Chinese Online Sellers Taking iPhone 6 Pre-orders


Iphone 6 taobao

Despite the iPhone 6 and its release date currently existing as a merely a rumour, some Chinese online retailers are already taking pre-orders for the device (via the WSJ).

In fact, they are encouraging Chinese customers to orders now, in order to secure their new device-based on the hearsay that Apple will launch two new iPhone models this fall.

The audacity of these retailers appears to have no limits, some have gone as far as teasing the introductory page of the iPhone 6 in Apple style: they are using a template similar to what we’ve seen at Apple’s official website.

Pre-ordering an iPhone 6 — the majority of the listings we’ve seen talk about a 4.7-inch model — isn’t free: customers interested in securing the next generation handset need to deposit amounts ranging between 500 ($87)to 7,999 Yuan ($1,383).

The Wall Street Journal even points to a Taobao store claiming that four customers have paid roughly $870 for an iPhone 6 preorder.

Apple is widely expected to announce two new iPhone models this fall, with some sources claiming a September 19 in-store launch. The company however is keeping mum on both its timetable and the price of the new iPhones. Rumours claim the 4.7-inch version will start at 5,288 Yuan (roughly $915) while the 5.5-inch version will start at 5,988 Yuan or $1,038.


  • t

    wan neng de taobao, haha

  • Kirk

    Really? And people are stupid enough to contribute to this?

  • Christopher Walken

    that’s an expensive clone …

  • Rio

    I dont see why they would be considered stupid?

    They are paying for the service of someone buying the phone on release day and delivering it to them.

  • Yeah looks like this service is catered to early adopters with deep pockets willing to get the iPhone 6 days after launch (i.e. status symbol).

  • Kirk

    Well I don’t know, maybe it’s because I don’t trust people, but I personally would not give cash to a service that’s not officially partnered with apple. That’s all. My view.

  • Kirk

    Has this company/website fulfilled there promises on delivery in the past with previous apple products? I don’t know… I just don’t trust people that easily..

  • Yeah I hear ya. I guess if these resellers are scammers, people will find out and they probably will get arrested (aka disappear).