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An iPhone smuggler was caught by Chinese authorities trying to making his way through customs with 94 iPhones strapped to his body. He had a “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension” that caused authorities to become concerned.

The man had reportedly arrived from Hong Kong, where iPhones are cheaper, and brought them into mainland China to presumably sell them on the blackmarket. He refused to go through the metal detector at customs.

While it’s not clear what models of the iPhone the smuggler had strapped to his body, he was gearing up for a lot of profit.

The iPhone has become a rarity in China, thanks to supply constraints, making the blackmarket a prime spot for profiters. According to the FT, an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 is around $872 compared to $649 in the US – retail. 9to5mac points out prices on the black market have at times reached $3,000.

However, the market appears to be changing almost daily, with some resellers in late-September complaining their iPhones were losing value during the trip from Hong Kong to China.

Source: Huffington Post via 9to5mac

  • Merman123

    Now I know why people are getting bent iPhone’s

    • Dany Quirion

      your joke is so last year besides, they are iphone 5s

      • Merman123

        Keyword: joke
        Relax 🙂

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        I saw a 6 there

  • Chinese transformer….NO?…Too soon?…Ok

  • Franklin Richards

    At least he’s not taking up all the space at the train station. (Only Hong Kong citizens who live in Sheung Shui will get what I’m on about.)

  • TheAngryPenguin

    “…trying to making his way through customs…”?!?

  • Dan

    He got greedy, he should his legs free lol

  • jack

    Dog eaters

    • George


  • iamzaidan

    They’re iPhone 5’s ( Not 5s, just 5)
    U can tell by looking closely at the flash lights….
    Left one is 5s and right is 5

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      If you look closer, there are iPhone 6’s on him too.

    • Jeffrey

      I don’t know how awesome your eyes are bro, but with that resolution I can’t see the flashes (only the obviously round camera’s). Also, if you look closely, the gold iPhones and the silver iPhones left to the gold ones are all 6’s.

      • iamzaidan

        Haha thanks 😛
        And yea ur right bout the 6’s

      • James

        You’re all wrong. They’re 6s’s, twice as long as the 6 and the yellow tape you see there is actually additional LTE bands.

      • Jeffrey


    • Bugs Bunnay

      If you look closer, you can see stars and rainbows.

  • Jake Dai

    The price of phones in China is no longer that much, even in black markets.

  • it’s “IphoneMan”!

  • Carlos Medina

    Got 94 iPhone but a Android ain’t one

  • Matt

    Should have swallowed them

  • Out5poken

    But seriously… “He refused to go through the metal detector “

  • jp2002

    reminds me of wolf of wall street.

  • @dongiuj

    And he expected to get through the metal detector how, exactly?…