Crowds Flock To iPad 2 Launch In China

The iPad 2 went on sale at Apple Stores in China on Friday and the release was reportedly greeted with long lines, and even scalpers.

Apple Insider has more: “At the Cupertino, Calif., company’s flagship store in Beijing, the line still numbered in the hundreds by 10 a.m. local time. Apple retail staff carefully managed the line, allowing just a handful of customers in at a time. Dozens of scalpers congregated outside the retail store, offering to sell the device, which starts at 3688 yuan ($568), for a markup of just 200 yuan ($30).”

Apparently there were a lot more people lined up for the iPad 2 than the launch of the original iPad last year. But the weather was better this year.

The tablet sold out on Apple’s e-commerce site in China. Orders now have a shipping estimate of one to two weeks.