Black Market iPhone 6 Lines Show the Sleazy Side of iPhone 6 Fanaticism

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  1. dgstorm

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    If you had any doubt that the fanaticism of the iPhone craze is reaching a feverish pitch, the above video will likely shatter those doubts. A video blogger named CaseyNeistat posted a video to YouTube that shows us the growing dark underbelly of the iPhone opening day frenzy.

    His video allows us to witness the Black Market which has grown up around the desire to be an early adopter of the latest iPhone. Most of the people you see in line are not there to buy the iPhone 6 for themselves. They are basically like ticket scalpers for a concert. They wait in line to be one of the first ones to get an iPhone 6. Then after getting it, they turn around and sell it for extra money to folks willing to pay, but not willing to wait in line.

    Neistat shares a poignant point when he states that the spirit of fun which used to pervade the launch of a new iPhone is now gone. It's been replaced by something stupid and ugly. Obviously, this doesn't apply everywhere, but the fact that it is a growing phenomenon is something Apple should take a good hard look at. Share your thoughts.

    [Editor's Note: There is some strong language in the above video.]
     
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    This is Truly Sad and only happens with these Apple iProducts. At least thats what I have seen.
     
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    I don't think this is so much about the iPhone, but moreso about making some quick cash to live comfortably for a few days. Look at how the crowds are filled with older people. These are people scraping by on little funds and a giant communication barrier. Quite sad really.

    If you were in their shoes, wouldn't you spend the time to easily double or even triple your money in two days?
     
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    Agreed. Very sad indeed.
     
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    I don't see a problem with this. Are we not a society of free enterprise? Why put restrictions on this and not others. What is is that people are upset with? Does it have anything to do with the nationality of those in the video? What if it was a line of all white folks and they resale them after initial purchase? Is that OK? If people are willing to pay over value of the item, so be it. Good luck in Russia, haters!
     
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    The Big G wants their taxes and...
     
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    In Russia, cops would be in on the deal.
     
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    You make some good points. Perhaps our perception is skewed by the tone of the video.
     
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    I say smart business in my opinion. Plus you have to look at who were in line, that money (easy money) is probably what they are counting on to feed their families. For the people at the end of the line crying foul I say quit your whining. Apple have other ways of getting their phone (ie pre-ordering through best buy, apple, or your carrier store). Yeah you may not get it day one... big deal you had to wait a few days or a week. I guess that means you can not show your face at the local coffee shop because you did not get an iPhone on day one.

    AHHH first world problems.
     
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    Lol@coffee shop.
     
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    This has been going on since the iPad 1 here in Virginia. It was a real bugaboo with the iPad 2 when a whole bunch of first batch had bad screens, glue not dried, etc. Folks paying the big bucks thought they were getting knock offs, violence ensued, police had to quell the madness.

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    I think bendgate and antennagate should have been enough to remind people that being first is not always great.
     
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