I talk a lot about making money online but I have never talked about making money “inline.” According to this Mashable article, there seems to be a quite a lucrative business lining up for new Apple products.
College student Amanda Foote (pictured below) lined up for 41 hours at the New York Apple Store and sold the spot to app developer Hazem Sayed for $900. That works out to nearly $22 an hour. Not bad money for a staving college student (who will spend the cash on Lady Gaga tickets).
The buyer, app developer Hazem Sayed, says he is planning on leaving for a business trip Friday evening and wants to have an iPad 2 (which starts at $499) with him.
He’s not alone in paying for the cache of being among the first to purchase apple products. About 30 people back, 20-year-old Mario Longo had been waiting in line since 5 a.m. Friday for a friend who offered to pay him $100. Craigslist is littered with offers ranging from $100 to $999 to stand in line for a fee or sell a spot.
My question is this. Was Miss Foote in line to buy a new iPad 2 or was she in line hoping someone would buy her spot? What would she had done if no one did? I guess the odds of no one offering to buy her spot are pretty slim. After all, we are talking about crazy Apple customers here.
I will be picking up 11 iPad 2s today but I have no intention of lining up for hours to get them or paying someone in line to take over his/her spot. Look for a video later tonight to see how I bypass all those people lining for the new iPad. Hint: I’m John Chow, Bitch!