Mr. Hou was skeptical when he saw an iPhone 6S being offered online for 70 percent the normal price, but decided to hear the seller out. When he heard that the Apple product was cheaper because it had been smuggled into the country, he decided it made sense and shelled out 1,500 yuan (about $230) for the phone.
But when Hou’s package arrived the next day at his home in Sichuan Province, southwest China, he opened it to find a piece of Chinese pancake.
Hou made immediate attempts to get a refund, but the seller could not be contacted, Dazhou Evening News reported March 23.
The con-man seemed to be making a cruel play on the Chinese saying “pancakes falling from the heavens,” which is often used as an equivalent to “too good to be true.”
It’s not known if the pancake came in the proper Apple packaging.