iPhone 4 Sold Out in 10 Hours at Apple Online Store in China


The iPhone 4’s quick disappearance from the Chinese online store comes after all iPhone models became unavailable in Apple’s Hong Kong online store. Hong Kong was a popular source for grey market iPhones before the iPhone launched in China and has continued to remain a profitable option for smugglers due to lower taxation and thus lower prices in Hong Kong coupled with continued tight supplies in China.

I wonder what Apple was thinking when it allowed unlimited iPhone 4 purchases at its brick-and-mortar stores. Now there are purchase limits and ID requirements, but I guess not at Apple’s online store in China.