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Chinese iPad Smugglers Turn MacGyver

They used a fishing line and crossbow to ship goods
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China has been getting very creative in its attempts to illegally sell Apple products. First, there was that string of fake Apple stores. And now, a group of Chinese smugglers has been caught in a very inventive (if ill-fated) ruse to bring iPads and iPhones into Hong Kong.

Gizchina reported that several smugglers attempting to make a profit off of the tax differences between mainland China and Hong Kong were caught by customs officers after their zip-line and pulley were discovered.

That’s right—a zip-line. Apparently the men attached a “strong fishing line” to the 21st story of a skyscraper in Shenzhen and, using a crossbow, shot the other end to a house in rural Hong Kong across the Sha Tau Kok River. They then hoisted nylon bags filled with iPads and iPhones along the 300-meter line in the middle of the night.

According to the Chinese officials who caught the smugglers, they confiscated about $46,000 worth of Apple gear that had been sent over the zip-line.