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Hong Kong Apple Stores begin selling iPhone 4S through lottery system

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If you want to buy an iPhone in Hong Kong, you'll need to enter your information on Apple's site and enter a lottery.

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

Due to repeated issues selling the iPhone 4S in China due to massive crowds of scalpers (and violence stemming from a lack of supply to meet overwhelming demand), Apple's trying a new tactic for selling its flagship handset. If you want to buy an iPhone in Hong Kong, you'll need to enter your information on Apple's site and enter a lottery. Potential buyers can only put in for a phone between 9am and 12pm, and must include their government ID; if you're selected, Apple will email you by 9pm that evening and let you know when to pick up your device the next day. It's a pretty strict system, with no one allowed to walk in and buy the device, but there has been many reports of violence and overall customer dissatisfaction with the buying experience in China. We'll see if Apple rolls this out across the country; for now this program is only for shoppers in Hong Kong.