- The New Paper / Kua Chee Siong
You would think the people who braved the weather and queued overnight were hardcore Apple fans who just want to own the latest iPhones, but that might not be the case.
Here, we reveal the reasons why some people join the insanely long queues a day before the launch.
Singapore is the first country in the region to release the new iPhones
This is why tourists from Indonesia, Vietnam, India and many other countries flock to Singapore. It is so that they can be the first ones to get their hands on the new iPhone XS and XS Max.
Instead of keeping the phones for themselves, many of them then return to their hometowns and resell the new iPhones at much higher costs than retail price.
The first person in the queue at the Apple store was Vietnamese national Le Thang, who arrived in Singapore on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old started queuing at 7am on Thursday with his sister and is planning to buy the iPhone XS Max for himself and his friend.
Just a few hours after the release of these new iPhones at the Apple store along Orchard Road on Friday (21 Sept) at 9am, people have already started re-selling them on online marketplaces such as Carousell.
The iPhone XS is priced at up to S$2,000 (US$1,467) for the 64GB version. This reaps resellers around S$400 in profit.
Similarly, the iPhone XS Max is priced at at least S$2,100 for the 64GB version, reaping resellers up to around S$300 in profit.
According to The Straits Times, a 44-member Vietnamese group called Dat Cay Da was also in the queue outside the Apple store at Orchard Road.
Some of them want to resell the phones back home as there are no Apple stores in Vietnam, according to The New Paper.
The operation executive said: “I’m keeping one phone for myself and selling the other three phones away to make a profit.”
Each person can only buy two iPhones.
Last year, in Hong Kong, right after the iPhone X got released at the official Apple stores, touts lined the city’s busiest shopping areas to re-sell their newly-purchased iPhone Xs from makeshift stands.