What does "first come, first serve" mean?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Amacfa, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Amacfa macrumors 65816


    May 22, 2009
    Well I pre-ordered two WHITE iPhone 4's....because I highly doubt Best Buy will be getting them I'm just going to pre-order black ones as backup.

    If for some reason that fails. I plan to wait in line at an apple store. If it says "First come, First serve" does that mean that they have stock reserved for people waiting in line? ie. the first 50 people?
  2. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    First of all, it says that white will be unavailable for preorder or reserve so you have no chance of that. First come first serve means exactly what it says, first person to get there is the first to be helped regardless of if you have a reservation.
  3. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    They will have a line for pre-orders to pick up and one for walk-ins. Pre-orders are guaranteed til the end of the day, but walk-ins may have to line up early because supply may be limited.
  4. advan031 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2008
  5. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    First-come First-Served means just that. Depending on location, some stores will have a higher stock of none reserved phones, but no one knows exactly how many, so it'll be wise to arrive early.
  6. bobsentell macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    It means that if they have 50 reservations and 100 phones, your phone will be waiting for you even after they run out of the remaining. But if they have 50 reservations and 25 phones, whoever is in line first (and has a reservation) gets their phone and they will call you when they get the other 25.
  7. FrazzledRazz macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Well if you ordered in store today from AT&T, the policy is "first come, last served".
  8. imkingofjungle macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2010
  9. Jizzles macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    Think of it as black Fridays worthwhile door busters. If you want it you go real early to try to get a ticket for that item. Come too late and you're SOL.

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