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#2890205 - 11/14/17 08:26 AM OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something?
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Whether it's the latest iPhone or a Black Friday sale at Walmart, Best Buy, etc, this is the season for long lines and waiting. Have you been one of those unfortunate souls that camped out all night until the store opened? Or perhaps you paid someone for their space in line?




I've stood in lines for movies, concert tickets, and also to meet the prog band Renaissance back in the late 70's. But that's all.

I do my Christmas shopping during week days as well. laugh

What are your experiences?

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#2890210 - 11/14/17 08:50 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Synthoid]
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Curious Question.

Brazil is loaded with bureaucracy (which often requires going to gov't offices and such and wait in line), luckily I'm part of the <1% of the population that has access to systems that I don't need to. The public health system (not bad if you consider it's free) usually has long lines, but the private system is wonderful and no lines.

Interesting example, my company has someone who will hand deliver foreign currency to my office when I need to travel abroad. I just send a request by email and do a bank transfer online.

Don't recall standing in line for a store to open.

Haven't stood in line for movie tickets in >12 years I think. I buy online every time. Love it. There's two malls about 5-10 minute driving distance from house, I can leave right before the movie starts.

Concert tickets sometimes. The 'convenience charge' (or whatever it's called in the U.S.) is absurd in Brazil, if it's not a concert that will sell out in hours I'll go to the box office. Most of the international concerts in Brazil are in São Paulo so buying at the box office is typically within driving distance.

Online banking - surprisingly - was ahead of the U.S. by several years, and I actually go to a branch once a year and stand in line.



Edited by Rod S (11/14/17 08:51 AM)
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#2890216 - 11/14/17 09:31 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Rod S]
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Tickets to see Rush on the Moving Pictures tour. Camped overnight. Only time ever.

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#2890220 - 11/14/17 09:47 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Iconoclast]
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Nope, not that I can remember.
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#2890228 - 11/14/17 10:10 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: cphollis]
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#2890231 - 11/14/17 10:20 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: BbAltered]
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#2890244 - 11/14/17 11:09 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: WesG]
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I would say most are innocent of lineups wink

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#2890248 - 11/14/17 11:21 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: GregC]
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Not counting tickets and standing in line at a food joint...nope, don't think so.

I tend to cruise the trailing, rounded edge--vs the sharp, bleeding forward edge--whether you are talking buying stuff or upgrading software. Others can get the glory, and find the bugs smile

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#2890255 - 11/14/17 11:59 AM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: GregC]
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Back in the olden days smile

Rock concert tickets were always stood in line or camped out for.

It turned out to be a really fun time in the late 70's very early 80's doing this.

A lot of the same people at the various shows getting tickets. We never had any issues. We had a lot of lawn chairs and blankets, and hung out. Very innocent teenage times by today's standards.

Some that come to mind:
Van Halen 1979
Doobie Bros 1979
Kansas 1977
The Cars 1979 and 1980
The Police 1982
Led Zep 1977
Rolling Stones 1981
Aerosmith with Golden Earring 1978

It was a good time in life
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#2890257 - 11/14/17 12:09 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Stokely]
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Originally Posted By: Stokely
I tend to cruise the trailing, rounded edge--vs the sharp, bleeding forward edge--whether you are talking buying stuff or upgrading software. Others can get the glory, and find the bugs


thu

I've never seen the need to be the first with the latest and greatest.

Waiting has its rewards... like the amazing deal I received with my Galaxy S8.

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#2890258 - 11/14/17 12:09 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Never stood in line longer than half-hour or so, except maybe a for a Disney or Universal ride.

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#2890259 - 11/14/17 12:13 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: #%$(#]
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Harry Potter midnight book releases. Probably volumes 3-5 or 6, not all of them. They had live owls and you got to stay up late, it was cool.
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#2890272 - 11/14/17 01:15 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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When have you NOT had to line up for most things at some point, in every aspect of your life? If I had back the time I lost waiting on everything from buses to the DMV to concert tickets to women, I'd have another twenty years of taxes ahead of me. However, considering what I waited in line FOR, I see it as having been worthwhile, even if only as object lessons when the smell of tainted beef became unmistakable. Waiting on UK/Jethro Tull tickets was effing great, mate. like
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#2890281 - 11/14/17 01:48 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: David Emm]
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#2890282 - 11/14/17 01:51 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Iconoclast]
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Originally Posted By: EscapeRocks
Back in the olden days smile

Rock concert tickets were always stood in line or camped out for.

It turned out to be a really fun time in the late 70's very early 80's doing this.

A lot of the same people at the various shows getting tickets. We never had any issues. We had a lot of lawn chairs and blankets, and hung out. Very innocent teenage times by today's standards.


Man, I used to love doing that. Ticketmaster inside Sears. Way too much fun.

Concert tickets are the last time I stood in line to buy anything. Been a while.

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#2890288 - 11/14/17 02:13 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: David Emm]
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Originally Posted By: David Emm
When have you NOT had to line up for most things at some point, in every aspect of your life? If I had back the time I lost waiting on everything from buses to the DMV


Sure... we all wait in line at banks, the DMV, for public transportation, etc.

I'm specifically asking about something you waited in line to buy. A luxury if you will, not a necessity. laugh
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#2890311 - 11/14/17 03:23 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Synthoid]
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Queued for three hours once for cup final (soccer) tickets. Apart from that, nothing really.
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#2890315 - 11/14/17 03:51 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Six-string-man]
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It used to be a ritual in the North Jersey area to get up at 5:00am on Thanksgiving morning to buy Hess Trucks for the kids, my dad and myself. Since they quit the retail gas business you can buy them on line.....

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#2890320 - 11/14/17 04:36 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: lightbg]
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#2890328 - 11/14/17 05:07 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Synthoid]
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Beer and food at the football.

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#2890332 - 11/14/17 05:40 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Originally Posted By: EscapeRocks
Back in the olden days smile

Rock concert tickets were always stood in line or camped out for.

It turned out to be a really fun time in the late 70's very early 80's doing this.

A lot of the same people at the various shows getting tickets. We never had any issues. We had a lot of lawn chairs and blankets, and hung out. Very innocent teenage times by today's standards.

Some that come to mind:
Van Halen 1979
Doobie Bros 1979
Kansas 1977
The Cars 1979 and 1980
The Police 1982
Led Zep 1977
Rolling Stones 1981
Aerosmith with Golden Earring 1978

It was a good time in life




Yes - boy some great memories here!!!!
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#2890333 - 11/14/17 05:43 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Not me but in my first year of marriage I woke up at 4am one morning and my wife was gone. It was black Friday and she hit the lines at one of the electronics outlets (etc,etc).
It was amazing what she came home with but in a very weird way.
("What is in all these boxes and bags?")


Edited by zukskywalker (11/14/17 05:43 PM)

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#2890335 - 11/14/17 05:53 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: #%$(#]
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Never stood in line longer than half-hour or so, except maybe a for a Disney or Universal ride.


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#2890337 - 11/14/17 06:42 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Synthoid]
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#2890339 - 11/14/17 06:54 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: GregC]
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I camped out all night to get tickets to this very Rolling Stones concert:



(I'm in the stands on the right in that picture.)

I missed the tail end of it because I had to drive to my own gig in northern Arizona two hours away, but I really enjoyed being there.

The only other event I remember waiting in a long line for was to get tickets to an episode of Johnny Carson's final week as the host of The Tonight Show. It was a night or two before his final night. (But maybe that doesn't count because the tickets to show tapings were free.)

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#2890341 - 11/14/17 07:01 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Geoff Grace]
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In 1981 or so, we went to Veneman's in Maryland for their June clearance sale. Left Clarksburg WV at something like 2 AM, lined up outside the store from 6 AM until opening time. The queue was several hundred people long, and we were let into the store about 6 at a time. Got a Juno-106 for $600.

Veneman's was better known to the outside world as "Music Emporium."
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#2890345 - 11/14/17 07:19 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Originally Posted By: Geoff Grace
I camped out all night to get tickets to this very Rolling Stones concert:
(I'm in the stands on the right in that picture.)

I missed the tail end of it because I had to drive to my own gig in northern Arizona two hours away, but I really enjoyed being there.

Best,

Geoff


This is the Stones concert I went to in '81! Cool!
Sun Devil Stadium

I was living in Tucson at the time.
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#2890346 - 11/14/17 07:21 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: Tom Williams]
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I remember the lines out the door for the old Veneman's annual Presidents Day sales.
Very slim pickings if you got there late.
(Could be interesting if GC picked up on this.)

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#2890347 - 11/14/17 08:01 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: zukskywalker]
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As a kid tickets to the movies were a big deal - lines around the block in these hometown theatres was a Friday night expectation. Star Wars, Superman, Greese, the Rocky movies (I-III of course), Ghost Busters.

I guess maybe a decade ago I waited in line to get the Mrs. an iPhone 3GS on a Saturday morning in the mall. Birthday present. She was super happy. Wish I had the scratch to do stuff like that for her more often.

Before Amazon, I remember what Black Friday was like - also going back to my youth. I waited in line for a present now and again.

Haven't waited on a line for much else really, at least not in recent years. Concerts, I always ordered my tickets from ticket master ahead of time. Took the Mrs. to Broadway a while back and waited at TKTS to half price tickets for whatever they had going a few times. Not lately though, I'm not one for standing around in Times Square in the cold these days, that's for sure. Maybe in spring time.

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#2890349 - 11/14/17 08:15 PM Re: OT: Have you ever lined up to buy something? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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I stood in line once at Carlisle car show to use a porta-potty ? toilet once, but soon gave up and walked behind a tree. I felt better, and the tree didn't mind. It was a good day to be a man.

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