According to the news spread over China's gigantic QQ social network
- near a billion users, mind you - the sales of iPhone and iPad shaped paper offerings
for the dead, prior to their Qingming festival
, have skyrocketed. One reason? The unscrupulous paper offering sellers preying on the populace say that, since now Steve Jobs is 'down there' as well, he can teach the other 'older' dead how to use the most famous Apple products!
Would you buy this phone... and then burn it?
Qingming, practiced for over 2,500 years among the Chinese population, involves visiting the ancestors' graves and burning paper offerings, basically models of real world things they'd desire most, to "provide these necessities in the otherworldly life"
. So, for an ancestor who died a century or two ago, obviously there must be a darn good reason to justify burning an - usually overpriced, just like the real thing - iPhone effigy. The most comical reasons given by the offering sellers to get extra 'paper accessories' include getting a "case for paper iPhone as it is too wet down there,"
a "Bluetooth so that the underworld police doesn't catch them when driving,"
and even a 'charger'
so that, imagine this, "the ancestors don't come back to ask them to recharge their iPhones"
Of course, some smart prospective buyers also asked the sellers to give them their name cards first, so that "if the paper iPhone is broken, the ancestors can contact the seller to fix things."
Now, imagine what kind of after(life) sales service that would be?
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