Unfortunately, we did not realise
of course they realized _exactly_ what the "flash sale" means, and they exploited it.
btw, no, I'm not one of those who tried and failed, I'm still not done with my trusty, de-oranged san francisco (gen 1). In the decade or so I might upgrade to a 3rd hand Samsung S2. If the price is right.
anyway, this xiaomi scam ("an illegal plan for making money, especially one that involves tricking people") is funny in how it created free advertising for the brand, exactly as they planned. Welcome to Chinaways UnLtd, little Englanders!