For all who waited in line this weekend: you are crazy!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Peterwdmd, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Peterwdmd macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2007
    Has anyone brought up the fact that waiting in line for 5-10 hours for this iPhone is just a bit crazy? Why would anyone waste so much time of their weekend when they can go later this week, walk in, and buy one without waiting. Apple stores will be getting shipments almost daily and you'll be able to walk in and purchase one within 20 minutes. I just don't understand the logic in wasting a perfectly good day on the weekend standing in line doing nothing inside a mall. Are people so impatient that they'll sacrifice so much of their free time... I just looked at all those people in line and though what losers. And for the people who camped out (wtf??)... I don't even know where to begin with you guys. The new 3G iphone is not a quantum leap ahead of the original, there are some improvements but not anything warranting camping out and 5-10 hour lines. I think this is one of those things that Triumph, the Insult Comic dog should have been at... would have had a lot of material. For the record, I'm a huge fan of Apple and I will upgrade to the 3G, but not until I can just walk in and buy it.
  2. greenmymac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Tulsa, Ok
    The reason i waited in line 8 hours is because I wanted one on iDay2 that doesn't make me crazy that just makes me a die hard fan! and don't hate cause u waited in line an they sold out ;)
  3. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    Watching TV all weekend is crazier, if you ask me. I met new people and had lots of fun waiting in line last Friday morning. Made me forget about the whole s**t that's going on right now - high oil prizes, crazy idiots sitting on nukes in Iran, losing your home because your bank screwed you over - now that s**t is crazy. Waiting in line and chatting is pretty harmless, if you ask me
  4. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    They fell for the hype and mass hysteria.

    I like the iPhone a lot too. But im not falling for all that desperate nerdy nonsense.
  5. gts197 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
  6. iPaul macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2006
    I could walk in one day, you are right. But I have waited long enough and I have it now, so I am happy.
  7. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    i think the fact that because i acted quickly in upgrading my phone, which allowed me to sell my old one sooner and make $150 when you take away what i spent on a new one

    thats $50 an hour
    and since im a kid and only make $6 an hour where i work,
    it was well worth it to me
  8. fuzzylemurs macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I waited in line because I wanted the wait in line and hang out with friends experience. My buddy and I were 1st and 2nd in line, and we waited for ~10 hours. In hindsight I would do it all again. Could I walk in a store and buy my White iPhone 3G now? Maybe. Could I find a dozen random strangers that become instant friends because we all have one common goal in that one small slice of time and place? No.

    In hindsight I would do it again, and I will be doing it again in the future ;)
  9. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I'm crazy???? Just because I stood in line for 4 hours Friday morning instead of sleeping in does not mean I'm crazy. I actually had fun being outside and talking with a lot of fun people. Maybe you're the crazy one who is actually wasting his time talking about people who waited in anything better to do?

    This being my first iPhone, it was DEFINITELY worth it!
  10. gts197 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    That's really the reason people do it. Its just the experience and the people you meet.
  11. coolant113 macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2007
    New Jersey
    i found it very fun waiting in line for a product made by a company that i worship lol jk.. It was realy fun talking to everybody... even though i had to leave early.. i got mine on saturday:apple::apple:
  12. mkoesel macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2005
    Yep. It's just been people like yourself though - the haters that don't have an iPhone and are looking to get their digs in against those that do. Pretty standard for the jaded fanboys with a new product launch like this.

    BTW, how much did you pay for your first gen iPhone? $399, $499, $599? That's a lot to pay for a phone, don't you think? Maybe you're a little crazy, eh?
  13. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Queuing is fun.

    Apple is the only company in the world, that I know of, that can build this amount of hype around their product line.

    I queued, met some very nice people, in the process, and was in and out within 2 hours.

  14. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    Off topic but.....your bank didn't screw you over. This is a personal responsibility issue. If you buy a home you should know what your income is and whether you can make the mortgage payment every month. The bank isn't your mother or father. You are your own keeper.

    I knew when I read the title to this thread that the OP was gonna get smashed in here but, I totally agree with him. I spent my Friday and Saturday on the lake wakeboarding and enjoying the weather. I also met several new friends at the restaurant/bar after I got off the lake so I accomplished both I think. I dont have the 3G iphone yet but I have the satisfaction that purchasing a cell phone wasn't the top priority in my life.

    Get outside....thats where life is.
  15. Burton8219 macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    "desperate nerdy nonsense"?? Don't you think you are being a little mean spirited?? Since you already have an iPhone 3G you must have gotten it either Friday or EARLY Saturday cause by Sunday there were none to be found anywhere. So you got yours the first day or two it came out as well. I would calm down and just say your welcome to all of us who didn't have to wait on line with you. It would have brought down the experience.

    And to the OP, you were right in your post. It is OUR FREE TIME and we can do whatever we want with it. Why are you so concerned with what everyone else is doing. If you didn't want to camp then you didn't have to. But don't put down the people that decided to. What were you doing at 1 or 2AM that was so much more useful than what we did?? Don't say sleep cause I took off work that day specifically so I could go and get my 8 or so hours of sleep after I got my phone. Sorry to blow you up like this, but your stupidity by making this the title of your thread made me gravitate towards it. Please just keep your thoughts to yourself if you are going to make stupid and immature comments. Your judgments are baseless and are going to make many people upset. I hope you're ready for the flame fest.
  16. rican macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2008
    Party in the USA

    Umm.. Why does it matter to you if we waited or not... ? It's better than sitting at home all day on the computer, or watching t.v. It's good for people to get out and have a little excitement and step out of the realm of reality for a bit and just let "loose."

    Don't be pissy because Apple screwed you over and you didn't get one right away. People solely do this for fun and to meet new people like "themselves."

    It's a healthy environment; waiting inline for the iPhone. You get to meet new people and just let "loose."

    So don't be an insensitive *******... and post comments/threads like that.

    don't hate on others who got it , and had a little fun doing it
  17. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    No, you are the first.
  18. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Because it takes some time to set up the phone. Some have to work, etc. and need their phones fully running by Monday.
  19. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    I'm sure the OP does some things in his personal life that we would consider "crazy." If people find the waiting-in-line to be a fun social experience, maybe it's worth it to them.

    It's a logical fallacy to judge people's actions based on your own value system, particularly when it is a personal issue of choice.

    As an aside, I feel exactly the same way about getting the iPhone 3G - I will be waiting until it's a walk-in-pick-up product. But I don't feel a need to make a statement re: those folks. I'm just going to avoid the store until it cools down, simple as that. No need to make a fuss.
  20. brandonzar macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    I probably wouldn't have gone down if I would have known how long the wait would be, but after several hours of waiting in line I wasn't going to give up. I'm on salary anyway so basically I got paid to hang out down at the mall for the day. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have gotten anything done at work anyway, I would have just been reading all of the reviews. Plus I actually had an okay time, they gave us lots of water, snowies, and pizza; and the people around me were really cool. The only thing I would have done different would be bringing a wheelchair, it's a pain to get up and move a few feet and sit back down.
  21. meko macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    I waited in line for about 4 hours on 7/11 at the North Michigan Ave Apple store and time flew by. I met some cool people and had some interesting conversations. We still didn't get why people are into taking pictures of long lines. They must be amazed when they're at Disney seeing the long lines.

    At the end of the day, does it really matter if you wait a long time to get an iPhone verses waiting for a theme park ride that lasts 4 minutes?
  22. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    EXACTLY! It's not just about the phone. It's the experience. I met some great people during the 4 hour wait. It was a nice escape from the daily grind of living. I would definitely do it again.
  23. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    Right..... Well here's a hot tip for you.. (Don't tell anyone) If you run to the Apple store now, you might just be at the head of the que for the launch of the new iPhone 4G in December 2009. You'll have the time of your life waiting! Think of all the people you'll meet.. Policemen, traffic wardens, street cleaners, mental health specialists..

    Hold it right there... Where did I say I had an iPhone 3G? I just said I liked the iPhone a lot, but I don't buy into all the frenzied hype.

    This "But I enjoy the waiting inline and meeting people" is nothing but an excuse for falling into the hype trap. A scapegoat if you will. You can wait to get into a bar if you want and meet LOTS of people, but I don't see people harking on about that day in day out.

    Anyway, forgive me for being mean spirited. Because indeed I was! Again, I like the product, I just lack the desire to kiss Jobs backside and get all wet & dribbly for an iPhone 3G on day 1.
  24. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    Well, to each his own. I'm sure OP has some things that he does that we would consider crazy as well. Some of us thought the new phone was important enough to stand in line for. Myself, I had waited a year for one and wasnt going to wait any longer. I wanted to be one of the ones who had one on day 1! I didnt give up anything, other than about 2 hours sleep on Friday morning to get the phone. Very happy that I did, very happily played with my phone all weekend and very happy overall with it. Just because something is not important enough to you, does not make anyone else crazy for it being important to them. :rolleyes:

Share This Page