The I-Pad has been available for months on the Chinese grey market, at a price, but the sought-after product has at last been officially released, and hundreds queued at Beijing’s Apple store to get their hands on it.
Bookstore owner Han Ziwen braved the rain to be the first in the queue, waiting 60 hours to become China’s first official I-pad owner. he likes it so much, he bought two.
“I did it. Being Chinese, I just want to buy Apple products. I am against buying smuggled consumer goods, I don’t buy pirated DVDs, I don’t read pirated books.”
Despite a 20 percent markup on the price the I-pads flew off the shelves, despite a lack of Chinese content and the country’s huge unofficial market for Apple products. They have been slipped in from Singapore and Hong Kong until now. Seven million official sales are predicted between now and the end of the year.