The people I saw waiting outside the SoHo store mostly refused to answer questions about what they were doing. But one man, who looked to be around 40 years old and declined to share his name, said he could make up to $400 a day by purchasing and reselling the iPad 2. As I reported last year, this is more money than many Chinese immigrants make in a week.
The SoHo store isn’t an anomaly either. Twitter users regularly share sightings of long lines of Chinese people waiting overnight at Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York.