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Shenzhen's gray market 'honors' Steve Jobs with iPhone accessories

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2011-10-12
  • 12:26 (GMT+8)
iPhone 4 cases commemorating Steve Jobs appeared in Shenzhen's Huaquiang North market the day after the former CEO's death. (Photo/CFP)

iPhone 4 cases commemorating Steve Jobs appeared in Shenzhen's Huaquiang North market the day after the former CEO's death. (Photo/CFP)

The death last week of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has brought tributes from fans of the company's products from around the world. Shenzhen's Huaqiang North Road, China's biggest mobile phone gray market, however, has turned the death of Jobs into a business opportunity.

Vendors in the area have been selling iPhone 4 cases emblazoned with a portrait of the late Apple co-founder for 10 to 30 yuan (US$1.60-$4.70) and commemorative iPad cases will be released soon. The phone cases have already proved a hit with shoppers, according to the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao Daily.

"If there is any place faster and better than the iTunes Store, it must be Huaqiang North," reported the Nanfang Daily, a Guangzhou newspaper. The moment fans began to pay their condolences to Jobs, Huaqiang North, which has been billed Illegal Phone City, released a range of products in memory of the former Apple boss.

Netizens have praised Huaqiang North for its keen business sense. Reports suggested that manufacturers started work on Jobs-related products the same night the news of his death was reported, and started delivering the goods the next day.

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