I'm so upset. Last night at around 10:15 I waited on hold for 20 minutes with the fifth ave apple store, and finally an associate answered. The guy was nice and told me that they definitely had a limited supply of iPhone 5's for walk in purchase, and explained that I should come in tomorrow (today) morning and wait in line. He said they start "recognizing" the line at 6am and give out tickets so people waiting know they will walk out with their device, before they actually sell them at 8am. He told me all of this very factually and so today I arrived at the store this morning at 5:45am. There was no line at all, the store was mostly deserted. The associates in store told me they didn't get a shipment and never know when they will, blah blah usual cryptic things they always say, sounding brainwashed and sedated. I contacted every other store in the city, same story. No one has it. Though the lack of stock is just a fact of life right now, it's still annoying. What really bugged me though, is how the person on the phone lied to me last night and I got out of bed super early for no reason . Btw going to the store in person is my only option right now because I need to buy device only (cant reserve or order online) and I want to purchase from apple, not a random dude on eBay at a premium. At this rate I might as well wait until next month and just avoid the hassle.