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Surfheart
10th May 2010, 12:54 PM
So I'm torn at the moment. Pre-order for delivery or rock up to the Robina store on launch day and hope they have some stock. I was dissapointed that Apple aren't offering some kind of reservation system where I could preorder online for instore pickup.

I have a concern that delivery will stuff up because I live a bit out of town and have had delays in the past with courier deliveries, but I guess I could always get it sent to my work.

I was planning to take the day off, and get to the Apple store maybe an hour prior to opening times. I have no idea what to expect as far as lineups are concerned or even if I should consider getting there even earlier.

Any thoughts on this?

decryption
10th May 2010, 12:55 PM
Get there as early as possible. Earlier you are, better chances you'll be at the front :)

Mickytk
10th May 2010, 01:06 PM
Yeah, I'm facing the same choice... wait for delivery or line up down at the Robina store... not really sure what to do =/

Surfheart
10th May 2010, 01:10 PM
Get there as early as possible. Earlier you are, better chances you'll be at the front :)

Hahah, good advice. I've got no idea what time they even open the doors for the shopping center.

With the pre-orders I'm hoping the lines at retail stores wont be too long.

Balthazar
10th May 2010, 01:18 PM
Also better chance you will be on local TV...

jack112006
10th May 2010, 03:21 PM
I'll be there. What time? I won't say. But it will be early. Very early.

Mickytk
10th May 2010, 03:23 PM
Maybe we should organise something?

Fedgrub
10th May 2010, 03:55 PM
Robina used to be the go-to place for all Brisbane people as well. Now that Chermside has opened, I think that will take the pressure of Robina. But yeah, lining up early wouldnt hurt. I would!

Surfheart
10th May 2010, 04:31 PM
When you guys say early, what sort of time are you talking about? :eek:

jack112006
10th May 2010, 05:01 PM
When you guys say early, what sort of time are you talking about? :eek:

I plan to get there about 4-5 hours before it goes on sale.

Surfheart
10th May 2010, 08:10 PM
Bloody hell, you're keen! I reckon I'll try and be there by 6am.

Mickytk
11th May 2010, 10:20 AM
A 6am start for Robina sounds good, im sure the centre itself will open around that time.

If we can arrange to get together as a group, that'd help pass the time better. And we can take it in turns to get coffee :)

nando
11th May 2010, 10:42 AM
When you guys say early, what sort of time are you talking about? :eek:

early means...NOW NOW NOW ;) 17 days NOW :D

Mickytk
11th May 2010, 10:47 AM
Apple store Robina opens at 9am. The Robina Town Centre itself opens as early as 8am (confirmed), but probably even earlier than that (cant confirm).

6am start sounds good, but yeah, prefer to do it in a group so we can pass the time better and do coffee runs. :)

Surfheart
11th May 2010, 01:24 PM
lol Nando, 17 days! At least you would be first in line :p

Mickey, sounds like a good plan mate. I spoke to someone at the Apple store and he said by the time he gets to work at 6:30 the whole place is open so I'm hoping 6am will be fine. Coffee runs sound good, going to need alot of coffee I reckon.

jack112006
11th May 2010, 02:16 PM
When I lined up for the store opening, the centre security were very accommodating. They had no problems with us staying overnight, and let us roam free.

Surfheart
12th May 2010, 06:57 PM
Hmm, well with the initial pre-orders running out so fast I'm considering an even earlier arrival at the store. I knew I should have pre-ordered day one! :confused:

nando
12th May 2010, 08:46 PM
what do u mean the preorders are running out?

Mickytk
13th May 2010, 09:40 AM
Yeah, totally expecting we'll need to team up and reserve some good spots in the line. When should we meet up outside the store?

Surfheart
13th May 2010, 10:23 AM
Mickey, I'm thinking about getting there between 5 and 5:30 now. Not sure about the best way to come in if the center is still closed. Was thinking about coming in thru the Kmart side entrance where JB is.

What are your thoughts?

Probably crazy to get there that early, but I'll be kicking myself if I miss out.

Mickytk
13th May 2010, 10:29 AM
Mickey, I'm thinking about getting there between 5 and 5:30 now. Not sure about the best way to come in if the center is still closed. Was thinking about coming in thru the Kmart side entrance where JB is.

What are your thoughts?

Probably crazy to get there that early, but I'll be kicking myself if I miss out.

If i'm late, reserve a spot in line for me. I'd definitely be aiming to be there before 6am.

Anyone else gonna join us?

jack112006
13th May 2010, 03:45 PM
I'm more and more tempted to do an all-nighter. It would be awesome if there were a lot of us there, the store opening was damn boring until about 6am, when more people than the four of us up front showed up.

Surfheart
13th May 2010, 04:15 PM
Love to do an alnighter, but I think my very young son and wifey might have something to say about it. :p

Poetryoflight
13th May 2010, 10:34 PM
I live about 2 mins away but I might head there around 6am to grab a 64Gb Wifi I have an app on my iphone that turns it into a wifi router so I dont need 3G.

Mickytk
14th May 2010, 01:47 PM
OK, i dont know Robina Town Centre very well, ive only been there once.

So where should we meet up?

Poetryoflight
15th May 2010, 03:23 AM
My only concern is waiting all that time to be told sorry no stock...

Basic map
http://i.imgur.com/pSKan.jpg

Mickytk
17th May 2010, 08:03 AM
OK, so where should we all meet up? Are we going to be able to get inside the centre before 6am?

nando
17th May 2010, 09:41 AM
do u reckon there will be accessories avail for the iPad on launch date?..
for that day i'll wait till i get my iPad and then go to an Apple store and..buy some accesories...like a screen protector..!
i've seen an iPad and it can look very messy with all them fingerprints!

Mickytk
18th May 2010, 10:35 AM
It's a safe bet to assume that they will have some... Maybe not a big range, but some surely.

Surfheart
20th May 2010, 01:27 PM
I'm taking a friends preorder instead of lining up at the store. He's had second thoughts about spending so much money right now.

I'll probably still head to the store sometime in the morning to see the mayhem/check on the accessories.

Mickytk
20th May 2010, 01:36 PM
OK, so is anyone else still going? I'm going to aim to be there by 6:00.

Poetryoflight
25th May 2010, 01:08 AM
I will be there at 6 as well might have to hit the mccafe first 6 is a tad early for me, I already have my screen protector 2 amp charger, stylus and case from dealextreme.

jack112006
25th May 2010, 05:20 PM
Just called the store up, they are opening at 8 AM. They will be accepting cash. And I will be there bright and early.

maclab
25th May 2010, 05:41 PM
do u reckon there will be accessories avail for the iPad on launch date?..
for that day i'll wait till i get my iPad and then go to an Apple store and..buy some accesories...like a screen protector..!
i've seen an iPad and it can look very messy with all them fingerprints!

I was at Robina store on the weekend and they told me no accessories on Launch Day

FoxyBoxee
25th May 2010, 07:33 PM
6am, sigh, coming from Brissy means I'd have a 5am start, nah pass

I'll plan on 7am arrival I think

HottPixels
25th May 2010, 10:32 PM
6am, sigh, coming from Brissy means I'd have a 5am start, nah pass

I'll plan on 7am arrival I think

wouldn't it be easier for you to go to the chermside store??? ;)

FoxyBoxee
26th May 2010, 09:29 AM
wouldn't it be easier for you to go to the chermside store??? ;)

Nah, I'm using the trip south to do a surprise visit to a tradie who is doing some work on my boat at Jacobs Well.

I'm on the southside right beside the Gateway, I can generally get to Robina faster than Chermside (plus I always get lost around Westfield Chermside - damn confusing centre that is).

I'm hoping they might surprise us with some limited accesories like a cover and camera connection kit - my wants are minimal ;-)

Oh yeah and a 3G 16Gb iPad please - wohoooo

Mickytk
26th May 2010, 12:26 PM
I'll be there around 6am as well - see you all there, we'll have to get together for coffee and muffin runs or something.

Poetryoflight
27th May 2010, 05:20 PM
for sure...I will be there around 6 ish (I live in Robina/Varsity )I was at JB robina today they were a little bit cagey weather they will have stock tomorrow (as a backup plan).

jack112006
27th May 2010, 07:14 PM
Just gave the centre a call, and they said they have no intention of opening the centre prior to 6 AM. But knowing how open the place is, I couldn't see why it would be hard to get in earlier.

Jordan M
27th May 2010, 07:48 PM
I will showing up around 6-6:30, more than likely in full school uniform as I will be going from Apple to school directly :P

IndigoReef
27th May 2010, 11:59 PM
They don't close the centre if you come in through the entrance near JB HiFi. Not sure if tomorrow will be different though.
See you there.

jack112006
28th May 2010, 05:42 AM
@ Robina now. About 25 people in a queue outside a security barricade.

jack112006
28th May 2010, 06:10 AM
OK, on my MBP now, the line is about 35 people deep at the store here. Apple staff have been great, handing out water and moving us into the centre nice and early.

jack112006
28th May 2010, 06:32 AM
Hey if there is anyone else in the line reading this, shout out! I'm the guy wearing the red jumper next to the pot plant.

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 06:38 AM
Parking was a nightmare but here I am. 25-30 peeps in front of me, most sitting down like they've been here a while, many with camp furniture. Sucks coming alone because there's noone to hold my place in line.

@Jack: I see you there. :)

jack112006
28th May 2010, 06:43 AM
Parking was a nightmare but here I am. 25-30 peeps in front of me, most sitting down like they've been here a while, many with camp furniture. Sucks coming alone because there's noone to hold my place in line.

@Jack: I see you there. :)

:) Mate, where in the line are you?

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 06:45 AM
To your right, guy with specs who badly needs a shave

jack112006
28th May 2010, 06:46 AM
To your right, guy with specs who badly needs a shave

Right there, all along!! :)

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 06:48 AM
Slightly too far away for chitchat :(

jack112006
28th May 2010, 06:55 AM
Its a silent reunion right now. I remember most of the people here from when the store opened. Kinda glad I rocked up at the time I did. Good place in line, not too early.

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 07:14 AM
Now at least 60+ in line, I don't feel so late now. :)

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 07:25 AM
35mins to go, 70+ people, and channel 9 just showed up to interview the geeks up front.

jack112006
28th May 2010, 07:27 AM
I really can't get my head around it. After waiting years for the Apple tablet, suffering through months of delays on the iPad, here we all are, just 35 minutes away from finally getting one!

idave
28th May 2010, 07:41 AM
jack.. can you post on the likelyhood of how many are left when you leave.. i have to get in there on crutches with a broken ankle and leg.. i want to know my chances before i endure the pain

jack112006
28th May 2010, 07:44 AM
jack.. can you post on the likelyhood of how many are left when you leave.. i have to get in there on crutches with a broken ankle and leg.. i want to know my chances before i endure the pain

I have spied through the black curtain at least 200 iPads. There are maybe 60-70 people in line, and I would imagine that they have even more out back. So you really don't need to worry about getting one.

Mickytk
28th May 2010, 07:44 AM
Still under 100 people. Not sure on stock but when there was about 50 or so and they came out with water they looked and sounded very confident.

As I type this the guys camped at the doorway are getting interviewed while the spare cameraman is getting shots up and down the line.

jack112006
28th May 2010, 07:51 AM
I'll post more when i'm back home. Shouldn't be longer than 35 minutes until then. I will try to get stock numbers, how many accessories they have etc. for everyone.

idave
28th May 2010, 07:59 AM
cheers mate...

idave
28th May 2010, 09:01 AM
how did you go? how did you go? how did you go? how did you go?

jack112006
28th May 2010, 09:07 AM
Ok. So there are plenty of iPad's to go around, enough that there will most certainly be some left at closing time. Plenty of accessories, and the staff have been very helpful. I'm at home with my iPad right now :)

idave
28th May 2010, 09:24 AM
so.. if i get there at 11 am whats my chances guys?

Surfheart
28th May 2010, 09:30 AM
Wow who would have thought that you would be able to sleep in and then rock up later in the day and grab one.

kevinnugent
28th May 2010, 09:35 AM
Wow who would have thought that you would be able to sleep in and then rock up later in the day and grab one.

Marketing 101 from Apple. Create illusion of scarcity to engender demand.

You could still buy one days after the launch in the US. I walked into the Manhattan Beach store in LA three days after launch to buy another one and there wasn't even a line to buy them.

There may be a sell out situation here in a week or so, but then the 2nd or 3rd wave of stock will arrive. They want to keep the demand up as long as possible.

idave
28th May 2010, 07:52 PM
haha.. i rolled into carpark at 10;30am.. hobbled on my crutches thru david jones.. saw they had an apple counter crutched over there.. "you got ipads?" yes full range... so no other customers in sight.. got 64g 3g out and all the extras i wanted..
pulled out the cc relivied i didnt have to use crutches all the way up to the apple store! dang card didnt work.. telstras system was down.... got out my crutches with my 4 y/o in tow. headed up to 4 th floor banks... arrrgh no westpac..
passed the apple store.. no lines lots of stock.. card worked.. wallaa im home with it all running...

nando
28th May 2010, 07:55 PM
Yes I was regreting not picking ipad on a store, now is here but where is the shortage
The reason there was a pre order shortage was because am sure the majority of the ipads went to the apple stores!

Bradster
28th May 2010, 08:39 PM
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