They call themselves “professional line-sitters.” People have created a job out of Apple fans’ need to be the first consumers with the newest Apple products. With the recent launch of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, reports show that individuals are willing to pay other anywhere between $80 to $200 to stand in line for them. Online Market Place “AskforTask” CEO Muneeb Mushtaq reports that last year more than 100 ads went up to hire line-sitters for the launch of the iPhone 6. Numbers are expected to increase.
Would you like to make an easy $200? Want to paid to camp out and read your favorite book for money? Perhaps you’ve found your calling!
Ads have been posted on AskforTask, TaskRabbit, Craigslist and many websites specific to line sitting. Robert Samuel founded a company called “Same Ole Line Dudes” (SOLD Inc.) during the iPhone 6 launch last September, charging customers $25 for the first hour in line and then an additional $10 for every half hour in line.
Money isn’t just being made for waiting in line. Reports show that a number of people pay line-sitters to obtain new Apple products to then re-sell in the black market. It’s reported that new Apple devices are being sold for up to $2500 in China.
Whether it be sitting in line or re-selling in the black market, money is definitely being made to be the first person with the newest Apple products.