Apple Retail Store Lines Lengthening Ahead of iPad 2 Launch

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    With shipping estimates for new iPad 2 orders having already slipped to 2-3 weeks just hours after they began, more potential customers may be heading out to their local stores to try to snare one of the popular tablet devices when they go on sale at 5:00 PM local time in the United States.

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    Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (Source: Flickr)

    We're hearing of long lines at many Apple retail stores with a little over two hours to go until the iPad launches at locations in the Eastern Time Zone, although they haven't yet approached the magnitude seen for the iPhone 4 release last June. Lines are reportedly significantly shorter if not non-existent at many third-party retailers such as Best Buy, Target, AT&T, and Verizon, although we're also hearing that stocks may be very limited at these locations.

    As noted by Fortune, a woman who had been camped out first in line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan since Wednesday afternoon this morning sold her spot for $900. BGR also has a recent photo gallery from outside the Fifth Avenue store, where hundreds of customers have lined up.

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  4. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    Really? This many people on an incremental update? I'll pass.
     
  5. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I just did a quick drive-by the Modesto, CA Apple Store (Vintage Faire Mall) and their were about 20-30 people already lined up.

    I'm getting excited, though I won't be down there until 3:30-4pm
     
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    $900 for selling first place in line?

    Charlie Sheen: "WINNING":eek:
     
  7. gramirez2012 macrumors 6502a

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    Must be nice to have that kind of disposable income.
     
  8. bitWrangler macrumors member

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    I didn't snap a piccie, but there were maybe a couple of dozen people at the yet to be opened Apple Popup Store in downtown Austin. The black paper is still up on the windows and there still isn't any outward indication that there is even an Apple Store there, but the line is there :) Or course it's sunny and in the mid 70's right now, so not a bad day for standing in line.

    Anyone in San Antonio at the La Cantera store that can report on conditions there?
     
  9. d0minick macrumors 6502

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    DUH! Not a bad idea for the iphone 5 launch!
     
  10. Jorojr macrumors newbie

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    That, or they are willing to go into debt for it.
     
  11. d0minick macrumors 6502

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    I never understand these posts. Everyone spends their money on important things to them. So why can't they have disposable income? Just because you don't sort your own money right doesn't mean others do not.
     
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    Yes. Get your finger out of your nose.

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    $900 for the first spot? Wow, someone wants to pay around $1,500 for an iPad 2?:rolleyes:
     
  13. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816

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    He's an iPhone developer who can write it off as a marketing expense.
     
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    wait!!! $900 + <cost of model iPad2> + accessories...

    I am a fan too, but that seems a little ridiculous.
     
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    It is nice.

    I work 50+ a week, lots of late nights, long hours and weekends plus I am required to travel a lot and spend days/weeks away from my family and friends.

    So why am I not allowed to enjoy what I worked hard to earn?

    So yes, it is nice to have disposable income.
     
  16. mygoldens macrumors regular

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    Why?

    In two days they will be every where!

    How does it feel to be a puppet of Steve? He could have released this the same way he released the new Macs!

    And look no one even cared about the new Macs!:eek:

    This shows you the way Apple is going, iPads, iPhones and iPods, NO more Macs!

    What a waste!
     
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    Which NYC store will have the shortest line? I heard the Soho store was already 150 heads deep at like 10am. 90%+ Chinese. I guess those ipads will be on a plane back to China in about 3 hours.

    My guess is worst to least in terms of wait.

    1. Cube
    2. Soho
    3. Meatpacking
    4. Upper West.

    I was thinking of leaving work at 4 and heading over to Meatpacking to pick one up.
     
  19. bitWrangler macrumors member

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    Agreed. Considering the amount of money being spent by those who are "just" getting an ipad2 (despite what some might claim, isn't a necessity for the overwhelming majority of folks), to try to take the moral high ground on conspicuous consumption is rather daft.
     
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    Cushy. In my line of work, 50 hrs/weekly is considered weak.
    But I agree with you, enjoy the iPad 2. I sure will!
     
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    Xoom Launch Day

    Nothing like the line for the launch of the Xoom! :p
     

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  22. Spoony macrumors regular

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    50 hours a week is a little light. Now get back to work. :D
     
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    Man... if you're going to "pitch a tent" over an iPad you really need to get a life! Or a girl friend! :p
     

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