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One Month After Launch, iPhone 6 Plus Scalping Is A Huge Problem In Canada

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I preordered my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in Space Grey on September 12th, at 11:22am, with Fido, a large Canadian carrier. It’s now October 21st, and I’m still sitting in the pre-order queue at #206, down from #414 when I first completed the procedure. This is ridiculous. But it gets worse. I have been checking the Apple site daily, hoping to be able to make a reservation there and there never is anything available, ever. So I went to one of the Apple stores several times, hoping for a miracle, only to finally be informed by one of the Geniuses of what’s actually going on: scalping!

According to this Genius, it seems there are teams of resellers who hire kids to refresh the Apple site all day, immediately snagging any units as soon as they become available. They then waltz into the store, buy the devices full price, and sell them for an outrageous profit. To confirm this, I decided to see if I could actually get my hands on a phone from one of these resellers. After walking around a local mall for a few minutes, I happened on a small kiosk that sold cell phones. I asked for a 6 Plus, 128GB and was told that “of course, you can have one. It’ll be $1,500.” Oh. Ok. That’s a 50% profit margin!

Meanwhile, Fido has apparently received only about 200 units of the 6 Plus 128GB Space Grey in one month’s time. That’s Canada-wide! What this seems to mean is that Apple is funnelling the vast majority of its available inventory directly to its retail outlets, rather than through the carriers, since we imagine this way they can reap the full profit rather than sharing a portion with the carriers.

It’s a frustrating situation. Of course we understand Apple’s apparent decision to make as full of a profit now that demand is still high, but the unfortunate side effect of this is that regular customers are being gouged. Supply to legitimate carriers is apparently being throttled, and no one at any retail outlet besides the Apple store seems to know what’s going on.

Any other Canadians experiencing this?

World’s Thinnest Case Preserves The iPhone 6’s Unnecessary Thinness

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Apple could have made the iPhone 6 about a millimeter thicker and no one would have noticed. Instead, they made them this thin, and a camera sticks out the back like a sore thumb. On your back. Bravo, Apple, bravo. But regardless of how you feel about this potentially boneheaded decision, you might still want to keep your phone protected while taking advantage of the appreciated, but totally unnecessary, thinness. To this end, take a look at this case from Spigen. Made from polycarbonate and a discoloration-preventing urethane coating, this case is only 0.4mm thick. Less than half a millimiter! We wouldn’t write about cases normally, but a case this thin deserves at least a passing mention. It’s $25 for either model, and comes in five different hues.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Deal Of The Day: 14% Off On 3-Month Loot Crate

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If you’re a geek and a gamer, chances are you’re heard of the Loot Crate. If not, you need to get on it. It’s a monthly mystery box that’s packed with gear that you’ll love, from strategy guides, to stickers, figurines, T-shirts, and even “dragon jerky”. It’s been described as “nerd Christmas once a month”, and at $16 a month, it’s a steal. Today’s deal costs $48 for 3 months, with is 14% off it’s regular $56 pricing.

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Dunking Buddy Helps You Dunk Your Cookies

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Living in the first world sure seems to make it possible to think it’s necessary to design things like the Dunking Buddy. It’s a little gadget that helps you dunk your cookies in milk, because apparently holding them in your fingers is either too hard or too annoying. You could, after all, drop one in… and then that would be disastrous. So the Dunking Buddy attaches to the side of your glass with a magnet (with one part inside) and gives you a tiny plastic tray in which to place your sugary flour discs. That way the rampant danger of drowning cookies is mitigated, and everyone can snack stress-free.

It’s still under development, with a patent pending (!) and an undisclosed price. But you can sign up to be notified of when it’ll be launched.

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Japan Crate Sends You Sweet Japanese Candy Every Month

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You might’ve seen some Japanese candy and its colourful packaging on the Internet for years, and wondered how they taste. But Japan is there, and you’re over here, and oh how will you ever find out? Well it’s easy now: sign up for a Japan Crate, and every month you’ll get a mystery sampling of Japanese candy!

Every month we’ll send you a mystery box ranging from 4-6 full size candies or 10-12 with DIY Candy Kits. Receive anything from a sushi candy making kit to Vanilla Ice Cream Kit Kats. Starting at $12/month with free shipping anywhere in the United States.

So not only can you get a hand-picked sampling of Japan’s finest cavity-causing sugar treats, but you’re also sort of signing up for a surprise every month. It’s like Christmas, twelve times a year!

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Bluesmart Is The First Connected Smart Luggage

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If you consider yourself a modern day traveller, you’re really going to want to take a look at Bluesmart. It’s the “world’s first” connected smart luggage, and it actually packs a host of features that have us salivating here at OhGizmo HQ. Check this out:

- TSA-approved lock that can be toggled via the application.
– A proximity sensor will send you a notification if it senses you’re leaving your bag behind.
– A built-in scale in the handle tells you your bag’s weight.
– Location tracking in case of loss (although this is based on the potential proximity of other Bluesmart travellers within range).
– Built-in battery to recharge your electronics (a typical phone up to 6 times over).
– Easy-access front flap to reach your electronic devices within.
– Trip data tracking.

It’s a good looking piece of luggage to boot. The cherry on the icing is that the company isn’t asking for an outrageous sum; the Indiegogo Early Adopter pricing is set at $215 for the moment, and will go up to $235 once that’s over. Delivery is far away, however, with August 2015 slated as the target.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures and links.

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Deal Of The Day: 12% Off On ilumi LED Smart Lightbulb

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The Hue isn’t the only smart lightbulb on the market. ilumi has a few features of its own that make it worth a second look. After your Bluetooth pairing, a smartphone application then sets out to control its bevy of features, which include:

Music Sync – Pulse your light to the beat of the music
Rise & Shine – Wake up naturally with a scheduled sunrise to start your day
Scene Snapshot – Create, save, and replay your favorite lighting scenes with one touch
Vacation – Let your light make it look like someone’s home, even if you’re not
Torch – Let your light guide you, turning on & off as you move from room to room (coming soon!)
Individual Or Group Control – Control your ilumi Smartbulbs individually or as a group with built in Bluetooth LE wireless meshing
Extremely energy efficient – These bulbs lasts up to 20 years

It’s normally $90 for a bulb, but they’re going for $79 after today’s deal.

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Cat Clutch, Ladies?

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Since we’re on the topic of cats, some of you ladies out there might be interested in this cat clutch. It looks ridiculous. And it’s awesome.

It’s supposed to be a Halloween thing, we think. But we can totally see you rocking this year round. You’ll only have to pay $38 for the privilege, which is really very little for such a fashionable item. Being sold at Asos, with free shipping both ways (if you want to return it, say).

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Cat Ear Headphones Are A Thing Now

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We have a sneaking suspicion that Axent Wear’s new Cat Ear Heaphones will find a strong market mostly in Japan. But they’re sure as heck intriguing enough to get us talking about them on this side of the pond. Although really, there’s not much to say about them. The cat ears are actually speakers that can blast your music outwards. There are LEDs throughout to accent the design, and thankfully both the cat ears and LEDs can be turned off if you don’t feel like being obnoxious at any given time. And that’s it. It’s a $150 pledge on Indiegogo, which includes shipping, taxes and import duties worldwide.

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