Black Market Takes Over the iPhone 6 Lines

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Some thoughts from me (the guy who made this movie). I am a big tech nerd. I slept on the streets to get the very first iPhone, when I was a teenager I would wait all night at the mall for a new video game. For the 2013 launch of the iPhone 5s I made a short video about the lines in NYC, most of the video was of enthusiastic Apple fans, not unlike myself, eagerly waiting to get their hands on the new iPhone. There was also a percentage of line sitters that lacked all enthusiasm, one in particular was asleep with her head inside of a garbage bag. Those images bothered me, they were also the most talked about aspect of that 4 minute video. For this year’s iPhone 6 launch my intention was to cover that aspect of the story – sitters there for reasons other than their enthusiasm for the product.

I don’t think Apple, the community or any of the people in line for any reason were doing anything wrong. I attribute no fault for the bleak circumstances captured in this video. If there is an opportunity for easy gains by reselling the phones then by all means do it. I, also, cannot imagine Apple anticipated this or they would’ve better considered the roll out (they thought of everything else, including coffee for the people waiting outside).

There should be better consideration of how to prevent a system that benefits those willing to sleep on the streets, near garbage, tolerating verbal abuse.

I empathize with the ambitions of those willing to sit in line to earn. Since making the video I have read a number of stories about the iPhone 6 selling for 3 or 4 times it’s cost.

Read more about the iPhone 6 Black Market in this Washington Post Article –

This is another great article substantiating a lot of what’s seen in this video —

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  1. I don’t get why people wait like that. Why put yourself through that when you can wait a little bit longer and get it. Plus if you wait most of the bugs will be fixed. I can never do that.

  2. Crazy watching this back now, knowing I was in NYC at the time this was filmed. I was 19, from Australia, and I didn't even know Casey. Weird.

  3. I don't get how this is bad. The people in the line just got payed for the phone and waiting in line. And Also good job showing how police are in nyc.

  4. Im chinese but i just feel that the chinese people in the video can change their attitude a bit…not being offensive cuz it can make people think that chinese have no manners at all…

  5. Those police officers were so rude! Like what kind of police officer says “Ever heard of soap” Also I’m pretty sure they are much more hardworking than those police officers. Those police officers were despicable pigs. Well I’m sure that those police offer icees have never headed about “dieting” or “gym”

  6. chinese people are fond of US stuffs.Though its designed in california and assembled in china, there are alot of chinese customers willing to pay any sum to get an X imported from usa. The phone you just saw got handed over, I am pretty sure they made it back to the way to china. Sold as 苹果手机美国班的

  7. Ask yourself Casey, would you stand by if those NYPD pigs were violently arresting a white or black person, let along a woman? And Yes I know they stank.

  8. the profit margins for the resellers must be insanely high if its profitable for them to pay people enough money to sit out there for 3 days