06 Apr '11, 11am

Paper iPads hot sellers as Chinese honour dead during Qing Ming festival

Paper iPads hot sellers as Chinese honour dead during Qing Ming festival

A customer looks at paper replicas of computers and smart phones among other things, that will be burnt as offerings to the dead, in Hong Kong on April 6, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG - DEATH is no barrier to Chinese ancestors receiving the latest gadgets, with paper iPads, laptops and LCD TVs burned at gravesides across Asia to mark the Qing Ming festival this week. Paper money, clothes, luxury cars and handbags have long been standard items for the Chinese festival, also known as grave-sweeping day, when replica offerings are burnt for the dead to use in the afterlife. The latest tech hardware joined the list of items which went up in smoke this year, with many shops selling the paper offerings saying they could not meet demand for replica iPads. 'These are the bestsellers this year,' said Mr Chan, a shop owner in Hong Kong's busy Causeway Bay district, pointing at the ...

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  1. 06 Apr '11, 1pm

    hmmm, think there might be a niche for an online store specializing in paper offerings...

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