I was one of those people. I was one of the who-knows-how-many standing in line at the Apple Store for a brand new iPhone. And, I did it on vacation in Buffalo, NY, meaning I got it a full three hours before all my peeps in Portland.
Was it worth it? Now that I've had three days with the thing, was it worth the money, the time, the sales tax?
First things first. The Apple Stores were -- I have to imagine I can speak generally here, extrapolating my experience in the NY store -- awesome. They were managed impeccably. Lines were bled into the store at around 4 customers every few minutes, ensuring no logjams on the store floor itself. We were shuttled all the way to the back of the store and asked the simple question: "What do you want -- 4 or 8?"