updated 11:10 am EST, Mon January 2, 2012
Some bags filled with expensive items
Japanese shoppers lined up in front of Apple Stores on New Year's Day for a chance at a lucky bag, reports note. Lucky bags are New Year's tradition at Japanese retail; store visitors have to pay for them, but in exchange they get a mystery collection of products, typically at a discount. This year Apple is said to have charged 33,000 yen (about $428), and offered some lucrative items.
At Apple's Fukuoka Tenjin store, people lined up around the corner in spite of the rain. Particularly lucky shoppers may have come away with a MacBook Air or an iPad 2. More likely, though, were items like an 8GB iPod touch, headphones, cases, and/or a special 2012 New Year's t-shirt.