Reston VA

Discussion in 'iPhone Launch Meetups' started by goofy810, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. goofy810 macrumors regular

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    I am thinking of camping out starting say around 2am in Reston VA, Does anyone know if they let you line up early IN Reston ? I know most mall's and some outdoor private property stores dont let you line up?
     
  2. LastPadawan macrumors member

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    Joining you in this thread, might as well use it. Thanks for all your footwork!
     
  3. computermilk macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand?? What about rider's source? What is going on with this launch? major fiasco
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    Rider is Sitting outside of a store even as we speak.
     
  4. goofy810 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah on Macrumors now also, claims no iphone 7+ but that doesnt line up with Apple Manager report as of late Wed afternoon that they will have all versions and colors, though low stock of the 7+ jet black.

    Not sure what to beleave. :(
     
  5. LastPadawan macrumors member

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    I'm getting ready for work, let's all keep in touch.
     
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  7. computermilk macrumors 6502

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    I have given up hope not sure I'm even going to go because of these articles unless Rider makes a last-minute comment saying otherwise
     
  8. goofy810 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah same here, I may go and just get the daughter a 7 in rose gold if i can but wanted to get them both a 7+
     
  9. LastPadawan macrumors member

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    I'm not sure at this point. I almost still want to go, try my luck.
     
  10. RiderXTC macrumors member

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    Sorry for my absence of response. Like most, I have been scrambling to make heads or tales of what changed so quickly. The short answer is no one knows except for Apple corporate. I can tell you what happened and what I have done since.

    This morning at approximately 9:30 AM, the manager at the Georgetown location came outside to talk to us. The short version is, his statements were incredibly contradictory and circular and left all of us scratching our heads. What he said is that all stores in the entire country received a press release from Trudy Miller, the head of Apple PR. This was very similar to what we read last night at around 10:30 on various websites. Basically, what he explained is no store in the entire country would have any iPhone 7+s or any 7s in jet black. He said that the only stock they had on hand was for reservations that were made as part of the preorder process. I asked him point blank if there was any chance, no matter how small, I would get an iPhone 7+ if I camped out for a second day. He was cryptic at first but finally said there was no chance whatsoever. The puzzling part is moments later he said we could try another store.

    I pressed him further and asked why I just spent almost 24 hours camped out and Apple is just now finding out that there would be no walk-ins available anywhere in the country. He agreed that corporate should have known but is not sure why they waited so long to let customers know.

    It was explained to him that just yesterday that I was told by someone who definitely knew that there were plenty of 7+ devices available in multiple carriers, capacities, and colors - including jet black. This can one mean one thing; Apple must have reallocated this stock for other purposes. The only logical conclusion is that it was provisioned for customers participating in the Apple Upgrade Program who were shafted during the initial launch.

    I then talked to another manager in the store and before he would answer my question, he asked me to explain what the senior manager had told me. He then instantly agreed with what we were previously told. It was odd though, because he seemed to be hearing this for the first time from me. He did explain that were are probably a lot of people who made multiple reservations in case their first choice was not available and there would like be a lot of cancellations tomorrow during the launch. He explained that if a reservation is cancelled, it then goes back into inventory at the store it was originally ordered and made available through Apple's website or via the Apple Store app. This means that anyone who still wants to attempt to get one through Apple should be constantly checking Apple's website or the store app between 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

    I then reached out to another manager I know via text and she said would dig a little deeper to see if she could find a single 7+ for me in MD or VA. She shortly replied and said that this is the case at every store in our area. To confirm this I contacted a store in Bethesda via phone was immediately told, almost verbatim, that there would be no 7+ devices available for walk-ins. This clearly indicated to me that management had indeed explained to Specialists exactly what to say if they were asked this question. I then visited the Potomac Town Center store and was told the same thing.

    I then drove to the AT&T store in Chinatown to inquire about the 7+ availability. He was very upfront and informed me that had 7 of them on hand. He said there were no jet black available and the only black device was only available in a 32 GB capacity. He said the remaining units were available in 128 and 256 GB varieties.

    I then visited the AT&T store in Potomac Town Center and they were honest as well and said they were expecting some but they did not know the colors and capacities. They also told me that they have not arrived yet.
    Something else that was odd is a conflicting statement that was made in the press release versus what was said during a conference call with store management that was either regional or national. The press release clearly states that the best chance of getting a 7+ tomorrow would be to visit a local carrier store. During the conference call, management was told to stress to the Specialists to sell a phone even if it had to be preordered and not to refer customers to a carrier store.

    I apologize for my delayed response and also if I missed reporting anything. However, I am tired and need to take a nap.

    Bottom line is this...

    DO NOT WAIT IN LINE AT ANY APPLE STORE

    YOUR BEST CHANCE IS IN FACT A CARRIER STORE
     

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