Nothing says ‘gaudy status symbol‘ like the new golden iPhone 5S, and nothing says ‘lame, uncultured, and unloved’ like still having a white iPhone 5. Fortunately, a cottage industry of unscrupulous Taobao markets has sprung up, selling golden phone stickers promising to deliver iPhone 5S bling for a humble thirty-five yuan.
The Wall Street Journal lovingly took the time and effort to browse through the Taobao posts, and reports:
“Dear, you don’t need to sell your kidney for the new iPhone,” one of the ads said. “Instead of paying 5288 yuan (the retail price of the 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S in China), you only need to spend 35 yuan to make your iPhone 5 look like a golden iPhone 5S in seconds.”
Thousands of the stickers have been sold through stores on taobao.com in less than a month, reflecting strong demand for the golden device in China. While most of the consumer reviews for the stickers are positive, some users complained about discrepancies in color and size.
Golden iPhone 5S Stickers: For the tasteless status-seeking technophile on a budget.