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Update: Braving the cold to get an iPod mini

Rajeev and Jeremy have reported with an update from the Grand Opening of Apple Store SF. Rajeev described the opening as ‘hectic’ as hundreds of people swarmed the front entrance while San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, former Mayor Willie Brown, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs cut the ceremonial ribbon for the opening at 10 am PT. Apple sold 200 $259 grab bags marked ‘Do you feel lucky?’ containing; Apple Airport Extreme Base Station, Bluetooth adapter, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, .Mac account, Keynote (presentation software), iLife ‘04 and a 10% gift card. In addition, some (1 in 6) lucky individuals also received Silver iPod minis and 15GB iPods, but one lucky person got a 40GB iPod. Both Rajeev and Jeremy got an iPod mini in their bags.

A couple of hardcore Apple fans are enduring the cold San Francisco night as they camp out in front of the new Apple Store San Francisco to be the first 200 people to be able to purchase a $259 grab bag valued at $600 - some containing iPod minis. Two San Jose State Apple Campus Reps, Rajeev and Jeremy sent us an email describing the situatuion as they await the Grand Opening at 10 am Saturday morning.

“My name is Rajeev B. and I’m sitting here with my partner Jeremy C…. we are both SJSU Apple Campus Reps and we have been out here since 1:30 pm PT today.  It’s getting cold but we have been sitting bundled up.  The line is about 30 or so people and it’s currently 7:49 pm.  There is a guy with an iSight broadcasting a live feed that updates every 2 minutes at ifoapplestore.com. So far everything seems cool. The lights inside the store have gone off for the night but everybody here is really nice and friendly and and we’re all helping out each other and waiting for our chance at the 200 grab bags that are going be available at store opening at 10 am.  These bags are valued at over $600… and some will contain an iPod mini.”

Photo showing contents of ‘Do you feel lucky?’ grab bag.
This one included a Silver iPod mini.

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let me guess these guys wait for new Star Wars movies to premiere as well.

Posted by Jaguares in Bay Area, Ca on February 28, 2004 at 12:34 AM (CST)


theyr waiting for Michael Jackson!!

Posted by Ed on February 28, 2004 at 12:41 AM (CST)


What exactly is in the grab bag?

Posted by dragon88 on February 28, 2004 at 12:45 AM (CST)


uhh.. if they want an ipod mini, why don’t they buy one?

Posted by Juan on February 28, 2004 at 7:48 AM (CST)


“What exactly is in the grab bag?”

Well, it’s called a grab bag because the buyer will not know what is in it until it is purchased and he or she opens it up.  Based on pics of the large black bag held up by Ron Johnson of Apple at the press invite to the Apple Store, it might be easy to discern if an iPod mini is inside by the bulge in the bag - which seems to be made out of canvas or some other material.  It’s not paper.  Anyway, I’m sure we’ll find out.  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT AN iPOD MINI WILL BE IN A PARTICULAR BAG PURCHASED.

Posted by pkradd on February 28, 2004 at 8:12 AM (CST)


One other thing.  If an iPod mini is in the bag there will be other stuff as well.  Apple says it will be at least $600 and as much as $1000 worth of Apple products for $249.  Could even include an iSight, software, accessories, etc.  Who knows?

Posted by pkradd on February 28, 2004 at 8:14 AM (CST)


pkradd’s right - what would you rather do, spend $249 and get an iPod mini a week early, or spend $249 and get well more than double what you paid?  Even if you’re a Windows user and there’s a bunch of things in the bag that are Mac-only (like iLife) it’s still nice to get free stuff.

Posted by Commodus on February 28, 2004 at 9:20 AM (CST)


Well… Looks like it worked out for them.

Posted by MeshAir on February 28, 2004 at 4:44 PM (CST)


i was there in line around 6 am saturday and got asked what the line was for no less then a dozen times. Of course I told them this was the line to see the passion of Christ.

Posted by Francis on February 28, 2004 at 5:55 PM (CST)


i would buy a bag if i had a chance,

see if i didnt get a mini, id ebay the rest of the stuff, make major profit then buy a mini with money left over :)

Posted by ranova on February 28, 2004 at 5:56 PM (CST)


Of course the people who bought the grab bag most likely already own 90% of the things in there. I would guess anyone willing to wait in line just for a apple store opening is the same type of person that buys anything from apple the moment it is announced.

Posted by david on February 28, 2004 at 7:42 PM (CST)



Your comments would be funny had they made sense.  Considering the Passion of Christ brought in 26.5 million opening day (which puts it at number 3 all time opening day, behind LOTR, and Star Wars), that comment would have brough many, many more people into the line you were trying to deter them from.

On the other hand, had you told them it was a line for the Grand Opening of the new Apple store, they probably would have just kept walking…

Oh Well.

Posted by ToMeshAir on February 28, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CST)


Dear ToMeshAir,

I think Francis actually made that comment.  And you know what, it was funny.

Lighten up, buddy.

Posted by RDC on February 28, 2004 at 8:53 PM (CST)


Sorry about that MeshAir…comments were directed to Francis…and I was lightened up - just thought I would point out it didn’t make much sense!  Cheers.

Posted by ToMeshAir on February 28, 2004 at 9:07 PM (CST)


I went there yesterday.  I thought the store would be a lot bigger—then again, things always seem a lot smaller when there’s hardly any room to move due to the massive amount of people wandering about.

BTW, there’s still a typo in the article:  Which mayor assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony?  The former or the current? =)

Posted by SFiPodder on February 29, 2004 at 2:26 AM (CST)


When will they open an apple store up here in canada? We have apple retailers, but no apple store.

Posted by WOLF MAN on February 29, 2004 at 10:20 AM (CST)


It looks like both Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom were there.  I saw a ribbon-cutting pic with both of them and Steve.

Although it appears that when some people got to the front of the line they were expecting to see Jim Caviezel

Posted by dfd on February 29, 2004 at 1:43 PM (CST)


Thats why I told everyone that it was the line for the special extended version of Gigli.

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2004 at 2:06 PM (CST)


That’s a good way to disperse a line, taraodem.  Either that or start sneezing uncontrollably on everyone.

Posted by dfd on March 1, 2004 at 4:10 PM (CST)


The guy next to my spot (#61 yay!) kept telling people we were in line for slayer tickets ^^

Posted by nicoles on March 1, 2004 at 10:40 PM (CST)

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