Paying someone to line up for you, frowned upon?

SR42

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I was considering that since it looks like AT&T stores wont be getting any stock on launch day that I will go to the closest apple store 2 hours away. I wanna make sure I'm very close to the front of the line though, but wont be able to arrive till at least 2pm Thursday.
Would it be frowned upon to hire a task rabbit to get there around 8am and save my spot until I arrive? I know people do this all the time but some were saying its frowned upon.
Thoughts? Probably will need to be friends with the people behind me to hold my spot when I go to the bathroom, etc.
 

SR42

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You'll be close to the front of the line if you get there at 2PM on Thursday, I would imagine.
I don't want to be too far behind if people show up tomorrow night and Thursday morning though. Would suck to wait so long and not get what I want.
 

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I don't want to be too far behind if people show up tomorrow night and Thursday morning though. Would suck to wait so long and not get what I want.
Are that many people really going to show up that early? It is an Apple Store that has extremely high traffic?

To answer your original question, yes, paying someone to line up for you is considered a tad unethical. I'm sure people do it all the time though.

Which model are you getting?
 

SR42

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Are that many people really going to show up that early? It is an Apple Store that has extremely high traffic?

To answer your original question, yes, paying someone to line up for you is considered a tad unethical. I'm sure people do it all the time though.

Which model are you getting?
Yes its the busiest one in Houston, mainly because its the only non mall free standing store in the city.

Im going for a space grey 256gb AT&t.
 

AceFernalld

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Yes its the busiest one in Houston, mainly because its the only non mall free standing store in the city.

Im going for a space grey 256gb AT&t.
I see, the most popular model! I would still doubt it would be sold out to those in front of you if you show up at 2PM Thursday.

Out of curiosity, where would you find someone to line up earlier and how much would you pay them? A friend?

Fly me down tomorrow and I'll wait for you! :p
 

SR42

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I see, the most popular model! I would still doubt it would be sold out to those in front of you if you show up at 2PM Thursday.

Out of curiosity, where would you find someone to line up earlier and how much would you pay them? A friend?

Fly me down tomorrow and I'll wait for you! :p
Haha was thinking about a friend but then I found this service called task rabbit. They're pretty much people who do random tasks such as waiting in line, etc. It would've been about $100 if they waited from early thursday to when I arrived. I guess ill decide by tomorrow if I should just get there at 2 and gamble it!
 

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Oh they do by far, just not usually super early. I am not positive though, go with whatever you think.
 

mcdj

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Frowned upon by who? The pope? Apple? A bunch of random Macrumors screen names?

Who cares? If you want to do it and are willing to pay for it, go for it.

And to anyone who says it’s unethical, please. I have a housekeeper clean my apt every 2 weeks because I don’t want to do it. Is that unethical? What’s the difference? Is a personal assistant unethical? Is a personal assistant you hire for just a few hours to do one specific (and extremely easy) task unethical?
Have you never hired someone to do something you didn’t want to do or weren’t able to do yourself? Have you eaten in a restaurant? Have you paid a mechanic to change your oil? Paid a dog walker? A babysitter? Yes. Yes you have. Don’t be ridiculous.
 
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Frowned upon by who? The pope? Apple? A bunch of random Macrumors screen names?

Who cares? If you want to do it and are willing to pay for it, go for it.

And to anyone who says it’s unethical, please. I have a housekeeper clean my apt every 2 weeks because I don’t want to do it. Is that unethical? What’s the difference? Is a personal assistant unethical? Is a personal assistant you hire for just a few hours to do one specific (and extremely easy) task unethical?
Have you never hired someone to do something you didn’t want to do or weren’t able to do yourself? Have you eaten in a restaurant? Have you paid a mechanic to change your oil? Paid a dog walker? A babysitter? Yes. Yes you have. Don’t be ridiculous.
Yea i thought nothing of it until I read some stuff here on macrumors about people thinking its unethical. My only issue is that I'll need to be friends with the people next to me in line to hold my spot if I need to run to the bathroom, food, etc. Just wouldn't want them to f me over or anything because they were pissed I had someone hold my spot. Doubt this would happen but just airing my concerns out there.
 

flat five

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$$$ talks, right?

Have at it.

I did see pics of chairs lined up without anyone sitting in them used as a spot in line. I see no difference in using a person as that chair.
i think that was in Australia.. i'm not too sure how well or how long that would work out in the U.S.
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I was considering that since it looks like AT&T stores wont be getting any stock on launch day that I will go to the closest apple store 2 hours away. I wanna make sure I'm very close to the front of the line though, but wont be able to arrive till at least 2pm Thursday.
Would it be frowned upon to hire a task rabbit to get there around 8am and save my spot until I arrive? I know people do this all the time but some were saying its frowned upon.
Thoughts? Probably will need to be friends with the people behind me to hold my spot when I go to the bathroom, etc.
me personally? i wouldn't frown upon that.
but maybe that's just me?

(i mean, as long as you're paying a fair amount.. if it's like $50/day or something then yeah-- pay more)
 

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i think that was in Australia.. i'm not too sure how well or how long that would work out in the U.S.
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me personally? i wouldn't frown upon that.
but maybe that's just me?

(i mean, as long as you're paying a fair amount.. if it's like $50/day or something then yeah-- pay more)
Ya. That’s why I would say use a person versus the chair. People seem to much more “offended” here in the States lately.
 

mcdj

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Yea i thought nothing of it until I read some stuff here on macrumors about people thinking its unethical. My only issue is that I'll need to be friends with the people next to me in line to hold my spot if I need to run to the bathroom, food, etc. Just wouldn't want them to f me over or anything because they were pissed I had someone hold my spot. Doubt this would happen but just airing my concerns out there.
Making friends in line is easy enough. Just make sure you befriend both the person in front of you and the person behind you and when it’s bathroom time, ask them both simultaneously. “Hey would you guys mind...?”

If you’re really nervous about it, flag down an Apple employee. They’re always roaming around the lines, at least here in NYC. Ask them what to do if you need to use the bathroom. Ask loudly enough for the people in front of and behind you to hear. Then if you have an issue getting your place back, just find that Apple employee.