Menu
Grey market iPhone 6 prices plummet in China, as Apple prepares official sales

Grey market iPhone 6 prices plummet in China, as Apple prepares official sales

Grey market prices in China for the iPhone 6 Plus had been reaching over $2,000

After trying to charge upward of $US2000 for an iPhone 6, grey market dealers in China are slashing prices as Apple prepares to begin sales of the product in the country.

Apple will finally launch its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Friday, a month after sales began in the US and several other markets including Hong Kong.

In the meantime, grey market dealers in China had been offering their own stock of iPhone 6 models, smuggled in from other countries. Back on Sept 19, the day of the iPhone 6 launch, merchants in Beijing estimated the first incoming units could reach up to $3,000 or more.

Device Prices, a service that tracks China's grey market for electronics, said the iPhone 6 Plus once fetched a particularly high price. The space grey-color of the 64GB model was being offered at around 15,616 yuan ($2,546), or over double its original price, when it first arrived.

The silver 64GB version of the iPhone 6, on the other hand, was priced at around 9266 yuan (US$1,510).

But grey market dealers have since been cutting prices on the iPhone 6 models, after Apple made it known late last month that the product would arrive soon.

In some cases, grey market vendors are offering the models at an even cheaper price than Apple, according to Device Prices. The space grey 16GB version of the iPhone 6, for example, will cost consumers around 5075 yuan, about 200 yuan less than its official price.

Other models in China's grey market are priced only slightly higher than the official cost offered by Apple. One reason grey market dealers can offer a better deal on the iPhone 6 is because of a Chinese import duty on electronics.

Analysts expect Apple's newest smartphone will sell well in the Chinese market, especially among existing iPhone users who want to upgrade to a bigger screen. In a sign of the demand, JD.com, a top e-commerce site in the country, showed on Monday that over 9 million users had made a reservation to order an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus when stock becomes available.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags distributionAppleconsumer electronicsiPhonesmartphones

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments