Chinese website starts accepting iPhone 5 pre-orders

Would you like to pre-order the iPhone 5 right now? The large Chinese-based e-commerce site Taobao is now taking people's money to order the next iOS smartphone from Apple. The only problem is that Apple has yet to even announce the device, let alone accept pre-orders.

Reuters reports that the site has offers from some sellers asking for a $160 deposit for the iPhone 5, with one seller asking for a full upfront payment of $1,100. The apparent plan for these sellers is to purchase the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong and then sell it in China.

It seems pretty clear that these "sellers" have absolutely no connection to Apple and that these iPhone 5 "pre-orders" could be a massive scam designed simply to take money from unsuspecting users and giving them nothing in return. One of these sellers even posted a list of 17 "possible" iPhone 5 features.

This kind of activity shows how much demand there is for iPhones, or indeed for any Apple product, in mainland China. So far, Apple only has five official retail stores in the country, with plans to open two more stores in the near future. As we have reported before, there have been attempts by people in China to create Apple stores that are not authorized by the company.

Source: Reuters

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Scammers are getting smarter... prey on the izombies who always buy the latest ithing so they seem cool. Guaranteed, there are already people here in north america bragging that they preordered it.

buy an iPhone 5 from a seller in China, get an expensive knockoff!

fair deal? brb, someone's trying to sell me a bridge

Not a bad idea though...its like how banks hold your money for 2 weeks sometimes when depositing a check.. Anyone want to get together and do the same thing? Take peoples money, say 100$ for a pre-order. Stick it in a savings account. In 6 months or whenever the iphone 5 comes out, you'll have earned a buttload of interest off all the money you deposited. Genius.

Yes, let's get together on that idea. Could you front me $500 to get the business up and running? I'll pay you back in a few weeks, I promise!

As much as I dislike apple, they should troll the crap out of this site and announce no further iphones...ever lol

No this does not show the demand for iPhone. What it shows is theer are people who will take advantage of those who want an iPhone at any cost and that are willing subjects who will give money to a starnger without even questioning.

Tese guys are likley scam artist who could get 1000's of deposits to make some quick cash and skip out. Anyone who woudl be stupid enough to do such with an unverified souirse deserves to have their money taken.

I thought Asians were smart. I guess beign smart in technology doesn't make you street smart after all.

TechieXP said,
No this does not show the demand for iPhone. What it shows is theer are people who will take advantage of those who want an iPhone at any cost and that are willing subjects who will give money to a starnger without even questioning.

Tese guys are likley scam artist who could get 1000's of deposits to make some quick cash and skip out. Anyone who woudl be stupid enough to do such with an unverified souirse deserves to have their money taken.

I thought Asians were smart. I guess beign smart in technology doesn't make you street smart after all.

but....it's shiny....and has one button....and...its shiny!

I can't believe they will sell it like hot cakes.
it is the same damn thing from 1.0, better screen, camera.
What a way to waste your money.

boumboqc said,
I can't believe they will sell it like hot cakes.
it is the same damn thing from 1.0, better screen, camera.
What a way to waste your money.

Are you saying that the iPhone 5 will be the same as the iPhone 1? Even basing that statment on the 4s is pretty hard core crazzy.

So what? people use to always take preorders for something they where sure would come out in the future even if not announced.... Electronics Botique before GameStop bought them out use to do that all the time!

Edited by neufuse, Jul 12 2012, 2:16pm :

neufuse said,
So what? people use to always take preorders for something they where sure would come out in the future even if not announced.... Electronics Botique before GameStop bought them out use to do that all the time!

I loved EB Games, before it was purchased...

Thanks for bringing back memories.

neufuse said,
So what? people use to always take preorders for something they where sure would come out in the future even if not announced.... Electronics Botique before GameStop bought them out use to do that all the time!

I used to be a mall rat, and would hang out at EB every day.

ccoltmanm said,

I used to be a mall rat, and would hang out at EB every day.

dude yeahh i'd hog dead or alive on the dreamcast so nobody else could play it lol