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  • Tales From Queue for the iPad 2


    Today, I waited in line, on launch day for an Apple product for the first time. I'm sure many readers have done such a thing before, but this was my first experience, and I thought it might be interesting to share some of the more exciting moments from my day in line for the iPad 2.

    I decided to get the iPad at the Apple Store in SoHo, NYC. It's a flagship store, but isn't as insane as some of the other NYC locations (No one sold their spot for 900$) My friend William and I arrived just after 6 AM, just after the heavy rain showers had passed over the city, and found ourselves with only ten people in front of us. Our was to be about eleven hours.

    I spent the day with some extremely interesting characters. The first: a man, missing many teeth, in a ragged pin-stripe suit (with matching fedora), who we realized later was selling spots in front of him (likely via craigslist). Nonetheless, when not on the phone lining up potential 'clients,' he pranced around exclaiming his excitement, while never seeming to know too much about the product he was waiting for. He ended the evening in a triumphant and impromptu vomit into the corner trashcan.

    The next, a young artist, who arrived shortly after us, who set up an easel, propped up his iPad, and began painting the scene on the iPad. He drew some of the biggest crowds of the day. Here's his work in progress:




    As 3:30 approached, we realized that we certainly were not tenth in line at all. We had suddenly slipped to about thirtieth. The few people in line had snuck "family members" in front of us while Apple employees were busy remaking the store for the launch. When employees re-appeared, it was too late. We were informed that what often happens at product launches is that "non end-users" (or resellers) use each other to secure as many products as possible, and of course the iPad 2 was no exception.

    Nonetheless, we were escorted in at 5 PM, and a sea of blue-shirted employees greeted us with cheers and blasting music, and I was out of the store by 5:15 with my new iPad (White 32 GB 3G AT&T). The experience was overall a great one, particularly because it ended up being a beautiful day in Manhattan, and the characters only added to the excitement of purchasing Apple's latest and greatest.

    I write this only to give readers an idea of some of the more interesting aspects of product launch day's at Apple retail stores. And in case any of you are wondering how I like the new iPad? In a word: awesome.

    Happy iPad 2 launch everyone! Here's some more pics from the launch:



    This article was originally published in forum thread: Tales From Queue for the iPad 2 started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      There was no one in line at the wal-mart by me, could have just walked right up and bought one.
    1. Battlecat714's Avatar
      Battlecat714 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      no not a free cover, a cover you stole. So you didn't notice that the fee you were asked to pay was not correct? You can't add? The fact that the employee made a mistake doesn't make it "free" it makes you a thief. Karma's a *****.
      lol.
    1. Tfost's Avatar
      Tfost -
      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      I waited 5 hours ugh. Dont think I'll do that again. Especially since our mall cops wouldn't even let people sit on the floor
      Frickin Nazi mall cops
    1. RochOAR's Avatar
      RochOAR -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      No not a free cover, a cover you stole. So you didn't notice that the fee you were asked to pay was not correct? You can't add? The fact that the employee made a mistake doesn't make it "free" it makes you a thief. Karma's a *****.
      The dude didn't steal the cover. The associate did not ring it up. Big difference there. Don't be jealous.
    1. Oneh1tko's Avatar
      Oneh1tko -
      Clovis CA reznor?
    1. marnix1991's Avatar
      marnix1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RochOAR View Post
      The dude didn't steal the cover. The associate did not ring it up. Big difference there. Don't be jealous.
      what i'm suprised of your reaction so tell me if you see that the sales people made a mistake, then you would have gone back and say i'm sorry i stole this ??? no i'm pretty sure that even honest people are sometimes glad that they didn't had to pay
    1. chile7236's Avatar
      chile7236 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      No not a free cover, a cover you stole. So you didn't notice that the fee you were asked to pay was not correct? You can't add? The fact that the employee made a mistake doesn't make it "free" it makes you a thief. Karma's a *****.
      yeah, it causes tsunamis
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by RochOAR View Post
      The dude didn't steal the cover. The associate did not ring it up. Big difference there. Don't be jealous.
      yeah, next time you leave any item "laying around" and someone comes up and "finds" it remember, they didn't steal it.... you left it laying around.
      Say what you want, if he has an item he did not pay for and he knows he didn't pay for that item he is a thief. It's not jealousy it's called honesty and integrity..... something he lacks and judging from what you wrote, so do you.
      Quote Originally Posted by marnix1991 View Post
      what i'm suprised of your reaction so tell me if you see that the sales people made a mistake, then you would have gone back and say i'm sorry i stole this ??? no i'm pretty sure that even honest people are sometimes glad that they didn't had to pay
      No, an honest person would have gone back and paid for the item.
    1. bigbodybenz's Avatar
      bigbodybenz -
      Dude your bugging, it just makes you feel good to call people thieves if it were you in that position you would gloat about it too, so stop being such a hater you troll
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I would have been there with Matt on the soho store but since I moved from NYC I had to go to Lancaster :-) it was fun tho , met some cool people
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      fact is,

      lawfully, that is a stolen case. Nothing makes it right, even if the associate forgot to add it in, you should know how to add and bring it to their attention.

      Back to the topic,

      I had a friend line up for me in Hawaii and was able to get 2 White 32GB's. Should be here by Monday.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      I would have been there with Matt on the soho store but since I moved from NYC I had to go to Lancaster :-) it was fun tho , met some cool people
      Lancaster PA???
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      fact is,

      lawfully, that is a stolen case. Nothing makes it right, even if the associate forgot to add it in, you should know how to add and bring it to their attention.

      Back to the topic,

      I had a friend line up for me in Hawaii and was able to get 2 White 32GB's. Should be here by Monday.
      Sweet!

      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      Lancaster PA???
      Yea I was second in line on park city mall apple store

      It was crazy because they wouldnt even let you sit down on the floor or even if you came with your own chair. They called the cops on people who did lol
    1. bigbodybenz's Avatar
      bigbodybenz -
      Got to Manhasset, New York Apple around 3:30pm yesterday, had about 90 people in front of me and finally got in the store at 7:30 with my card for a 64 gig black wi-fi which I am extremely pleased with. Thanks Apple!!!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      That crazy lol , they gave us cards indicating we would get one but the people in the back of the line had none so I don't know how that turned out
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      damn!!!! I finally sold my 1st 32Gb iPad @ 5:24AM .. Just too find out, that all iPad 2's are sold out !! SON OF A B*****!!! LOL , does n e one know.when the next batch comes in?? PS. I wasn't gonna buy the new iPad, till the 3GEn model... Oh well
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      I showed up at my local Walmart at 4:30 and was 5th in line. Got my Black 64GB wifi model and was out of the store by 5:05. And it's awesome.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I just want to make aware to the people here who have a lot of disposable income to remember the people in Japan who need aid following the Earthquake, Tsunami and subsequent explosion at a nuclear plant.
    1. bigbodybenz's Avatar
      bigbodybenz -
      Ya they told us if you didn't receive the card that they are sold out so anyone who didn't get a card just left, pissed off obviously. Some people were waiting on line for like 4 hours just to be told if you don't get a card were sold out. I would have been heated.

      By the time I got to the front all att iPads were sold out every model, all white iPads were sold, and the only ones available were the wi-fi black in all models and Verizon only in black 64 gig.
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      i wonder why there were no lines for the motorola xoom or were there?