Calling out Macrumors members who said no lines today.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JRoDDz, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    All you naysayers that said there would be no lines, plenty of stock, 2nd gen product, everyone already has one etc. Well.. you were wrong. The Apple store I went to had about 400-500 people when 5 o'clock hit. Luckily I was # 72 in line :) and was able to score my iPad. So how does that crow taste?
  2. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Surely this day will go down in history as the first time people on an internet forum speculated incorrectly.
  3. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
    No lines here op but thanks for creating the thread.
  4. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I hope you noticed there was something very different with this launch... Something one would say was intentionally left out in order to create these long lines... Some lesson perhaps learned from the Verizon launch???.... Think about it.
  5. mrpither macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2007
    Artificial lines

    Imagine if the iPad 2 had started selling from the time stores opened instead of 5pm local time. Do you think there would have still been lines?
  6. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I walked into a Best Buy mobile at the Carlsbad mall here in San Diego at 5pm and not a single person waiting for the iPad2. In and out in 5 minutes. I wasn't planning on buying one but they had them in stock and no line so what the heck.
  7. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Here is an interesting piece of information from Bloomberg:

    When Apple Inc. (AAPL) releases a product, the store lines are typically led by fanboys clamoring to be first with the latest gadget. At the downtown San Francisco store for the iPad 2 debut, the gray market got there first.

    Dennis Ng, 20, said he was being paid $10 an hour to arrive before 5 a.m. on the day Apple began selling the device at its stores. He said he was in a group of about 35 mostly Chinese immigrants at the front of the line, waiting to buy the iPad for somebody else. Resales of new electronics in countries where they’re not yet available feed the so-called gray market.
  8. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    Am I the only one that finds Bloomberg's use of the term fanboy hysterical?
  9. snakelda macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    I'd be there too if I was being paid $10 an hour to just stand/sit there for twelve hours!Easiest $120 ever!
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    We are very happy you were able to wait in line ... you rock
  11. dadoftwogirls macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2011
    Not supporting or discounting the OP. The Apple store I went to had 300-350 people easily and I don't live in NY or some other big city. I got pictures. Sold out of all AT&T iPads in first hour and half. A few units of Verizon available when I finally left about 7:15. My wife had called around to other retailers (3 Best Buy, 2 Target, 3 Wal-Mart) on the fly in case we didn't get what we wanted. They all indicated they had lines when they opened and were sold out. Luckily, I got what I wanted.
  12. kevjen888 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    the Best Buy i went to only had 100 ppl at its maximum. everyone in the line got the BB tickets. when i walked out the store with my iPad around 6pm, there were only 20 ppl left in the line waiting to enter the store. now Apple stores on the other hand are totally different.
  13. DS3 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2011
    100 people at a random best buy for a single product release isnt exactly common. Pretty much only for.. some videogames and other apple products?

    Best buy, wal-mart, target, verizon wireless... there are thousands of these stores. Low numbers at each adds up fast. + the apple stores themselves.
  14. kevjen888 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    i was surprised too. i passed by there around 2pm and saw there were only 10, 15 ppl there. when i went there at 4pm, it was 100 tops. this was near a busy intersection in city of Anaheim, CA.
  15. Psood21 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Which one?? The westfield on marron?? I live 2 mins away fm that place. I will check it out tomm..
  16. No1up macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    lol :p
  17. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    You actually took the time to make this thread? Wow.
  18. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    That's the one. They only had 5 in stock but I was the only one there that purchased at the time so if you're lucky, they might still have 1 or 2 available.
  19. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I was one of the "this isnt going to be like the iPhone4" people and while I noticed lots of people asking whats going on, I waited 2 1/2hrs but only 25people bought. The process did take a while because they push those warranties so hard but I was done by 5:20p. Was it really that bad in other areas?
  20. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
  21. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    The best buy I went to really didn't have much of a line until after 4. If you were there by 4, you got an iPad. And the line got a little crazy right at 5 (100 people?). One guy that showed up after 5 got a bit miffed but many people walked out with iPads.
  22. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    It's the only place he can be right, no one else will listen to him.
  23. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    While I like the Mac, and I sometimes find SJ over the top in his over-enthusiasm with devices in the past few years, his statement of the majority of Apple's revenue and income from devices seemed suspect. But if the hype and lines of people are any indication of the up 80.3% percent quarterly revenue (Macworld, WSJ, and others) of iDevices for Apple, iPad2 will only increase that margin. He may use the term, "post personal computer" regarding the iPad, but this time I think he's right.

    For the devices, I think this is great news, and while the launch presentation was SJ at his very best, I don't know what this does for the future of Mac as we know it. It appears iPad can eventually morph into the chief computer product for Apple and if it gets OS X, be the next generation mobile computer for them.

    I think Garage Band and iMovie, at five bucks extra, the great magnetic cover, the low price in this recession, as well as HDMI capability, give this product a worthiness to have lines outside the store far beyond the MBP refresh.
  24. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Well, consider me called out because I thought for sure I'd get one with not one but TWO Apple stores in my area (Tampa). I went to the Tampa store at 5:30 and there must have been 500 people in line. Decided to go to dinner, and the line was down to 100 people by 7:30 but they were out of AT&T models. Went to the Brandon Apple store, and they were completely sold out. Called and checked several Best Buys, Targets, Walmarts, and even the big AT&T store on Dale Mabry, and I got nada. Zilch. Squat.


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