Does anyone care for a facetime call with their deceased friends? The Chinese would probably say yes should there be WiFi in the afterlife. The living are not the only ones who desire Apple products in China. iPhones and iPad 2 (not yet officially launched in China) appeared on the list of sacrificial-offerings at this year’s Tomb Sweeping Day (Qingming Jie). Not grey market ones, but fake paper ones.
Tomb Sweeping Day is a traditional Chinese festival to pay tribute to ancestors and deceased loved ones. It is custom to burn paper money to the dead, as well as fake paper-made houses, cars, furnitures, TVs, ACs, or just about anything that could make life in the other world better. This year, many Chinese in heaven, or in hell, can expect to get the hottest gadgets of the living world – iPhones and iPads.
Many sacrificial-offering stores in China feature paper-made iPhone and iPad replicates this year. According to a China Daily report, a package of 2 iPads and 4 iPhones in different colored paper goes for 6 yuan. A MacBook also costs 6 yuan.
A package of iPhone plus iPad
Shop owner holding paper version of iPad and iPhone
A sacrificial-offering shop owner interviewed by iFeng.com commented, “Paper iPhones and iPads are high in demand this year. I had hundreds of them for the Tomb Sweeping Day and they are all sold out now.”