Apple's flagship store was shut down briefly after scalpers tussled with the other customers.
The Chinese blog M.I.C. Gadget tells a bizarre story of Apple (AAPL) temporarily lifting its two-iPhones-per-customer limit Wednesday, a policy change that opened the door to gangs of scalpers that quickly took over the store.
"This is crazy," writes Chris Chang in slightly fractured English. "The real customers and the iPhone 4 scalpers had a fight in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 30, 2010 2:55 PM ET
Heavy rains -- and a lively grey market -- may have dampened the turnout in Beijing
There were plenty of reporters but only about 100 customers queued up outside Apple's (AAPL) Beijing retail outlet at 8 a.m. Friday when sales of the iPad officially began in China.
The first customer, Han Ziwen, wearing a blue "I BUY IPAD NO 1" T-shirt, was mobbed by the press as he emerged with MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 17, 2010 5:56 AM ET
iPhoneAsia's Dan Butterfield takes readers on a tour of China's electronics jungle
"There's no room for the meek," writes Dan Butterfield in a dispatch from Beijing's Zhongguancun-region electronics malls.
"Picture four or five Manhattan-sized Macy's department stores filled to the rafters with electronics outlets and sundry other goods. Untold thousands of shoppers fill these stores each day. From the moment you walk in the door (if you look like money or are MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 17, 2009 8:31 AM ET
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