Why wait in line when you can pre-order?

karsal

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I've always wondered this, why do people camp out/wait in line when they can just pre-order and get it on the same day?
 

MR1324

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i really don't understand how people were not able to preorder this time. even if you did not get in on the first wave for the 16th, there was a second wave for delviery on the 19th. this was over a period of 2-3 days from the keynote.
 

sartios

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You know some people actually have a thing called a job, therefore can't be at home waiting all day for a courier to turn up which could be from 9 - 5.

Therefore collecting on lunch break, or whatever, plus there are other stores that sell it instead of lining for hours at an Apple store, I got the iPad 2 in ten mins last year at a different store.
 

MR1324

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You know some people actually have a thing called a job, therefore can't be at home waiting all day for a courier to turn up which could be from 9 - 5.

Therefore collecting on lunch break, or whatever, plus there are other stores that sell it instead of lining for hours at an Apple store, I got the iPad 2 in ten mins last year at a different store.
it's called pre authorization signature.
 

ZBoater

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You know some people actually have a thing called a job, therefore can't be at home waiting all day for a courier to turn up which could be from 9 - 5....
That job come with any time off? I mean, it's not like Apple launches new iPads every week...
 

cwosigns

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I've always wondered this, why do people camp out/wait in line when they can just pre-order and get it on the same day?
Lots of reasons:

  • Payday is closer to launch day than pre-order day and they want to get it sooner than later.
  • They do pre-order, but the order inexplicably gets canceled by Apple (happened to me once)
  • They want to see it and touch it before they plunk down $500+
  • Some people have an aversion to shopping online

I waited in line for my iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS I pre-ordered, but Apple canceled it, waited in line for the 4. Bought the 4S a few weeks after it launched. Pre-ordered this new iPad. Bought my iPad 2 on Christmas Eve.
 

karsal

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I would imagine having a job is the reason to pre order and not have to spend a whole day hunting down an iPad lol
 

sartios

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That job come with any time off? I mean, it's not like Apple launches new iPads every week...
Time off a PAYING job to collect a device? some people have their priorities mixed up, I have a family to provide for I don't take days of work just because there is a new bit of kit on the market.
 

RealScience

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fedex will leave it in front of your house like any of your other packages.
Where do you live that you would consider having FedEx leave a $500+ device on your doorstep until you get home from work? Especially on iPad launch day, when people will *know* that there may be expensive packages just left around?
 

ZBoater

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Why are you sorry? isn't that norm then? working to provide for a family? or am I missing something here :confused:

Some people have it given to them on a plate I take it.
I was sorta kidding about being a grown up, "providing for a family", and not being able to take a day off and blow it on an iPad.

I work. I provide. But if I couldn't take a day off and blow it on my favorite hobby, I'd be :(

That's all I was saying.... Sheesh. :rolleyes:
 

sartios

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Where do you live that you would consider having FedEx leave a $500+ device on your doorstep until you get home from work? Especially on iPad launch day, when people will *know* that there may be expensive packages just left around?
My point entirely, it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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I was sorta kidding about being a grown up, "providing for a family", and not being able to take a day off and blow it on an iPad.

I work. I provide. But if I couldn't take a day off and blow it on my favorite hobby, I'd be :(

That's all I was saying.... Sheesh. :rolleyes:
Fair enough, I mean, I can take the day off by all means, but I wouldn't get paid for it! therefore it's not worth it for me, I'll get it on my lunch break :)
 

engelke2010

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I did the wait in line thing for my iPhone4 and iPad2. Both were admittedly very fun. The people in line around me were pretty nice both times. However, when I tried to buy the iPad2, my bank thought it was highly suspicious that I wanted to spend $729, even though I had more than enough in my checking account to pay it. While I was on the phone with my bank clearing things up (which I did), Apple sold my iPad out from under me even though I told the rep that I would clear things up. I was pretty angry. I did get a smart cover out of it when I came the next day to get the iPad that they were going to hold for me. After I do get my delivery Friday morning and set it up, I might go down to the Apple Store to show everyone in line how great a device it is. I just hope that it comes as early as my new smart cover did today (delivered a little after 10am).
 

MR1324

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Where do you live that you would consider having FedEx leave a $500+ device on your doorstep until you get home from work? Especially on iPad launch day, when people will *know* that there may be expensive packages just left around?
My point entirely, it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

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Fair enough, I mean, I can take the day off by all means, but I wouldn't get paid for it! therefore it's not worth it for me, I'll get it on my lunch break :)
you're kidding me right? plenty of people pre sign for their ipads/iphones because they cannot be home for what ever reason. if you are afraid of your packages being taken, then of course you won't pre sign.
 

ZBoater

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Fair enough, I mean, I can take the day off by all means, but I wouldn't get paid for it! therefore it's not worth it for me, I'll get it on my lunch break :)
Ahhh, different story. I meant to say PAID day off... :D

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you're kidding me right? plenty of people pre sign for their ipads/iphones because they cannot be home for what ever reason.
Yeah, but on iPad launch day that's a really bad idea. Thieves salivate for days like this. They read the internets...
 

engelke2010

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Where do you live that you would consider having FedEx leave a $500+ device on your doorstep until you get home from work? Especially on iPad launch day, when people will *know* that there may be expensive packages just left around?
When I was having major computer problems several years ago, I had to have my PC replaced. FedEx left it on my doorstop out in the open. I live in an apartment complex and in a pretty safe neighborhood, at least according to FedEx. Thankfully the PC was still there when I got home from work and I learned a lesson - if I am not home when FedEx comes, I leave a note telling them to leave the package at my complex's rental office, which is on the premesis.
 

MR1324

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Yeah, but on iPad launch day that's a really bad idea. Thieves salivate for days like this. They read the internets...
point taken. there is actually a place on the form where you can fill out a specific location where you want your packages to be placed. i guess that is the best you can do if you want to pre sign.
 

puckhead193

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I would go to a lot of the apple store openings, Its fun to meet new people who have a common interest. But I rather know that on Friday my iPad will come and don't have to worry about how many 64 black verizons they got in stock.
 

sartios

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you're kidding me right? plenty of people pre sign for their ipads/iphones because they cannot be home for what ever reason. if you are afraid of your packages being taken, then of course you won't pre sign.
No not kidding, I wouldn't get a courier to leave such an expensive item outside of my house in any circumstances! Anyone could walk passed and take it!

I do it the old fashioned way, go to the shops, never hurt anybody :)