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Why did you choose in store pickup over home delivery?

iMas70

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There is something about going to the Apple Store to pick up a phone, tablet or computer. I don't do it all the time but prefer to do it for the big items. Especially if I can't find a substantial savings somewhere else. A lot of people will be staying away from the Apple Stores on release day but I prefer to be part of the excitement. My pick up time is between 8:30-9am November 3rd. I'll be there just before the doors open at 8 to see the excitement when that happens.

It's not just a phone, it's a lifestyle :)
 

TrueBlou

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I kind of like going to the store anyway when I can make it. Our local one is a bit of a social event around the big launches. You always end up having a natter with people, I like that, I’ve had some weird and wonderful stories from people in the past.

This year though, no choice, I want to stay on the IUP and in the UK we still have to go to the store to go through the process.
 
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iMas70

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I had a great time when I camped out at the mall waiting for the release of the iPhone 5. Everyone was really nice and friendly. We could walk around or goto the bathroom without worrying about someone stealing our spot. There was a really good energy there when the doors opened at 8. I don't have to wait in that line but I want to be part of the it. Plus, I don't want to have to sit home all day waiting for the UPS driver. Most of my packages from Apple require a signature.
 
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Ixidor

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Because my workplace is only a 10min walk from an Apple store.

When I pre-ordered the Series 3 Apple Watch, they didn’t allow in-store pick up for some reason, so I chose delivery. Then because I wasn’t home during delivery (you know, because I have to work), they sent the iPhone to the closest depot for pick-up... which was a 45 min drive away!!!
 
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myscrnnm

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I will always choose in-store pickup when given the chance, because it means you get your phone the morning of the release, as opposed to waiting for the courier to arrive (typically in the afternoon in my area), especially if there's the possibility that I will be at work when they get to my place. But I also like the hype of lining up with people of shared interests.
 
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cwosigns

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I used to have to queue up the night before because you couldn't pre-order and pay full price for an iPhone for a long time. I think that changed with the 6s launch or so. I always enjoyed it, but I'm at a stage in life and my career where it's getting harder to do that, so I appreciate the option to pre-order.

This year it worked out rather serendipitously, as by the time I secured the phone I wanted shipping dates had slipped but I could get an in-store pickup on 11/3 at 10 AM. I have to leave town immediately after I pick up the phone and drive 500 miles to a family wedding, so having it delivered would have pushed out my departure time significantly.
 
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iapplelove

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I wish I had the option for in store pick up. All the stores near me showed not available even 3 minutes in. Still showing nov 3rd ship date but nothing for in store pick up.
 
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terps2005

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I normally have them shipped to my office but I’ll be out of town on launch day. I was able to get one for in store pick up 1000 miles away from home.
 
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geoff5093

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I chose not to do in store pickup, since I work during the day and now I'll get a chance to use it before I leave for the day. Plus, the closest Apple store is an hour drive for me.
 
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KingslayerG5

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There is something about going to the Apple Store to pick up a phone, tablet or computer. I don't do it all the time but prefer to do it for the big items. Especially if I can't find a substantial savings somewhere else. A lot of people will be staying away from the Apple Stores on release day but I prefer to be part of the excitement. My pick up time is between 8:30-9am November 3rd. I'll be there just before the doors open at 8 to see the excitement when that happens.

It's not just a phone, it's a lifestyle :)
It's not just a lifestyle, it's an Xperience.


I, V, X, XX, XXV, XXX, L

Doubt any of us will be around once iPhone C (Century) is released and who knows if iPhones are still relevant in 20-30 years? Just enjoy every moment while we're still breathing...

 
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Renho

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Cause i get it at 8am instead of of 1pm when the mail guy comes.......yes its only hours but i like to be the first one walking into apple store to get it like i am some big shot...lol
 
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JPack

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In store reservations are much easier to flip than an actual phone.

1. Meet buyer at Apple Store.
2. Look up Reservation.
3. Buyer hands over $200.
4. Buyer pays Apple for iPhone.

End of transaction.
 
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bambooshots

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Nearest Apple Store is an hour and a half away.

Chose home delivery and will pick up at UPS Hub instead.
 
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kermontg

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I always opt for delivery but after ordering, they gave a 2-3 week delivery time frame. Sorry, but I did not want to wait. I tried again and saw availability for Nov 3. at the store and decided to pick it. I never picked up a phone on launch day so this will be an experience, have for other small items such as watch and airpods. The thing that sucks is when setting up my device I will have to wait until I have to get home on wifi to activate, load backup and re-download music.
 
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elaniemay

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Oct 11, 2011
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Can you switch to in-store pickup once you have already checked out with delivery? The regret is definitely there. I had a delivery date of November 3rd until the second I hit submit. Then it slipped. I would have picked up in store had I know that was going to happen.
 
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lordofthereef

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I just wanted
To avoid sales tax
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Can you switch to in-store pickup once you have already checked out with delivery? The regret is definitely there. I had a delivery date of November 3rd until the second I hit submit. Then it slipped. I would have picked up in store had I know that was going to happen.
No. There’s a certain number allocated to each store
 
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Juansito

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Sep 12, 2014
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Rather to get my phone in the morning than waiting until 8PM for delivery— it’s freaking stressful waiting around all day lol
 
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SecretNY

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You guys know (at least when I order through Apple) you can pre-sign for the delivery and tape it to your door. Last year I chose In Store Pickup to avoid the month delay (need to have it NOW) and boy did that suck. There were two MASSIVE lines. One for no reservation and one for In Store pickup. Couldn't believe it. And I got there early so all that did was keep me at the back of the line as they came out with tablets to check your time and to make sure you weren't in the wrong line. Waited two hours and swore to never do it again. This was in South Florida. You mileage might vary but to me that was a real waste of time. Well..we do it all to have the latest phone. :)
 
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