Would you wait in line for hours to buy the latest iGadget?

Summary:Some people waited in line for hours for the chance to buy the iPhone when it first came out. With the prospect of another big Apple launch coming out way, it's a sure bet that people will end up doing the same thing for whatever Apple unveils on Wednesday. Will you?

Some people waited in line for hours for the chance to buy the iPhone when it first came out. With the prospect of another big Apple launch coming out way, it's a sure bet that people will end up doing the same thing for whatever Apple unveils on Wednesday.

Will you?

Blogger Robert Scoble says he will. He and his son waited in line at the Palo Alto Apple Store for some 38 hours to be the first to get an iPhone. And he says he'll be in line again, no matter what Apple announced later this week.

I will do it again for WHATEVER Steve Jobs introduces on Wednesday.

Yes, I am a fanboi.

We live in an economy of plenty, where we don't need to stand in line for hours for the basics survival. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would willingly do that for a shiny bit of tech.I'm gonna come right out and say it - I don't get it. I'm all for bonding sessions and get togethers, but the idea of that event being centered around tech doesn't work for me. Maybe I've just handled too much tech and the thrill's worn off, or maybe it's that I can think of better things to do with my time.

I'm not saying that people who want to stand in lines for hours waiting to be the first (or the first of many) to have something are wrong, it's just that I don't see why I need to prove something to myself or other by wasting hours of my time in a line. Especially for mass market consumer electronics, when tomorrow or next week the transaction is going to be quick and painless (and costs far less if you factor in time saved). Better still, get it delivered.

We live in an economy of plenty, where we don't need to stand in line for hours for the basics survival (if you did, I'm sure the complaints would be loud). If I don't need to do that for food or water or medical supplies, I can't for the life of me understand why someone would willingly do that for a shiny bit of tech.

Just to be clear here, I apply this rule across the board, and not just to Apple products. Games consoles, games, books, software, movies, other gadgets ... there's nothing I'd stand in line for hours for.

What about you? Will you be standing in line? Why? Why not?

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Health, Legal, Smartphones

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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