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    Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    "Angry customers and organised gangs of touts threw eggs at Apple's store in Beijing after disturbances broke out when they were told that the shop would not open as planned for the first sales of the iPhone 4S. Police dragged some customers away while others threw eggs at the windows of the store in Beijing's fashionable Sanlitun district. Many of the customers were working for touts who try to buy up popular products en masse and sell them on at a profit.

    The demand for the iPhone 4S has been incredible and our stores in China have already sold out," Apple said in a statement. "Unfortunately we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees the iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being," Apple said.

    Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, said earlier this month that "customer response to our products in China has been off the charts. With the launch in China … the iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries, making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever"


    China is Apple's fastest growing market, accounting for one-sixth of the company's global sales. However, despite being manufactured in China, the latest version of the iPhone was only launched there on Friday.

    It looks like consumerism and the Walmart "Black Friday" mentality of "storm troop" shopping is well established in China.

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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Thank god we're not the only ones who have idiots like that amidst us.
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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Thank god we're not the only ones who have idiots like that amidst us.

    Exactly. I have a 5-10 threshhold of waiting in line for most anything... I could not imagine camping out in front of a store for days.
    “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” Trump said... “‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”

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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Thank god we're not the only ones who have idiots like that amidst us.
    If it wasn't for American Technology companies like apple, half of China wouldn't have jobs. I mean who else would they rip off and copy or make cheap parts for?

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    ...wasn't there a story awhile back about the Chinese working in Apple factories being suicidal because of the conditions under which they worked? But the country as a whole is still full of rabid fanboys. That'd be like the U.S. consumer learning that GM sacrifices one line worker everyday for good juju and running out to buy the next line of GMC pick-ups.
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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    ...wasn't there a story awhile back about the Chinese working in Apple factories being suicidal because of the conditions under which they worked? But the country as a whole is still full of rabid fanboys. That'd be like the U.S. consumer learning that GM sacrifices one line worker everyday for good juju and running out to buy the next line of GMC pick-ups.
    As well as dying and suffering ailments from exposure to chemicals and such.
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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    If it wasn't for American Technology companies like apple, half of China wouldn't have jobs. I mean who else would they rip off and copy or make cheap parts for?
    There are even counterfeit Apple stores in China."Now, according to Chinese trade officials, 22 have been found unlawfully using Apple's brand and logo. The investigation into unauthorised Apple stores in Kunming was brought about when an American living in the city published a blog post describing a visit to one such shop. Describing it as a "beautiful rip-off", BirdAbroad revealed how far the owners had gone to copy the decor and ambience of a real Apple store.

    Staff also wore the same colour T-shirts as real Apple staffers, and sported lanyards of the same design."

    BBC News - Chinese authorities find 22 fake Apple stores



    Staff in the original fake shop believed they were working in a real Apple store

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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    ...wasn't there a story awhile back about the Chinese working in Apple factories being suicidal because of the conditions under which they worked?
    yes, that was Foxconn.

    Foxconn "solved" the problem by installing safety nets :

    Foxconn Is Installing Safety Nets on Buildings?

    i'm not an Apple fanboy or hater; i have an Ipod, and i have enjoyed it.

    that being said, for as much as their products cost, Apple (via foxconn) could at least pay manufacturing workers enough so that they don't want to kill themselves.

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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    yes, that was Foxconn.

    Foxconn "solved" the problem by installing safety nets :

    Foxconn Is Installing Safety Nets on Buildings?

    i'm not an Apple fanboy or hater; i have an Ipod, and i have enjoyed it.

    that being said, for as much as their products cost, Apple (via foxconn) could at least pay manufacturing workers enough so that they don't want to kill themselves.
    My opposition to Apple isn't entirely based on how it's manufacturers treat their employees, but it certainly doesn't help. I dislike Apple's marketing methods and most of their business structure. They're beautifully manipulative...almost to an impressive degree...but it makes me less enthusiastic about buying what they're selling. I, too, own an Ipod. It was given to me as a gift and I like it well enough, but it's 5 generations old and I see no reason to "upgrade".
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    Re: Beijing Apple store pelted with eggs

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    My opposition to Apple isn't entirely based on how it's manufacturers treat their employees, but it certainly doesn't help. I dislike Apple's marketing methods and most of their business structure. They're beautifully manipulative...almost to an impressive degree...but it makes me less enthusiastic about buying what they're selling. I, too, own an Ipod. It was given to me as a gift and I like it well enough, but it's 5 generations old and I see no reason to "upgrade".
    I agree. They purposely cultivate the "fanboy" mentality that leads to exactly the kind of thing in the OP.

    Loving the Samsung ads which make fun of the fanboys:

    Samsung galaxy S2 ad pokes fun at Apple.mp4 - YouTube
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