The first in line for the iPhone 6 have been paid to be there

The first in line for the iPhone 6 have been paid to be there
This happens every year - some crazy people will line up to wait for the new iPhone to be released, and usually they will line up well before the device is even announced. If you remember, there was actually a Japanese performance artist who lined up for the iPhone 6 back in February, but he didn't quite make it until the launch. The new set of "first in line" have shown up in NYC, but they aren't really there for the iPhone, they are there for the money. 

Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz have made some good money doing this, estimating about $7000 over the past 5 years, including $1250 this year alone in order to give up the front of the line to Jason and Moon Ray. And, neither pair actually wants the new iPhone 6 for themselves. Ceballo and Cruz represent electronic reseller BuyBackWorld, and the Rays are promoting an app from VideoMedicine, which is basically Skype between patients and doctors. Beyond those four, there is also the stalwart, Robert Samuel, founder and owner of professional line-waiting service S.O.L.D. or Same Ole Line Dudes, who charges customers on an hourly rate to get an iPhone. 

Whatever the reasoning for their being in line, they have a pretty solid wait. The new iPhone won't even be announced for another 6 days, and no one is quite sure when the phone will be made available for purchase. The rumors are putting the release on September 19th, and everyone waiting has been there since this past Sunday, which would challenge the record for waiting of 18 days. 

source: CNBC via The Verge

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64 Comments

1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

lol idiots. I will preorder my iphone. I dont have time to waste.

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

$8,250 for standing in line? Seems like a good deal to me for people who have nothing better to do / need a source of income. Would I do it? Maybe if hell froze over.

8. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Where did you get $8250 from. They are getting $1250 this year and overall have made $7000 in 5 years.

10. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

$7000+1,250 they'll get this year= $8,250 :)

14. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

It's $7000 including this year's $1250.

12. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Remind me to never hire you as my accountant.

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sorry, that was a typo. It should have read "including" not "and". $7000 total, including $1250 this year.

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh... Michael H. Just set the record STRAIGHT! johnbftl... we all owe you an apology. This indeed was like an episode of Seinfeld. lolololololololololololololololololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!! +1

33. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

No worries! :)

45. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You're the one to blame for this fighting and bickering over the amount of money. You should apologize to each and everyone of us in person ;)

54. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

This is the people who use Iphones hahaha :P Cannot even read or do math properly :D

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I mean do the people paying these crazy amounts realize that you can preorder & have it the same day?!? WOW these are a$$ backwards people. Also 3900 posts from me!!!! Yeah!!!!

13. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

100 to go!

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are about to hit 410 if you didn't already!

47. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

$8,250 not for standing its a cost of iPhone.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't you want to be able to walk out of the Apple store with your brand shiny new phone in your hand and wave it to the gathered unwashed masses and say "I got mineā€¦."? Unless you have infinite free time to stand in line, you hire a stand-in. Personally, I will pre-order my Note 4 and enjoy waiting for the Fed Ex truck to stop at my home at the appointed date. No standing in line for me. Those days ended a looong time ago.

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3272; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I think apple pay to all of those who line up to create media hype and publicity... later they, all those phone might be returned to apple... otherwise no one is so much insane and free in life to line up for such a low end/midrange phone

51. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Actually is the device exporter who pay us to queue, as it's only release in several countries in first batch, I myself also self employed to queue and sell them to Mexico or other parts of the world where Apple did not release 1st batch iPhone :)

52. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They will be standing out there till end of october. and you're right they are a bunch of idiots. what kind of dummy would stay in line just for a phone that copies HTC design and have a outdated NFC feature

55. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

It's not about the features! It has an apple logo man. hahah :D IDK, I still think these fools are getting paid by Apple to do this as a publicity stunt. To answer other peoples questions, this is what happens when you disband OccupyWallStreet nut jobs, they go in front of apple and wait for the release of a new phone haha :D Not like any of them have REAL jobs!!

2. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

These types seriously need therapy... No matter what their motivation, their actions are utterly idiotic, especially given that these devices are to be manufactured in the 10s of millions anyway. They're the extreme version of those morons who type FIRST in comment sections.

3. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

So, in line from Sunday, August 31st until September 19th. They get $1250. Considering they have to stand in line 24 hours a day, they're making $2.60 an hour. If they're splitting that $1250 then it's $1.30 an hour. Why not get a real job?

6. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Well it seems getting $1.30 an hour for doing nothing works for them.

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because they are literally doing nothing there. If it were me, if I was playing my 3DS at home unpaid, why wouldn't I do it while lining up and getting paid?

11. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Why don't those idiots walk inside and fill out an application then? They start them of at like $13 an hour.

15. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You're calling them idiots when you can't even add 7+1.25 on your previous post LOL.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I almost spit out my Subway sandwich while reading this. +1

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh man... lol This is super funny. Like an episode of Seinfeld! lol

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's not 7000+1250, it's 7000 including the 1250... $7000 over the past 5 years, including $1250 this year

34. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Author said it was a typo after I commented.

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