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zoman504
Mar 4, 2011, 07:12 PM
Anyone else going to check out Polaris Mall on launch day? I think I'll be heading there around 2 or 3, taking a half-day off work :)

DGiPhone
Mar 5, 2011, 11:28 AM
I might go to Easton if the weather is nice. Think there will be really long lines like last time?

cmhsam
Mar 5, 2011, 01:16 PM
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I will be there around 12pm or maybe Easton. I want to make sure I can get one early

zoman504
Mar 5, 2011, 01:52 PM
I haven't done one before. Do the lines get bad around Columbus? You think getting there by 2 or 3 will be ok?

cmhsam
Mar 5, 2011, 05:41 PM
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This is the first major product launch for Polaris apple store. Wasn't open for iphone4 or iPad. Not too many people know about this store so you should be ok getting there as late as 4

cmhsam
Mar 5, 2011, 05:42 PM
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One more thing to note. Since it's on a Friday schools are still in session. Can't see too many students being able to line up early like the iphone4 during summer.

zoman504
Mar 5, 2011, 06:07 PM
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One more thing to note. Since it's on a Friday schools are still in session. Can't see too many students being able to line up early like the iphone4 during summer.

Thanks for the heads up! I'll probably head out of work around noonish, get lunch, then try to get to Polaris at 3.

cmhsam
Mar 5, 2011, 07:50 PM
Thanks for the heads up! I'll probably head out of work around noonish, get lunch, then try to get to Polaris at 3.

You can even get there at 4pm and be ok...

cmhsam
Mar 6, 2011, 03:07 PM
Just got back from the store and they told me they will be open until 3pm for regular sales. At 3pm they will close until 5pm. Polaris Security is not letting anyone line up before 445pm for the IPAD 2. If you line up outside Apple they will escort you out of the mall for the night. This came from Polaris Security.

zoman504
Mar 6, 2011, 07:33 PM
Just got back from the store and they told me they will be open until 3pm for regular sales. At 3pm they will close until 5pm. Polaris Security is not letting anyone line up before 445pm for the IPAD 2. If you line up outside Apple they will escort you out of the mall for the night. This came from Polaris Security.

Thanks again! Wow, thats crazy. Guess I'll head up there around 330 or 4. What do they expect people to do, rush to the line at 445? Or do you think it just wont be that bad?

cmhsam
Mar 6, 2011, 07:41 PM
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A friend of mine works security at Polaris. They are being a lot more stricter with security since the Easton shooting. They know that apple will be closed at 3 and don't want anyone camping out or "loitering". If they see anyone hanging out in front of the apple store they will escort you out for the rest of the day. No questions asked. They will have multiple security guards in front of the apple store to prevent people from lining up. We are all in the same boat.

HeatherA
Mar 6, 2011, 08:34 PM
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A friend of mine works security at Polaris. They are being a lot more stricter with security since the Easton shooting. They know that apple will be closed at 3 and don't want anyone camping out or "loitering". If they see anyone hanging out in front of the apple store they will escort you out for the rest of the day. No questions asked. They will have multiple security guards in front of the apple store to prevent people from lining up. We are all in the same boat.

I find that hard to believe. At Easton they set up queue lines for big release days out side of the Apple store... I can't believe Polaris wouldn't do the same and risk sending everyone over to the Easton Apple store to wait.

cmhsam
Mar 6, 2011, 09:07 PM
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A friend of mine works security at Polaris. They are being a lot more stricter with security since the Easton shooting. They know that apple will be closed at 3 and don't want anyone camping out or "loitering". If they see anyone hanging out in front of the apple store they will escort you out for the rest of the day. No questions asked. They will have multiple security guards in front of the apple store to prevent people from lining up. We are all in the same boat.

I find that hard to believe. At Easton they set up queue lines for big release days out side of the Apple store... I can't believe Polaris wouldn't do the same and risk sending everyone over to the Easton Apple store to wait.

The difference between Easton and Polaris is Easton is outdoor. Polaris is indoors. You also don't know the changes that Easton will be doing as well. Also for iPhone4 launch security at Easton did not allow a line until 5am.

zoman504
Mar 6, 2011, 09:33 PM
With there now being two Apple stores in a somewhat close radius, I can't see it being horrible. I'll probably just get there around 330ish or 4 and worst case walk around for an hour.

cmhsam
Mar 7, 2011, 06:00 AM
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Good point. It just sucks we all have to line up vs doing online ordering. There is also a Bestbuy Att and verizon across the street from polaris. I will just get there at 5.

Dan SAE
Mar 7, 2011, 07:59 AM
So if we are going to line up, it will have to be at Easton rather than Polaris? I just don't like that idea of everyone rushing to line up right before they go on sale.

cmhsam
Mar 7, 2011, 08:13 AM
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Sounds like Easton will be the place to line up. When iPhone 4 released security wouldn't let anyone line up at Easton

zoman504
Mar 7, 2011, 08:56 AM
Guess I'll just head to Polaris around 4ish. If there's a line, then there's a line. I can't see it being so bad I wouldn't get one. Worst case, I'd have to head to BB or something if that fails.

cmhsam
Mar 7, 2011, 10:09 AM
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Guess I'll just head to Polaris around 4ish. If there's a line, then there's a line. I can't see it being so bad I wouldn't get one. Worst case, I'd have to head to BB or something if that fails.

We will just have to make a party out of it. It is a Friday night. This is my first iPad so any good tips tricks or apps would be appreciated after we pick up

cmhsam
Mar 7, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Btw what happens when we are waiting in line if we need to use the bathroom? Hopefully we can save each others spots.

bmwguy80
Mar 7, 2011, 05:38 PM
Btw what happens when we are waiting in line if we need to use the bathroom? Hopefully we can save each others spots.

I've been at Easton for every iPhone launch as well as the iPad launch and holding a spot has never been a problem. :)

HeatherA
Mar 8, 2011, 03:16 PM
I stopped by the Apple store today and asked about Friday. I was told that they don't know about the line situation and probably won't until Thursday. They have not been told that mall security will not allow people to line up and in fact the mall owners were so good at the Verizon iPhone launch that they opened the mall at 10pm the night before to allow people to line up. So they expect that a line will be allowed on Friday, just not sure what time and other details.

Just an FYI

zoman504
Mar 8, 2011, 03:20 PM
I stopped by the Apple store today and asked about Friday. I was told that they don't know about the line situation and probably won't until Thursday. They have not been told that mall security will not allow people to line up and in fact the mall owners were so good at the Verizon iPhone launch that they opened the mall at 10pm the night before to allow people to line up. So they expect that a line will be allowed on Friday, just not sure what time and other details.

Just an FYI

Thanks for the info! Maybe Thursday we can get more concrete news. I'll be leaving work at noon, so I'd like to know if I need to head there around 2 or if 4ish is ok.

cmhsam
Mar 8, 2011, 07:40 PM
I stopped by the Apple store today and asked about Friday. I was told that they don't know about the line situation and probably won't until Thursday. They have not been told that mall security will not allow people to line up and in fact the mall owners were so good at the Verizon iPhone launch that they opened the mall at 10pm the night before to allow people to line up. So they expect that a line will be allowed on Friday, just not sure what time and other details.

Just an FYI

I dont think Apple will be able to control what security allows and doesnt allow. Either way I hope you are right. Anyone taking the day off work or anyone not going to school to line up? With two apple stores in a 10 mile radius, several bestbuys, Verizon and ATT Stores, and Walmarts I dont think we will have a tough time getting one Fri.

HeatherA
Mar 9, 2011, 06:40 AM
I dont think Apple will be able to control what security allows and doesnt allow. Either way I hope you are right. Anyone taking the day off work or anyone not going to school to line up? With two apple stores in a 10 mile radius, several bestbuys, Verizon and ATT Stores, and Walmarts I dont think we will have a tough time getting one Fri.

Glimcher will want to keep Apple happy, it's a big coup to have an Apple store in your mall and I'm sure they will work with Apple. We'll have to see how it pans out. I hope you're right about not having any trouble getting one because I'm ready! Haha

cmhsam
Mar 9, 2011, 08:25 AM
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I dont think Apple will be able to control what security allows and doesnt allow. Either way I hope you are right. Anyone taking the day off work or anyone not going to school to line up? With two apple stores in a 10 mile radius, several bestbuys, Verizon and ATT Stores, and Walmarts I dont think we will have a tough time getting one Fri.

Glimcher will want to keep Apple happy, it's a big coup to have an Apple store in your mall and I'm sure they will work with Apple. We'll have to see how it pans out. I hope you're right about not having any trouble getting one because I'm ready! Haha

With all of apple's distribution points I think we will be ok getting one on Fri. What time will you all be getting there?

cmhsam
Mar 9, 2011, 04:35 PM
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I called the walmart by Easton and they said they will sell them at 8am Friday. Not sure if this is legit but am gonna try to stop in Thursday.

zoman504
Mar 9, 2011, 05:14 PM
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I called the walmart by Easton and they said they will sell them at 8am Friday. Not sure if this is legit but am gonna try to stop in Thursday.

Def keep us updated! There's a BB right by my place at Tuttle, so I may just head there around 4. I got the iPad 1 there on a weekend morning and the line was pretty short.

cmhsam
Mar 9, 2011, 06:07 PM
Def keep us updated! There's a BB right by my place at Tuttle, so I may just head there around 4. I got the iPad 1 there on a weekend morning and the line was pretty short.

yeah i had no intent of buying the ipad 1 but when i drove by the BB close to my house i saw how short the line was and waited for 30 minutes before the store opened. got the ipad.

cmhsam
Mar 9, 2011, 09:27 PM
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I just read in another thread that microcenters will have them as well on launch day. Maybe will check out the one close to campus at 9am and see if they will sell them early or ticket and allow to come
Back at 5

zoman504
Mar 9, 2011, 09:33 PM
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I just read in another thread that microcenters will have them as well on launch day. Maybe will check out the one close to campus at 9am and see if they will sell them early or ticket and allow to come
Back at 5

Theres one right down the street from me. Might call them tomorrow to see if they know their protocol yet.

Nighthawk70
Mar 10, 2011, 07:19 AM
I'm going by the BB in Reynoldsburg tonight to see what they're doing about possible vouchers / line etc. I don't work near the Apple store so I probably won't make it if there's a line.

OSU-Apple-Fan
Mar 10, 2011, 07:31 AM
Polaris Mall is opening and ready for lines at 8am. Confirmed with Apple and Mall Management. They're security is far more "friendly" than Easton. Since it's an inside wait, and temps are expected to be 40 and snowing, Polaris will be the place to go. I think getting there between noon and 3 will be a sure bet, anything after 3 starts to be risky. There are no online pre-orders, so this will be a large launch at the stores! I seriously doubt that any retailers that will sell earlier than 5pm when Apple's website says 5pm. Don't be fooled. Good luck everyone!

cmhsam
Mar 10, 2011, 07:52 AM
Polaris Mall is opening and ready for lines at 8am. Confirmed with Apple and Mall Management. They're security is far more "friendly" than Easton. Since it's an inside wait, and temps are expected to be 40 and snowing, Polaris will be the place to go. I think getting there between noon and 3 will be a sure bet, anything after 3 starts to be risky. There are no online pre-orders, so this will be a large launch at the stores! I seriously doubt that any retailers that will sell earlier than 5pm when Apple's website says 5pm. Don't be fooled. Good luck everyone!

Crap, more snow??? What time are you all getting there?

cmhsam
Mar 10, 2011, 03:46 PM
Walmart by Easton said they will be getting their shipment tonight between 8 and 9pm. The guy said they will sell at 8am when they finish stocking their previous night delivery. Guess we will see tomorrow AM.

zoman504
Mar 10, 2011, 04:56 PM
Walmart by Easton said they will be getting their shipment tonight between 8 and 9pm. The guy said they will sell at 8am when they finish stocking their previous night delivery. Guess we will see tomorrow AM.

Talked to the Microcenter on Bethel Rd and they said after 5PM. I think I'll head to BB at Tuttle at 4PM. Sounds like they should have plenty and I cant see there being huge lines.

HeatherA
Mar 10, 2011, 08:00 PM
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With all of apple's distribution points I think we will be ok getting one on Fri. What time will you all be getting there?

I think I'm going to Best Buy instead of the mall. I'm going to play it by ear tomorrow. If I manage to get mine at Best Buy I will probably head to Polaris for accessories afterward.

What time are you going?

cmhsam
Mar 10, 2011, 09:02 PM
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With all of apple's distribution points I think we will be ok getting one on Fri. What time will you all be getting there?

I think I'm going to Best Buy instead of the mall. I'm going to play it by ear tomorrow. If I manage to get mine at Best Buy I will probably head to Polaris for accessories afterward.

What time are you going?

About 430 i should be there. Which Bestbuy?

ryan.malany
Mar 11, 2011, 05:57 AM
I propose using the hashtag #cbusipad on Twitter to keep others updated on lines, inventories, pictures, etc.! Thoughts?

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 06:03 AM
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I propose using the hashtag #cbusipad on Twitter to keep others updated on lines, inventories, pictures, etc.! Thoughts?

Don't you have to follow each other on twitter for that to work? Sorry not familiar too much with the twitter. I can post updates using that hashtag. Drove by at 7. No one waiting yet.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 06:10 AM
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3 cars outside apple mall entrance. Looks like ppl waiting in cars.

ryan.malany
Mar 11, 2011, 06:17 AM
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Don't you have to follow each other on twitter for that to work? Sorry not familiar too much with the twitter. I can post updates using that hashtag. Drove by at 7. No one waiting yet.

No, that's the beauty of hastags. Any tweets posted on Twitter with that hashtag can be searched when you search for that hashtag (as long as the person who tweeted doesn't "protect" their tweets.). Looking forward to hearing from you. I can't make it to Columbus until 4:30 so I'm looking for good info! :-)

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 06:41 AM
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Am tweeting now. Just posted pic from outside of store

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 06:59 AM
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8 ppl in line now

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 07:10 AM
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8 ppl in line now

Seriously? 8 people in line at the Apple store 9 hours early? Gosh... I don't want to stand in line all day. I have too much to do!

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 07:13 AM
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Upto 15 now

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 07:14 AM
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Upto 15 now

So much for this afternoon. Wonder how Best Buy looks?

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 07:17 AM
So much for this afternoon. Wonder how Best Buy looks?

Damn. I get off at 1230, but still dont plan on heading out til 345 or 4 to wait in line. If BB by Tuttle is crazy, then I'll just head to Microcenter.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 07:28 AM
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Upto 15 now

So much for this afternoon. Wonder how Best Buy looks?

I am sure the polaris apple will be the one that gets more traffic since it's indoor. Not sure about the BB's

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 07:42 AM
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I am sure the polaris apple will be the one that gets more traffic since it's indoor. Not sure about the BB's

What's the count now?

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Up to 20 people now

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 08:16 AM
With the Apple Store now showing 2-3 week waiting times, I may have to head up to BB around 230 or 3 haha. I'm sure you'll get the early line people this morning though. When I got my iPad 1 from BB there was 2 people who had stayed all night, the rest of us showed up 30 minutes before.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Up to 25 now. They just brought out coffee water an bagels

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 08:44 AM
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Up to 25 now. They just brought out coffee water an bagels


Someone just said that their Best Buy only got wifi models so once ours opens I'm calling to see if they have the one I want and how many. If not a good amount I will be heading over to the mall in a short while. Thanks for the continuous updates. I really appreciate them as I rush to get my work done so I can head out...

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 08:53 AM
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Up to 25 now. They just brought out coffee water an bagels

Are you at the Polaris location?

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Up to 25 now. They just brought out coffee water an bagels

Are you at the Polaris location?

Yeah.

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 09:03 AM
Just talked to Best Buy Polaris and they don't have any iPad 2's in the store yet... and she said there are some people in line already. Tickets at 4:30.

Robertesnob
Mar 11, 2011, 09:05 AM
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Yeah.

Hey! What's your twitter handle? I'm probably heading there soon!

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 09:07 AM
Just talked to Best Buy Polaris and they don't have any iPad 2's in the store yet... and she said there are some people in line already. Tickets at 4:30.

Thanks for the update! I'll probably still head up to BB at Tuttle around 230ish or 3. I need to at least do SOME work today lol.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 09:23 AM
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Yeah.

Hey! What's your twitter handle? I'm probably heading there soon!

Twitter handle is cbussam

Nighthawk70
Mar 11, 2011, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the update! I'll probably still head up to BB at Tuttle around 230ish or 3. I need to at least do SOME work today lol.

Going to Tuttle @ 3:00 myself.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 09:42 AM
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We are at 35 now in line

RoscOSU
Mar 11, 2011, 10:11 AM
Just an FYI that I've spoken to a few Verizon stores out there this morning...looks like they will only be able to order them from the store at 5pm and ship them. Probably receive quicker than the current apple.com wait time but might be a little less hectic. I ordered a 32GB VZW 3g through apple but will cancel if Verizon tells me I can have it tomorrow or Monday.

John in Grandview

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 10:12 AM
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We r close to 50 in line at Polaris now.

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 10:16 AM
I've been on a twitter break this week, but my name is @zoforeman on there. I'll probably update when I get to BB around 3.

wahudiditagain
Mar 11, 2011, 10:50 AM
I've never been to an Apple launch before, do the stores usually have sufficient quantities or do they run out? Looking forward to buying my first Apple product in quite awhile.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 10:53 AM
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About 60 in line now

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Make that 70

Robertesnob
Mar 11, 2011, 11:58 AM
I'm the douche holding water!!!

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 12:05 PM
Called the BB on Tuttle and they said there's only a few in line right now and they will be doing tickets at 4:30. I'll probably head there at 3, after the OSU game!

DGiPhone
Mar 11, 2011, 02:41 PM
I'm #100 in line at Polaris. Looks like 25-30 or more behind me.

woody888
Mar 11, 2011, 06:12 PM
how long is the line now, does anyone have any idea? I can't leave work until 8pm, and I'm thinking I'll be there at around 8:20pm. Just wondering if I should even bother doing that.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 06:32 PM
how long is the line now, does anyone have any idea? I can't leave work until 8pm, and I'm thinking I'll be there at around 8:20pm. Just wondering if I should even bother doing that.

Apple store at Polaris is sold out. No word on when new shipments will be delivered.

HeatherA
Mar 11, 2011, 07:32 PM
Apple store at Polaris is sold out. No word on when new shipments will be delivered.

So glad I went to Best Buy! I was #2 in line and froze for 5 hours, but got the iPad I was after! Best Buy sold out about 5 after 5pm. Had enough for the entire line and a few stragglers but that was it.

Finally home from a long day and now syncing all my apps. Only odd thing is that my laptop USB doesn't seem to be strong enough to charge my iPad. Glad it was already at 86%.

cmhsam
Mar 11, 2011, 07:55 PM
So glad I went to Best Buy! I was #2 in line and froze for 5 hours, but got the iPad I was after! Best Buy sold out about 5 after 5pm. Had enough for the entire line and a few stragglers but that was it.

Finally home from a long day and now syncing all my apps. Only odd thing is that my laptop USB doesn't seem to be strong enough to charge my iPad. Glad it was already at 86%.

I have the same problem when connecting the iPad to my iMac via the USB on keyboard

zoman504
Mar 11, 2011, 08:36 PM
So glad I went to Best Buy! I was #2 in line and froze for 5 hours, but got the iPad I was after! Best Buy sold out about 5 after 5pm. Had enough for the entire line and a few stragglers but that was it.

Finally home from a long day and now syncing all my apps. Only odd thing is that my laptop USB doesn't seem to be strong enough to charge my iPad. Glad it was already at 86%.

Sounds like we at least all got one ?! I drove by BB around 230 but there was only about 10 in line, so I went and picked up some lunch, then headed back around 345, ended up being 23 in line still. Luckily only had to freeze for 45 min lol.

MeltdownOH
Mar 11, 2011, 10:22 PM
Wondering if anyone is dialed in to whether or not there will be shipments at Polaris and/or Easton on Saturday. The mgr at Polaris indicated that he thought it may be possible. Please post if you know!

cmhsam
Mar 12, 2011, 06:09 AM
Wondering if anyone is dialed in to whether or not there will be shipments at Polaris and/or Easton on Saturday. The mgr at Polaris indicated that he thought it may be possible. Please post if you know!

Manager said he wasnt sure about availability but was confident they would be getting more shipments all weekend. He did express concern about future supply chain due to the earth quake in Japan. Not sure how this affects Apple???

I did buy a 2nd unit, 32GB Black, and am selling it on craigslist.

Nighthawk70
Mar 14, 2011, 06:52 AM
I waited at Tuttle and was next in line behind the 7 people in the tent near the door. Was cold and windy but well worth the wait.

Went by Easton Apple store on Sunday and the one sales person I spoke to said that they sold out Friday and received a small shipment on Saturday. She speculated that they would keep getting small shipments throughout the week to keep product moving.

dal35
Mar 16, 2011, 10:54 AM
Went to Polaris today. There were about 100 - 150 ppl in line this morning. They ran out of ipads again. They are most likely holding ipads that come in the day prior then releasing in the morning. That is why they open at 9am instead of the regular 10am.

HeatherA
Mar 16, 2011, 11:43 AM
Went to Polaris today. There were about 100 - 150 ppl in line this morning. They ran out of ipads again. They are most likely holding ipads that come in the day prior then releasing in the morning. That is why they open at 9am instead of the regular 10am.

I am so glad I waited in line on the 11th. This is just crazy. I'm one of those that wanted an iPad because I wanted to USE the iPad, but all over the net I'm reading about people scooping them up just to resell which sucks for those of us that want one to actually own and iPad.