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MTBlogBot2000
2nd April 2010, 09:54 PM
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There's about 24 hours to go until we're let in to Apple's 5th Avenue store to pick up our iPads, excitement is building and I've had a barrage of questions aimed at me on Twitter and on the forums as to what is going on with our iPad expedition. Instead of replying to each one with the same answer over and over, I thought I'd write a quick FAQ here so everyone can read it.<!--more-->

<strong>How many iPads are you buying?</strong>
Pete and I will aim to buy 24 iPads. 7x 64GB, 5x 32GB and 12x 16GB. 23 people have paid me to bring them back, plus one for myself. I'll be getting a 16GB model.

<strong>How are you going to get that many?</strong>
I don't think I'll be able to get all 24. It will be a crapshoot. What we've done is made 8 US AppleID's and reserved 2 iPads with each Apple ID at each Apple Store in Manhattan (there are 4 Apple Stores in New York). We should be able to get 16 with minimal fuss. The only thing stopping us is the potential lines at the stores we visit after the 5th Avenue Store. We have until 3PM on Saturday to pick up our reserved iPads. If we don't get them all by 3PM, then it's first come, first served and our reservations are ignored.

Apparently Best Buy and some "Apple Specialists" (read: resellers), will have them on the day. We will be keeping an eye out on what those stores are doing as well.

<strong>Can you get me one?</strong>
I would like to get more (since I've left, there's been at least 20 people begging me to get them one), but I doubt I'll be able to get the 24 I need for the people who have actually paid already, so unfortunately, I can't get one for you. If I somehow manage to get more than 24, the extras will be up for sale on the forums.

<strong>How are you going to get all those iPads back in the country?</strong>
A big suitcase. I hope the iPad packaging is nice and small, hah. I enquired with customs about the iPads and they said that as long as I pay the GST &amp; duty, they don't mind.

<strong>Have you told your credit card company/bank about all this card activity?</strong>
Yes I have. My card/s, shouldn't be cancelled on the day for "suspicious" activity.

<strong>Dude! The line has begun! What are you waiting for?!</strong>
Greg Packer is dude with no life. I am in New York. I'm not wasting an entire day in this awesome city just to stand outside a freaking store! Pete and I will get there very early on Saturday morning and wait for 9AM.

<strong>Will you be recording any video of the hustle for iPads?</strong>
We personally won't be recording any video, but there is a team in New York making a documentary about "happiness" and one of the sections of that doco is about how brands and technology can make people happy. They found out about out escapade and a camera crew will be following Pete and I on Saturday. Hopefully we can get the raw footage off him and upload some snippets ourselves for you guys to watch before the doco comes out.

uncyherb
2nd April 2010, 10:02 PM
Will you be recording any video of the hustle for iPads?
We personally won't be recording any video, but there is a team in New York making a documentary about "happiness" and one of the sections of that doco is about how brands and technology can make people happy. They found out about out escapade and a camera crew will be following Pete and I on Saturday. Hopefully we can get the raw footage off him and upload some snippets ourselves for you guys to watch before the doco comes out.

This is great news! Your own doco crew?! Ha! You'll be like rock stars inside the store!

mitty
2nd April 2010, 10:04 PM
Way to go guys, Listened to the 5th Avenue podcast today (which sounded great by the way).

Enjoy every minute of that amazing city. Good luck with all the ipads, I think you're going to need it.

gehenna
2nd April 2010, 10:05 PM
Way to go guys, Listened to the 5th Avenue podcast today (which sounded great by the way).


it really was awesome quality eh?! most impressed.

ZacDavies
2nd April 2010, 10:42 PM
How are you going to get all those iPads back in the country?
A big suitcase. I hope the iPad packaging is nice and small, hah.

Hey dude - I know you're overseas so rather than make you watch Andy Ihnatko's iPad unboxing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrqKVKhNNx4) and kill your data usage here's some screenshots of what to expect..

http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/5526/unbox.jpg

marc
2nd April 2010, 10:55 PM
Packaging looks very small. That's good news :)

OziMac
2nd April 2010, 11:18 PM
How are you going to get that many?
I don't think I'll be able to get all 24. It will be a crapshoot. What we've done is made 8 US AppleID's and reserved 2 iPads with each Apple ID at each Apple Store in Manhattan (there are 4 Apple Stores in New York). We should be able to get 16 with minimal fuss. The only thing stopping us is the potential lines at the stores we visit after the 5th Avenue Store. We have until 3PM on Saturday to pick up our reserved iPads. If we don't get them all by 3PM, then it's first come, first served and our reservations are ignored.


Actually, beyond Manhattan there are quite a few more Apple Stores all within easy commuting distance of the city such as Staten Island, White Plains, Roosevelt Field, Walt Whitman and Smith Haven - something to consider if you have time left over the next couple of days before you return (and an opportunity to see a wee bit more of the greater NYC area). :)

According to Cnet (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20001530-37.html), there will be two lines - a reservation line and a walk-in line.


What's unclear is if there will be supply of iPads set aside for walk-in customers. Apple says there will be two lines: one for people who placed a pre-order via the Web (an option that is no longer available), and one that will be first-come, first serve. Though Apple will not say how many iPads will be available to sell to people who have not pre-ordered, it does sound like there will be stock for people to simply walk in and buy one.

Not sure whether it will be like the shenanigans during our local iPhone launches, but it sounds like it might be worth considering staying at Fifth Ave and checking out the walk-in line first, then going for your reservations afterwards since they are guaranteed until 3pm. Can you pay for them with cash? If so, that saves you using up two of your cards if you try the walk-in route, and guarantees you four iPads (because the wait at the other stores may be just as long, plus transport). Unless they don't allow walk-ins until all reservations have been satisfied, but I doubt that would be the case - they'd definitely have some allocated for immediate walk-ins.

Also, despite the crazy hype, it may be possible that shipments for walk-ins (as opposed to the reservations / pre-orders) may be replenished each night, as the physical stores are probably Apple's priority. With the iPhone launches, stocks were quite regularly replenished over the first few days - especially at Fifth Ave.

So envious of you guys. :)

Scubasnaps
2nd April 2010, 11:54 PM
Packaging looks nice and compact. I'd say they should all fit nicely in a standard samsonite hard shell.

archi
3rd April 2010, 11:30 AM
Wow I got really happy reading this article! Good luck to you two! Hope you are able to get enough iPads for the people payed already

snark
3rd April 2010, 11:47 AM
There's something...I'm not sure...noble? uplifting?...about going on such a mad jaunt. It gives the rest of us cause to think: "Hmmm, that could be me...".

Good luck, and I truly hope your quest is successful.

MrJesseRoss
3rd April 2010, 01:27 PM
I like to think that if you have a doco crew with you, you'll be able to get as many iPads as you want.

BoxDog
3rd April 2010, 03:13 PM
I like to think that if you have a doco crew with you, you'll be able to get as many iPads as you want.

...After being ushered to the front of the queue on a red carpet and having them presented to you personally by Steve Jobs.

By the way I want to see pics of like, a pile of iPads sitting on your hotel room bed. Plzthx!

simonm
3rd April 2010, 03:25 PM
Yes packaging looks very slim...like most of Apple's products these days. There's video of Stephen Fry playing with an iPad on YouTube. He's a huge Apple nut too.

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 03:38 PM
Anthony & Pete made the front page of News.com.au :) Australians fly to New York to join iPad queue (http://www.news.com.au/technology/apple-fans-queue-for-ipad-in-new-york/story-e6frfro0-1225849166922)

DJY
3rd April 2010, 05:38 PM
Well less than 6hrs before iPad's are available in NYC...
and probably less than 2hrs before our intrepid duo head to join the line!

u98925
3rd April 2010, 05:48 PM
Looks to be getting a bit cool in NYC -

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1714/screenshot20100403at645.png

(3:45am New York time)

matthew858
3rd April 2010, 06:20 PM
Well less than 6hrs before iPad's are available in NYC...
and probably less than 2hrs before our intrepid duo head to join the line!

From the time you posted that, Pete/fulltimecasual had been in the line for quite a while.

DJY
3rd April 2010, 06:21 PM
From the time you posted that, Pete/fulltimecasual had been in the line for quite a while.

Oh really?!?!?!
From the post above - and another I read on the forums - I didn't think they were sleeping out - but heading down at 0500hrs?
Or with the line developing did they change their plans?

matthew858
3rd April 2010, 06:27 PM
Oh really?!?!?!
From the post above - and another I read on the forums - I didn't think they were sleeping out - but heading down at 0500hrs?
Or with the line developing did they change their plans?

Nah, if you want accurate information you have to read their Twitter streams - Peter Wells (fulltimecasual) on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fulltimecasual) and Anthony Agius (decryption) on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/decryption)

decryption
3rd April 2010, 06:36 PM
Yeah, Pete is out there now, because he didn't book his hostel for long enough, hah
I am heading down in about 20 min.

cosmichobo
3rd April 2010, 06:47 PM
Yeah, Pete is out there now, because he didn't book his hostel for long enough, hah
I am heading down in about 20 min.

So will the crowd get rough if you play cutsies?

DJY
3rd April 2010, 06:52 PM
I don't use Twitter much... not sure I either see the point / or get it?!?!

but turns out I won't be too far out... if Anthony is heading down there soon!
;)

Thanks for the twitter refs though.

ZacDavies
3rd April 2010, 07:02 PM
Anthony & Pete made the front page of News.com.au :) Australians fly to New York to join iPad queue (http://www.news.com.au/technology/apple-fans-queue-for-ipad-in-new-york/story-e6frfro0-1225849166922)

For posterity I screenshotted the page :)

http://img.skitch.com/20100403-dcik8dbpk8ycxipnfjthcea6ej.jpg

Rant
3rd April 2010, 07:07 PM
Good luck guys. Hope you get your booty! And some media coverage.

Looks like a lot of action at the Palo Alto store, if you have the TWiT app for your iPhone, but you're there for business and NY, right?



Packaging looks very small. That's good news :)

From the people who brought you cracked 27" screens, I'd be more confident if the box was half a centimetre bigger all around for more cushioning.

IFixit (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad-FCC-Teardown/2197/1)already have a teardown based on the FCC photos.

amstrad_mac
3rd April 2010, 07:14 PM
Sigh... i really would like to order an iPad already...

I'm annoyed there isn't an pre-order for the Australian customers yet...

Good luck guys... i will be surprised if you can get all the orders fulfilled, going to be mental up there.

WindowsVista
3rd April 2010, 07:37 PM
i want a date for australia! So I know if I can go out and join the line the night before or not!

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 08:03 PM
i want a date for australia! So I know if I can go out and join the line the night before or not!

Im gonna go out on a limb and guess that pre-orders will start this coming Friday, with general availability on April 24.

WindowsVista
3rd April 2010, 08:10 PM
I cross my fingers on this! That would be the perfect date for me. I would be right at the front door of Sydney's Apple Store. Would hope they have some kind of security being a Friday night/ saturday morning.

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 08:31 PM
I cross my fingers on this! That would be the perfect date for me. I would be right at the front door of Sydney's Apple Store. Would hope they have some kind of security being a Friday night/ saturday morning.

That would be the case for me too! An April 24 GA date would place me firmly outside the Robina store on that morning.

Joey1983
3rd April 2010, 08:34 PM
Only a few hours to go...

Good luck guys:thumbup:

Remy
3rd April 2010, 09:38 PM
For what it's worth, I'm hoping to be right outside the Apple Store on the Friday night / Saturday morning it arrives with live coverage for MacTalk :)

(but considering the lack of detail and me not really planning this out yet, that's by no means official/confirmed!)

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 09:43 PM
If the 24th is the golden date when revolution and magical becomes words used at Apple stores in Australia, I am going to pull an all-nighter for it. I was #4 when the Robina store opened, and I want to be #1 for the iPad!

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 09:47 PM
Anthony & Pete: If you are reading this, make sure you enjoy this last hour of the wait! I really hope it all works out great for you guys and please make sure to get the footage off the documentary makers for us all!

Remy
3rd April 2010, 09:49 PM
Anthony & Pete: If you are reading this, make sure you enjoy this last hour of the wait! I really hope it all works out great for you guys and please make sure to get the footage of the documentary makers for us all!

Couldn't have said it better myself.
+1 and all the best!

decryption
3rd April 2010, 09:53 PM
For all updTes, fllow me on Twitter: Anthony Agius (decryption) on Twitter (http://Twitter.com/decryption) :)

jack112006
3rd April 2010, 09:55 PM
For all updTes, fllow me on Twitter: Anthony Agius (decryption) on Twitter (http://Twitter.com/decryption) :)

Did Gizmodo give you & Pete "Gizmodo Loves You" bags?

ZacDavies
3rd April 2010, 10:32 PM
For all updTes, fllow me on Twitter: Anthony Agius (decryption) on Twitter (http://Twitter.com/decryption) :)

Or follow both Anthony & Pete in the same Twitter list: Twitter / @mactalk/New York iPad voyage (http://twitter.com/mactalk/new-york-ipad-voyage) ;)

http://img.skitch.com/20100403-f14nxipsrs7ndm1cmkicreijc.jpg

Lockley
3rd April 2010, 10:43 PM
just saw that woz got to play with a 3g ipad

9 to 5 Mac | Apple Intelligence (http://9to5mac.com)

insanefireman
3rd April 2010, 10:47 PM
Here I sit in beautiful Baltimore, murder capital of the western world, waiting for the doors to slide open. iPad time!

ZacDavies
3rd April 2010, 11:07 PM
Anthony is inside the store!! VIDEO >> Yfrog - pzx - Uploaded by decryption (http://img39.yfrog.com/i/pzx.mp4/)

OziMac
3rd April 2010, 11:31 PM
Anthony seems to be too busy buying iPads to continue tweeting, but I found this photo of him waiting in line:

http://cdn.mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ipad-nyc3.jpg

Meanwhile my iPad has been received and I am deliberating over arranging $130-odd for Fedex to get it here this week or waiting a further week for it to be hand delivered. Decisions. :eek:

bartron
3rd April 2010, 11:33 PM
Anthony seems to be too busy buying iPads to continue tweeting, but I found this photo of him waiting in line:

http://cdn.mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ipad-nyc3.jpg

Meanwhile my iPad has been received and I am deliberating over arranging $130-odd for Fedex to get it here this week or waiting a further week for it to be hand delivered. Decisions. :eek:

eh?..where am I looking....all I see is Americans.

OziMac
3rd April 2010, 11:35 PM
eh?..where am I looking....all I see is Americans.

In the centre in the Yankees cap, playing with his iPhone. :)

bartron
3rd April 2010, 11:40 PM
In the centre in the Yankees cap, playing with his iPhone. :)

That only rules out half the people in the photo ;)

My theory re lack of tweets...he's been escorted to a sterile white room out back (or aluminium if he's gone to the 'pro' room) to be interrogated about his iPad purchasing intentions.

ZacDavies
3rd April 2010, 11:42 PM
eh?..where am I looking....all I see is Americans.

http://img.skitch.com/20100403-muji5pdb55yecep8ssfgaqymg9.jpg

6andy6
3rd April 2010, 11:43 PM
Anthony seems to be too busy buying iPads to continue tweeting, but I found this photo of him waiting in line:

http://cdn.mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ipad-nyc3.jpg

Meanwhile my iPad has been received and I am deliberating over arranging $130-odd for Fedex to get it here this week or waiting a further week for it to be hand delivered. Decisions. :eek:

And off the approx 400 people I can see in that pic he is.....(okay discount 200 woman) and maybe some guys at the window..:cool:


Edited "Okay you stuck a big arrow now - well either that or someone is selling them as hats"

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 12:00 AM
http://img269.yfrog.com/img269/7453/ib8s.jpg

Are those Anthonys nikes poking out from beneath an aqua blanket?

http://img526.yfrog.com/img526/4881/8po.jpg

Is that the guy from Engadget? In the middle facing right, brown jacket with a camera strap round his neck.

DJY
4th April 2010, 12:00 AM
So four down...
twenty to go?!??!!

Now the foot race begins! Just like The Amazing Race...
challenges, roadblocks, racing against the clock (they might only have until 3pm)...

I can't wait to see the photos of the pile on the hotel bed!?!?!

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 12:23 AM
http://img.skitch.com/20100403-tnfyufdn2rj2h9ttyn6ce5bq4h.jpg

woo!

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 12:34 AM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tuaw.com/media/2010/04/img4229.jpg

Thats alotta iPads..

more pics inside 5th avenue here iPad Launch, 5th Ave -- Inside -- TUAW (http://www.tuaw.com/photos/ipad-launch-5th-ave-inside/#2860765)

OziMac
4th April 2010, 12:44 AM
Thats alotta iPads..

more pics inside 5th avenue here iPad Launch, 5th Ave -- Inside -- TUAW (http://www.tuaw.com/photos/ipad-launch-5th-ave-inside/#2860765)

And that's just Anthony and Pete's stash. ;)

Back2Bedlam
4th April 2010, 12:51 AM
Checking out there twitter feed, at this rate, 10:49 US time, only 4 iPads bought, 3 stores to get to before 3pm, leaves 4 hours. Taken 2 hrs to get just the first 4, and there in the hotel activating!?!

The Race is on...

Dust For Eyes
4th April 2010, 12:52 AM
Goodness me the weather in New York looks positively dreary.

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:07 AM
Checking out there twitter feed, at this rate, 10:49 US time, only 4 iPads bought, 3 stores to get to before 3pm, leaves 4 hours. Taken 2 hrs to get just the first 4, and there in the hotel activating!?!

I temporarily added @kevinnugent & @glasshouseapps to the iPad Twitter list - they're now at their respective hotels activating their own iPads. Ant & Pete are now at the Upper West Side store grabbing some more.

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:12 AM
http://bitsandpieces.us/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/imagesinside-the-ipad.jpg

SECRETS REVEALED!

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:29 AM
How cool is this new barcode scanning device strapped to the staffs iPod touch's

http://img.skitch.com/20100403-bc2bt1nj3fuh32wupi31brwm8r.jpg
http://img.skitch.com/20100403-18ggjb632k46q76a949c8kpx99.jpg

via (http://www.engadget.com/photos/ipad-the-apple-store-experience/#2860710)

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:35 AM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/04/3apr10ob4tgerw45.jpg

Here's Woz holding an as-yet unreleased 3G version - checkout the plastic antenna area up top

First 3G iPad sighted in the wild, Steve Wozniak plays it cool by riding a Segway (video) -- Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/03/apple-store-lets-out-an-ipad-early-steve-wozniak-rides-a-segway/)

jack112006
4th April 2010, 01:36 AM
How cool is this new barcode scanning device strapped to the staffs iPod touch's

http://img.skitch.com/20100403-bc2bt1nj3fuh32wupi31brwm8r.jpg
http://img.skitch.com/20100403-18ggjb632k46q76a949c8kpx99.jpg

via (http://www.engadget.com/photos/ipad-the-apple-store-experience/#2860710)

I LOL'd when going through the gallery and came to these two photos. Of all the times to get an in depth look at the barcode scanner, he picked their busiest day ever.

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:43 AM
I LOL'd when going through the gallery and came to these two photos. Of all the times to get an in depth look at the barcode scanner, he picked their busiest day ever.

Apple store dude: "Let me just scan that for you.. "
Tech reporter: "Whoaah sonny.. hold on a second there! "

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 01:46 AM
http://img.skitch.com/20100403-xwxse5rcjd7qjnh481wpjt8p92.jpg

Seeming as it's 3am now I'll stop retweeting iPad tally status on the official MacTalk account now - don't wanna spam everyones timeline too much for the morning.

Bedtime for me, here's hoping they get the full 24!

Keving
4th April 2010, 01:48 AM
Hopefully Anthony picks up some cases with the ipads he's bringing back! I thought they were not avail on day one!

kevinnugent
4th April 2010, 01:54 AM
Just a quick note from me. Back now booty in hand. All activated (although I used my Australian app store ID so can't download any apps yet!).

This guys will be pushing it to get all 24 devices. Good luck fellas. This thing (I'm typing this on my iPad) is truly amazing. Honestly, if you were wavering, get it! You will love it.

Keving
4th April 2010, 02:04 AM
Just a quick note from me. Back now booty in hand. All activated (although I used my Australian app store ID so can't download any apps yet!).

This guys will be pushing it to get all 24 devices. Good luck fellas. This thing (I'm typing this on my iPad) is truly amazing. Honestly, if you were wavering, get it! You will love it.


You can download via aus store, just use search to find them.

kevinnugent
4th April 2010, 02:09 AM
When I hit the App Store icon I get an error "App Store not available in your country"

Keving
4th April 2010, 02:11 AM
When I hit the App Store icon I get an error "App Store not available in your country"

Buy them on iTunes and sync em over via a mac or pc.

ZacDavies
4th April 2010, 02:11 AM
When I hit the App Store icon I get an error "App Store not available in your country"

Oh jesus.. that means until the iPad app store is released on Australian iTunes you won't be able to use your Australian account - you'll have to use a US account with US credit until.. April? Eep

kevinnugent
4th April 2010, 02:23 AM
Seems I'll have to wait until I get home. I can't get on the iTunes store with the old safari I have installed on the net book I'm using to sync with - it's a lenovo S10 that's been hackintoshed. I think Ill wait until I get home on Wed and do it properly.

bolle
4th April 2010, 03:35 AM
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/8391/photonf.jpg (http://img100.imageshack.us/i/photonf.jpg/)

decryption
4th April 2010, 03:47 AM
Where did you get that image from man? :D

bolle
4th April 2010, 03:56 AM
Where did you get that image from man? :D


I cut you into the Sky News iPad launch pkg that's running at the moment :-) Not sure if it'll be shown outside Europe though..

p.s you should have taken her out of the box instead :D

decryption
4th April 2010, 03:58 AM
haha, awesome - can you let me know if there's anywhere to watch it online?

bolle
4th April 2010, 04:00 AM
haha, awesome - can you let me know if there's anywhere to watch it online?

i think the guys at interactive have put it on Skynews.com. If it wasn't a massive breach of every Sky policy known to man, i'd stick the rushes online.

decryption
4th April 2010, 04:06 AM
I found it here :)

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nibbles
4th April 2010, 07:31 AM
Is this true anthony? "I lost my wallet :( All credit cards gone. Can't buy any more iPads :(" it's from his twitter for those who haven't been following him

decryption
4th April 2010, 07:41 AM
Yes - I lost my wallet. I was all set to buy the remaining iPads (and some extra), but I lost my wallet somewhere between my hotel and going to the 5th Avenue Store at around 4PM today.

I'm freaking out right now, as I have no cash, no credit cards. All I have is my passport and two Visa debit cards, linked to accounts with no cash in them.

amstrad_mac
4th April 2010, 07:47 AM
Oh gosh! Thats bad luck man!! Been following your twitter..

Anz to national takes two working days :(

u98925
4th April 2010, 08:03 AM
I saw the tweet this morning and had to stop and make sure it wasn't 1st April.

What a crap way to end such a great adventure :(

cjm19
4th April 2010, 08:08 AM
What a bugger. I hope you called the credit card companies to put a stop on them. Some will get am emegency replacement to you fast.
Good luck with the valiant adventure!

snark
4th April 2010, 08:13 AM
Geez, that really is bad luck. Have you thoroughly checked the hotel room?

On the positive side though, at least you're not alone. You're there with a mate who might be able to help out.

LithgowLights
4th April 2010, 08:14 AM
Well thats a bummer, and with no banks open here till Tuesday, thats going to make it hard to get funds to you there too

cosmichobo
4th April 2010, 08:32 AM
Not sure how things have progressed - but in terms of buying the remaining iPads...

PERHAPS... if you call the stores up, see if they will take payment by c/card over the phone. As long as you know the 3 digit security code on the back of the cards, they should accept it... then show your passport as proof of ID at the store...????

spathi
4th April 2010, 08:37 AM
I think he is more worried about having cash to pay customs when he gets to AU at this stage..


I need AU$2000 in my NAB or ING account ASAP. I still have my NAB and ING Visa debit cards (left them out of my wallet).Twitter / Anthony Agius: I need AU$2000 in my NAB o ... (http://twitter.com/decryption/status/11555837946)

cosmichobo
4th April 2010, 08:40 AM
Ah ok - just found his personal tweet account. Had only been reading the general MacTalk one.

21 out of 24 ain't bad too...

There is always the possibility that Customs will simply "hold" the iPads for you til you get the money... especially if you show them your tweets! :) A delay then of course for your deliveries...

Have you been able to check the c/card balances yet??? They should have 24/hr assistance for c/cards... (scorp and cwealth do)

scruffie
4th April 2010, 08:41 AM
most credit card companies should be able to give you a replacement card within 24 hours. not sure whether that's good enough though.

cosmichobo
4th April 2010, 08:53 AM
Oh, yeah, and - Never gonna touch Twitter... that's just absurd.

WindowsVista
4th April 2010, 08:54 AM
That's shit! I just sent through Anthony $200 and hope others do the same. Mind you this is nab to nab and you need SMS security for it to be instant. I didn't have it but I hope it comes through soon! All the best Anthony.

iphonedev
4th April 2010, 09:05 AM
Oops! Sorry to hear that dude.Unfortunately,I don't have a NAB account and transfers from other banks will not process until Tuesday!

Crap!

doofus
4th April 2010, 09:16 AM
This story has more suspense than a James Bond movie.

TheKeddi
4th April 2010, 09:20 AM
I would have sent the money but no NAB for me too unfortunately.

nibbles
4th April 2010, 09:27 AM
PayPal?? is there anyway you can use that?

eron
4th April 2010, 09:29 AM
My Commbank debitcard doesn't transact right away when I use it. You could call NAB to ask for some overdraft.

Steeley
4th April 2010, 09:34 AM
I have a NAB account...just messaged Decryption on Twitter. If he calls his CC companies they'll have a replacement ready for pickup within 24 hours.

cosmichobo
4th April 2010, 09:35 AM
A lot of credit cards (and/or Visa/Mastercard themselves) offer overseas travel protection/insurance... Maybe that may help.

Geoff3DMN
4th April 2010, 09:47 AM
No NAB here... only ANZ :(

u98925
4th April 2010, 09:56 AM
Sent some cash over to him, should be enough to cover the customs duty....unless he spends it on beer between now and then :p

Steeley
4th April 2010, 10:01 AM
Sent some cash over to him, should be enough to cover the customs duty....unless he spends it on beer between now and then :p

:) Good man!

nibbles
4th April 2010, 10:03 AM
No NAB here... only ANZ :(

Same,

eron
4th April 2010, 10:06 AM
According to his tweet, he has enough money now. Mactalk community is AWESOME!

Crisis avoided. Thanks so much to the awesome guys with NAB accounts that helped me out. I love you Twitter!

Anthony Agius (decryption) on Twitter (http://twitter.com/decryption)

Rust
4th April 2010, 10:18 AM
What an adventure!

decryption
4th April 2010, 10:52 AM
Thanks to everyone who offered to help. I have plenty to cover customs and any other expenses. Now I can get a good sleep before my flight tomorrow!

iPads are packed in a 2nd suitcase and are ready to go. I'm just a bit unsure of the weight. Hopefully its not too much over.

I was about to cry when I realized i lost my wallet. It also sucks because I could have got heaps of iPads for everyone, but I lost my cards :(

Thanks again to everyone who helped. I love you guys!!!

jack112006
4th April 2010, 10:55 AM
Man, that really sucks. If I was able to help, I would. I hope it works out for you when you get back.

Anthonyw
4th April 2010, 11:12 AM
No NAB here sorry, glad it all worked out though. Love that people were able to help out

nibbles
4th April 2010, 12:24 PM
What was the final number of ipads? Didn't think I'd buy one but maybe I will when they are released in oz, goodluck getting through customs. Maybe just maybe you will find your wallet in the lobby or something

gehenna
4th April 2010, 12:30 PM
What was the final number of ipads? Didn't think I'd buy one but maybe I will when they are released in oz, goodluck getting through customs. Maybe just maybe you will find your wallet in the lobby or something

Nineteen

mac_man_luke
4th April 2010, 03:14 PM
how did you end up with uneven numbers?

Keving
4th April 2010, 03:37 PM
So when're you gonna be heading through customs and into Australia? Can't wait for my iPad!! :D

nibbles
4th April 2010, 03:52 PM
how did you end up with uneven numbers?

One for him maybe, and only 19 on his twitter he said he has 21

LithgowLights
4th April 2010, 05:06 PM
how did you end up with uneven numbers?

He had 20, but it was a quiet night, he was alone in the room, all hot after a day standing in queues with sweaty Apple fans, and his passion got the better of him. :kiss:

Apparently his Mini USB is not compatible with the iPads 30 pin slot and....... :shocked:

richardisfamous
4th April 2010, 05:52 PM
Im bummed...I missed out on iPad from Anthony...but all is good. Now I can use that money to get an Aussie iPad whenever they get a confirmed release date. Makes things easier in the long run.

Joey1983
4th April 2010, 06:20 PM
Ha, just saw Anthony on the news. Channel 9.

nightelves
4th April 2010, 06:22 PM
Ha, just saw Anthony on the news. Channel 9.

Dammit you beat me to it. :mad:

Richie Rich
4th April 2010, 06:29 PM
Any links to the news article?

Devil rolla
4th April 2010, 06:35 PM
thought that was him !

nibbles
4th April 2010, 06:46 PM
Ha, just saw Anthony on the news. Channel 9.
Got a link to the video, I might try and source it late.

snark
4th April 2010, 06:54 PM
Channel 7 only featured some pre-pubescent American brat getting his dad to buy one for him.

Where are your investigative skills, seven?
Why didn't you hunt down the story that would have resonated with the Aussie audience?

W9cae
4th April 2010, 06:56 PM
Anthony already posted it earlier today :p



I found it here :)

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darksplat
4th April 2010, 06:58 PM
Where are your investigative skills, seven?
Why didn't you hunt down the story that would have resonated with the Aussie audience?

were they have always been in their arse!!

darksplat
4th April 2010, 07:01 PM
how do we view that?

nibbles
4th April 2010, 07:03 PM
Anthony already posted it earlier today :p

was it the same stuff? I thought it might have been different footage

Mutters
4th April 2010, 07:07 PM
how do we view that?

Tinyurl, innit?;)

Edit: Post #73, I think.

DJY
4th April 2010, 07:15 PM
Ch 9 footage was the same as the Sky News footage posted earlier.

Shame there was no MacTalk Australia cap on his head?!?!
(shameless nudge)

Sambo
4th April 2010, 10:35 PM
Ch 9 footage was the same as the Sky News footage posted earlier.

Shame there was no MacTalk Australia cap on his head?!?!
(shameless nudge)

The Yankees cap was cool though. :p

ZacDavies
5th April 2010, 03:38 AM
http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2010/04/ipadrelease112.jpg
http://img.skitch.com/20100404-n8rjtd88m8cx3t53bxqfkcq8h1.jpg

Hehe

The iPad Arrives: The Wait is Over (And Wasn’t Bad) | Gadget Lab | Wired.com (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/04/the-ipad-arrives-the-wait-is-over-and-wasnt-bad/)

ZacDavies
5th April 2010, 12:58 PM
http://img.skitch.com/20100405-k8me4ufj3gcckird6eq9jnf2da.jpg

The Scene At Apple’s 5th Avenue NY Store | Gizmodo Australia (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/04/the-scene-at-apples-5th-avenue-ny-store/)

decryption
5th April 2010, 04:03 PM
haha, this is turning into a creepy version of where's wally!