Pondering Consumerism: Which Is The Stupider Line To Be In?

Over at reddit they are pondering these two photos, and asking themselves which line is more pathetic. They don’t really have an organized poll going on so we thought we’d help.

To be clear about our own bias, we don’t really care. We only wait in line for stuff like this.


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  1. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Is the bottom one a line? What are they in line for?

  2. GrantRyan says:

    You’re right, people shouldn’t be excited for things they enjoy.

    • ThaKoolAidKid says:

      Spending 6+ days in a line while ignoring basic hygiene is a bit far for a phone. I’ve heard of people wearing adult diapers to not lose their place.

      • dolemite says:

        I wish someone would wait in line for 6 days, pee and poop themselves repeatedly, then walk out of the store…hold up the phone for the crowd to see, then it promptly slips out of their hands and the dual glass sided phone shatters to pieces.

    • Alter_ego says:

      Or people should only enjoy the same things I do. Either is a little douchy.

    • Pax says:

      One can be ecstatically excited, to the point of jumping around and squealing for joy … wihtout spending days CAMPING OUT in a parking lot or on a sidewalk.

      I don’t need to be the “first evar” ot see a movie, that badly. I don’t need ANY item or object so badly, I’ll wait in line for multiple hours (or days!) to get one sooner than most other people.

      Instead, I’ll be excited … and PATIENT.

    • dangermike says:

      Being passionate about things you enjoy is a sign of a healthy and vivacious attitude. Obsessing to the point of camping out for days on end to watch a movie or buy this years update to mediocre little gadget is outside the realms of sensibility.

      But ultimately, the depth of my lamentation of the concept is to declare ridiculous and foolish. I will not make any ardent strides because such a mindset can be easily manipulated for my own gain.


      • dangermike says:

        wow. proofread fail.

        that should be ‘ardent strides to dismantle that kind of behavior’

        Someone needs to invent a product that removes the physical act of typing from computer interfacing. I’d wait for days to buy something like that.

    • n0th1ng says:

      You’re standing in line to GIVE SOMEONE YOUR MONEY. Think about it.

  3. TheGreySpectre says:

    One the one hand I think both lines are stupid. On the other hand at least the the people waiting in line for an iphone are actually receiving something whereas the people for twilight are waiting in line for a movie premiere that they don’t actually get to see. They just get to see the actors walk down the red carpet.

    • veronykah says:

      See I was seeing it the opposite. The Twilight fans get to see something that is a once in a lifetime opportunity [in theory], getting an iPhone? You can buy one today or next tuesday and not stand in line and get the SAME iPhone. Seems pointless.
      Well they both are stupid really…

  4. ThaKoolAidKid says:
  5. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    …actually, both of these lines serve a great purpose. They allow people whose genes should be removed from the gene pool an easy way to self-identify.

    • elangomatt says:

      Wouldn’t we want to keep those people separated from each other so that we don’t have a real life version of the movie Idiocracy?!

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        …what do you mean “don’t have?”

      • Snaptastic says:

        I was actually noticing how the iPhone line looks to be predominantly male, while the Twilight line is mostly female. Methinks these events must be a means of keeping these groups apart–especially since they likely won’t break rank–even for the opportunity to breed.

    • dg says:

      There ya go! I agree 100%. Waiting in line is a bunch of crap. iPhone – get it delivered. Movie – whatever, download it, watch it on demand, buy a DVD – but waiting in line for days? WTF… no way…

  6. gamabunta says:

    Apple line is more dumb IMO because all the early adopters will be back in line next year for the updated model.

  7. bullwinkle12 says:

    Right before I signed in to comment there were only the 3 options for the poll. Now the 4th is “waiting in line for this kind of stuff is universally stupid.” I guess I’ll pick this one, but I wish you had gone with the wording for both are awesome: “Both are stupid! Shut up!” I think its more effective.

  8. Mecharine says:

    With Twilight, you dont have to worry about paying top cash for a service that barely exists.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      No, you just pay $13 for a movie in which acting barely exists.

      • Fidget says:

        I hate the series, but will absolutely wait in line for the premier of Breaking Dawn. Wolves lovin’ babies, Bella being nearly sexed to death…wolves lovin’ babies…I want to see two hours of people going through that with a straight face.

        • aloria says:

          Don’t forget hunky vampire guy ripping through placenta with his own teeth to release the baby from the womb.


        • ktetch says:

          Don’t forget the bit about it having to be PG-13. It has to be PG-13 because Mayer has stipulated that in the contracts. She does not go to R-rated films, and so would be unable to see it if it were
          Some source – http://www.reelzchannel.com/movie-news/6340/twilight-fans-petition-for-an-r-rated-breaking-dawn
          I had better long ago, but can’t find it.

          • ktetch says:

            Here we go

            How Meyer came to write about vampires, however, is a mystery to her, given that she was very far from steeped in the vampire tradition. She is too “chicken” to read horror and doesn’t watch R-rated films because “there are things that you don’t need to have in your head. There are R-rated movies that I would like to go and see – I heard The 40-Year-Old Virgin was hysterical. But when you have an unbroken streak, you don’t want to mess that up.”

            The film of Twilight, the first book in her vampire series, will star Robert Pattinson, who was Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Kristen Stewart, whose films include Panic Room and Into the Wild. It will not be a gore-fest. “I put in a clause in the contract that the movie had to be PG-13 so I could go see it,” says Meyer

            see :-)

  9. [MG]LooseCannon says:

    I voted “both are stupid”, but really I think it’s less about the “waiting in line for (blank)” and more about the sharing of an experience that turns the “waiting in line” into a social event. I’ve waited in a number of lines, and always with a group of friends, and always made a friend or two while I was there because it was a huge line of people with which I shared at least one common interest.

    But if you’re really there just for the (blank) that the line is for? There’s something wrong with you.

  10. MostlyHarmless says:

    I know which one Pecan Pi voted!

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Which one do you think I voted for? I voted for Twilight since they’re not lining up for the movie (I stood two and a half hours in line for Avatar opening weekend so it’s not as if I’m a stranger to lining up for movies), but are lining up to see actors walk to the premiere. They’re not even really getting a product, they’re just standing 400 yards from Robert Pattinson. I suppose that’s good enough.

      At least if I go to Comic-Con and have to stand in line for hours upon hours, it’s to go into a panel in which my favorite actors/writers/directors are there to provide a service (talking about their work). All the Twilight people in the line can hope for is that Robert Pattinson waves in their general direction.

  11. Big Ant says:

    I think waiting in line for days on end is stupid for anything.

    But let them continue doing it, keeps their kind out of everyone Else’s hair for a while. I am in favor for these people starting a line today for next years new model…

  12. Anonymously says:

    Worship me, for I own an iPod and say Kristen Stewart’s new mullet before anyone! (except those other people who did it before me)

  13. TailsToo says:

    Do what makes you happy. Who cares if others want to stand in line and you don’t. People who don’t stand in lines seem to do just as many stupid things as those who do.

  14. Emperor Norton I says:

    Waiting in line for any movie is much more stupid as there will be repeated showings of the movie, while there is the possibility of the stores temporarily running out of the phones & you might have to wait a couple of weeks for more to come in.

    Instead of waiting in line for the movie, stay home & go to the second or third show that day or even wait until a day or two later.
    Yeah, you didn’t see it first, but will that be a big deal in 10 years?

    • frank64 says:

      They weren’t in line to see the movie, they were in line to see the stars going to a movie they weren’t able to see themselves.

      You could say it was like watching people eat at a restaurant you can’t get in, but really it was a chance to see the stars walk in, so it makes sense if you like watching stars walk by. Which to me means it doesn’t make sense, but it is a free country.

  15. humphrmi says:
  16. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    If I had enough people under my direct control, I would command the creation of lines waiting for silly things.

    “What is this line for?”
    “New moon in 3 days.”
    “The movie?”
    “No, the actual phase of the moon. 3 days, bro.”

  17. hoi-polloi says:

    The only thing I’ve ever waited out for was concert tickets, and that was just on a few occasions back in the late 80s and early 90s (pre-online ordering). We weren’t going days in advance, usually just late the night before. You’re also talking about a limited quantity of tickets for a specific event. I’ve never tried to get a phone, game system, etc. the day it came out. I can always get one when the buzz dies down and inventory goes up, and waiting a while won’t have a huge impact on my life. Lining up and camping for days to watch a person walk by me makes even less sense.

  18. Scuba Steve says:

    Well there are two points I’d like to make on this subject.

    1. They enjoy the gadget or movie they are in line for, and wish to see it as soon as possible.

    2. The gadgets and movies that they are going to see/buy aren’t going to run out of stock any time soon. This isn’t the Wii or the PS3. You aren’t to get a different product by being one of the first 100 people, and you’re not going to enjoy your iphone/movie any more than someone who waits until a reasonable hour and does his shopping/movie-watching.

    So it’s useless to stand in line for these things, and pointless, but if its fun for them I don’t see why they shouldn’t do it.

  19. the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

    I think Robert Pattinson did an excellent job as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter. Even though his character died in that movie, I think the twilight series is what’s going to haunt him forever.

    I despise the twilight plots. I think Stephanie Meyer is an idiot. I mean, has anyone read Breaking Dawn (I haven’t but I’ve read the plot summary)? Jacob becomes a pederast and apparently the undead can reproduce like normal. http://www.chud.com/articles/articles/21684/1/THE-DEVIN039S-ADVOCATE-WHY-BREAKING-DAWN-MUST-BE-MADE-INTO-A-MOVIE/Page1.html

    • Alter_ego says:

      I can’t believe that I’m actually admitting that I have read the book, and not that this makes it less ridiculous, but vampire women can’t have babies. The only reason Bella can get pregnant is because she’s still human, but carrying the human/vampire hybrid nearly kills her. I’m not sure why the man’s reproductive system is still functioning, but Meyers explains it as when you become a vampire, your body enters stasis, essentially. Your hair doesn’t grow, you can’t get fat (or skinny, but hey, who would make a fat vampire, right?) and you can’t get pregnant.

      And that’s all for today’s episode of more than you ever wanted to know about twilight.

  20. trujunglist says:

    You think that’s bad? There was a Chic-Fil-A opening near my house, and people were camped outside of it in tents.

    (Actually I think it was just PR shit because when I drove by later that night, they had all packed up)

    • Jemaine says:

      Chick-fil-A is definitely better than seeing Twilight and it’s actors and waiting for a phone; I love me some Chick-fil-A!

      I waited with my cousin for an XBOX 360 when it first came out, and it was fun, but I have since decided that I myself, could wait a year and get it whenever and probably cheaper too, whatever it is I would have had to wait for.

    • tbax929 says:

      We had a local businessman get shot in the head recently while eating breakfast at one of our Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I haven’t been by there to see if the long lines are back, but the story creeped me out. The guy shot him in the head and then escaped on a bicycle. Strange story.

    • Robert Terwilliger says:

      The first 100 people into a new Chik-Fil-A get a free meal every day for a year. Thus, the shanty towns.

  21. RandomHookup says:

    I won’t even stand in line for the rest room anymore, which is why I’ve been kicked out of some of the finest bars in the country.

  22. veg-o-matic says:

    Both lines full of people waiting for sparkly products that will be outdated within a year…?

    Let’s call it a 0-0 draw.

  23. Outrun1986 says:

    People stand in line to be the first one on a roller coaster when it opens..

    Personally I think line waiting in line (for a long time) is really stupid and I have never done it. I can understand waiting in line for concert tickets because that is a one time event and there is a limited quantity of tickets and chances are that event will never happen again in the same way, in the same place etc. However standing in line for tickets is obsolete these days.

    I can almost understand waiting for the Wii, because there was a very long stretch where it was impossible to find one, and the only way to get one was to wait, however now Wii’s are everywhere and are very very common.

    I just wait till the product becomes commonplace and buy it normally (if not on sale or at a reduced price). The iPhone will be available during July if you don’t get one now. Its just not me to stand in a line and wait for something when its going to be available at my leisure in a month’s time or less.

  24. whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

    I voted both, but I’d like to speak up in favor of waiting in line for Ikea to open. A housewife friend did that here in Atlanta, and it was both fun and profitable.

  25. Batmanuel says:

    It’s especially pointless to wait in line for an iPhone because if you were smart you could easily have pre-ordered one from Apple and had it delivered to your home. AT&T kind of screwed the pooch this year with their order system frack-ups, but they were great last year when my wife pre-ordered her 3GS. She put in an order with AT&T less than a week before it launched and they had it on our doorstep on launch day.

  26. coren says:

    Standing in line to maybe see someone walk by and *gasp* be close enough to touch them is infinitely more stupid than standing in line for an iphone, which is infinitely stupid in and of itself.

  27. petermv says:

    I have never understood the mentality to stand in a line for hours to buy something that is at the normal price and will be forever. No discounts, nothing, just the bragging rights to say, look at me, I have the first gizmo.

    The only time I waited in line to buy something on launch day was for Windows 7, and that was because they were selling it for 50% off, which made it a real difference. If there was no discount or a minimal amount, then I wouldn’t have bothered.

  28. SaintPeter says:

    I think Tycho of Penny Arcade makes a very good point about this:
    “I’ve gone on at length about how waiting in line is a tonic for the soul. For tech and films especially, it’s a rare coordinate where you stand a reasonable chance of being able to have a conversation with any person next to you, any “random” person, but they aren’t actually random because simply by being in line we have some notion of how their variables might be set. Organisms who (under other circumstances) would be little more than shambling physical obstacles become something akin to people.”

    It’s not about the thing, it’s about the “journey”. It’s a social event. To think of it being solely about the event is to miss the point. I waited in line to see the re-released Star Wars (back in 98? 99?) because it was fun and exciting, not because I expected to be blown away by the films. Also, I was too young to remember seeing them in the theater the first time. It was an event because I (and others like me) made it an event. I remember waiting in line with my future wife with great fondness.

    In a world that is increasingly de-physicallized, these events become touchstones for people of a like mind. The line is the thing.

    • DimTwinkle says:

      I’ve never stood in line but it seems to me that you have really hit on something important about this phenomenon. It seems that a lot of people do this with at least one other person they know along but even if they are solo, as you pointed out, it’s a way to meet strangers with which one has some things in common: an interest in the purpose or product attracting the line and enjoyment of the process. Not unlike tailgating. I think the same is true of Black Friday and post-holiday sales.

  29. fontman2008 says:

    Stupid people LOL

  30. sly_61019 says:

    The Apple line is worse. Most of them preordered and are still waiting in line. Why didn’t they do the free shipping option like my buddy did. He got his a day before all those in line.

  31. FranktasticVoyage says:

    As someone who waited 5 hours to hand over $300 for a phone yesterday, I picked “Waiting in line for this kind of stuff is universally stupid”

  32. Eyeout says:

    While it is universally stupid, I used to do this type of stuff when I was in my early 20’s. I guess if you want to and have the time you should be able to. I’m sure these people have fun with it. Me, I’d just be anxious.

  33. Robert Terwilliger says:

    The last thing I waited in line for was Red Dead Redemption and it was only because I wanted to start it that night and not go out the next day. The last thing before that was GTA4.

  34. MishunAcomplisht says:

    I want to respond to Steve Jobs quoted in this article in response to the MAJOR design flaw that holding the phone basically keeps you from getting coverage:


    One of the wealthiest companies in the world (Apple), with perhaps one of the most stupidly obsessed, obedient and idolatrous “fanboy” consumer followings, has months, nay, years to develop successive releases of it’s phone (IPhone), and when it comes out, with major show stoppers and technical flaws the CEO Steve Jobs has the NERVE to tell millions of consumers who just paid his salary “Oh, don’t hold the phone that way”.

    This is like GM telling new car owners “Oh, don’t hold the steering wheel for more than 2 seconds at a time and the car will keep moving”.

    No advance warnings of this DEFECT before the release, No QA effort to PREVENT this defect, and NO SHAME in telling their loyal customers “SHUT UP AND DEAL WITH IT, because it’s YOUR problem, SUCKERS!”.

    Mr. Jobs, let me tell YOU something. I own your 3GS Iphone which has been fairly WORTHLESS as far as reception and what I have had to put up with as far as AT&T who PAID YOU OFF to get the exclusive contract (which obviously they couldn’t handle and didn’t deserve) and who you had no problem subjecting us to, but this ATTITUDE that you can sell us any piece of CRAP with an Apple logo you want and we better just keep OBEYING and WORSHIPPING you because you’re some glitzy Tech God is UNREAL.

    I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what you are. You are an old, rotten, arrogant, worthless rich ahole and you should be sued for every cent you are worth by the meanest class action attorney in the country on behalf of every single Iphone consumer.

    You don’t deserve to be worshiped just because you use a nice neat artsy brand and hide behind it like you can do no wrong.

    THANK YOU for helping make up my mind not to EVER buy another Iphone again.

    • MishunAcomplisht says:

      OH and Steve that is ON TOP OF the fact you were too stupid to handle your own business by having enough servers, bandwidth and web people to handle the demand YOU KNEW YOU WOULD HAVE on release day.

      Any more, fanboy=total tech sucker, really.

    • Rachacha says:

      Someone needs a cookie…

  35. nybiker says:

    w/rt/ to the Cyclone line, yeah, even though I live in NYC (Queens, actually), I am not about to venture to it due to the logistical nightmare that it entails. I’m all for coasters, but I’d rather drive or fly elsewhere to get my ‘air’.
    I guess I could put it on my bucket list.
    And as for waiting for a phone or to see some ‘celebrity’ walk by, well, I’d rather schlep to Coney Island; at least there will be a payoff at some point during that visit.

  36. GadgetsAlwaysFit says:

    I almost hate to even post this because I will get attacked but, here goes anyway. I waited in line, albeit only for 30 minutes, to buy the Wii on launch day. It was fun. I felt so young again. I felt like a kid who was about to get the coolest toy and that whole feeling from decades ago came flooding back. Like when I got the Merlin for Christmas (for those who might remember that gadget). I was shocked that I felt that way but I am being honest in telling this. I would have been in line sooner but the first 2 stores I checked had longer lines. It is also fun being in line with other people who are enjoying the experience as a whole. I think I am more jaded as I age but for that very short time, I wasn’t and that was probably the best feeling of all. Then, of course, you have the whole unboxing experience. If you aren’t into gadgets that is no fun either but, clearly, I love gadgets.

  37. Rachacha says:

    This is the ONLY thing worth waiting in line for…http://newstores.wegmans.com/

  38. Rubedo says:

    Okay… I may want an Iphone, but its not like it is a limited quantity or anything. I’ll get one eventually but I am not in a rush for it either. So what I don’t have the first model? I can live with that. (and possibly at a lower price)
    And with Twilight, that stuff if merchandized to death (and horrible in my opinion) and if you read the books… YOU ALREADY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS!!!

    I don’t like lines period. If you have to wait more than an hour… my time is worth more, in my opinion.


  39. retailriter says:

    Must be nice to have the TIME to wait in line for stupid stuff like this. Those of us who have to WORK for a living, wouldn’t have time for this kind of nonsense even if we wanted to!

    I can’t believe the women in my age brackett (in the middle years) lined up for Twilight. Get a freakin’ life woman!

  40. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Don’t look for me in either of lose lines. It drives me crazy to wait in a grocery checkout line for more than 10 minutes.

  41. JulesNoctambule says:

    I once waited in line overnight for tickets to a Morrissey concert (birthday gift for my best friend, and my god, it was a brilliant performance), and even *I* think these people are pathetic.

  42. JasonK314 says:

    My friends and I had a plan for some time.

    Whenerever there’s a new Xbox / PLaystation, etc the local news always shows up and interveiws the first guy who shows up in line 36-48 hours before launch.
    Next time there’s a moajor launch, I’m going to get in line 4-5 days early. When the local news crew shows up and asks me the standard questions about why I chose to wait 5 days for an Xbox, I’m going to say “It doesn’t come out for 5 more days? I’ll come back then.” and go home.

  43. Yume Ryuu says:

    Twilight is horrible…. Why do people like books that are so badly written?

  44. ap0 says:

    Since I pre-ordered my iPhone and got it a day early without waiting in any lines, I’d have to say they’re both equally stupid. Most people who do these sorts of things do it for the experience, not the end result. If that’s their thing, then who cares?

  45. Cyniconvention says:

    Let me stop and consider which fan base has the worse group of rabids.

    Yep, the Twilight line is stupider, but only by half the amount of the other one (What?)

  46. smo0 says:

    Both. Idiotic.

    But when I was 15 my friend and I stood in a line for a few hours before U2 tickets went on sale.

    I’m slightly torn – mostly because my passions differ from others… but I don’t think I’d do that again now – generally speaking, I’m not going to judge a teenager for this….

    but if you’re an adult in that line… prepare to get blasted (twilight line that is.)

    No one is exempt from the iPhone line…. sorry – that’s just fail based on technology progression and that fact that the “first run” of any electronic is bound to have some serious flaws.

  47. bwcbwc says:

    While either line would be stupid for me, I’m not about to diss someone else’s choice of life experiences. De gustibus non est disputandum.