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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Apple popularity translates in China

Shopping in Shenzhen

Made in USA?

Wanna buy an iPnoue?

Buying old iPhones

Guangzhou chop shop

'Primitive' recycling methods

Recycling with a screwdriver

Beating the heat

Monitors for furniture

Getting companies to pay

Apple's Asian revenue has soared in recent years, particularly since the iPhone's launch in China in 2009. This Apple store in Shanghai, along the well-traveled Nanjing Road, is frequently packed.
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In Chinese cities that don't have Apple stores, consumers visit electronics marketplaces such as the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen. This is a vendor who sells both legitimate iPhones and fakes.
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This "iPhone" is a fake, something the vendor cheerfully acknowledges. It's obvious because the writing on the back reads, "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in U.S.A." Of course, no iPhones are assembled in the United States. The price: 650 renminbi or about $102.
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This phone is an obvious Apple fake. It doesn't even try to resemble the iPhone, except for the spelling of the product's name. The letters may be different, but to non-English readers, they look awfully familiar. The vendor said this phone offers parents a way to appease children who want an iPhone without spending the money required. Its price: 400 renminbi or about $63.
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When consumers buy a new mobile phone, they often unload their old one. In China, they can sell them to buyers like the man here, sitting behind the stand in front of the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen. He offered 2,300 renminbi, about $362, for an iPhone 4S.
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Buyers of used mobile devices in China fix what they can to resell. The broken gadgets they can't fix are often taken to recycling operations, such as this one in Guangzhou, in south China. Many of those recyclers don't have modern equipment to properly handle the electronic waste.
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Workers at this chop shop, an electronics recycling operation in Guangzhou, China, are tearing apart computers and computer monitors. Some said they also take apart broken mobile devices. They separate the plastic, the metals, and the wires. One environmental activist said the separated pieces are taken to other operations where they are melted so they can be resold, a "primitive" process that he said can release dangerous toxins.
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At this recycling operation in Guangzhou, China, a worker, using a screwdriver, separates clear plastic pieces from black ones on a computer disk drive cover. The black plastic will likely be melted, though probably not in modern facilities, and resold.
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On a day when both the humidity and temperatures were high, workers at this Guangzhou, China, electronics recycling operation had a fan to stay cool.
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Workers at an electronics recycling operation in Guangzhou, China, separate plastic, metals, and wires as they pull apart computers. Their workplace includes makeshift stools made from old computer monitors.
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Du Huanzheng, a professor at Jiaxing University near Shanghai, believes that electronics manufacturers should bear the cost of recycling products they sell in China.
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