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Standing in line for a new toy.... WHY?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. jimmie57

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    The thing they came out with that is Free is very nice. Recently I bought a new Ipad 2 on sale at Walmart and got one for my 89 year old mother. We are going to use them for Facetime when she gets hers.
    The pad came with a 4.? software. It immediately updated to 6.? version. Yesterday I got Ios 7. It is nice. It looks and feels more like the Windows 7 and the Safari looks and feels more like IE 10. Again it is Free.
    It did take about 50 minutes to download and Install. The download was only 12 minutes of the 50.
     
  2. Mark Holtz

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    True. However, the same model iPhone would be available two weeks later. A college class, especially one of limited availability and/or has the times that best fits your schedule, has limited seats. Plus, that college class helps get you that degree, which, in turn, should give you better employment and should give you a better paycheck.

    While I pay the premium for Amazon Prime, I usually opt for the two day shipping, not the next day shipping, and still some of my stuff arrives the next day. I purchase my cables from Monoprice, and the cheapest shipping option (at $6) just happens to be overnight for California residents (but it's not UPS or FedEx). Earlier this week, I ordered a new computer power supply because it was on sale with NewEgg, and I choose the cheapest option (4-7 day shipping) because I wasn't going to put it in until this weekend. It showed up the next day.

    I will confess that I had ordered items that I was anxious to get, and checked the tracking sites several times for updates. Yes, I wanted to get the item, but not enough to pay a shipping premium on it. The premium shipping negates the savings from ordering online, and you might as well drive to the store by then.

    I will admit, Steve Jobs has the presentation skills down right. I remember reading an article a few years. They would close off the auditorium a day or so prior and Steve would reherse like crazy, tweaking the presentation so that it went smooth as silk (usually). It paid off in sales.

    Compared game consoles with phones, we have releases of phones practically every year (if not quicker). The original Playstation was released in 1994, PS2 in 2000, PS3 in 2006, and PS4 this year. The original Xbox was released in 2001, Xbox 360 in 2005, and Xbox One in 2013. Each generation of the gaming console is a major technological improvement, versesion the minor technological improvement in cell phones (comparatively speaking). If I had a iPhone that was a few years old and beat up, I would consider upgrading. But, not if I had last years model.
     
  3. Rich

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    I fear I'll never get my son out of his "basement" apartment. Poor parenting. He does work 2 jobs, but as soon as he gets home he's back on the video games.

    Rich
     
  4. Rich

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    Superb point!

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  5. SayWhat?

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    I wish they wouldn't do 'release dates' at all, especially things like Nike that tend to cause fights and shootings. Ship the stuff to the stores quietly like all other stock. Staggered schedules, so no one knows when which store will have it until it gets put on the shelves. Malls and stores should not allow the lines. Anyone there more than an hour before the store opens gets ticketed for loitering or trespassing.

    I'm not in Prime yet, so my Amazon stuff might show up in 3 days or 3 weeks since I always click on Super Saver Shipping for eligible items. NewEgg and Tiger usually show up in under 5 days. I check tracking frequently but only so I know when to expect the truck and have the gate open, not because I'm in any rush.

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  6. Drucifer

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    When I was kid, years before I could drive, I was a nut to see the changes made to autos as the next years models came out in late September. My dad couldn't buy new back then, but we had to go the auto shows.

    There's something about being the first, that must exist in all of us in some way.
     
  7. Laxguy

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    OK, I got the iPhone 5 S yesterday morning. It was a bit of a miracle in some ways:

    My son's iPhone was stolen the afternoon before. Yesterday I walked over to the Apple store to just gape at the folks standing in line, and marvel at the tenacity, the drive, the lemming-ness of it all. I had no intention of waiting for hours; was going to go back to the apt. and order online. Then I walked past the ATT store, chatted with the door person for a minute, and within ten minutes I had the iPhone 5, and more importantly, was able to switch my older iPhone to my son's number; thus he was able to have phone, text and e-mail days earlier than otherwise. That was a nice experience, plus the free Peet's coffee being served in the Apple store line.
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    It's no different than "Black Friday", that NY Bridal shop that has a massive one day sale once a year, and so on. In fact those 2 events are much more violent but you're not here questioning those events or making fun of the people who take part in them. Why single out those who want to have the newest electronic gadget and enjoy standing in line meeting new people to do so? Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple, stands in line to get an iPhone. Are you going to make fun of him too?

    I'm sure there is something you're passionate about that others would find ridiculous but they aren't here making fun of you for it.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    LOL, that's absurd. You think a company who is in the business to make money is going to send customers away? LOL
     
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  10. RunnerFL

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    Yup, everyone has something they are passionate about. It may be something that not everyone is into but a person not into it shouldn't ridicule those who are.
     
  11. RunnerFL

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    Now that's what I call luck!
     
  12. Stewart Vernon

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    The only reason it is worth commenting on, for me... is because the iPhone isn't limited. It may be in short supply this week, but next week or next month it will be plentiful. We aren't talking a concert ticket where when the show sells out there are no more seats to be sold... or a truly limited item where there are only so many available and no more.

    We're talking about a product that a month from now will be the same product and you could have it without waiting in a long line... so I never understand the need for some to have something so bad they they need it NOW and will wait in a line for it.

    Think food... where you actually kind of do sometimes need it now... and how people will not even wait 10 minutes before panicking and getting angry that they aren't being served fast enough.... but will camp out for a non-necessary product that could be had without waiting in that long line? I don't get it.

    It doesn't bother me in the slightest, though... it just confuses me... as does a lot of human behavior.
     
  13. dpeters11

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    But for some people it really is more about the event itself than anything. Steve Wozniak certainly doesn't need to go to a store and wait in line for an iPhone. Yet that is exactly what he does.
     
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  14. sigma1914

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    That's what I was thinking ... it's the event like atmosphere. During college, we'd play Madden and NCAA Football pretty much everyday. When Gamestop and others started doing midnight releases, we'd go around 6 or 7pm and wait, talk sports, and play other people to test our skills... this was before online gaming.
     
  15. sangs

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    Exactly. I'm sure there were a lot of people that didn't understand why thousands upon thousands of people wanted to go to a concert on some upstate NY farmland back in the late '60s too. :) People enjoy the experience, what's wrong with that?
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Woodstock! I could have gone, lived in NYC at the time, motorcycle out back. But I didn't. I hate lines, not so great with crowds. Do kinda wish I had gone.

    I love the notion that "If everyone who says he went to Woodstock did, the attendance would have been several million".
     
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  17. dpeters11

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    Same can be said for movie premieres of certain franchises. People go to the midnight showing knowing there is no risk of not seeing it at a normal hour that weekend or the next. I've heard reports of people in line for three hours to see Star Wars, in 1977.
     
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  18. sangs

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    I'd have gone too, except for the little issue that I was born two months after it ended. ;)
     
  19. bidger

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    Could it be that Woz is compensated for his appearance?
     
  20. sigma1914

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    By who, Apple? Apple still pays him and he's got a lot of shares.
     

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