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PS3 Lines Already Forming In America

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the get-a-life dept.

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Wowzer writes "Nine days until Sony's PlayStation 3 launches in America, and lines are already forming. From the article: "Someone went to Best Buy this morning and saw about 7 people waiting outside. He went inside and one of the workers told him that they had been there since Monday. It must be a tough job being such big PS3 fans and being the butt of many passer-by jokes like 'Where is the line for PS4? Is it on the other side?'"

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Jokes? (5, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781945)

It must be a tough job being such big PS3 fans and being the bud of many passer-by jokes like 'Where is the line for PS4? Is it on the other side?'

I'm not a fan of the PS3, and I'd find it tough to listen to a 'joke' like that.

Damnit... (5, Interesting)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781949)

... How the hell can you afford to stand in a line for over a week?? Are you taking vacation time from work? Are you unemployed? Unemployable? And why the hell would you stand in a line for a week even if you had the time? Stupid kids and their rock music.

Here's an idea (5, Insightful)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781951)

Why can't Sony just sell the first 200,000 straight from the factory doors. They'll be plenty of demand and it'll save on overheads.

Actually... (3, Interesting)

SuperPunch (660987) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781975)

Actually it looks like the started monday. (11.06.06) I believe this thread was the first: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php ?t=114295 [cheapassgamer.com] Quote from the post: "I went to Best Buy this morning for a job interview (got the job, but it's seasonal) and I saw about 7 people waiting outside. I went inside and one of the workers told me that they had been there since Monday. Do these people have no lives? The awesome thing was, as I was waiting outside, I saw a bunch of people coming to Best Buy and picking up Gears of War. A few people made some funny remarks. One guy is like, "I hope you guys brought enough food!" Another one said, "Where is the line for PS4? Is it on the other side?""

Mad (3, Interesting)

herczy (1024845) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781979)

Oookay... So they spend 7 days. And hygiene stayed at home. And it got to be very unhealty. But, I suppose, if you like something, 7 days are not so much.

Holding tables at the food court (5, Interesting)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 7 years ago | (#16781981)

I went to eat with a bunch of friends at a mall food court and noticed an optimization problem. All the seats were full. Some people who were carrying food were forced to walk around looking for tables while others were 'holding' tables waiting for other members of their party to buy and bring back food.

By essentially creating a semaphore on the tables, the 'holders' were forcing a backlog of 'eaters'. By taking the resource and not using it, they blocked other users who would be ready to use the table immediately. With more 'eaters' coming out of line, the more crowded and backed up the general flow of customers got.

By sitting in line for a PS3, you're perhaps creating a slight advantage for yourself, but you are unoptimizing the situation for everyone else. You don't smell nice either, and you look like vagrants standing around in front of Best Buy.

The hype machine (5, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782007)

I'm pretty sure this is astroturf. Just like for movies, publishers pay people to form queues and get on the TV news.

Anyone who really wants a PS3 that badly would have pre-ordered.

I'm getting a Wii on Euro launch day, and I fully expect to queue for no more than 5 minutes, wave my preorder receipt at the attendant, and walk out with a Wii.

Well I for one* (2, Informative)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782009)

Will be pre ording via mail order then e-baying mine for twice what I payed, I'm still on my old (second hand PS2). Sure the new console is going to have pretty HDTV graphics but I'm from the game-play is more important old school, also I have a life (well as much as a slashdotter can have).

* Welcome our new PS3 overlords <ducks>

Re:I think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782013)

Agreed. Why should a game system for kids make the front page? This is supposed to be a technical site, not something for 12 year-olds.

Battered spouse syndrome writ large (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782015)

So, Sony sells CDs full of malware, sues grandmothers and kids, sends checks to various US Congressmen stapled to drafts of anti-consumer laws to be introduced by them, and I'm supposed to line up at 4 AM to give them money.

Cool stuff you can do for $600:
- Buy a bike
- Rent a decent sports car for a couple of days
- Take a plane trip to just about anywhere
- All-day shopping spree at a huge bookstore
- Adopt a starving Brungarian refugee
- Join a health club
- Take professional-development classes
- Many things involving girls

Dumbass stuff you can do with $600:
- Donate to the Cowboy Neal Retirement Fund
- Give it to Sony
- ...?

The question is (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782017)

How many of those 7 people were being paid by Sony to make demand look greater than it is?

Re:Damnit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782029)

The best gamers are unemployed so it should come as no surprise they are able to queue up over a week in advance. It's a bit cold but I am coping.

video interview with people waiting in line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782037)

I think it's safe to say these guys have no lives [powet.tv] .

!life tag (0)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782057)

Well, this certainly gets a !life tag from me. I can understand waiting a day before, but.. this? No.

Game Slave 2 (1)

h2g2bob (948006) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782059)

I think they're probably just hobos anyway. I mean, do they need to stand in line for days on end to get one? I think not.

Microsoft should buy all 200000, then trash them (4, Funny)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782075)

Not too costly, and it would really dent the ps3 games market, but thats just plain really evil,
maybe all employees will buy 1 each and use them for blueray, and nothing else.

Re:Damnit... (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782079)

"Are you unemployed? Unemployable?"

Not if they can afford to buy one! Ba-dum-ching!

Thank you, thank you, your all too kind ^_^

So, uh, have the smashmy...com guys got a spot in one of those lines? :)

Game Slave 2 (1)

h2g2bob (948006) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782087)

I think they're probably just hobos. I mean, do they need to stand in line for days on end to get one? I think not.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

Exitthree (646294) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782113)

In your analogy, it would be Sony causing the backlog, not the people in line. You have a producers and consumers problem and the consumers are actual consumers. It seems fairly trivial to figure out who the producers would be.

Are you arguing, then, that Sony should release the PS3 because people are waiting for it?

Re:Damnit... (1)

Udo Schmitz (738216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782117)

To me it kinda doesn't make sense, as you could preorder hardware. If I preorder a PS3 couldn't I just walk in when it's out and sales stuff would hand it over, no matter how many people are in the shop that didn't preorder? Maybe they are hired by some marketing company on behalf of Sony?

Stupidly obvious question.. but... (5, Insightful)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782127)

If they're such diehard fans that they're willing to wait in line for over a week to buy a goddamn games console, why the hell didn't they just preorder it instead?!

Massive demand... (4, Funny)

Weedlekin (836313) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782131)

Wow, a queue with seven people in it! That must have wound its way for at least two dozen feet from the front of the store, or even more if some of them were fat. If this sort of massive demand keeps up, people might have to wait in line for five or even ten minutes to get a PS/2, so buy yours before Christmas to avoid gigantic lines with ten or even a dozen people in them. You know it makes sense!

Re:Damnit... (1)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782145)

Employeds might take annual vacation time to stand in line...which might make sense if they had 1)2 weeks time saved up, 2)Make less than $500 a week, 3)Are able to sell them on Ebay for 1k over purchase price, 4)Are actually willing to sell them soon as they get them. ...still, breaking even or better than that still doesn't make up for spending 2 weeks outside of a building waiting for an electronics device.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

Renegade88 (874837) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782151)

Logistically that makes perfect sense, but I think that would highly irritate their distributors. As much as lines like this would seem annoying for the store, they probably like the hype. That hype probable does generate pre-orders, backorders, and interest for casual customers not aware the PS3 is nearing launch.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782153)

You think you're being clever, but you fail at analyzing the PS3 queue correctly.

The table queue has two different ways of queuing, where they stand around waiting for a table and one where the table is taken prior to getting food. The former is optimal, while the latter isn't. This is because the table has a period of time where it is not being used for its primary purpose, eating.

Where in the PS3 queue does any inefficiency off PS3 distribution accrue? The PS3's will be distributed at the same pace no matter how many decide to camp out for a week. If you're just pissed cause someone else with more dedication will get one before you, why not just say so instead of making up some bad armchair analysis of the situation?

Re:The hype machine (1)

jchenx (267053) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782157)

Anyone who really wants a PS3 that badly would have pre-ordered.
Apparently you haven't heard. Even pre-orders were extremely limited, and there were lots of folks camping out for those. And unfortunately for even many of those folks, they ended up still not getting one.

So, the alternative for these fanbois are to buy an overpriced one from eBay, or take off work and camp out for two weeks.

Personally, I choose none of the above. :) It's stupid to buy a console at launch. The reviews are already rolling in, and it looks like the games are mediocre at best.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

kjart (941720) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782159)

By sitting in line for a PS3, you're perhaps creating a slight advantage for yourself, but you are unoptimizing the situation for everyone else. You don't smell nice either, and you look like vagrants standing around in front of Best Buy.

It is not the people waiting in line that are causing/will cause a backlog, it is Sony - they are the ones that have created a semaphore on the PS3. The people waiting in line will simply be the first eaters to get a table, to borrow from your metaphor (i.e. all consumers are eaters, here, none are holders).

Whats worse is, from what I've heard, Sony is deliberately providing an inadequate number of tables so that not everyone will be able to sit - thankfully, the nice people at Nintendo are passing out barstools, so only the foolish will wait for a table :)

Re:!life tag (1)

dJOEK (66178) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782161)

you're laughing at these people, yet you tag it !life
I can't decide if you're being ironic or a hypocrit

Re:Damnit... (1)

Cerium (948827) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782167)

I imagine these are the people who have already sold several PS3s on ebay. It would seem that finacing isn't a problem so much as meeting their expected shipping quota.

Then again, I could be wrong. They could be your stereotype single nerd living out of their parent's basement.

Re:Damnit... (1)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782171)

If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. Go figure, the demographic that's willing to buy that overpriced game console is the demographic of unemployed kids who's parents give them enough money to have a thousand dollar vacation in front of a Best Buy.

Fuck the fancy new toy. Go to Costa Rica or something.

Lines FTL (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782175)

Only people lining up are those that really want to for the "fun" of it or because they're gonna flip the thing on eBay. Sucks that most of the initial units are going straight to the secondary market. Hell with that - http://www.playstationfinder.com/ [playstationfinder.com] FTW.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

ID000001 (753578) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782181)

That analogy make no god damn sense at all BadAnalo...gy...guy. Ok. Nevermind. Just nevermind. Why the hell is this not modded "Funny" instead? What do I pay you modder for?

Re:Microsoft should buy all 200000, then trash the (1)

rtyall (960518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782205)

If by not too costly you mean £110'000'000 (using UK site play.com [play.com] as a guide). Besides, there's a chance that being so hard to get hold of and so sought after, it may only add to the hype of the machine.

F'ing idiots... (3, Funny)

tktk (540564) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782209)

I just can't believe they're going to wait in line for this long and sincerely hope that this is a hoax.

I'd actually have more respect for these people if they said they'd be at home and masturbating continuously for the next 10 days.

Re:Damnit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782211)

How the hell can you afford to stand in a line for over a week??

Probably when you're paid by the Sony marketing division to do so.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

kjart (941720) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782215)

By sitting in line for a PS3, you're perhaps creating a slight advantage for yourself, but you are unoptimizing the situation for everyone else. You don't smell nice either, and you look like vagrants standing around in front of Best Buy.

It is not the people waiting in line that are causing/will cause a backlog, it is Sony - they are the ones that have created a semaphore on the PS3. The people waiting in line will simply be the first eaters to get a table, to borrow from your metaphor (i.e. all consumers are eaters, here, none are holders).

Whats worse is, from what I've heard, Sony is deliberately providing an inadequate number of tables so that not everyone will be able to sit - thankfully, the nice people at Nintendo are passing out barstools, so only the foolish will wait for a table :)

(I already posted this reply, but it seems to have disappeared.)

they're not gamers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782229)

...they're geeks who can't wait to install gentoo on it...a custom compiled system that's optimized and soooooooooo faaaaaaaaaast!

Take a pic on launch day... (4, Funny)

heli0 (659560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782231)

... I want to see the look on the faces of the last 3 when they find out the store only has 4 units.

"Someone went to Best Buy this morning and saw about 7 people waiting outside."

Obligatory Southpark Joke (1)

rHBa (976986) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782251)

Don't worry, just suggest they go and cryogenically freeze themselves to pass the time, they'll probably be clever enough to believe you, problem solved.

bud of jokes (3, Funny)

carou (88501) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782253)

It must be a tough job being such big PS3 fans and being the bud of many passer-by jokes like 'Where is the line for PS4? Is it on the other side?'"

Now is this a difference between the English and American languages, or can TFA not spell? On this side of the pond we'd talk about the butt of the joke.

(and then have a cup of tea).

Re:Here's an idea (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782257)

Why can't Sony just sell the first 200,000 straight from the factory doors. They'll be plenty of demand and it'll save on overheads.

Because the factories are in China? Though I guess if you can afford a PS3, you can afford to fly to China and camp the factory ...

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

Quaz and Wally (1015357) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782261)

Very good points, but I don't think they match up quite the same way.

By taking the resource and not using it, they blocked other users who would be ready to use the table immediately.
But the thing is nobody else would be ready to purchase the PS3, because it is not yet available. Perhaps you are talking about how some of these people may only be interested in reselling the PS3 closer to Christmas, in which case your analogy nails it. Poor PS3 fans deprived by opportunists buying them only to hold it from them until demand rises.

All in all, I don't think there's anything wrong, per se, with waiting in line for anything for a week or two. I do, however, believe it is a serious waste of time. Even if you were paid only $7 an hour and only worked 20 hours a week, that would be an additional opportunity cost of $140 on top of your $600 purchase. As for the rest of the hours of your week, it depends on what you'd normally spend that time doing.

Seems really ridiculous considering what they're waiting for. Probably just Sony employees like others have been saying.

How does this work (5, Interesting)

optimusNauta (784677) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782271)

Will someone honestly answer me this. Do they put 2 weeks of food in a cooler? Do they sit with their best pal and take turns waiting in line? Does Best Buy obligate me to respect their encampment and let them buy first? What if I just waltz in on the appropriate day and put my tent in front of theirs? Can they be arrested for sleeping on the sidewalk? Can Best Buy kick them out? How does this work?

Fools and their money... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782279)

... part easily.

Re:The hype machine (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782283)

Anyone who really wants a PS3 that badly would have pre-ordered.

Considering that the preorders were sold out at everywhere that offered them within an extremely short amount of time, and that the quantities Sony is releasing are not large, I don't think it's that unrealistic.

There ARE people out there who really just have no lives. Hell, I work with someone who 100% WOULD be doing it if he didn't have the job, and even that is barely holding him back.

Re:Damnit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782289)

No kidding. It would be so much easier if they would just freeze themselves and thaw out in a couple of days. The time is only going to get slower as it becomes closer to the release date. It will be like Christmas times one hundred.

Re:Damnit... (1)

natd (723818) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782295)

I've been hotelling in the US for 6 weeks doing nothing (I like a nothing break every few years from my day job n AU).....I shoulda been in that line...

Re:dept. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782297)

Why is that funny? Are you saying Slashdot editors are actually doing anything all day long?

Re:Damnit... (1)

wud (709053) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782321)

Why can't Sony just sell the first 200,000 straight from the factory doors. They'll be plenty of demand and it'll save on overheads.


Plus it will make the line seem alot cooler.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782327)

By essentially creating a semaphore on the tables, the 'holders' were forcing a backlog of 'eaters'. By taking the resource and not using it, they blocked other users who would be ready to use the table immediately.

Is was those bloody philosophers again!

Re:Here's an idea (1)

vidarh (309115) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782333)

Because it would piss off their distributors and resellers, who they depend on to keep the sales high.

Ok.... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782339)

so why wouldn't these idiots just go to a more desolate area that does not yet have people camping out like retards. I'm at Purdue in West Lafayette Indiana and there isn't a single person camping in front of any store. Might as well just come out here and save yourself at least 5 days or so.

Either that or just stop acting like such a pathetic lame ass.

Re:Damnit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782341)

You mean you don't live off your parents and in their basement?

All i can say is WTF... (3, Interesting)

JoBlo69 (1023365) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782345)

When the xbox 360 came out well about a week before i realized that is was going to take more than just walking into a walmart day of the launch and picking one up with no prob. It soon dawned on me that i would have to take extream measures (not THAT extream) to get my 360 on launch day. Me and a friend ended up driving out of town about 60 miles and came across a fredmyers (northwest department store)and we where 3rd and 4th in line. We had to spend the night in almost freezing weather but it got done and i made twice my money back when i listed it on ebay the day after... To me that was worth it, financhaly...

But for me the logic doesnt work. I cant justify spending a week and a half out side of best buy for the "chance" to get a PS3. The only whay i would do it is if i was Garenteed to get one and ablr to sell it for more money than the lost days working. And at my salary good luck even at the vey bloated Pre PS3 sales happening on ebay right now. There going for at least $1500...

I fail to see why anyone sane would stand around outside for 10+ days waiting for a PS3 that they may or may not get unless that are hoping to make alot of money reselling it to someone else just as desprate to get one...

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

baadger (764884) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782357)

Yeah, except a queue can be of an an infinite length is naturally dispatched on a first come first serve basis. It has an order of process that cannot be changed.

I believe your table hogging analogy wrong. It is more along the lines of pre-allocating memory or fetching resources before you absolutely need them, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Put it this way, why buy the food if you can't get a table at which to eat it? And why queuue for hours and hours and hours and then *not* get a PS3 *if* you can afford to spend a week lazing about and then are almost be guaranteed to get your hands on one?

No it seems to me that the table hoggers are being far more optimal and you are not. They are using the resources available to them (people) more wisely by allocating themselves a table and a position in the queue for food *simultaneously.* Multithreaded fast food baby.

Re:How does this work (1)

PlasticArmyMan (967433) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782361)

I'm quite sure it's first come first served. I don't imagine it'll be dissimilar to the UK where I am where we don't have to serve you anything. At all. I could say 'fuck you all' and sell it to my staff.

consuming waste (5, Insightful)

jovius (974690) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782371)

The society seems to have closen a circle when you can afford to line up for a product designed to waste time.

Re:F'ing idiots... (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782445)

"I'd actually have more respect for these people if they said they'd be at home and masturbating continuously for the next 10 days."

Hey, I'm moving up in the world; more respected than 7 people!

Re:Microsoft should buy all 200000, then trash the (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782449)

Oooooooooh. You're evil! For those that think Microsoft would be helping Sony profit: Sony actually sells the consoles at a loss. So it'd cost Sony quite a bit (as no-one would be buying any games, which are sold at pretty high profits to compensate for the console loss, for all those consoles).

Re:The hype machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782451)

This could also have something to do with the fact that Nintendo is shipping 8 times the total amount Sony is shipping (4 million vs 500k).

Apparently 4 million is the biggest shipment ever for a launch, so I would be surprised if people starting selling out on the first day.

Cunning Plan (3, Funny)

giafly (926567) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782453)

By sleeping outside Best Buy for a week, instead of paying for Hotel rooms, these guys are saving enough money that their Play Stations are in effect free. They're not so dumb.

Re:How does this work (1)

ickoonite (639305) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782459)

Does Best Buy obligate me to respect their encampment and let them buy first?

No, but reverence for the ancient and fundamental Anglo-Saxon concept of the 'queue' obligates you to so do. At least, in this country (that is, the Mother Country), were you to queue-jump, you run the risk of getting shot. Well, you would if we carried guns. I should have thought that was even more likely to be the case in the USA, where everyone is armed to the teeth, no?

iqu :P

Re:Battered spouse syndrome writ large (1)

Cesa (972909) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782461)

After reading too much slashdot I expect to see a "Profit!" whenever I see ... But I guess in this case it would have made the ...'s hard to explain.

Re:All i can say is WTF... (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782471)

and i made twice my money back when i listed it on ebay the day after...

I fucking hate you.

Re:Holding tables at the food court (1)

Worminater (600129) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782473)

Just to confir my puzzlement at your comparison;


Sitting in line at the store provides us normal people with endless seconds of merriment; and aside from dealing with the possible odor while walking past; how does it "unoptimize" the situation for anyone aside from those whom want to get there when the store opens and get theirs?


Your discovery of the inefficient food court does not parallel this situation in my mind; I would like a bit more clarification if I am missing something?

Sweet, sweet pron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782475)

I'm getting a Wii on Euro launch day

Pffft. Big deal. I'm playing with my Wii right now...

Paid by Sony - look at the PR coverage! (1)

fantomas (94850) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782491)

How about "paid by Sony"? Look at the media coverage those 7 guys are getting. How much does it cost to hire 7 geeks for a week? 100 dollars a day each? that's 4900 dollars for the week, how much advertising air time can you buy for 4900 dollars these days? I am guessing a lot less than the "viral marketing" (yuk! expression) Sony are getting from the "7 guys in a queue FOR PS3, lets laugh at the geeks" funny news coverage.

(and hey they are Sony so I am sure it doesn't cost them much to chuck the 7 guys a PS3 each if there aren't actually any in that shop come the official day).

Re:Stupidly obvious question.. but... (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782499)

If you're willing to wait in line for over a week to buy a game console, you're not smart enough to think of preordering.

That, or you're being paid by Sony (to make it appear that the retard community is desparate for PS3s?)

Stupid people FTL (1)

jchenx (267053) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782507)

The funny thing is that I bet there are people waiting in line, who decided to take off from their hourly wage job so they could get a PS3 and "flip it" on eBay for a profit. But they're too dumb to realize that they could have made just as much money (if not more) staying at work the entire time. Even a minimum wage job, if you put in decent hours over a couple of days, nets a few hundred dollars. And that's about the most profit you can make on eBay reselling the console. (Plus, it's a risky proposition ... how do you know enough people are going to want to spend that much on the console?)

If only... (2, Funny)

Zorque (894011) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782513)

I hope they get inside on the launch date only to find out the store's entire stock has been pre-ordered. On another note, what kind of lines have there been for past consoles? There's a tremendous amount of hype (good and bad) going on about the PS3, and I'm sure it's affected interest, but how much?

Re:Here's an idea (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782543)

Because then they'll piss off their customers. And Sony's customers aren't you or me, they're WalMart, Best Buy et al.

Re:Battered spouse syndrome writ large (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782547)

Don't forget to add on the 7 days salary these guys could have earned instead of waiting in line.

Re:Cunning Plan (1)

mattgoldey (753976) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782553)

That's wife-logic right there, as in... "Honey, these shoes were normally $300, but I got them for only $200! I saved $100, isn't that great?" "No, you SPENT $200. You didn't save squat."

Re:Mad (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782563)

A games console and its accessories are only as good as the games that are released for it. Cf. DreamCast, Mega CD, Super Nintendoscope, Sega Menacer.

Re:Damnit... (1)

Lissajous (989738) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782577)

Stupid kids and their rock music.

Hey...if they're in line outside Best Buy, at least they got off our goddamned lawns!

Re:How does this work (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782599)

What if I just waltz in on the appropriate day and put my tent in front of theirs?

Well, in theory they would shiv you for cutting in line. That's how normal society works. But these are weak nerds who have been weakened even more by waiting in the cold. So, they might cry and collapse in despair.

Re:F'ing idiots... (1)

RabidMonkey (30447) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782607)

I wasn't planning on buying a ps3, but I could use a little more respect, just in case.

I accept your challnge, sur!

Re:How does this work (1)

FrostyCoolSlug (766239) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782623)

Generally yes, coolers, mini stoves and lots of food etc, as far as the queue goes, i'm not entirely sure if Best Buy would obligate you to respect the queue (given that the queue is OUTSIDE the store, and not in), on the other hand, i'm not sure it's wise to piss off a number of fan boys.

Re:Damnit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782625)

Could they just be homeless people?

Re:Jokes? (1)

aarku (151823) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782631)

The funniest jokes are the ones that people react the most negative to. Troll 101, come on!

Re:Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16782641)

Because they want to sell them in the US rather than China for some inexplicable reason

Re:Damnit... (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 7 years ago | (#16782655)

What is it with the US people and waiting in lines for weeks anyway ? This doesn't happen anywhere else.

Is it some kind of homage to the days past when there was a rumour that there would be some toilet paper in a USSR store or what ? Are there some "line generating" particles that are now floating free since the fall of the eastern bloc and that somehow fixated in the US ?
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