14 Jan '12, 4am

Angry buyers threw eggs at Apple's Beijing store after iPhone was cancelled

BEIJING - Angry customers and gangs of scalpers threw eggs at Apple Inc's Beijing store yesterday after the iPhone 4S launch there was cancelled due to concerns over the crowd's size. Apple reacted to the outburst by postponing iPhone 4S sales in its mainland China stores to protect customers and employees. The phone still will be sold online and through its local carrier. The incident highlighted Apple's huge popularity in China and the role of middlemen who buy up limited supplies of iPhones and other products, or smuggle them from abroad for resale to Chinese gadget fans at a big mark-up. People began gathering outside the Apple store at a shopping mall in Beijing's Sanlitun district on Thursday afternoon. Eyewitnesses said the crowd, including migrant workers hired by scalpers in teams of 20 to 30, grew to as many as 2,000 overnight. Buyers included 500 older people fr...

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