Black marketers and private sellers are making money as iPhone 14 Pro series shortages – Tech News, Firstpost

If you’ve tried to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max from an authorised retailer in NCR Delhi in the past few weeks, you may have heard from many retailers that these devices are not available for them. And for good reason.

Although it was announced that in order to reduce its dependence on China, Apple will start producing the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series in India. However, some reports have surfaced claiming that Apple is not producing the iPhone 14 Pro series in India, just plain ones, The vanilla version of the iPhone 14. Production of iPhone 14 Plus Mainly suspended due to lack of demand.

The most sought-after devices, the base versions of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, are not readily available in India, at least in Delhi NCR. It turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for black market players and private sellers who were making money.

Nilesh Kamra, one of many mobile phone sellers operating in the Gaffar market in New Delhi, said: “We are not aware of any such shortages and we regularly acquire our devices.” When asked about the selling prices of the devices, he said : “We are selling the iPhone 14 Pro 128GB version for around Rs 1,05,000, no bills, only cash.”

The same variant costs Rs 1,29,900 with a bill when you buy it from an authorized channel. While sellers like Nilesh claim that the devices are ready in India and that Apple will accept warranty claims for these devices in India, the refusal to provide a bill is a major red flag.

Gaffar Market is known for its electronics store and devices such as game consoles, laptops and smartphones are sold here at much cheaper prices. The problem is that in most cases the prices are much cheaper as the products are bought in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in the Middle East, and they don’t have any paperwork. Therefore, any warranty claims for these devices will be rejected by the Authorized Service Center.

Availability of equipment in these markets has never been an issue. Even though devices sold on the black market don’t have any applicable warranties or pay taxes, people still buy them.

Since sellers on the black market are able to pocket most of the money customers spend on equipment, private sellers and authorized resellers have begun to dabble in similar practices.

In the past, we’ve seen some authorized showrooms for Chinese smartphones, such as vivo and Xiaomi, behave similarly – first claiming they don’t have the device, then “arranging from another store” before offering the device. On what terms will they sell it to you? You have to pay in cash, and if a bill is provided, the billing date will be earlier. However, this is the first time we’ve seen an Apple device sold this way.

Govind Kushwaha, a salesperson who works with one of the oldest mobile phone sales centers in Laxmi Nagar, said: “We have been instructed to reject customers if they want to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max with a bill and use UPI, or a credit card, or if They need a bill. If they can accept a bill not received in a different name or paid in advance, we’ll call them.”

But what if the store doesn’t have a phone? “We can arrange it in half an hour. In case customers are willing to wait that half hour. If they plan to come back another day to answer the call, we ask them to prepay 10,000-20,000 rupees. Shortage is really not an issue.”

However, that doesn’t mean Delhi-NCR doesn’t have a shortage of iPhone 14 Pro series – the iPhone 14 Pro Max does, mostly due to sporadic lockdowns in China. Federal Electronics and Technology Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar responded to the tweet when Twitter users flagged Apple, the Home Office and other government officials for complaining about private sellers selling black iPhone 14 Pros –

To its credit, Apple is trying to take control and try to manage its supply chain in such a way that it distributes devices fairly across all of its sales territories.

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