Apple stores iPhone opening day hooplah

johndallas999

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Does anyone else think it's EXTREMELY cheezy (geeky, nerdy, etc) how when a new iPhone goes on sale the employees are clapping/high fiving the customers as they come in to buy the phone? That would totally embarrass me if I was walking in and they were making such a hugh production. I mean, WTF are they clapping and high fiving about anyway, usually you applaud because someone has done something great but walking in to buy a phone? Come on.
 

dgstan

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Nordstrom does the same thing during their holiday events. It's kinda weird, but it does help the "party" atmosphere.
 

sweetbrat

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You wouldn't be embarrassed to sit in line outside of an Apple Store overnight, but you'd be embarrassed to get a high-five from an employee?I don't understand the logic.

For the people that do this, a lot of them tend to do it for the experience of being there when the store opens. Otherwise people would just pre-order. Part of the experience of being there is the excitement that goes along with it. So how is it bad for the Apple Store employees to play up that excitement?
 

thefredelement

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I've never witnessed it first hand, I probably never will but I'm not one to judge anyone else's good time.

It's like the best possible way to show off capitalism. Company makes product, consumer is excited to buy product, consumer buys product, company applauds and salutes (high 5, etc.) consumer, consumer gets product, company gets money, yay.
 

johndallas999

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You wouldn't be embarrassed to sit in line outside of an Apple Store overnight, but you'd be embarrassed to get a high-five from an employee?I don't understand the logic.

For the people that do this, a lot of them tend to do it for the experience of being there when the store opens. Otherwise people would just pre-order. Part of the experience of being there is the excitement that goes along with it. So how is it bad for the Apple Store employees to play up that excitement?
No I wouldn't sit in line either. I'm just saying that those videos of people walking in like they're rock stars to buy an iPhone is pretty silly. :eek:
 

acorntoy

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I don't like being the center of attention like that either.

A couple years back me and my dad went to get new iMacs and we chose a bad day to go (the original iPads release day). Me and my
Father still had to leave the store with people cheering on both sides (we went at opening) and it was just awful.
 

sweetbrat

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No I wouldn't sit in line either. I'm just saying that those videos of people walking in like they're rock stars to buy an iPhone is pretty silly. :eek:
Since you've never done it, you might not want to judge others. My point was that if someone is willing to wait in line all night to have the experience of being there when the store first opens, they're most likely not going to mind getting a high-five. It's supposed to be an exciting atmosphere. Let people have their fun.
 

dotme

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Does anyone else think it's EXTREMELY cheezy (geeky, nerdy, etc) how when a new iPhone goes on sale the employees are clapping/high fiving the customers as they come in to buy the phone? That would totally embarrass me if I was walking in and they were making such a hugh production. I mean, WTF are they clapping and high fiving about anyway, usually you applaud because someone has done something great but walking in to buy a phone? Come on.
No. I think it's awesome. Apple has a reputation of rolling out the red carpet for their customers. It's one of the reasons they are so much more successful than other retail businesses. Think different.
 

braddick

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It's right along the lines of all the fake red carpets- cameras flashing- that are out there now.

It's like all the kids on the soccer team getting a 'participation' trophy.

The way into peoples hearts these days is vanity.
 

pnoyblazed

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My local AT&T store did that on release day of the iPhone 5.. I just smiled and got my phone and left. They even gave us water and snacks.
 

johndallas999

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Since you've never done it, you might not want to judge others. My point was that if someone is willing to wait in line all night to have the experience of being there when the store first opens, they're most likely not going to mind getting a high-five. It's supposed to be an exciting atmosphere. Let people have their fun.
Well it's not a reflection of the people going in, it's the sillyness of the Apple Geninues making such a huge production. Anyway that's just my opinion.
 

johndallas999

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It's right along the lines of all the fake red carpets- cameras flashing- that are out there now.

It's like all the kids on the soccer team getting a 'participation' trophy.

The way into peoples hearts these days is vanity.
I think you nailed it. Seems like people these days require so much "look at me attention".
 

d123

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My local AT&T store did that on release day of the iPhone 5.. I just smiled and got my phone and left. They even gave us water and snacks.
I went to my local Apple Store on release day, we got Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts ;).

OP, I just looked away as the apple staff ran down the queue high fiveing, it's easy to avoid if you aren't inclined to that sort of thing.

Arrived about 5:30am, was done by about 9:30 and have my unlocked iPhone 5 (unlike a large number who preordered or tried to buy one after the 21st).
 

kerrikins

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Well it's not a reflection of the people going in, it's the sillyness of the Apple Geninues making such a huge production. Anyway that's just my opinion.
Considering that this happens at more than one store, I'm sure that it's decided at a management level or it might even be something that Apple wants the employees to do. So I don't think that it's silly, because employees doing their job isn't silly.

People who go on launch day are excited, they're pumped, they go for the experience. I think it's great that Apple doesn't just act 'ho-hum, just another day'.
 

HowardSmith

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Does anyone else think it's EXTREMELY cheezy (geeky, nerdy, etc) how when a new iPhone goes on sale the employees are clapping/high fiving the customers as they come in to buy the phone? That would totally embarrass me if I was walking in and they were making such a hugh production. I mean, WTF are they clapping and high fiving about anyway, usually you applaud because someone has done something great but walking in to buy a phone? Come on.
This is what they do for a living. I see no need for it either but would never make fun of what they do.

Sounds like you have the problem. How does this hurt you?:rolleyes:
 

daviddth

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I have been to the iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 releases on launch day, as well as one store in Melbourne on opening day, and love the way the staff get the crowd hyped up. It's fun, It's not hurting anyone and I dont see a reason to change it.
 

leenak

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I've only worked in office environments but often people can get goofy for various reasons. It is just not something the general public would see. Work doesn't always just have to be serious business.

Also, I don't dress up for halloween but many people do. I think that is a bit cheezy but hey they enjoy it. And even though I don't dress up, I love all our trick or treaters and I try to play it up with them. It is just about being goofy for a day or a few hours or whatever.

Sometimes it is ok to be a bit cheezy.
 

BFizzzle

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same stuff was happening last night when i wen to get my copy of RE6 at midnight :p

it happens. oh well.
 
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richmds

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Would you prefer waiting for hours or overnight in line for a new whatever to then enter the store where people are stone faced, take your ticket, hand you your product and say "next person in line!"

I think that experience is available at BestBuy.
 
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