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smileyborg
Mar 4, 2011, 01:37 PM
I'm considering showing up on Friday March 11th for the launch. I've never been at an Apple Store for a launch...have always ordered online. But since that's not an option this time with the iPad 2, I thought it might be fun to go in-person, wait in line, and be one of the first to get an iPad.

Who else is planning on showing up to the Shadyside store?

andrer
Mar 5, 2011, 08:55 PM
Hey smileyborg. I'm definitely gonna be there with a friend or two, we live right around the block.

I have no idea on how big the line's gonna be, so my plan is to stroll around Walnut 2 hours earlier, just to check for suspicious gatherings :D

smileyborg
Mar 6, 2011, 02:56 AM
Sounds good. I don't know how busy it will be, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are people there lining up in the morning, given that the only way to get the iPad 2 on day 1 is to show up in person since they aren't doing preorders. I might check in around lunchtime and see how things look. I'll also be watching to see what the weather will be like.

blurb23
Mar 10, 2011, 05:09 PM
They're temporarily closing at like 3 or 4, right?

smileyborg
Mar 10, 2011, 05:10 PM
I talked to an employee at the Apple Store Shadyside today, she said that the store would likely close for an hour or two before 5:00pm tomorrow, based on previous evening product launches.

andrer
Mar 11, 2011, 11:09 AM
Just went to the Shadyside store to check, only two people in line at 11:50am.
http://i53.tinypic.com/2mq9nop.jpg.

It's snowing lightly, I guess it'll probably rain a bit in the afternoon. Bring your umbrellas!

smileyborg
Mar 11, 2011, 11:13 AM
Thanks for the update! I'll be heading over in ~1hr.

blurb23
Mar 11, 2011, 12:23 PM
Are they letting people into the store?

andrer
Mar 11, 2011, 12:42 PM
Are they letting people into the store?

Well, the store is open, they're just not selling iPad 2's yet.

andrer
Mar 11, 2011, 01:21 PM
About 30 people in line now.

mreda75
Mar 11, 2011, 01:22 PM
Any ideas on inventory levels?

andrer
Mar 11, 2011, 01:41 PM
Any ideas on inventory levels?

No clue, but I'm at the end of the line right now. Roughly 35 people now.

blurb23
Mar 11, 2011, 02:32 PM
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Update for the Target in Monroeville:

Not too far if Shadyside sells out. I'm first in line... In a line of 2 people. Store managers say that "they should have enough to go around."

EDIT: They just got their shipment, and it's only four 32gb wifi black models. They called around and apparently all of the targets in the area are getting random allotments. One store apparently only got 64gb black Verizon units.

smileyborg
Mar 11, 2011, 02:45 PM
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Apple Store employees here are giving out free Smartwater and coffee. It's cold. No major snow or rain yet, though (thankfully). I'm about #15 in line, probably around 80 people here now.

poleary2000
Mar 11, 2011, 04:26 PM
Any updates?

smileyborg
Mar 11, 2011, 04:49 PM
There was a HUGE line at 5pm, I could not see the end of it. My best guess would be 200-300 people? Doubtful that everyone in line will get an iPad unless they have a huge inventory. All I could see is that they had somewhere between ~250-500 smart covers on the rack. Don't know if that corresponds to iPad inventory or if they had more in the back.

smileyborg
Mar 11, 2011, 08:20 PM
I took this video right when they opened the doors. Sorry for the shaking, my hands were freezing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEaPd93l_xs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

foodle
Mar 11, 2011, 08:59 PM
As of 7:30pm, the only ones left in stock are 64GB Verizon 3G. Don't remember the color.