At about 8:40 a.m., a large group of police came to the Apple store at Sanlitun to quarantine the area to prevent others from entering the store's vicinity. Police then announced the store would not open in an effort to try to get the line of customers to disperse. By noon, the store was still closed.
Zhao Wei, a 20-year-old who was waiting in line, said he was disappointed with the cancelation. "I think Apple had stopped the sales because there were too many scalpers waiting to buy," he said.
"If I can't buy it today, that's OK. I will just come back and buy it," he added.
Gang Tieyan, who waited in line since 5 a.m., said Apple treated its customers poorly by not even stating why the sales were canceled. "The consumers have endured a lot, waiting outside in the cold for so long," he said. "I feel it's not fair."
Gang, however, still plans to buy an iPhone 4S, and said he will wait in line again if need be. "This is my first time deciding to come out here and wait in line to buy an iPhone. It was supposed to be a good day," he said. "But I'm very disappointed."
This isn't the first time sales at Apple's Sanlitun store in Beijing have become disorderly. Last year, customers shattered the glass door to the store following a skirmish with security guards outside the store.