iPad 2 launch in China: punchups, official scalpers, and more...

iPad 2 launch in China: punchups, official scalpers, and more...Over the weekend we touched on the reception Apple's iPad 2 had received on its launch over in China on Friday. A complete sell-out in four hours isn't bad going, after all.

But the details are worth a closer look, as it turns out our tablet-mad friends over in the Far East took things to a whole new level in their desperation to nab a shiny new iPad 2 of their very own.

The combination of limited stocks and insatiable demand is always a recipe for potential insanity, and so it proved at one Beijing branch of the Apple Store over the weekend.

According to the Associated Press, the shop was closed for several hours on Saturday after a group outside the store became unruly. The unrest was reportedly sparked by a scuffle between a “foreign” Apple staff member and an over-eager Chinese customer.

“The store team acted to protect themselves and our customers by closing the doors and preventing the group from entering,” a witness said, who reported having been hit on the head by a bottle thrown by the unruly crowd.

Chinese site MIC Gadget, meanwhile, managed to snap some interesting pics and video of the action, including of an official scalpers area. Turns out instead of trying to weed out scalpers altogether, they're given their own special demarcated area. Seems to be taking all the fun out of things to us, but anyway...

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