I think it's pretty safe to say that things are pretty messed up over in China in general. But when it comes the Apple, the country seems to have more than just a few screws loose. The iPhone is easily the hottest phone in China, and people are willing to do just about anything to get one.
Recently, a teenage girl took to the Chinese version of Twitter, offering up her virginity for an iPhone 4. Thankfully, it doesn't seem as though she had any takers. Most respondents offered her moral encouragement, discouraging her from going through with her proposal. Others, whose moral compasses aren't exactly in tune with magnetic north, suggested that she hold out for the iPhone 5.
What's sad is that this isn't even the craziest stunt pulled by a Chinese teen in an attempt to get their hands on an Apple device. Not too long ago we blogged about a teen who sold his kidney
on the black market to get an iPad 2 and a MacBook.
Apple products have been producing scandal like headlines in China for a long time now. Foxcon, the company that manufactures the iPhone has had multiple issues with workers. Apple settled a lawsuit with a group of employees who argued that fumes in the plant were poisoning them. And recently, Foxcon has reportedly forced employees to sign an anti-suicide pledge. This has also been a problem for the company.
High demand and low supply of Apple devices like the iPhone have opened the doors for black market and back alley deals. Sadly, there really isn't very much that Apple can do to prevent people from entering into shady practices to acquire their devices, aside from becoming really bad at marketing overnight. Seeing how that isn't likely to happen anytime soon, we're sure that we'll see stories like this pop onto our radar from time to time.
Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium