The ultimate purpose may be clear and common knowledge, but Reuters in San Francisco and Hong Kong reported today that the smuggling of Apple’s incredibly popular iPad – far and away the fastest selling mobile device in history since its worldwide release a couple of weeks ago – is still top news, particularly because the destination of the Apple devices is Mainland China.
The report revolved around an anecdotal example of the iPad’s odyssey from the United States to China, recounting how the most sought after mobile computing device transported from San Francisco to Hong Kong, and how its price metamorphoses from its normal price of $499 to more than $1000 the next day for eager buyers in Shanghai.
The operation is simple, Reuters said. An unidentified San Francisco resident who was part of the operation recounted to an Apple operative how it went down.
She said that in the San Francisco incident which occurred less than a week ago, after Apple sold more than 3 million of the iconic tablets worldwide on its first weekend of release, some 100 people lined up outside an Apple store, and many bought two brand-new iPads, the maximum allowed limit per person.
Then some of the persons who purchased two devices – most purchased just one – trooped toward a parked high-end European-made SUV where all the packages reached a waiting receiver. About two dozen deliveries of the new iPads took place in the post-purchase transaction.
Then, Reuters continued, the silver SUV proceeded to another location with its $12,000 worth of new iPads where the cache transferred to other vehicles, many of which were waiting to carry the packages to the airport for its first leg of travel.
Initial destination: Hong Kong.
The report concluded that the newly purchased iPads would then find their way to buyers waiting across the border in Mainland China.