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Apple turns to second-hand sales in China

updated 10:20 am EST, Tue January 20, 2009

Second-hand Apple China

Online sales of refurbished Apple gear have begun in China, according to a company announcement. As in the United States and a number of other countries, the Chinese program takes products returned to Apple and submits them for quality testing; approved products are then resold at a lower cost. Reuters notes that prices for major refurbished products range from 308 yuan ($44) for an iPod shuffle, to more than 14,000 yuan ($2,047) for an iMac.

While sales of refurbished products are common elsewhere for Apple, they may be particularly important in China, where the middle and upper classes are comparatively tiny and currency is worth nearly seven times less than the US dollar. The used products remain expensive in China compared to their relative value in America; still unavailable is the iPhone, for which a carrier deal has not been reached, at least in part due to pricing considerations.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    big deal discount...

    ...and I'm sure that the average 10% discount that Apple offer on used goods will make a huge difference! I love the way "reconditioned" is utilised in place of "used" or the British term "second-hand". Yet again Apple gives less whilst claiming more!

  1. Sondjata

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Middle Class

    I was under the impression that the middle class in China is larger than the population of the US, but that relative to it's entire population (~billion) it is small. Is this not the case?

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    . . . that is the case

    the stats I have heard are around 300 million in the Chinese middle class (a few years back from a Nova doc). Having lived in China about 4 years now I would say China has a substantial middle class, but there is a big divide between them and the next rung. And as you note that middle class is less than 1/4 of China's population.

    Feathers is an idiot, BTW. Many refurbs have barely been touched. My refurbished MBP, iPod touch, and two iPod nanos have been indistinguishable from new and I would argue, given the thorough product testing, are many timea superior to new. All my refurbs from Apple and elsewhere have been nothing but reliable and I would not buy new when a comparable refurb is available.

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