Epic queue for the iPhone 6 in Sydney

HiItsMe

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Holy hell. I assumed you were exaggerating...

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And what's keeping people from cutting in line at that crosswalk? (Other than a potential beat down)
 

xLoGiK1

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that is absolutely insane lol. A good percentage of those people are going to be pissed
 

yanki01

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surely they'd know how far they are away from the store. not sure if I would have even bothered once it went one block away.
 

marcosscriven

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surely they'd know how far they are away from the store. not sure if I would have even bothered once it went one block away.
I agree, no way I'd queue that far. The thing is as well, once it's a little away from the store it goes from a single file into many.
 

marcosscriven

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Should have used Hyperlapse to film it. :)
Yeah it's rather jerky - in fact YouTube had a 'This video is jerky' warning, and a preview of it stabilised, but while it was smoother, it was zoomed in far too much.

Hyperlapse would be good, but compressing the time I wonder if you'd truly appreciate the immensity of the queue!
 

thaifood

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Early consensus for the Aussie stores on the east coast are that 6+ allocations are exhausted after the first couple hundred people in line. Staff were walking up the lines asking for phone preferences. Some smaller stores (non-Apple) have less than a couple dozen 6+, or none at all in the case of Myer.

Reservations tend to be processed through a second line that is moving rather well. Obviously, with phones being reserved, people are getting what they want through this method.

Seems like reservations or delivery to home/office address is the way to go nowadays with this kind of popularity.

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Of course they can, but come on, that line is like 97% Asian, in a city that is 18.8% Asian ancestry. So something funky is going on there. Little doubt it's people hired by gray marketeers to load up on iPhones and sell them elsewhere for a profit. Which is a shame because it means real Australians looking for an iPhone 6 are going to get screwed.

Anyway, OP was not kidding about the epic line, that is nuts.
Sydney CBD has a very large Asian residential population. Particularly at World Square/George St/Central/Ultimo area.
 

wp-admin

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:eek: Holy mother of queues Batman. I suppose they don't tell people there's no chance because things may get uncivil when people find out they're out of luck.
 

Amplelink

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Early consensus for the Aussie stores on the east coast are that 6+ allocations are exhausted after the first couple hundred people in line. Staff were walking up the lines asking for phone preferences. Some smaller stores (non-Apple) have less than a couple dozen 6+, or none at all in the case of Myer.

Reservations tend to be processed through a second line that is moving rather well. Obviously, with phones being reserved, people are getting what they want through this method.

Seems like reservations or delivery to home/office address is the way to go nowadays with this kind of popularity.

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Sydney CBD has a very large Asian residential population. Particularly at World Square/George St/Central/Ultimo area.
Let's not make this into a racial debate, but the fact is that the world's biggest market for iPhones (China) won't officially have iPhones for sale until who-knows-when. So it's quite natural to me that you'll see a large number of people with some sort of connection to China who are taking advantage of what should be astronomical secondary market prices. Not a surprise at all. The same exact scene is repeating itself in dozens of cities across the world right now.
 

InAustralia

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I would say that most of the sales of iPhones to that group would be for the grey market.

I know lots of people who bought the iPhone 6, but we all did the pre-order for delivery or store pickup.

Many probably pre-ordered for store pickup, but are lining up anyway to beat the 2 iPhone limit.

It's good money if you are prepared to do it with iPhones selling for double their retail cost in Asia. In effect you could line up, buy 2 iPhones, sell one for double the price making your iPhone free.
 

sunking101

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I wouldn't queue like that even if I was guaranteed to get what I wanted at the end of it. The fact that 7/8ths of these people will get there to find only the 5C for sale just boggles the mind. Total lunatics.
 

InAustralia

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I wouldn't queue like that even if I was guaranteed to get what I wanted at the end of it. The fact that 7/8ths of these people will get there to find only the 5C for sale just boggles the mind. Total lunatics.
They would not be queuing to buy for themselves, but to re-sell them. Buy 2 iPhones, sell for double the retail price. A profit of $2000 for waiting in line for 6 hours.

That's $333 per hour. That's a pretty good hourly rate.
 

leenak

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Wow... why is there a cross walk in the middle of the line? And why are there more people with chairs in the middle of the line than the front of the line?
 

sunking101

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They would not be queuing to buy for themselves, but to re-sell them. Buy 2 iPhones, sell for double the retail price. A profit of $2000 for waiting in line for 6 hours.

That's $333 per hour. That's a pretty good hourly rate.
Yeah but the store's stock levels?
 

mdlooker

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OOoouuuuu oo WEeeeeee ... I thought they were lining up to get their phone from the manufacturing factory because that's the ONLY place that will outfit all of them!!

And they're outside in the cold.. smh
 

NewbieCanada

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Let's not make this into a racial debate, but the fact is that the world's biggest market for iPhones (China) won't officially have iPhones for sale until who-knows-when. So it's quite natural to me that you'll see a large number of people with some sort of connection to China who are taking advantage of what should be astronomical secondary market prices. Not a surprise at all. The same exact scene is repeating itself in dozens of cities across the world right now.
The ultimate buyers may not be Australian, but the people lined up for them sure as hell are!
 
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