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The Profiles of People Who Stand in Line for Gadgets

Top 10 Gadget Line Participants!

Even though I can usually wait for a gadget's hype to die down, I had to stand in line for the iPhone 3G — I have a reputation to uphold!

Standing in line for a gadget teaches you something about yourself. Mainly that I hate everyone. Just kidding! I'm not some misanthrope, it just inevitably happens that the people I stand near in lines end up being people I can't wait to never see again. But most likely, pretty much anyone you stand within close proximity for seven hours is going to start wearing on your nerves.

If you stood in a line on Friday, then you'll surely see where I'm coming from. Check it out here, via my and my cohorts' experience: The Top 10 Profiles of Gadget Liners!

  1. The Space Invader (also known as the Encroacher): The people who can't quite accept that they're in line behind you and spend the multiple line hours stealthily trying to stand next to you, and eventually in front of you, stepping on your feet, until a withering look sends them back to their place.

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  1. The Media Whore: There for the rare fleeting publicity of a blog post or two (sorry, Dale).
  2. The Visitor: People not actually in line, but who are vicariously experiencing the line with you, either by participating as a "counter" (who just continually count people in line), asking "What is this line for?" or the "You're a sucker" drive-by.
  3. The "I'm Not in a Line" Line Guy: Completely oblivious that they're in a line, these people will forget where they are and how close to others they are; often evidenced by smoking, talking very loudly, and rarely moving up.
  4. The Early Adopter Who Is Continuing to Adopt and Needs You to Know About It: Exhibits compulsive 1st generation iPhone-whipping-out, so that everyone knows that he already has an iPhone, he knows what's up, and he is continuing to be this awesome.
  5. The Know It All: Knows everything about the old iPhone and the new iPhone, despite a) not having owned one yet and b) being incorrect; repeatedly utters how glad he is that he did not get suckered into buying one last year.
  6. The "IPHONE! WOOO!" Guy: Self-explanatory.
  7. The Alternator: Like relay racers, the couple in front of you keeps switching from one person to the other, as one leaves and gets coffee, and then the other leaves and gets sandwiches; one leaves to get waters, then the other leaves to use the bathroom. And so on.
  8. The Debater: Might take off at any minute. Can be seen muttering under their breath things like "not worth it" and calculating the time lost standing in said line. Generally always sticks it out (but they are not happy about it).
  9. The Polite One: Very rare.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 9 years
i would so be debater i think. i don't have an iphone because i refuse to leave my first love (verizon) but if i waited in line for a gadget i would be the one complaining to myself about the long line, but at the same time really not wanting to leave because of the time already spent there and the fact that the moment i leave is the very second the line will probably start to move.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I wasn't waiting in line for an iphone, but when we were waiting in line for a wii a few years ago - this was so true for us too! My bf and I were definitely the alternators. There was this obnoxious Space Invader right behind us, who kept on casually walking up to the front of the line just to "chat" with the people at the front of the line. He just happened to convienantly be there when the store manager started counting off people. My bf went up there to call this guy out and luckily, the people in the front of the line verified our story and stood up against the injustice of it! We got our wii.
gigill gigill 9 years
I'm the polite/alternator one. And I HATE the invader!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm pretty sure i'd be the rare polite one.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Guilty of being the alternator both years. I just don't that many hours that I can get away with just enjoying myself in a line. I had a debater behind me but she was more worried about trying to get to work at some point and not wondering if it was worth it or not. I must say I have been VERY fortunate both years to not have had anyone terribly annoying around me, just fun geeks :-) Oh and I guess since I pointed out that I stood in line last year (twice no less!) that makes me "The Early Adopter Who Is Continuing to Adopt and Needs You to Know About It" ;-)
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
that was hilarious! I'd be guilty of #8 with friends.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
I think the debater is the absolute worst. You are in line for hours. Decide if you are serious about it or not! (This list is hilarious btw)
haydee haydee 9 years
Hahaha, I think I was a media whore, I was twittering the whole time I was in line! for 3 hours!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i'd be the alternator - i was when my roommie and i waited in line for a wii on the first day.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I hope that I was the polite one, but I'm afraid I was partially the "not in line guy" but my bf didn't tell me to be quiet. He did tell me to calm down over my reactions to the "The Early Adopter Who Is Continuing to Adopt and Needs You to Know About It guy!!" I was probably a bit of the Whooo guy too because I was EXTRA excited. Oh and I'm not a guy! hahahah
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
lol i think i would have been iphone woo hoo girl!!!
outofhere outofhere 9 years
What a hilarious post - thanks for making me smile! :)
Tech Tech 9 years
Haha, I am totally a hybrid of a couple of these (debater, alternator, probably early adopter, and hopefully I had some of the polite one in me that day)!
nancita nancita 9 years
Ok, this is HILARIOUS. Space Invaders are one of my biggest pet peeves.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
So which one are you, geek? ^_^
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
I stood in line behind two really nice 20 year old guys, who made very polite conversation with me, one had a great Dr Phil impression, and they generally kept me very amused for the 3 hours I was stood with them (the second half of which my husband joined me for). The main type of 'bad-guy' we came across was the type that despite seeing the long line of people outside a store with only 10 parking spots, would still try to drive around the back to look for a spot. Then when there was no spot they'd spend 5 minutes contemplating blocking one of us in with a double park, then try to run us over as they did a 67 point turn to get out! Otherwise it was a very pleasant 3 hours, which my husband and I later found to be quite surreal!
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
hahaha geek this is super hilarious! I'm not really into tech-stuff and defi wouldn't spend that much on a phone but I still like reading about tech stuff just to be up-to-date and especially when it has a comedy twist.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
Wow. This covered everyone around me in line that day. But it makes me wonder if I was one of these! :)
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