Since the release of the iPhone 6 in Hong Kong, Shenzhen customs have upped their vigilance to slow the flow of black market iPhones into the mainland. People’s Daily reports that in the past five days they’ve seized 1,800 iPhone 6 devices from smugglers.
The new iPhone is still awaiting official release in China—though Reuters reports that it’s now in the final stages of approval—and this has turned into a golden opportunity for smugglers. As expected, the 138 iPhones seized by Hong Kong police from a boat earlier this week was merely the tip of the iceberg. Although, with some analysts predicting more than five million new iPhones will pass through the black market into China before the official release date, that makes for one imposing iceberg.
Customs has already thwarted some truly ingenious schemes; like one smuggler who donned three layers of underwear to conceal eight iPhones, hoping nobody would look at his enormous butt too closely. (Tip: You should really, really make sure to give an iPhone a quick sniff test before buying in China.)
Customs was also kind enough to publish several pictures of some of the more creative smuggling methods they’ve foiled. They include: hiding iPhones inside tea boxes and dessert boxes. Hopefully, they aren’t giving all their cards away though.
Just look at them in all their glory, and think, they might have all been stuffed down some dude’s underwear.
by Alex Linder
[Images via People’s Daily]