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Sunday, July 01, 2007

iPhone scalpers [updated]

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If you missed out getting your iPhone on Friday, and absolutely, positively can't wait for the next shipment to come in, there are about a thousand for sale on eBay, and at least two on Craigslist. If you've got $1,099, you can go over to Urbana and get one with a case, or he'll come to Springfield:

I will accept cash only and you can pick it up. If you are planning for a shipment to your address, you should contact me to arrange for this. Even we can arrange to meet in UIS campus and exchange money and the phone.

I don't think so. Better yet, take this advice from someone in Boston:

Don't waste your hard earned money by paying large amounts of money to iPhone scalpers. Even though they waited in line forever to get theirs, ironically as of right now, EVERY Apple Store in Massachusetts has PLENTY of iPhones in stock, you can literally just walk right in tomorrow and pick one up.
Here's a link to Apple site to check for iPhone availability: apple.com/retail/iphone

Good idea, if we had an Apple store near Springfield. Which we don't. But, we do have at least a couple AT&T stores. So, maybe there. But, definitely not the scalper way. It just seems so ridiculous.

Update, Monday evening, July 2nd:

Posted by Marie at July 1, 2007 11:46 PM

Comments

Sheer insanity. It looks like a cool little gizmo, but it's not worth the normal retail price, much less the inflated 'get-it-first-before-your-friends' price.

Good grief.

Posted by: Karoli at July 2, 2007 1:44 AM

Everyone I've heard of out here (Bay Area) who wanted one was able to get it without a long wait in line; granted, Apple may have made sure its stores here were well stocked. Anyway, this is not likely to be another Wii, where demand was so high that the devices prompted early-morning lines months and months after it came out (I stood in one of those line, in Eugene, oregon...).

Posted by: Dan at July 2, 2007 1:49 AM