Fans offer to buy unreleased iPhone X for $1,800 in secondhand market

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : October 30, 2017, 17:48 | Updated : October 30, 2017, 17:48

[Courtesy of Apple]

"I wish to buy iPhone X for two million won (1,778 US dollars). Please text me if you wish to sell it."

In South Korea's online secondhand markets, hundreds of similar posts have been left by fans searching for iPhone X, Apple's to-be-released flagship smartphone.

"Junggonara", the country's largest online secondhand market,  has been flooded with such inquiries since last week when Apple started to receive pre-orders in the United States and Japan, not in South Korea. Suggested average prices were about two million won ($1,778) compared to the official price of $999.  At one point the price soared to more than three million won. 

The fuss came after Apple left South Korea out of the first 55 countries which would release iPhone X on November 3. On the contrary, Apple's iPhone 8 has received a lukewarm response from South Korean fans. iPhone X has better specs than iPhone 8 as it has excellent features such as dual 12-megapixel cameras, a Super AMOLED display and a user face recognition system.

"I've bought every iPhone since 2010 but I will skip the 8th version to buy iPhone X," Minsokchon, a user from Asamo, South Korea's largest Apple fan community, said in his post, supported by dozens of other users. Some users shared know-how on how to buy iPhone X through peddlers while others grouped to hire middlemen.

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