What to expect at Apple Store Grand Opening?

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  1. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Apple is opening a new store in north Austin near me (the nearest one is in south Austin and seems like the other side of the world to me). I have never been to a grand opening of an Apple store and may attend this one. Do they have sales or giveaways or what? Will the prices be any different than usual?
     
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    Free shirts for the first few hundred people or so- be prepared a for a ton of people, chaos, and massive lines- so plan on getting there early if you want one.
     
  3. danny_w thread starter macrumors 601

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    A t-shirt doesn't interest me in the least. Whenever Best Buy or Conns or most any store has a Grand Opening it means a sale. What is the use of a Grand opening otherwise?
     
  4. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Mac- adicts will go just for the opening.
     
  5. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    It's pretty fun, actually. I've been to 2 (would've been 3, but we got kicked off the property at 2 am for the last one), and they're really fun! Sittin' with other nerds, discussing Mac-tastic things. Everyone in line is a Mac Addict-- it's like real-time MacRumors!

    ..I'm actually driving up from Houston to go to the opening. It'll be fun !:)
     
  6. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    How did you manage to get kicked out? Did you start chanting anti-m$ things and caused the nerds to get too rowdy? :confused: :D
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Publicity. You'll probably be surprised how much free press Apple will get in your local media over this.

    It's also a celebration for the Apple store employees that have been training for the last umpteen weeks.
     
  8. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    No, it was the First Colony mall opening and my friend and I were determined to be first in line.
    So, we got to the mall at 2 am, no big deal.. people have done it before for other openings.

    but the hire-a-cops didn't really know what happens at an apple store opening. They didn't want people lining up. They told us to leave. We tried to explain that that's what happens at an opening,I even showed him pictures from the other 2 openings I've been to, but he would have none of it.
    So, my friend and I got disheartened and left. I later talked to the guy who was first in line. I told him what time we got there, and he said that we would've beat him. *scowls*

    I went later in the day, around noon, and one of the clerks saved a shirt for me. She'd heard about how people got kicked off the property at 2 and just assumed it was me. :eek:
     
  9. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Thats amazing. Good story.
     
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    I was first in line @ some apple store opening. All I got was an outdated 2Gb 1G nano. They couldn't even give me a new one :( I also stood a chance of winning a 50% disount on my purchase to the value of Equivalent $650. never got that, it was all in the draw :( But still It was fun and luckily there was no camping involved :D
     
  11. danny_w thread starter macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I'm just not into that sort of thing anymore. I probably would have thought it was fun when I was 20 or so. Guess I'll just skip it then.
     
  12. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    So you mean to say, when I get older I'm not going to stay up half the night (or get up early early early in the morning) to celebrate an Apple Store opening near me?

    Crap- getting old must suck.
     
  13. danny_w thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, tell me about it.
     
  14. peterparker macrumors regular

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    Expect it to be very crowded tomorrow. Here are some pics of the store tonight before the grand opening.
     
  15. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Yeah, especially because SXSW starts the same day. :D
     
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