For Sale: First in Line for iPad 2, Only $900

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Apple’s not the only entity making money off of the iPad 2 launch day, as some folks have found willing buyers for their place in line to get one of the devices. Mashable reported that a college student named Amanda Foote got in line at the 5th Ave. Apple Store in Manhattan at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, and sold her spot for US$900.

Who would pay that much just to be first in line to get one of the devices? An app developer Hazem Sayed who is leaving on a business trip later this evening — he wanted to take a new iPad 2 with him, and was willing to pay for the opportunity to do so.

For her $900, Ms. Foote stayed in line for 40 hours, getting 3 hours and 10 minutes of sleep in the process. She also said in an interview (see below) that a random stranger jammed his fist into a box of donuts she was eating, staring at her as he walked away eating them. That’s kind of fun.

The real question, of course, is what Ms. Foote intends to do with her loot, and the answer is as obvious as can be: She plans on buying tickets to a Lady Gaga show. Hooray for enterprising entrepreneurs!

Mashable’s interview with Ms. Foote, as posted to YouTube

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Comments

mlvezie

How to get a free iPad 2, with all the trimmings:

1, get in line two days prior.
2, sell space for $900.
3, get in the end of line and buy!

(She had it almost right, but… Lady Gaga? I’d rather have the iPad!)

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I hope she spends her earnings on some braces. Those are some jacked up chicklettes.

MOSiX Man

I hope she spends her earnings on some braces. Those are some jacked up chicklettes.

How could you be so insul… Well, no. You’re absolutely right - those are some really nasty chompers. I think that, besides braces, she also needs a good wire brush and some borax.

Also, why would anybody in their right (or left) mind pay ANY money to get a spot in line to buy anything (other than emergency supplies or rations)?  I would really like to get an iPad 2, but if a store runs out of them, THEY WILL HAVE MORE, VERY SOON! Come back in a day or two!

James

@Mukesh: Nice app man.

Lee Dronick

@Mukesh: Nice app man.

Nice shill James.

Lee Dronick

I bought one at 6:00 PM, there were two people ahead of me in the line.  Now to be fair to line standers at Apple Stores and other places I bought mine at the Marine Corp Exchange. The clerk said that there was “quite a line of people waiting for 5:00 PM. They had about a dozen of each model remaining on the counter, there may have been more in the stock room.

I got the 16 GB Black, WiFi only. Synching it now.

Daybreaq

Also, why would anybody in their right (or left) mind pay ANY money to get a spot in line to buy anything (other than emergency supplies or rations)?? I would really like to get an iPad 2, but if a store runs out of them, THEY WILL HAVE MORE, VERY SOON! Come back in a day or two!

The first spot in line, particularly with THAT particular store, gets that person 15 minutes of fame. The guy who bought it promoted his app in several articles so far. The advertising was probably worth the $900.

It seems different locations around the country had very different supplies. My store sold out.

Nookster

Gouging obsessives - the only justifiable reason to stand in line for a mass market device.

Should be able to buy an iPad even after seeing Gaga, unless she gets gouged herself, circle of life.

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