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At least one Apple store has now begun to ban iPad scalpers from returning and buying up more stock. These scalpers are truly the scum of the earth, and can you believe that one scalper even had the nerve to write an article and whine about being blacklisted?
The Apple store that did the blacklisting was the Salt Lake City Apple store in Utah. Is this a new policy? Will we see this policy being implemented in other Apple stores nationwide? I sure hope so. These scalpers should be treated like the dirtbags and lowlifes that they are.
This is great news, but hopefully it's nationwide and not just this one store. Apple no doubt realizes what a mess this whole thing has been and it doesn't reflect well on them.Apple Blacklists iPad 2 Buyershttp://itsalltech.com/2011/03/19/app...ipad-2-buyers/
Too bad they didn't implement this early enough for me - I wasted two hours today and yesterday going to my nearby Apple store.
After I played with it at the store on Thursday, I decided to upgrade (I already have 1st gen 32GB). One of the Apple guys told me get there early tomorrow. So I got there at 8am Friday, the gate at the Apple store was already opened. There were about 20 guys in front of me so I thought I was good to go. I cheerfully asked the guy in front of the line if there's any for sale and what time he got there. He looked at me for a second and looked away, like I was talking to myself. OK whatever, perhaps he missed his coffee getting there early. 5 minutes later a rep came out asking me what model I wanted. Every model I named (wifi only all capacities either color) are all out. Then he finally said all he has left was 16GB white Verizon 3G. Why couldn't he have just said that instead of asking me and the few guys behind me... I passed as I wanted wifi only.
So I started chatting with the Apple guy. He said the guys in front of me were there since 6, and that some had already been handed out tickets to. His advice was get there earlier if I can. So I set my alarm last night for 6am. Leisurely went through my morning routine and off I went. Arrived at about 6:45. Never been to the mall so early LOL, surprised that the entrance to the mall was already opened.
Somewhat surprisingly, the couple in front of me yesterday was the first inline (they passed on the 16GB Verizon too). The real surprise came as I gazed a bit further down the line - the mirror I talked to the day prior was there again. Actually it was the same group of people! There were about 40 people inline this time, half of whom were there yesterday; they didn't leave the day before when the guy made the announcement of what was available, so they'd already bought theirs. It was obvious why they were there again.
An Apple guy came out about 8 to announce that they were getting ready to see what they have for sale this morning (as in they don't already know what they have
). The hour went by pretty quick, has a nice chat with guys in front and back of me. 10 minutes later came the bad news. The first 30 guys in front bought their entire stock today; he was actually very specific to point out that it was TWO to EACH customer, so I guess they got in around 60 units. Sure I was disappointed, but there were a few older guys and a lady that were REALLY upset. The Apple guy admitted those same people have been there before, but there was nothing he can do about it
So this blacklist thing seems to be up to the individual store, not corporate.
I registered just to share my experience. It seems the probability of running into these scalpers (organized or otherwise) are quite high around the NYC area (I'm in NNJ); the demeanor of all those who got in on today's shipment suggests they're not local in the area... I'll just wait my five weeks and ordered online.