Chinese Sellers Are Already Taking 'iPhone 5' Pre-Orders

Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:27pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10752 views

Sellers on China's largest e-commerce platform, Taobao, are already taking pre-orders for the unreleased and unannounced 'iPhone 5', reports Reuters.

Sellers on Taobao, a unit of Alibaba Group, are accepting orders for the iPhone 5, in some cases asking for a deposit of 1,000 yuan ($160) for the new phone. One seller, "Dahai99888", who started accepting pre-orders this week, is asking for full payment upfront, at a cool 6,999 yuan ($1,100).

The sellers plan to buy the device in Hong Kong or the United States when it is released then bring it back to mainland China. One seller says they already have two dozen orders and 'demand is high'.

Cases for the unreleased device are also being sold on Alibaba.com. One seller "guaranteed" Reuters that the cases were accurate, saying the company's boss received the dimensions from "certain channels". While information obtained by case manufacturers used to be a good indicator of what Apple was planning to release, last year Apple decided not to release a new design that was leaked to case manufacturers and instead stuck with the same design for the iPhone 4S.

Apple is expected to release its next generation iPhone in September/October.

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Lol - July 12, 2012 at 4:28pm
So an iPhone takes a trip from china to USA then back to china how retarded! If you ask me china should be the first to get the iPhone since its produced there!
Justabrake - July 12, 2012 at 3:01pm
OK so from what I'm use to here in NYC's apple store the Chinese from china town will swam apple with its paid prostitutes to make purchases with cash and lock out the people who are on contract with cellular services then apple will tell people they don't have anymore phones to come back tomorrow because these Chinese bitches ruin it for real customers So these will all go back to china For sale or whine up on eBay for hundreds over the price It don't matter to me my contract is up in late August so I'll be getting mine through shipping same day of release But for others...........
U gay - July 13, 2012 at 12:01am
I was worried when you'd be getting it. Glad I didn't have to ask ........fag
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