UAE retailer offers iPhone 6 on 20 Sep for 67% mark-up
JadoPado bypasses Apple’s supply chain, but only for 4.7-inch model
As Apple continues to struggle with its supply chain following record demand for its next-generation iPhones, UAE online retailer JadoPado this week started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 4.7-inch model on its website, displaying the accompanying pledge: “Ships on 20/09/2014”.
However, iFans will have to pay AED4,349 for the 16GB variant, AED4,849 for the 64GB and AED5,349 for the 128GB - prices that are up to 67% higher than those advertised on the UAE Apple Store’s website.
For now, JadoPado is only taking orders for the iPhone 6. Its larger cousin, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, will not be available to pre-order with the online retailer until 20 September.
The UAE Apple Store website promises a 27 September availability date for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and offers the handsets at prices starting from AED2,599 and AED2,999 respectively. While the lead time between international launch and UAE availability is considerably less than for those of the iPhone 5S and 5C, news of Apple’s inability to meet demand for the iPhone 6 devices may have stretched out the life of the nation’s grey market.
The Apple website is asking AED2,599 for the 16GB variant, AED2,999 for the 64GB and AED3,399 for the 128GB, meaning JadoPado’s mark-ups are 67%, 62% and 57%, respectively.
Grey market business in iPhone products is not new. Last year, UAE residents who wanted day-one access to the iPhone 5S had to pay up to AED6,000 for the privilege.