July 11th, 2008 11:07 am |
So I got up at 6:20 and got over to the AT&T line on El Toro. There were about 100 people in line. A little anxious, I decided to go to the next AT&T store which is new and hopefully no one really knows it’s there. Hahaha. The Woodbury Park location in Irvine had about 70 people in line. I was in line for about an hour. Then an AT&T rep came thru the line and said they only have 50 phones in stock.
WHAT!?!?! 50 phones? That’s it? They said that if you want to say in line, you can open your account and be in queue. So I decided to leave that store and headed over to the Tustin store location in The Marketplace.
When I got there, it looked like a smaller line! Yea! However, when I got into the line, it appears that it curls around twice in itself before straightening out again and into the store. I stood in line behind two guys who didn’t seem friendly. They just got up by the looks of it. I asked them if anyone has made any announcements about how much stock they have. They didn’t look back, didn’t acknowledge me and just said “Ask that guy…”. There was an AT&T rep in the line ahead. Sure enough they came by and said they only had 80 units in stock but there was easily 100 or more people ahead of me. They said the same song and dance about running out of units, but they also offered this:
If we run out of phones this morning, you can place your order in the store and have one shipped to you or you can order one online. Then someone asked about placing an order today and picking it up tomorrow. He said NO GO. They will have 90 more tomorrow, but the line starts all over again for the morning.
That’s bull!! WTF?!?!
I left the store, yelled in the car and headed towards the Irvine Spectrum Apple Store. I drove by and the line was all the way to old Ling and Louies entrance. I’ve done that walk to the Apple store and there is easily 200+ people in line.
Beaten down and dejected…I am now home on my day off. I will go again this afternoon and go without the backpack and laptop to keep things light.
Wish me luck.
iPhone, Personal Log, Rant, Shopping, Yuck factor