WISCONSIN - Bayshore, Mayfair, or West Towne

Discussion in 'iPhone Purchaser Meetups' started by ThePShot, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I will probably be at the Bayshore Apple Store. I was there last year for the original iPhone launch and also the Grand Opening of that store. It should be a blast once again!


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    Remember to check what roads are open and closed. If the weather keeps up over the next month, who knows what interstates will be flooded and closed.
     
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    Koodauw

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    I shall attend the west towne mall one, I think. I am actually a little worried about the Rev. A hick ups.
     
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    trav

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    I think I'll do Bayshore. I, too, was there last time and it was a great experience. The crowd was friendly, employees were wonderful, and the media was alright, too. However, if rain is expected, Mayfair will be my backup plan.

    Shall we wear a identifying shirt or something?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Yeah, the rain issue may be a problem at Bayshore, look out! Great mall, though.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not worried about the weather. I love rain! lol

    What time did you get to Bayshore for the first iPhone? What time do you think you're going this year?

    I was on TV last year!
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I am also thinking about going to Bayshore and was wondering what time did you get there last year for the launch. Did they have you wait somewhere else or were your right out front of the store. I stopped in at Mayfair last year during the iPhone launch and they were having people line up outside in one of the parking structures.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    last year i went to the att store on 124th and capitol and im thinkin bout going up there at like noonish....does anybody know if they are gonna do the gay wait til 6pm or whenever like they did last year or just put them on sale when the store opens???
     
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    trav

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    I got there last year at 4pm and waited about 3 hours to get in. Bayshore allowed line up in front of the store, but the line wrapped around the corner and down the street. Hopefully they don't do a time-delay this year... they did for Leopard, too, and I thought it was extremely stupid.
     
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    nnick

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    I went to Bayshore last year about an hour after they opened and walked right in without a wait. They had plenty of iPhones left.
     
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    Last year I waited in line for the iPhone at Bayshore. That was well over half the fun. I even got interviewed by local TV stations. Pretty sweet.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Last year i waited at the ATT Store on Bluemound Road, I was first in line and first out of the stuff... I'm down to wait with you guys, I already took off July 10th through the 14th :) haha
     
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    I am going to be at the Bayshore location with my roommate.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Southeastern WI iPhone Group Meets July 30th

    After the 3G & App Store launch date is over, I'd like to invite Bayshore, Mayfair and West Towne iPhone adopters to the first meeting of the Southeastern Wisconsin iPhone Meetup Group on Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30 p.m. Agenda and signup at:

    http://newtech.meetup.com/119/

    P.S. I was #19 in line at Bayshore last year and was one of the persons who had ended up on the Channel 12 news report because I'd purchased two units that evening. It was great to hangout with everyone there.
     

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    jetplanesky

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    Where?

    Any thoughts on whether an Apple store is better than a corporate AT&T store or an AT&T "authorized" store?

    I just want the phone. Not into being on the news or sleeping overnight.

    There must be some obscure location that the masses will overlook.

    Jet
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    Only AT&T Corporate stores (not authorized resellers or kiosks, even corporate-owned kiosks) will have the iPhone. All AT&T Corporate locations in any "city" area will likely be overwhelmed with people waiting in line.

    There are also other factors here, such as whether the phone will be available at store open, or whether it's going to be a big hype-fest again, with announcing at the last minute that it will go on sale at 6PM (which is completely unnecessary), etc. If it goes on sale at 6PM, that means you're guaranteed to have to wait pretty much at least the entire day to have any reasonable spot in line (and yes, people will be camping out at Apple and AT&T stores). That said, last time, AT&T stores got very little stock — the locations in Madison only got 30 phones. Apple stores, on the other hand, got enough stock that at most locations, people were able to walk in the day after the launch and pick one up with no wait.

    But...things have also changed this time. Many more people know about the iPhone, and it's 1/3 its original cost. Also, people can't just walk out with iPhones in-hand without activation; so while there are rumors that current iPhone customers may be able to leave sans activation and simply go home with the phone and activate via iTunes as normal, many others will need to go through a "10-15 minute" (according to AT&T) activation process in store. Can you imagine how long that will take on launch day?

    As we get closer, we'll know more. Some folks last time took the strategy of going to AT&T Corporate locations "in the middle of nowhere"...but there aren't that many *Corporate* locations off the beaten path. Plenty of authorized resellers, but only Corporate locations have the iPhone.

    I think the first day is going to suck any way you slice it if you just want the phone and not the hype. I waited from about 6:30 AM on the original launch day at the AT&T Corporate store on Mineral Point Road in Madison (the Apple store wasn't open yet). Even then, I was #14 in line, and did two radio interviews and one TV interview (and I wasn't "looking" to do that sort of thing, either). So you're going to have to deal with campers and hype. ;-)
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    There is an ATT Corp store on 124th/Capital here in Brookfield... its really an unknown gem, I think this is where I'll do my camping because the newbies are all gonna be at the TWO Apple stores we have in the area! I mean that would be fun too i guess!
     
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    jetplanesky

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    Two corporate AT&T stores on 76th

    There are two AT&T corporate stores on south 76th. One over near Kopps and the other is in back next to Qudoba. Seems a bit odd for them to do that but I think it has to do with the switch over from Cingular. I'm almost positive the one next to Quidoba was a Cingular store.

    I will probably take my chances and go the next day. I'm not feeling like being a part of the Apple marketing machine this time. I had expected the phone in January. What's a few more days going to matter.

    What bothers me is that these phones have been stacking up in warehouses since March (they should have more this year). They are intentionally holding off so they can roll out 20 countries in a day. They my also be going for a "summer blockbuster movie" approach and will want to set a record for the number of phones sold in a day, weekend or the first week. I'm sure they're streamlining the process to keep the lines moving.

    For the users it's all annoyance knowing that a product that has been off the shelf and unavailable for over a month has been collecting dust in a warehouse somewhere just because Jobs wants to work the media machine.

    But that's Apple for you.

    Jet
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    thats where i was at last year and i got there at like 7am and was first in line til about 10am and thats when more people started showing up.....thats where im planning on going this year too prolly gonna be up there around the that time again ;)
     
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    jetplanesky

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    Sale time still unknown

    I think we'll have a better idea when the lines will form when we find out what time the phone will go on sale.

    There has been some talk of a morning time of 8am, which would make more sense due to the required in person activation.

    Till then . . .

    Jet
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    Well looks like ill be in the Green Bay area July 11th... unfortunately there are no local Apple stores, anyone form that area and thinking about going to the AT&T store? any one recommend when i should get to the store? how many yins think they will have in stock?

    Im from Pittsburgh, should i just wait till Saturday to get one back home? i really would like to have it the day it comes out.


    Also, im not the owner of the acct(att) does the owner need to sign the agreement for 2 years? i know all of the owners(my mother) SS, CC, all them numbers & info. Im 17 BTW

    worth it maybe to drive and go the nearest APple store? (like 2 hours away)
     
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    jetplanesky

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    iPhone 3G does not equal starvation bread lines

    According to knowledgeable reports Apple has been stockpiling the iPhone 3G in regional warehouses since March while it's stores have not been selling any since sometime in May. Why? Because there is a reason behind this madness.

    It's obvious that Apple wants to make the simultaneous roll out of the 3G iPhone in 20 countries on the same day an international media event. The Apple marketing machine would like you to wait hours in line on the 11th to fulfill their desire for their free publicity machine. They expect crazy news reports of people camping out for a cell phone that should be an easy walk in purchase the very next day. Apple obviously wants to make money. But unlike the commonly held belief there should be plenty to go around. Their projected sales are in the millions. They've been through this fire drill before and learned from it. It's not going to be a Wii limited supply scenario.

    We are being played, and I know it's occasionally fun to be played (I've waited in lines for opening night tickets for all of the prequel Star Wars films and all of the Lord of the Rings films, including the marathon) but this one is a bit annoying and a bit too obvious.

    I plan a full day of work on the 11th, a typical Friday night of fun and a new cell phone purchase on Saturday the 12th, probably at an AT&T store because it'll lack the psychological faux limited supply and reward mentality that will be crazy at the Apple Stores.

    This is pure text book marketing and commerce tactics, not a starvation bread line. Apple wants to make money. There should be plenty of 3G iPhones to go around. If you have the psychological need to "belong" to this group, please do. Enjoy yourself. I know it can be fun (I was in the Milwaukee Journal photo of the opening of Mayfair Apple store). It is rare for such events to occur. You have every right to "belong" to such an activity, but a more sober look at the facts proves your unspoken assumptions of limited supply to be false. There is no need to be a first day purchaser. There will be plenty to go around.

    We will all be fed. Please remain calm.

    I am just thankful that Apple makes such incredible products that it generates this sort of hysteria and desire. Let's hope they can sustain it.

    Of course waiting a day for the 3G iPhone is going to kill me and I may easily eat my words.

    Jet
     
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    trav

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    There is an authorized user link on the AT&T account website. As long as you can log is as your mom (or have her log in) and add you as an authorized user, you should be fine in theory. Be sure to have an ID with you, too, to prove your identity. This is how it should work, but it's possible that you'd be turned away regardless.
     
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    jetplanesky

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    8am it is. Latte with that 3G sir?

    Whoa, $499 is pretty stiff for a 16GB considering the new plans but it's still cheaper than the 1.0 version.

    For a meetup, is this an overnight camping scenario or a break of dawn scenario?

    I'm not up for the camping but 5am I could probably do.

    Anyone else? Which is the least popular store (shortest line)?

    Jet
     
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    hmm... if they supposedly go on sale at 8am and Mayfair doesn't open until 10am (typically on Fridays), do you think we will have to wait until 10am for the rest of the mall to open?? Also, where exactly did they have people line up early at Mayfair last year??

    (if the case is that we have to wait until 10am, then other stores, like maybe AT&T stores, are the way to go?...)
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    So go to an ATT Corp store, like the one on 124th and Capital. I'l be there and its gonna be so much more organized then Mayfair...
     

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