that this might be a direct cause of the “reservation” system that Apple chose to enact after the crazy iPhone 4S launch in Beijing. Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, scalpers are taking advantage of the low turnout and show up in “swarms.” Apparently also, a group of the scalpers that were being filmed outside of the Apple Store in Sanlitun told the reporter that they felt their privacy was being invaded. According to the Wall Street Journal:
After the reporter pointed out that they were conducting business in a public place, they proceeded to kick, swat and push him as Apple and mall security stood by.
This was one of the slowest launch days Apple has probably seen in China. No doubt having to do with the lottery “reservation” system that was implemented and also possibly fear of the riots that have been known to break out in years past.
What do you think? Surprised at the turnout? Wondering if Apple should “loosen” the system? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.