he hottest item in China right now is a Starbucks cup that people are literally fighting to get a hold of.
The mugs are in shape of a cat’s paw. They were launched on Tuesday selling for 199 yuan ($30) in very limited quantities at stores around the country. People lined up for hours before the shops opened for their chance at a cup. One person is even reported to have camped out overnight.
Soon enough a number of video clips began circulating online of customers clashing over the mugs, shouting, shoving, and kicking each other in line.
The reason for their aggression can be seen on Taobao where Starbuck’s official store offers only 1,000 cups a day at the standard price of 199 yuan while scalpers are selling the mugs for between 800 and 3,000 yuan ($119 – $448). To the victor goes the spoils.