The privilege of getting the first iPad2 from Manhattan's flagship glass cube Apple store now has as price: $900. Amanda Foote, a Manhattan University student, sat in line for two days enduring rain, sleep deprivation, cold, lonliness, and grand theft donut.
She arrived Wednesday at 5 p.m., well in advance of today's 5 p.m. launch of the new tablet. Her plan from the beginning, she says, was to sell her spot, having been inspired by others doing the same at the launch of the iPhone4. She says that she had a few offers eventually selling it to an app developer Hazem Sayed, whom she met early in her adventure.
Though some line-standers are surrogates for actual patrons, most are there for the iPad2. One incredible couple, reported by Mashable, may have endured more than Foote did:
Farther down the line in bright yellow ponchos, Rafael Fischmann and Breno Masi had been waiting since 3:00 a.m. They flew into New York from Brazil specifically to buy iPads, as did Francis Degode from Belgium, who beat them to the line by a few minutes.
Now that Foote is $900 richer, some might wonder what she's going to spend her newfound cash on. Her answer? Tickets to a Lady Gaga concert.
Hit the jump to see the video of this intrepid entrepreneur.