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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter and the pointless wait in a queue

I don't really understand fanboys. I can comprehend how some people will queue for over 6 hours to buy something that is of extremely limited stock - tickets to one-off gigs, possibly meeting someone you idolise, etc.

What I don't comprehend is people waiting over 48 hours in a queue for something that is not intending to go out of stock, where you will not get anything extra for your wait, and because you have been sleeping 'rough' for over 2 days means that you'll either not concentrate the first time you attempt to enjoy it or have to go home and sleep before you start, which negates the point of that long wait in queue because you could have just popped out and bought it the next morning.

For I have a copy of the latest Harry Potter book, for less than Waterstones was selling it, and I purchased it without going out of my way in any shape or form. Which leaves me begging the question - why camp out outside a bookshop for days where all they are holding is a midnight opening with no extra bells or whistles, when you can spend days doing far more exciting things and then wander into a shop and buy it?

Also, I do not comprehend some 'technology-savvy' users who download photos of a stolen copy of the book and then copy the whole thing out (which would take hours of their time), when they could buy a copy for about 2 hours worth of work in a exceedingly low-paid job.

On a side note though: I was a little gutted that people who camped out for a PS3 in London got £2000-worth of LCD TV. Shame that the console itself depreciates in value faster than a stone, and that I have no intention of getting one until they are almost dead in the water anyway (read: a good couple of years).

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