In my time in China, most of the people I met, have a lot of pride in the jobs they do.There are greedy scalpers in the US and other countries, selling sports event tickets, concert tickets etc. Scalpers are in every country.
Have you ever lived in Hong Kong? Hong Kong Chinese are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are so polite and well-behaved. They are well educated and know to appreciate fine products. They are so well-cultured, I would say they are better than the south east Asia Chinese. But South east Asia Chinese have their nice aspects.
Apple just cannot make enough products to go around the world. So the choice is to stock the channel in North American first, then Europe and Japan.
But it is clear that, Apple sales in the Greater China region is surging rapidly. However, Foxconn has to deal with rapidly rising wages in China, as well as surging demand for Apple products at the same time.
Scalping is normal in Japan: for sports events, popular concerts tickets etc
What this shows is that, Apple needs to open a lot more Apple stores in China.
Now with just 2 store in Beijing and 2 stores in Shanghai are not enough.
Brands like LV, Gucci, and Coach etc, have more store in China than Apple has.
Apple seems to always place more inventory available in the US first. That is why the wait for the iPad is shorter in the US.
The long wait in China is due to Apple's...
I would not be surprised if sales from Greater China region double over the next 12 months. They already sell more cars in China than in the US. So it should not be surprising if they sell more iPhones or Mac in China than in the US in the future. I would say the next 5 years would be very interesting to watch.