Waiting for iPhone 3g - Jul 18, 2008 - 004

Note this photo was published in an undated (mid-May 2011) blog titled "5สิ่งหนึ่งที่เจ้าของธุรกิจควรเริ่มวางแผนตั้งแต่ตอนนี้ก็คือ ระลึก." It was also published in a Jun 25, 2012 blog titled "The 20 Elements of a Brand Story." And it was published in an undated (late Jul 2012) blog titled "Trying New And Exciting Ways To Grow With Article Marketing," as well as a Sep 5, 2012 blog titled "Be Bold When Trying Out These New Ideas for Article Marketing" and an Oct 1, 2012 blog titled "GET SMART AND UTILIZE THESE TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ARTICLE ADVERTISING VENTURE."


Ironically, this photo about the iPhone3g was published nearly four years after it was first taken, in a Sep 14, 2012 article about the iPhone5 titled "Start-Up Sells Spots in Line for iPhone 5," as well as a Sep 18, 2012 Spanish blog titled "Una plataforma a la fama en forma de cola (para comprar el iPhone5)." It was also published in a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "Fantastic Tips On How To Succeed In Paraphrasing," as well as a Sep 25, 2012 Inc. blog titled "The Joys and Pains of Partnering With Apple." It was also published in an Oct 18, 2012 blog titled "Opening Your Mind To The World Of Article Submission," as well as a Nov 22, 2012 blog titled "Very Simple Strategies Associated To Article Submission."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 30, 2013 blog titled "Article Promotion Is Still Alive And Kicking." It was also published in a Feb 8, 2013 blog titled "Proven Techniques That Will Help You Succeed With Article Marketing." And it was published in a Mar 18, 2013 blog titled "In Business are you manipulating or inspiring?" It was also published in a May 10, 2013 blog titled "Les nuances des chiffres de ventes d'Apple," as well as a May 17, 2013 blog titled "Otras 10 expresiones curiosas del finés."




Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.


But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" -- she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.


Well, I'm a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there's a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group ... but I'm inclined to think that they are. And if that's true, then the demographics of this group -- in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. -- is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that's not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun...

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