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The iPhone 6 build/supply/buy/smuggle/sell chain

News by Luke Jones on Saturday September 20, 2014.

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A little perspective is always a good thing, so while some of us are waiting to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and thinking, "Gee, this is expensive," what about the guys and girls who make the device. A report today shows how much the average iPhone 6 manufacturer gets paid, and how much it would cost them to purchase Apple's latest smartphone.

4 million pre-order sales and lines of people waiting outside stores are confirmation that a lot of people want an iPhone, while others simply cannot afford one. Chinese workers in Apple's supply chain factories in the country are paid $17 per day for their efforts, but at the moment they and other Chinese people will have to pay $4000 to get an iPhone 6 in the country.

Apple has not yet been given regulatory permission to sell the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in China, so the odd practise of smuggling iPhone devices into the country continues. When you see lines of people waiting for the launch, you probably think they are all consumers looking to get the latest and greatest from Cupertino. However, some of those people are actually employed to wait and snap up a number of iPhones to ship back to China where they are sold for prices multiple times higher than their market value.

China loves the iPhone as much as anyone else and some companies pay up to $120 for someone to wait and buy one (or more) in Apple retail locations around the world. Once the handsets are back in China they are sold for prices of $3000 or more, at least until the iPhone is passed to be sold in the country.

So here's the odd chain in full. Apple pays Chinese workers low amounts to make an iPhone, it is then shipped from China, is not allowed to be sold in the country, finds its way back through paid smugglers, and finally is sold for thousands of dollars.

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