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Waiting in line for the iPhone

By dcacho
Thursday, June 28th, 2007 at 2:25 pm in Gieson Cacho.

This the second stupidest thing I’ve ever done.

I’m sitting in line for the iPhone, attempting to slog through an epic 28-hour wait. The good thing is that at the Apple Store in Walnut Creek has free WiFi (which all Apple stores have I think) and there’s running electricity.


I’m not the first person in line though. A group called iWait.org got here at 5 a.m. – Wednesday. They say it’s a business. We wait in line for you. It sounds like the perfect job for slackers: saving spots in line for high-profile events, prodcuts, etc.
iPhone line Walnut Creek
I asked them about when they thought up the idea. They said Tuesday. Right now, I’m No. 16 and one of three people right now who are waiting to actually buy the iPhone. The rest of the people are putting their spots on eBay and Craigslist.

Watching them negotiate over phone and e-mail is like watching Wall Street power brokers playing hard ball over a business deal. “I want $400. No, some other guy offered me $350. Do you want this spot?”

The hierarchy goes like this: The iWait group has bids running up to $600, they say. The second tier – numbers 5-15 it looks like – have deals going for $400. What I can’t believe is that people are actually paying for this. Where do they find the money?

It’s funny how people are so hysterical for this thing. It’s more laid back than waiting in line for the PlayStation 3 (by far the stupidest thing I have ever done). There doesn’t seem to be that madness when you associated high demand with the knowledge of little supply.

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  • Bitsy

    How is iwait.org a public interest group? It’s completely commercial, unless they’re going to donate the $600 they make to charity, which I highly doubt.