By 8:15 a.m., eight people sat outside the 38th Street AT&T store waiting to pony up at least $499 for iPhones that go on sale at 6 tonight. They came equipped to sit, stand and pace for another 10 hours: Chairs, blankets, laptops, iPods. The iPhone can only be purchased at AT&T stores.
So why spend the day on a strip mall sidewalk to buy a phone?
“I’m known at work as a gadget guy. I’ve been told if I didn’t have one by Monday, don’t bother coming to work,” said Jeff Haws, 48, of Gig Harbor, who’d arrived at 7 a.m.
Tiffany Fortune, 30, said she wanted to be sure the store wouldn’t run out.
The first thing she plans to do with hers?
“Rub it in my neighbor’s face.”