Any point in trying to buy at store?

ninethirty

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Hey Everyone,

I stopped in at the Michigan Ave Apple Store in Chicago last week and asked about buying in store. I was told that each day they receive some iPhones, but they never know how many, or if they'll even show up. He said you can show up and line up around 8, but that they'll come out and tell you immediately if they have none.

Is this in addition to the reservation system? On top of? Waste of time?

Thanks in advance!
 

Coleman2010

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Hey Everyone,

I stopped in at the Michigan Ave Apple Store in Chicago last week and asked about buying in store. I was told that each day they receive some iPhones, but they never know how many, or if they'll even show up. He said you can show up and line up around 8, but that they'll come out and tell you immediately if they have none.

Is this in addition to the reservation system? On top of? Waste of time?

Thanks in advance!
This stock is in addition to the reservation system. I think all of the flagship stores are doing this. They form a line in the AM and hand out tickets for the amount of stock they got in and allowing 2 iPhone purchases per ticket. They are doing the same thing at the Apple Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
 

ninethirty

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I hadn't no. I'm on AT&T now, but trying to switch over to Verizon. That would be my preference anyway.

If I absolutely can't find a Verizon phone, I'll buy an AT&T.

Thanks!

Have you tried an AT&T store? My local AT&T had a bunch of 64s in stock.


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Good to know! I might head down there this morning then and see if I can get lucky. Thanks very much for the info!

This stock is in addition to the reservation system. I think all of the flagship stores are doing this. They form a line in the AM and hand out tickets for the amount of stock they got in and allowing 2 iPhone purchases per ticket. They are doing the same thing at the Apple Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
 

Coleman2010

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I hadn't no. I'm on AT&T now, but trying to switch over to Verizon. That would be my preference anyway.

If I absolutely can't find a Verizon phone, I'll buy an AT&T.

Thanks!
Also try Target, Walmart, and RadioShack. I bought my 64 GB iPhone 5 from Target. Just spend a lot of time on the phone calling locations asking if they have stock or when they expect to get some in.

I called Targets on a Friday and paid for my phone when their warehouse got stock on Saturday. They did an in store direct ship to home type of order in the retail store. So my phone was FedExed from their warehouse to my house.
 
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Breitling65

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Mar 3, 2011
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Hey Everyone,

I stopped in at the Michigan Ave Apple Store in Chicago last week and asked about buying in store. I was told that each day they receive some iPhones, but they never know how many, or if they'll even show up. He said you can show up and line up around 8, but that they'll come out and tell you immediately if they have none.

Is this in addition to the reservation system? On top of? Waste of time?

Thanks in advance!

10 PM reservation works great for me, got mine next day.
 

ninethirty

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Well, I went down there, waited for an hour, and got in only to find out they didn't have any Verizon phones. I bought a White 32 AT&T, but I'm probably just going to return it. Guess I felt like I needed something to show for the wait.

Unless anyone feels like a trade, hah!
 

Coleman2010

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Well, I went down there, waited for an hour, and got in only to find out they didn't have any Verizon phones. I bought a White 32 AT&T, but I'm probably just going to return it. Guess I felt like I needed something to show for the wait.

Unless anyone feels like a trade, hah!
Did you try Target and RadioShack? RadioShack seems to have a lot of stock at least where I live they do.
 

gentlefury

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I reserved mine for next day pickup, but they had a line at the front of the store for walk in purchases. There was a girl at the front that had cards with all the iPhones they had available. It's possible...just easier to reserve since its guaranteed.
 

avanpelt

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Have you tried a Verizon store? I can't imagine they'd be that difficult to come by in a major metro like Chicago.

I'm almost 100% certain I saw a couple buying black and white iPhone 5's yesterday at a Verizon reseller mall kiosk here in Atlanta yesterday. I figure if the mall kiosks have them, the actual Verizon corporate stores will almost certainly have them too.
 

willmtaylor

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Hey Everyone,

I stopped in at the Michigan Ave Apple Store in Chicago last week and asked about buying in store. I was told that each day they receive some iPhones, but they never know how many, or if they'll even show up. He said you can show up and line up around 8, but that they'll come out and tell you immediately if they have none.

Is this in addition to the reservation system? On top of? Waste of time?

Thanks in advance!

Have you tried using http://www.milo.com ?
 

ninethirty

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This pretty much says to try Best Buy, Radio Shack or Apple. Best Buy and Radio shack have none, but are filling pre-orders first and say it'll be a while, and Apple has no Verizon phones in the mornings, and every night when I've tried the reservation, it shows none as being available (they even said this morning they haven't seen any for quite some time).

To make matters more complicated, I'm looking to buy the phone for full price - which you can't do with the reservation system.

So frustrating. I actually have two iPhone 5's already. The White 32 I bought this morning, and an unlocked 16 Black from Canada, but I don't want either. I just want a Verizon phone :)

Have you tried using http://www.milo.com ?
 
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