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Would You Camp Out For a Gadget?

Would You Camp Out For a New Gadget?

Good thing the weather in NYC has mostly been cooperative this week. One resident, Greg Packer, has been camped out in front of the Apple Store all week in order to be the first New Yorker to purchase the iPad. He's no stranger to sleeping on the street, either — he's also been first in line for the iPhone's release in 2007 and the release of the final Harry Potter novel.

Sure, I'm excited about the iPad, too, but given the ease of preordering the device online and having it arrive safe and sound to the comfort of your own home, camping out just seems extreme. Is there a gadget you're excited enough about to wait outside for days?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
nanababy nanababy 7 years
No way. Can you imagine the inconveniance? Sure waiting for a few hours, but camping out: No
luckyP luckyP 7 years
And it's an even sadder example of society when someone complains about other people doing something that's not hurting anyone else. Like KadBunny said, it's an experience. It's something that some people enjoy. Also, ironically enough waiting in line for HOURS, takes patience, and is not really for the faint of heart. I could never do it, wish I could though.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
When the Wii came out, my brother and I were in line for several hours (read: 9! from 7pm to 4am), but I'm not sure if that counts as camping out..? (We didn't have blankets or anything! ;)) We were impatient for sure, but clearly it was within good reason. It was sold out for weeks thereafter (or selling for 2-3x the price on ebay). When it's something like this though, where you can pre-order online and have a product, guaranteed, then yeah people are being way extreme. Still, there's something fun about the "camping" experience and geeking out with other people! :)
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I think this is a sad example of what society has come to. Zero patience! How important is a phone/computer/tv for you to sacrifice hours of your life in line?
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
When the 3GS came out last summer, I pre-ordered it and then went to the store around 6:30 or 7 the morning it came out, figuring there would be a mega-line like there had been for the 3G the year before. There were 4 or 5 people there when I got there, and when the salespeople got there, they split us into two lines (pre-orders and no pre-orders). I was the first into the store, and the third out. I felt a little silly, but it was GORGEOUS that morning, and I got to play with my phone for the rest of the day, so I didn't feel TOO silly :)
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