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Why Wait in Line When You Can Buy Online? iPad 2 Fans Answer

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By Beth Pinsker, dealnews Editorial Director

There were hundreds of stores selling the iPad 2 and iPad 2 Accessories on its release day last Friday, but still thousands lined up around the country at Apple stores to get their hands on the new gadget the very first day. Why? Instead of sitting for hours in the cold, the rain or the hot sun, they could have just ordered online. For the iPad 2, online ordering actually started 11 hours before stores opened, and if you got a purchase through by 4 am, you only had to wait a week for shipping.

But that's not good enough for some people, and that goes for other Apple products, concert tickets, Black Friday deals and other must-haves that turn otherwise normal consumers into dedicated campers.

We wanted to know what was behind this urge to wait, so we headed down to the Apple Store in SoHo New York, where there were several Best Buys within walking distance, not to mention Verizon and AT&T stores with no lines. Still there were about a thousand people circling a city block. Here's what they said about staking (out) their claim:

What do you think? Would you ever wait in a line like this?



Beth Pinsker is dealnews' Editorial Director. She was most recently the Editor of WalletPop.com and has been a life-long bargain hunter. Follow her on Twitter — @bethpinsker. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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32 comments
jtiberiusk
It's because of dealnews that I don't have to suffer through that craziness anymore.
jpb4919
Ipad2 is great, but I'll wait...
willitara
I simply cannot imagine anything so important that I would wait in line so long. It would have to be something that I couldn't get online or at a later time. I love new gadgets but I tend to wait until they aren't in so much demand.
gijoe
Order online and get it in one week, who wants to stand and wait. Your friends bragging rights will be old news in 1 week when you get yours in mail, without breaking a sweat.
skremsky
On line is the only way to shop for me.
Bat65
I love dealnews!
mydealnewsft
Is it cheaper ?
mydealnewsft
This is a hype and the success of advertisement from Apple company
theheckers
I don't wait for much. I'd order online.
PrachiSaxena
I think this is more of hype....
Keiichi
Tried but no luck. Guess not surprising. Took a gamble hoping people who had iPad wouldn't line up for iPad 2.
Delilahv17
I would rather order online than wait hours at the store!
4kids
who has time and money these days ?. By the time you buy ipad2, ipad3 will be out.
notnuts
I don't wait in line for anything but buying groceries. I LOVE being able to shop online any time, day or night, no hassles, no parking issues, no rude store clerks, no expensive gas burned. Having the stuff delivered right to my door is the best. Love shopping DealNews!
RICHARDFLORES2100
Wow! I can't be mad at the people for waiting.I wait on black Friday...
srpanini
Winning an iPad2 would be cool.
jpb4919
No patients here. I couldn't wait more than 30 minutes.
OldTownTreadles
I also would like the iPad2, I've never had anything Apple, so you could consider it my entry level ummm, tablet? I wouldn't drive all the way to an Apple store to get one, but I have relatives who have done this, even going early on the first day of sale. I'll be happy with the one DealNews ships to me.
phoenixchu
I want an iPad 2, it is really cool. And I love dealnews, it has been helping me all the time
itrickyou
Bleeding edge means you really have to BLEED!
zippy573
waiting in line? unless i was first, no way!
chip1
Great to win from dealnews!
ohioflyer
For commercial products definitely not if the wait is over 30 minutes... probably not if it's over 10. I'll normally wait a few days and buy when it's more readily available.
vince8181
I love dealnews. I hate wait in line. If I have a chance to buy online, I'd like to do that.
choumadg
Because iPad 2 is not avarible in Mexico.
Stefennell
Why wait in line when you can order online? Waiting one week more for the iPad 2 to be conveniently shipped and delivered to your home makes much more sense to me.
Matthew
Why not simply win one from dealnews?
elbeelf
Why wait in line...buy online and avoid the hassels
soulfliesfree
Wow I would never wait in line like that online is where its at!
hgtran
Take $3000 go home, place an online order, pocket over $2000, ditch the hassle. win win win.
minjae
same here..even for a couple hundred
bigmike
Wow...$3,000? I would have left in a heart beat.
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