Asian Invasion: Apple Store iPad 2 Lines

Monday, March 21, 2011
By OP Editor

Photo of New York Fifth Avenue Apple Store iPad 2 line full of Asian / Chinese scalper puppets.

NYC Fifth Avenue iPad 2 Line: Asian Invasion

Asian Invasion, iPad 2 Line Fifth Avenue Apple Store

Photo: NYTimes.

Explanation: Why it’s hard to find iPad 2 inventory.

iPad 2 Scalpers

Well, it’s more than Asians buying all iPad 2 inventory from Apple Stores (although it looks that way in New York City or San Francisco), as there are also plenty of scalping on craigslist and ebay by all kinds of folks.

OP has received reports of scalpers going to Apple Store iPad 2 lines in the early morning (say 4AM in some cases), asking those buying 1 to buy a second one for a meager fee of around $40. Note, these iPad 2 scalpers then charge either $200 more on craigslist locally or more on ebay while wasting legitimate Apple customers’ time.

Want an iPad 2? You can try

  • Target Store iPad 2 inventory locator
  • Get up early to line up at Apple Store, trying to get there before the scalpers (unlikely if you are in NYC). Note some Apple Stores don’t have any new iPad 2 inventory on Monday, as there is no delivery on Sunday.
  • Buy iPad 2 online at Apple Store if you can wait
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8 Responses to “Asian Invasion: Apple Store iPad 2 Lines”

  1. Don

    Scalpers are not exactly my cup of tea, but they are one of the first signs that something is really HOT! Considering this Asian invasion to buy an iPad, well it’s safe to assume that the iPad 2 is a one HOT item!

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  2. Vic

    Why should all Asian buyers be considered scalpers? That’s quite unfair! I’m asian and I asked a friend of mine who’s on his way to the US for a visit to get me an iPad 2, since he is also planning to get one. Are me and my friend automatically considered scalpers? If that’s the way Americans are always gonna think, it’s no wonder your country is moving into recession! Tsk-tsk…

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    • Hi Vic,

      Maybe you missed: “Well, it’s more than Asians buying all iPad 2 inventory from Apple Stores (although it looks that way in New York City or San Francisco), as there are also plenty of scalping on craigslist and ebay by all kinds of folks.”

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  3. Ant

    Sure, you put in an obligatory blurb about it being “…more than Asians buying all iPad 2 inventory…” but you still put in that douchey “Asian Invasion” crap in the title. Very racist.

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  4. Mshjkbek

    It’s so annoying, there’s like 9 of them in front of me in an iPad 2 line right now and I will literally lose my cool if I don’t get the model I want. Why can’t apple just sell one per person instead of selling two? And they could mandate that you need to activate your iPad in some way, that way the scampers can’t resell the item. Damn the scalpers! Two weeks later, they are still assholes.

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