CNET News Video: Outsourcing your place in the iPhone 5 line
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Waking up at the crack of dawn to wait in a long, snaking line for the newest iPhone...fuggedaboutit! CNET's Sumi Das tells you how people are paying for stand-ins. And we meet one hardy soul who's been camping out since Monday morning.
-For 5 days, Charlie Hufnagel pitched a tiny 2-person tent on the San Francisco sidewalk and reluctantly got to know his neighbors. -Little of Italian or German people were like circling my tent at 1 in the morning like screaming Weezer songs. That was a little weird. -Despite that, this makeshift residence has an enviable address because of its location, location, location, right in front of an Apple store and first in line for one of the most anticipated devices of the year. -So someone on this website, TaskRabbit, paid me 1500 dollars to camp out here Monday through Friday to pick up the first iPhone 5. -Similar to sites like Zaarly and Exec, TaskRabbit helps users find people who are willing to complete various tasks, whether it's grocery shopping or queuing up for Apple's latest iPhone. The big spender who hired Charlie declined our interview request, but Candice Locklear was willing to share why she used TaskRabbit. -Time is money. I don't want to hang out in the line. I really don't, but I want that phone as soon as I can get it. -Candice paid Rosemary McKean 55 dollars to get in line at the Apple store at 7 am on Friday. Candice says getting the iPhone 5 on day 1 was a no-brainer. -I'm a fetishist for mobile devices especially this one, so if this doesn't cross my mind then I wouldn't get it. I have to have it. I have to have it. -But for many Apple loyalists who are willing to brave the elements and the drunks, lining up for hours is just part of the iPhone experience. In San Francisco I'm Sumi Das, CNET.com for CBS News.