How crazy are launch day lines for iPad launches?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 9OOYO, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. 9OOYO macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010
    I'm thinking of going directly to the Apple store for the iPad 2 launch and am wondering if you can provide insight on how crazy it might be.

    I was thinking of heading to Philly or Allentown PA.

  2. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
  3. 9OOYO thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010

    LOL...quick sellouts? Does each store receive a certain quantity? Is there a best time to show up?

    Maybe I'm better off being online...LOL.:eek:
  4. gregruns macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    I think despite all the good information we have from everyone, we'll really never know until Friday.
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Quick sellouts? Tough to say. Depends on how people show up to buy one, which models they choose, and how much stock each store receives. These are likely to vary by store.

    Yes, each store receives a certain quantity. What's unknown is what that quantity might be. Ten? Twenty? Fifty? Hundred? Thousands? Nobody knows at this point.

    Best time to show up? Now. Lines are already forming. :D

    On the other hand, perhaps just order online and you'll likely get it sometime next week with no standing in line.
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Well, there have ever only been 1 iPad launch.

    I didn't hear of people getting mutilated and injured, left to die on the streets.

    Apple did state at the iPad 2 event that they would ship in volume, so I wouldn't really worry.
  7. Cheddz macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    They are also now selling like 24 iPad 2 models (White/Black, 16/32/64GB, WiFi/Wifi+3G, Verizon/AT&T), plus iPad 1. You're more likely to get the model you want just due to the variety that exists.
  8. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    Considering there has only been one launch...
  9. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    Anyone planning to go wait in line starting Thursday night?
  10. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    There were probably about 200 people last year when I snagged my iPad1. That was crazy though because there was a reserved line and an unreserved line. This time there'll be just one line.
  11. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    i don't see big lines forming. It's not the first launch of the iPad where Apple really had no idea how well it would sell. They have a better perspective having gone thru the first iPad launch. I think production numbers and store stocking levels will be ample.

    Probably be like the VZW iPhone launch. Alot of hoopla for nothing. :D
  12. wfj5444 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    Consider also the fact you can buy it at Walmart, Target, BB, Sams Club, etc.

    With that many options the lines will be smaller.
  13. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Exactly. 20,000 outlets selling the iPad 2 vs the 1200 last year leaves customers with alot of options of where to pick up the device.
  14. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    iPhones have huge lines because phones are considered a necessity and they are sold on subsidy so it "only" costs $200 to get your upgrade.

    iPads I dont predict will be as big of a line because the iPad is a luxury device and far from being a "necessity" and also the cheapest iPad is still more expensive than the most expensive subsidized iPhone.

    I think that Apple is fully aware that this isn't a product that the general public will trade their friday night for and thats precisely why they're doing this 5PM garbage. If it was an 8AM launch lines would be gone within minutes and they couldnt get the media circus that helps them gain mindshare. But by doing 5PM then they're forcing a line during peak mall hours and turning fans into human billboards for mall walkers wondering "whats going on in there"?
  15. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    That also means that stock will be spread out. I hope Apple prepared for the bug rush unlike last year when they ran out fast.
  16. Black Belt macrumors 6502a

    Black Belt

    Jun 15, 2007
    Got an email from Apple that they are being released at 5pm?!?
  17. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    Very true and been known since they were introduced.
  18. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    There has only be ONE launch, lol

    Depends where you go. My belief is if you go to an Apple store, the lines will be huge. Best Buy may have a pretty big line if there are no Apple stores near it. Walmart and Target will consist of moms walking in every hour and picking one up like an every day purchase. Overall it will be a huge launch but the stock is spread out that it shouldn't be that big of a problem for many people.
  19. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    I bet other retailers won't have as much stock of iPad 2 as an Apple Store, in fact I guarantee it. Probably Best Buy and them will just have around 10 or so of each model.
  20. 9OOYO thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010

    I have Apple gift cards in my equation so I'll be buying there for sure. I may just go online at 3pm Easter to pick mine up and receive the following week.
  21. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    This is NO secret at all and has always been the case. Best Buy stock depends on the store volume. Higher volume stores will definitely have more stock vs the lower volume stores.
  22. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Why would you need an email when it's on Apple's website?

  23. tekniklyrawly macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    I remember that, but I also Remember 30 days later when the 3g version was released at 5PM the lines were not as long. Whether it was that I was in a big city (Houston) and there is a big rush of traffic at that time and maybe people did not get there in time or maybe p
    lines were just not as long because alot of people spent cash on the wifi version
    I don't know exactly WHY, but the 5pm releasal was considerably smaller than the 7or9am wifi
  24. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Holy Crap!!! That's right!!!

    01 - WiFi 16 - Black
    02 - WiFi 32 - Black
    03 - WiFi 64 - Black
    04 - WiFi 16 - White
    05 - WiFi 32 - White
    06 - WiFi 64 - White
    07 - AT&T 16 - Black
    08 - AT&T 32 - Black
    09 - AT&T 64 - Black
    10 - AT&T 16 - White
    11 - AT&T 32 - White
    12 - AT&T 64 - White
    13 - Verizon 16 - Black
    14 - Verizon 32 - Black
    15 - Verizon 64 - Black
    16 - Verizon 16 - White
    17 - Verizon 32 - White
    18 - Verizon 64 - White

    And that's just the iPad 2
  25. 9OOYO thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010

    The 3G can do wifi too right? I'm torn on this one....was thinking the wifi only verion but then thought about buying one with 3G just in case. At first I would just use the wifi to see how I like it.

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