Lines and purchasing in CA Bay Area

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by John Musbach, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. John Musbach macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    Hi, I was wondering are the lines in the Bay Area? Are they calming down now? Are there any places that stand out with regards to a low number of people still waiting in line? I'm thinking of purchasing my iPhone 3G tomorrow at the emeryville Apple Store but might reconsider if there's still a line/supply concern...
  2. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
  3. guru_ck macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I got to Valley Fair in San Jose yesterday around 1PM and left around 4PM. They were serving waters and cookies though so it's all good.
  4. DVNIEL macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2003
    Hey I might have saw you there! I went there to buy my mom a Louis Vuitton purse as a gift. I saw the line at Apple stretching to Nordstrom; nevermind I said =P

    I got mine today, went to Stoneridge Mall (Pleasanton), arrived at 12:45pm, left there at 2:00pm with a working 16GB White iPhone:D
  5. guru_ck macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Did you?
  6. dlamin517 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    they are all long most likely in thebay area. the one in pleasonton and walnut creek were long
  7. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    My friend went to the Emeryville store today and was bitterly disappointed to find that the lines were too long to consider waiting in. I'm lucky I didn't go with him.

    And if Emeryville is packed, I can't imagine what the SF (Powell) store is like.
  8. ZarkedOut macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2008
    Yesterday, in the Walnut Creek Apple Store. I got there at 11 AM and left at 5:30 PM with an iPhone. If you go, go later, because the lines die down as the day progresses.
  9. dwreck macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2006
    The San Francisco store had a line around the block yesterday, halfway down O'Farrell. I went to the AT&T store on 3rd & Market (a block away), got in line at 11:10 AM and was out of the store by 12:15 PM with my new black 16 GB. I have a feeling that they were sold out by 1:30 or so; when I was in line they said they only had 50 left.
  10. UWSpindoctor macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    Sunnyvale, CA
  11. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    This is all good to know, b/c I'm returning to the Bay Area on July 23, '08, after a really long vacation. I've got to pick-up the 3G 16GB White for the War Department, since I've got my 3G 16GB Black, here in Palm Springs. Hopefully, everything will be subsiding and we can just walk-in and walk-out and activate at home or in the parking lot...:p (according to the app WeatherBug, it's lookin' pretty sweet in the Bay Area). :cool:
  12. VideoShooter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2004
    Palo Alto University store was taking about 1:15.

    I wasn't willing to wait... But have made up numerous excuses to go be in downtown Palo Alto.

    Every time I pass the store I ask someone at the front of the line. Today was the shortest at 1:15. I might try tomorrow @ 10 and continue to drive by on my way to/from work until the line in short enough to just do it and not feel silly. (no offense to anyone else)
  13. hankuknamza macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
  14. jakeacc macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    anyone happen to know how big the lines are at the San Francisco Apple store today? (Tuesday)
  15. jakeacc macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    I guess everyone in San Francisco now owns a iPhone........?? A coworker told me this morning that the line was about 3 hours long when the store opened. I wonder if it will be better or worse in the evening
  16. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I can’t speak for Emeryville, but I checked the last two afternoons at Walnut Creek: good news, no line; bad news: no iPhone 3gs.

    The online availability checker only gives you availability for the next day; I couldn’t get through on the phone to find out if they still had any during the day.

    What a pain. Maybe I’ll reconsider the Blackberry. It occurred to me that if I ever had a problem with the phone, I’d never be able to get Apple to fix it, since all they do all day is sign up people for phones. Can you imagine what a nightmare it would be if you actually wanted to wander into a store and buy a computer? Sheesh.
  17. agbot macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Silicon Valley
    Yesterday the line at the Apple Store in Stanford mall seemed about the same as it was on launch day.
  18. AndroidSUCKS macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    my observations while walking by SF Stockton street store to get to the muni stop:

    7pm today and yesterday were the same. Line running about half a block up to the benetton store

    SF Stockton @8am today had about 12-15 lined up the right side and 3-5 on the left side. doors were opened with security and apple employee blocking it ...
  19. hankuknamza macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    Seems like they are all sold out in emeryville, walnut creek, and san francisco. anybody know when these stores will get more shipments?? by any chance?
  20. sportsfanMAW macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2006
  21. ubercool macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    Las Vegas
    It took me four hours on Saturday to get my iPhone at the Stonestown store, which is usually a "quiet" store. I would also try the Corte Madera store, although on Saturday they were out of 16GB models.

    BTW, I was in Chicago and on Sunday and yesterday the line was around the corner (estimated time: 90 minutes). When I walked by the store last night at 8:45, the security guard was closing the line. So, no miracles on the Miracle Mile! :D
  22. TimV macrumors member

    May 15, 2005
    Many Bay Area stores are completely sold out. I thought they were supposed to be getting shipments daily. I guess not.
  23. dwreck macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2006
    There was actually a line to get in to the Apple store on Stockton yesterday even if you weren't buying an iPhone. Once inside, there were almost no salespeople on the floor...they were all signing people up for the iPhone.

    I think this situation is actually bad for Apple...they certainly aren't selling many Macs right now, at least in the stores.
  24. VeNoMiZeD macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    San Francisco
    The same APPLE store today had about 50-75 people in line around 9am. Not sure if the store was opening at 9 or 10.
  25. jakeacc macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    So tonight, the Apple site says that the San Francisco store is out of 16 GB black iPhones. So does that mean DEFINITELY no 16 black models for tomorrow or could there be a possible shipment? I'm trying to get one by Friday before I go out of town.

    And my current cellphone actually died today. (it was a cheap Verizon phone from 2005) So now I can't send or receive ANY calls until I get my iPhone.

    I'm tempted to just stand in line and buy whatever model they have in stock and then exchange it in 2 weeks for a black 16 GB model. (I'm assuming that's allowed and no penalty, correct?)

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