It appears that many in line paid to be there by a middle man who takes the iPhones from users after they leave the store and likely sends them to China or other countries for sale on the black market.
It's thought that the situation this year is worsened by the delay in the approval of Apple's new smartphones for China.
Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think. Is this wrong in any way? Is being paid wait in line ok? Is it different if the device is being handed over to someone locally, rather than shipped to another country for resale?
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