Business 'booming' for banned Apple products in Iran

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Though Apple's products are banned from sale in Iran due to U.S. sanctions, unauthorized sales remain big business in the Middle Eastern country, according to a new profile.

Apple products illegally make their way through "underground trade routes in the Middle East and beyond," according to Reuters. Author Marcus George detailed in a story published on Friday how iPhones and iPads were once "rare and sought-after," but are now "de rigueur in Iran among those who can afford them."

Among the resellers included in the profile is "Iran Apple Center," which runs a website that looks extremely similar to Apple's official store. Citing a person familiar with the matter, George said that Apple has been attempting to shut that particular website down.

The report also features comments from Majid Tavassoli, owner of RadanMac, which is one of 100 estimated stores in Tehran that sell Apple products in spite of the U.S. embargo. Tavassoli characterized his business as "booming."

Apple products are said to be so readily available in Iran that devices can often be found at prices not much higher than they sell for in the U.S.

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American companies like Apple are barred by the U.S. government from selling products in Iran without special authorization. The goal is to curb the nation's nuclear program, particularly by hurting Iran's banks and oil industry, which are suspected of assisting in the development of nuclear weapons.

Friday's report isn't the first time this week Apple has been linked to Iran in the media. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also made a surprise appearance at Allen & Co's annual media retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, to sit in on a session entitled "Iran vs. Israel."
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member
    They are using Apple trademarks without permission. That is worth a shutdown regardless of the rest of it

    And now we'll see a rash of articles on this whole Apple Iran business thanks to the alleged racism which comes from one incident where the victim keeps changing her story and about 20 more that cant be proven they were ever in an Apple store much less that things went as they claim (but weren't upset enough to talk about it until after this first case hit the press)
  • Reply 2 of 28
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Seems that Apple is the one thing on which the whole world can agree.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member
    Seems that Apple is the one thing on which the whole world can agree.

    Agree or disagree it gets page hits and media attention. That's all it needs to be for many folks
  • Reply 4 of 28
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,471member
    The last paragraph wins the non sequitur of the day award in my book.

    Meanwhile, I don't see this as all bad. At least it shows the general inhabitants of Iran are not being swayed into believing all things American are evil by the religious nut jobs at the helm.
  • Reply 5 of 28
    enjournienjourni Posts: 254member


    Launch nuclear bombs with a single tap?


     


    There's an app for that.

  • Reply 6 of 28
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    [QUOTE]
    As soon as the Sharia was
    Outta their hair
    The jet pilots wailed
    .....
    He thinks it's not kosher
    Fundamentally he can't take it
    You know he really hates it[/QUOTE]
  • Reply 7 of 28
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    enjourni wrote: »
    Launch nuclear bombs with a single tap?

    There's an app for that.

    Not funny. Nuclear weapons are not a laughing matter, as the Americans have demonstrated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Reply 8 of 28
    jbytesjbytes Posts: 33member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DaveGee View Post




    Quote:

    As soon as the Sharia was

    Outta their hair

    The jet pilots wailed

     




    The in crowd say it's cool!

  • Reply 9 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
    This headline and article are a bit misleading. Iran has not banned Apple products, and nobody except for the Iranian government can ban sales in the own country.

    The US do not allow exporting to the Iran. That is something completely different, and really no story whatsoever. Iran buys weapons, nuclear materials, construction plans for nuclear submarines and other niceties despite that not being possible. Actually, the US-Iran trade volume went up over 800% starting the very moment Mr. Bush Jr. declared a total embargo. So, how is Apple the story here?
  • Reply 10 of 28
    cvaldes1831cvaldes1831 Posts: 1,832member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post



    Seems that Apple is the one thing on which the whole world can agree.


     


    LOL, except for about a third of the posters at tech media sites.

  • Reply 11 of 28
    They need a way around StuxNet
  • Reply 12 of 28
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    Apple products illegally make their way through "underground trade routes in the Middle East and beyond," according to Reuters


    The original article has some other interesting information about how they access iTunes. Not so sure about the 'underground' routes as the quotes from the Apple sellers in the article mention ordering direct from Hong Kong and Malaysia as well Turkey and Dubai

  • Reply 13 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
    mstone wrote: »
    Not so sure about the 'underground' routes as the quotes from the Apple sellers in the article mention ordering direct from Hong Kong and Malaysia as well Turkey and Dubai

    These 'underground routes' may come into play when people try to avoid import taxes, they are absolutely not needed to bring Apple products into the country. There are plenty of countries internationally that do not honour US embargoes (and Apple has no way to control sales beyond the first delivery point).
  • Reply 14 of 28
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post





    These 'underground routes' may come into play when people try to avoid import taxes, they are absolutely not needed to bring Apple products into the country.


     


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post



    This headline and article are a bit misleading. Iran has not banned Apple products, and nobody except for the Iranian government can ban sales in the own country.


    Apple products are not banned by the the Iran government and can be sold openly however not so with the evil Barbie doll. Those definitely take the underground route and are sold only on the black market as they are banned in Iran.


     


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  • Reply 15 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
    mstone wrote: »

    Apple products are not banned by the the Iran government and can be sold openly however not so with the evil Barbie doll. Those definitely take the underground route and are sold only on the black market as they are banned in Iran.

    tattoo-barbie-doll.jpg

    Haha! If there has ever been one ban I can happily agree with, then you certainly just found it!
  • Reply 16 of 28
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post



    Seems that Apple is the one thing on which the whole world can agree.




    Nah, I reckon water and air are more widely agreed upon.

  • Reply 17 of 28
    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member


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  • Reply 18 of 28
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    cnocbui wrote: »
    Nah, I reckon water and air are more widely agreed upon.

    Water is fought over. And air is fought for.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,945member
    mstone wrote: »

    Apple products are not banned by the the Iran government and can be sold openly however not so with the evil Barbie doll. Those definitely take the underground route and are sold only on the black market as they are banned in Iran.

    tattoo-barbie-doll.jpg

    A barbie doll with tattoos. Never knew. I've been out of the loop longer than I thought! :)

    Infidels!!!
  • Reply 20 of 28
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also made a surprise appearance at Allen & Co's annual media retreat 


     


    Not that much of a surprise it seems. Apparently he was on the attendee list from the start. 

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