Saturday, June 30, 2007

iWaiters at the iQueue for buying iYou-Know-What


From this post over at Aplia Econ Blog about waiting in line for buying iPhone on the first day:

Paradoxically, the type of people who are willing and able to spend $500 on the iPhone are also likely to have high-paying jobs that make it difficult to take an entire week off to wait in line. Fortunately for gainfully employed iPhone seekers, summer has brought with it a surplus of young people looking to earn a bit of extra money.

Ads are popping up all over Craigslist for so-called "professional waiters" who, for a fee, will line up to buy you an iPhone. The going wait rate is currently around $250 in New York and $200 in San Francisco. Lines are now full of people donning "iWait" shirts to show off their newfound occupation.

BTW, does anyone know if the queues outside Apple outlets outdid those for Thalaivar's Sivaji -- The Boss?

2 Comments:

  1. Subrahmanya said...

    It appears that one has to pay a flat Rs. 100/- to watch a movie during the first two weeks at Tamil Nadu (no class discrimination!). Additionally, the fake cds of Sivaji have also come into the market. So we can say that Sivaji did well!

  2. ggop said...

    Don't know about the queues for Sivaji but there were around 200 people in line in the local Apple store. Steve Wozniak was spotted standing in line too!