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Friday, July 11, 2008

Where Are the iPhones?

posted by on July 11 at 9:58 AM

The downtown and E Pike Street AT&T stores are sold out, now offering a presale for delivery 10 days from now. Anyone standing in a line where they’re still in stock?

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so have you been fired? fnarf says you have.

Posted by ellarosa | July 11, 2008 10:14 AM

Nope. I'm quitting. He's being funny, or trying to, anyway.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 11, 2008 10:22 AM

A friend was just at the U-Village store and the wait was 7 hours, though the apple folk claimed they wouldn't run out...

Posted by Bubba | July 11, 2008 10:27 AM

Why does this matter so much to people?

Posted by willnot | July 11, 2008 10:37 AM

When you can buy self worth for $300, it makes (pathetic) sense #4.

They'll get in line again for something else when their fulfillment wanes over the next 36 hours.

Posted by Non | July 11, 2008 10:40 AM

I'm with willnot. It's just an f'n phone. My l'il ol' Samsung, which was free from T-Mobile works like a charm.

Posted by Dod | July 11, 2008 10:51 AM

@5 -- it's $200, and my self worth is bought at $4.50 a pint, thank you very much.

As for the iPhone, what's with the hating? So, people stand in line, which some of them actually enjoy, to buy something that they can afford and that they like. I'm not buying a new iPhone, but I use my 1.0 version every day. I don't regret it for a second.

Or is the idea of people actually making choices for themselves with no regard to your opinion upsetting to you?

Anyway, I'd head to an Apple store over an AT&T store. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd make sure that they had more in stock.

Posted by MonkeyNose | July 11, 2008 10:52 AM

Steve Jobs's plan is to create excitement through scarciy. It's funny, really. I wonder if today would be a good day to buy a Wii?

Posted by Fnarf | July 11, 2008 10:56 AM

iPhones are cool, but I don't plan on getting one unless they change their carrier policy. Forcing people to change carriers is ridiculous, imho.

Posted by Dod | July 11, 2008 10:57 AM

I was kiddin', ellarosa.

What do you mean by "trying to", Miz Amy Kate? WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPLY?

Posted by Fnarf | July 11, 2008 11:00 AM

My iPhone is my third favorite thing after my husband and my dog. I call it my boyfriend and I adore it and totally understand why people are drooling in anticipation for the new one.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 11, 2008 11:07 AM

@7 What's with the defensiveness? So, people make fun of people who stand in line...

You're right, though. And certainly no one should make fun of people who write: "If I were Steve Jobs, I'd..."

Posted by umvue | July 11, 2008 11:12 AM

Scarcity, not scarciy. I'm dumber than Bradley's iBrick.

Posted by Fnarf | July 11, 2008 11:15 AM

Gotta love AT&T, for their sheer hatred for and fleecing of their customers.

The orders will not be sent your home, only to the store where you'll have to wait in line *again* to activate the damn thing. Why not let you activate it at home? You might deny them a teeny bit of revenue.

Nor does pre-ordering today put you at the top of the list. Instead, it puts you at the back. Why not? You've already been snookered. The new shipment tomorrow is for people not yet snared into a two year contract. Ten days is probably optimistic.

And they gleefully cooperated with the NSA.

Posted by Jonathan Golob | July 11, 2008 11:44 AM

Sorry I have way to much self respect to be a dim witted fanboy

Posted by Chris | July 11, 2008 12:13 PM

The PI's bloggers spent three hours waiting in line, actually. At least Maria did.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 11, 2008 12:19 PM

Amy Kate Horn: Look at this.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | July 11, 2008 2:09 PM

Fnarf...creating excitement through scarcity only works on a product whose appeal is in question. That's never been true of the iPhone.

Posted by Timothy | July 11, 2008 2:25 PM

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