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West coast Apple Stores begin iPad 2 sales

updated 08:00 pm EST, Fri March 11, 2011

San Francisco lineup for iPad 2 swells to 4 blocks

MacNN has received reports that a large lineup is forming outside the San Francisco Apple Store in the downtown district, swelling from an earlier estimate of 140 people (quoted by AppleInsider earlier today) now stretching over four city blocks in length. Sunny weather in the city has allowed customers wanting an iPad 2 to begin the traditional lineup later than their New York City counterparts, where it was still raining earlier in the day following a massive rainstorm Thursday night, with well over 500 people in line nonetheless. Other cities are also reporting long lineups.

Earlier today, the first iPad 2 sold at Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City went to Hazem Sayed, an iOS app developer who bought the position for $900 from student Amanda Foote. Reports from Boston, Portland, Dallas and Austin (where the SXSW music festival is going on) and other places also confirm queues of hundreds of people, many having waited for hours. Some of the participants have indicated to news reporters that they already own the original iPad or have recently sold it in order to get the new one. Used-market prices for the original iPad are still reasonably high; a quick Craigslist check in various cities showed original iPad sale prices hovering between $400-600 depending on model.

In San Francisco, store staffers greeted crowds with bottled water, fruit, chips and granola bars. The iPad 2 will go on sale March 25 in 25 more countries, including Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Italy and the UK, and lines are expected at Apple dealers in those countries as well. The high demand for first-day iPads may have prompted Apple to extend the wait time for iPad 2s being ordered online. [additional information and images via AppleInsider]

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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Four freaking city blocks! That's amazing!

    Apple is going to crush the tablet market this year. I hope they can meet demand throughout the calendar year and go on to sell about 35 million tablets. If record iPad sales can't move Apple's share price to about $400, then I don't know what can. This early turnout of consumers to purchase the iPad 2 should have some sort of demoralizing effect on rival tablet vendors. I'm certain that the iPad 2 must be eating into Windows netbook sales and Windows licenses. I mean, what were all these people buying before the iPad came along. Could it be that many of these consumers purchasing iPad 2s are new to computing? With this kind of publicity, the iPad 2 should really be attracting a lot of attention from consumers that aren't even into buying such a device. C'mon, Apple. Sell one million this weekend just to annoy the Android fanbois.

  1. rtbarry

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    we have a retail store near an apple store...

    our door, in an outdoor mall, is at least 50mtrs from their door. the roped line ran past our doors out to the lot another 30-40mtrs. ppl were already lined up at 10am when we opened and still lined up past our door when we closed after 8p.

    personally, i dont get it. i'll walk right in and grab one tomorrow with no line. but it's a good sign for AAPL fans.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: We have a....

    personally, i dont get it. i'll walk right in and grab one tomorrow with no line. but it's a good sign for AAPL fans.

    It's apparently all about the standing in line or something. Or the "We've got to stand in line so people will see there's a line and go 'Wow, a line. Let's stand in it!' or don't go "Wow, an Apple store with no line. iPad2 is a flop!".

    The big thing on the iPad2 isn't how many people are in line on day one, but how well sales relate to sales of the iPad. If they're just growing at regular rates, it shows the update wasn't a killer update, just a good refresh. if it explodes, then you know it's a killer new version. (I was going to use iPhone v1 and v2 as an example, but the v2 was also much cheaper, so you can't. Not sure of iPhone 4 rates vs. iPhone 3gs).

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