Source: The Wall Street Journal
China’s aggressive scalpers sell tickets for concerts and sporting events just like their U.S. counterparts do. But they also make a wider practice of scalping, sometimes devouring the supplies of train tickets, spots in line at crowded hospitals and even iPhones.
Some Chinese media reports blamed scuffles involving organized bands of scalpers for Apple’s decision not to open its flagship Beijing store on Friday, the day it was scheduled to start selling the new iPhone 4S. It wasn’t possible to verify those claims, but history suggests they’re highly plausible.
At least one unhappy Apple customer pelted the Sanlitun Apple store with a handful of eggs Friday morning, as a crowd of people waiting in line grew impatient when the store didn’t open. Soon afterward, several men from the crowd chased and attacked a man who had stepped in and claimed to be an employee of the shopping mall.
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